On April 19, 1900 — The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Boston Beaneaters, 19 – 17, in 10 innings to set a major league record for most runs scored by two clubs on opening day. 10,ooo fans watched as the Braves score nine runs in the 9th inning to put the game into extra inning , including a major league record (since tied) three by pinch hitters, to tie the game at 17 apiece. Pinch hitter Jack Barry establishes a record with two hits in the inning. At one point, Philadelphia led 16–4. The record of 3 pinch runners will be matched 4 times in the 20th century, all in the 9th innings. Buck Freeman and Lave Cross match homers. Al Orth goes all the way for the Phils, while Vic Willis starts for Boston with Kid Nichols in relief.

 


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Baseball Reference April 19

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