On July 10, 1932, the Philadelphia A’s and Cleveland Indians score 35 runs in an 18-inning game. The A’s win, 18-17, as Jimmie Foxx ties an American League record with 16 total bases. A’s reliever Eddie Rommell surrenders 29 hits and 14 runs in 18 innings, but picks up the win. Cleveland’s Johnny Burnett collects a record nine base hits.
At Yankee Stadium, New York blows a 7 – 0 lead and allows Kansas City to tie the game and send it into extra innings. Mickey Mantle, leading off the 11th, is fooled by Bill Fischer on a slow curve, then cannons a 2 – 2 pitch that almost clears the RF roof. “The hardest ball I ever hit,” Mantle later comments, a ball that, by some accounts, is still rising when it strikes a foot below the top. It is conservatively estimated by Dr. James McDonald, a physicist who studies long-ball trajectories, that the ball would have traveled 620 feet if it had not struck the façade. “That was the only homer I ever hit that the bat actually bent in my hands,” Mantle tells Dale Long, from whom he borrowed the bat.
May 22, 1963
Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants pitches 18 innings of shutout ball in the first game of a doubleheader
July 2, 1933
The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Boston Beaneaters, 19 – 17 set a major league record for most runs scored by two clubs
April 19, 1900
At Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium, the latest game in major league history ends at 4:40 am as relief pitcher Mitch Williams, in his first at-bat of the season, singles home the winning run in the 10th inning, giving the Philliesa 6 – 5 victory over the Padres. The game, which started at 1:26 am due to the three rain delays in Game 1 of the twin bill, eclipses the 3:35 mark established in Atlanta on July 4, 1985 in a game which ended with fireworks after the Mets beat the Braves in 19 innings, 16 – 13.
July 2, 1993
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