The Shortest 9-Inning game in Major League Baseball History The Baseball Almanac box score below is an accurate record of events for the Major League Baseball game played on September 28, 1919, at the Polo Grounds . The New York Giants defeated the Philadelphia Phillies and set the still-standing Major League Baseball record for shortest nine-inning game ever played in baseball history.
"Phillies-Giants Break Season's Time Record. New York. Sept. 28 — A season record for brevity was set in the first game of today's double header between New York and Philadelphia, when in fifty-one minutes the Giants scored a victory, 6 to 1. New York won the second contest also, 7 to 1. In the first game ( Jesse ) Barnes won his twenty-fifth victory, the only National League pitcher to touch that mark. The nearest approach to today's record was the time of fifty-five minutes made by Cincinnati and Brooklyn a week again. A few years ago the Giants played an exhibition game with Philadelphia in thirty-two minutes while preparing for the world's series with Boston." - The Daily Pantagraph (September 29, 1919. Page 5)
Philadelphia Phillies 1, New York Giants 6
|Meadows L (12-20)||8.0||13||6||5||3||1|
|New York Giants||IP||H||R||ER||BB||SO|
|Barnes W (25-9)||9.0||5||1||0||0||2|
E –Fletcher (47). DP –Philadelphia 2. Bancroft-Blackburne, Bancroft-Luderus-Paulette. 2B –Philadelphia Blackburne (12), New York Burns (29); Youngs (31); Fletcher (20); Kelly (6); J. Barnes (5). Team LOB –6. SH –Burns (7); E. Smith (2). Team –7. SB –Burns (40). U –Bill Klem, Bob Emslie. T –0:51. A –14,000.
Did you know that the shortest nine-inning game in Major League Baseball history was only fifty-one minutes long? Do you know what two teams set the American League record (fifty-five minutes)? That record, other fast games, AND several longest game records are in the Game Length Record Book , by Baseball Almanac .
The New York Daily News wrote the most detailed story in our research library, including a little known fact about the teams agreeing to attempt setting the record before the game was played! The story:
FIFTY MINUTES FOR FIRST GAME SETS NEW MARK
Giants and Phillies dropped the curtain on the National League season at the Polo Grounds yesterday with the fastest game ever played in the major leagues. It required just fifty minutes for Jess Barnes and his mates to trim the Phillies in the first half of the double header. The score was 6 to 1. ( Bill ) Hubbell hurled the second game for the Giants and rang up his first victory in the big show, 7 1o 1.
Previous to yesterday the best time ever made in a big league encounter was fifty-six minutes. The Giants were joint holders of that record with Brooklyn. That game was played in New York on Aug. 30 of last season . New York won, 1 to 0. In the American League the record is sixty-eight minutes, made by the White Sox and Athletics on Aug. 29, 1915 . That score was 1 to 0. [Note: American League record has been broken since this story was written / Game Length Record Book ]
Both Giants and Phils agreed to go after the speed record before the game started. That they shattered the mark and still made seven runs is remarkable. The men went up intent on smacking the first pitch. They did for the most part and this led to a hasty finish.
Spec Meadows was the Philly pitcher. He was slammed for thirteen blows, while Barnes yielded only five. George Kelly gathered three of the home safeties and every man on McGraw's club poled at least one.
The Phils got a one-run lead in the first when ( Art ) Fletcher fumbled and let ( Lena ) Blackburne score after Lena's double. Doyle's single, Fletcher's double and an infield out tied it in the second. The Giants won with three runs in the third stanza. A walk, double, four singles did the damage. Two singles and Barnes ' own double led to the two other runs in the sixth.
Hubbell hurled like a veteran in the second game ( Box Score ). He allowed eight hits but was steady as a clock all the time. The Giants made it easy for him by piling up all their seven runs in the first three frames. Hubbell blanked the Quakers until the eighth, when they pushed around one run. George Smith was the Philly hurler. He was tapped safely ten times.
Shortest MLB Game | The Reading Times | September 29, 1919 | Page 8Baseball Almanac Research Library
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