Major League Baseball had its fullest program in almost a half-century Friday with 20 matches set to be played, such as five doubleheaders brought on by postponements for weather, the coronavirus and protests of racial abuse.
The previous time 20 matches were on the program was Aug. 4, 1974, if there were nine doubleheaders, the Elias Sports Bureau said.
Detroit and Minnesota obtained this active afternoon in vacant ballparks began using a twinbill at Goal Field. Additional seven-inning doubleheaders were scheduled in Baltimore, Boston, Pittsburgh and Atlanta.
The stats out of Friday and Sunday afternoon 46 years back are sure to differ. You will find 12 complete games pitched that day, such as nine-inning attempts by Catfish Hunter, Luis Tiant and Dave McNally. The pitching superstar might have been somebody who obtained a no-decision — Dan Freisleben threw 13 shutout innings for San Diego from Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench, Tony Perez and the Cincinnati Reds.
Just three of these 20 matches back then took over 2 hours, 40 minutes) On Friday, the Blue Jays had 2:42 to get Toronto’s 8-7 win in seven innings in Fenway Park.
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