February 4, 2011

Greatest Linescore Of All Time?

Update below!

I found the above in the July 1945 issue of Baseball Digest.

I know nothing more about this game. If accurate, it's in serious contention for the Greatest Linescore Of All Time (aka GLOAT).


: My SABR membership gives me access to the digital archives of The Sporting News. I found the Virginia League's 1922 schedule in the March 16 issue. Richmond was scheduled to play at Norfolk on: April 24, 25, 26; June 1, 2, 3; July 24, 25, 26; and August 10, 11, 13.

Looking at issues shortly after each series, I hit paydirt in the August 24 issue. Near the bottom of page 10, I saw this:

We have a date: August 17, 1922. Now we need microfilm of a 1922 Norfolk-area newspaper that published box scores.


Jere said...

Was Richmond's opponent Newport News or Norfolk? My guess is BD got it wrong 23 years later, confusing the Tars with the Shipbuilders. And your dates and the date mentioned in TSN prove that TSN was right. I think.

allan said...

Looking at the league schedule again, I'm going to say TSN has it wrong.

The schedule shows Norfolk at Richmond on August 17, 18, and 19. So maybe BD flipped the home and road teams. (Way back when, home teams could choose to bat first or second. Maybe Richmond decided to bat first. In the majors, it was not until 1950 that it became a rule that the home team batted last. No idea about the minors.)

allan said...

Seattle batted first at home on September 26, 2007 (G1 of a DH).

allan said...

Can anyone tell me what the odds are that a seven-inning game ends in a 12-12 tie and each team's line - no matter how the runs are distributed - is identical?

(A 1-1 or 2-2 tie with identical lines would not raise too many eyebrows, but this ...)

Benjamin said...

The game is referenced in an August 19, 1922 Hartford Courant article ("One For 'The Book'"), but I'm having trouble finding a copy.

Jere said...

I paid the 4 pucks and got the Courant article. Not much new info, but it does say Richmond and Norfolk (as opposed to Newport News).

Have sent screenshot to Allan. It says not to reproduce it without permission. But it doesn't say whose permission. So I give you my permission, if you want to post it!

allan said...

Thanks for getting that, Jere. Too bad it has pretty much the same info that TSN has.