Wednesday, April 18, 2012

For the love of the game, or, Get Your Ice Cold Beer Heere!

On this day in 1775, Paul Revere makes his famous midnight ride, alerting the countryside that the British troops were coming.

On this day in 1923, the old Yankee Stadium, more famously known as "The House that Ruth Built", opens its doors.

On this date in 1981 the longest game ever played by a professional baseball game featuring the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester NY Red Wings is begun in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The Triple A International League game featured players such as Wade Boggs and Sam Bowen.

By all accounts it was a pretty exciting game with the Red Sox tying the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning to send it into extra innings.  The problem was the crowd may not have been as excited when the Red Sox would again tie it up in the bottom of the 22nd.

Apparently, the rule book being used by the umpire did not contain the curfew rule that would have kicked in at 12:50 am, so in the bottom of the 22nd, when the Red Sox tied up the game the teams continued to play.  The game was finally suspended at 4:00 am the next morning (bottom of the 32nd) after the very last of the beer was sold and a call to the president of the league was made.

It's truly a great story and if you aren't familiar with it, have a read here:

The game was finally completed in one inning on June 23 with the Red Sox winning 3-2.

The Historical Inebriant:  A Flight of Beers

          • Sam Adams Boston Lager
          • Reingold Extra Dry Lager
          • Narragansett Summer Ale
          • Genesee Cream Ale

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