Triple-header

On October 2, 1920, the Cincinnati Reds took on the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh as the two teams participated in the last triple-header in baseball.

The Reds won the first game 13-4. The winning pitcher, Ray Fisher let four runs score off of eight hits in the nine innings he pitched.The game lasted just over two hours.

The Reds beat the Pirates in game two 7-3. The winning pitcher, Lynn Brenton let three runs score off of six hits in the nine innings he pitched. The game lasted just under two hours. Reds manager, Pat Moran started four pitchers to give his regular starters a chance to rest between games.

The Pirates won game three 6-0. Johnny Morrison let four hits slip through, but the Reds were not able to score at any time. The game lasted one hour. The three games totaled exactly five hours. This was made possible because of the lack of television coverage requiring commercials between every half inning.

The reason the triple-header occurred because of a double-header planned for the Saturday and a rain out on Friday. It was the last week of the regular season and no make-up dates were available for anyone.

Both teams went on to play a game on Sunday. The Reds finished their season 82-71, and the Pirates finished 79-75. The third place Reds earned $10,744.14, and the fourth place Pirates were given nothing. Luckily, fans have not had to sit through a  triple-header since 1920.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: