Saturday was quite a day for shutouts. There were seven of them, including four by 1-0. The record for shutouts on a single day is eight (June 4, 1972, when a total of 16 games were played). The four 1-0 games tied the all-time record for the most in one day (September 18, 1915 which … Read moreAll about 1-0 Games
As the first game of Friday’s White Sox/Indians double-header was winding down (a 19-10 free-for-all), ESPN.COM’s Doug Kern tweeted at me: Doug Kern @dakern74 @dianagram I don’t have a handy lookup for this (yet), but there are innings of 0,1,2,3,4,5,6 in that game. That can’t happen often. Fortunately for Doug (and you!), I happen to … Read moreGames That Honor the Decimal System
Sunday was a great day for 13-0 shutouts. There were two of them. The Red Sox routed R.A. Dickey and the Jays in Toronto, and the Indians roughed up David Price and the Rays in Tampa. This elicited a Twitter question for Jayson Stark: Jayson Stark @jaysonst Exactly 13-0? Never in div-play era RT @FrankMcawesome: … Read moreA Day for Shutout Routs
In baseball history, there have been approximately 2,650 different game linescores (R-H-E) achieved, with about 900 of them only occurring once. Last year, the Indians gave us the first ever 1-0-5 linescore, scoring a single run and throwing the ball around while getting no-hit by Ervin Santana in a 3-1 loss. Now the Pirates have … Read morePirates create a new linescore for the record books
As we’ve already mentioned today, its “Pi Day” and we want to track down anything in baseball that you could tie to pi. So, how about games in which the score by inning for either team matched the digits of pi, namely 3-1-4-1-5-9-2-6-5. Now of course, that would mean a team scored 36 runs, and … Read moreIn Search of Nine Innings of Pi
While it may not be a literary work of art, there may be no more famous piece of baseball literature than “Casey at the Bat“. Penned by Ernest Thayer in 1888, it has been the subject of numerous stage performances, songs, plays and movies. But I got to wondering about the actual circumstances that unveiled … Read moreReal Life “Casey at the Bat” Endings
How many times have you listened to a post-game interview, and the manager or pitcher of the losing team states that it was just “one bad inning” that did them in? Now, to be sure, there are plenty of occasions where the “one bad inning” really isn’t horrible. Take this Red Sox/Yankees game from August. … Read moreWhen “just one bad inning” is an understatement
With this being the opening weekend of the NFL, I thought we should find some football-type baseball scores. So, after parsing out the Sunday games that feature multiples of 7s and 3s, here are the highest “football-like” scores in MLB history. Topping our list is two instances of 31 runs (21-10, 17-14). The 21-10 game … Read moreAre you ready for some football during the pennant races?