Wednesday, November 28, 2012

21 Inning Game at Au Sable Forks

Another SABR member, Kris Doorey, found a 21 inning game between the Redford River Rats and the Au Sable Forks Spirits. The River Rats won, 2-0. This is marathon game # 645.  Good work, Kris.

Plattsburgh Press-Republican - June 3, 1985

Again, the image was gathered from the Northern New York Library Network's collection of digital newspapers.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

20 Inning Game at Plattsburgh

Philip Lowry, a fellow SABR member, is tracking baseball games that go long. He's interested in matches that are 20 innings or more. I think that I found one for him.

The earliest that I can find mention of Plattsburgh Independents is 1908.  They played other local teams.  In 1923 that was members of the 26th Infantry, part of the US Army stationed at the Plattsburgh Barracks.

Three of the local papers mention the upcoming game.

Plattsburgh Daily Republican -  May 10, 1923

Plattsburgh Daily Press - May 10, 1923

Plattsburgh Sentinel - May 11, 1923

The game went twenty innings, with the Army boys winning.  Although two of the papers picked it up, I couldn't find any details about the game.

Plattsburgh Daily Republican -  May 14, 1923

Plattsburgh Sentinel - May 15, 1923

Apparently this game and the rivalry were not soon forgotten, as two years later it was still being reported.

Plattsburgh Sentinel -  July 3, 1925

Images were gathered from the Northern New York Library Network's collection of digital newspapers.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bucky Harris's injured hand

This post is in response to another SABR email list question. SABR member Bob H shared this photo and asked:
Did Harris miss a few games with a hand injury late in the 1925 season, and manage from the bench?
Peck, Harris, Liebold, 9/24/25
from the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress newspaper site, Chronicling America, spans the years 1836-1922.  It wasn't going to be any help on this one.  So, I turned to one of my other favorite newspaper sites, Google News archives.

The Bend Bulletin - September 23, 1925

The Independent - September 23, 1925

These articles partly answer Bob H's question.  He did get injured, but they don't address how he managed.  More research to be done.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

Indoor Baseball

There has been a bit of discussion about indoor baseball on the SABR listserve as of late.  I thought I'd do a bit of research.  The following articles focus mainly on the origins of that game, with a few others highlighting leagues and the evolution of the game.  Bonus points for The Florida Star writer using the term "Jack Frostican".  These articles are from the Library of Congress's site, Chronicling America.  There are many other articles available through Google News.

Evening Star - December 27, 1890

The Saint Paul Globe - December 13, 1903

Los Angeles Herald - August 16, 1908

The Florida Star - January 7, 1910

Honolulu Star-Bulletin - February 20, 1913

Evening Public Ledger - March 24, 1920