The box score below is an accurate record of events for the baseball contest played on September 7, 1986 at Astrodome. The Houston Astros defeated the St. Louis Cardinals and the box score is "ready to surrender its truth to the knowing eye."
"The box score is the catechism of baseball, ready to surrender its truth to the knowing eye." - Author Stanley Cohen in The Man in the Crowd (1981)
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Houston Astros 6
|St. Louis Cardinals||IP||H||R||ER||BB||SO|
|Mathews L (10-5)||5.2||9||5||5||3||2|
|Calhoun W (1-0)||1.0||0||0||0||1||2|
|Smith SV (29)||1.0||0||0||0||1||0|
E –LaValliere (5), Lopez (2). DP –St. Louis 1. 2B –St. Louis Ford (14,off Darwin), Houston Ashby (11,off Mathews); Bass (25,off Mathews). 3B –Houston Davis (3,off Bargar). HR –Houston Garner (9,4th inning off Mathews 0 on, 0 out). SH –Doran (4,off Mathews). HBP –Hatcher (3,by Bargar). IBB –Ashby (9,by Mathews). SB –Smith 2 (29,2nd base off Darwin/Ashby,2nd base off Lopez/Ashby); Cruz (2,2nd base off Bargar/LaValliere); Walker (9,2nd base off Boever/LaValliere). CS –Hatcher (10,2nd base by Mathews/LaValliere). WP –Mathews (5), Bargar (2), Boever (1). BK –Darwin (1). HBP –Bargar (3,Hatcher). IBB –Mathews (3,Ashby). U-HP –Terry Tata, 1B –Jerry Crawford, 2B –Charlie Williams, 3B –Tom Hallion. T –2:50. A –20,773.
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Fred Schwed, Jr., in How to Watch a Baseball Game (1957) wrote our favorite baseball box score quote, "The baseball box score is the pithiest form of written communication in America today. It is abbreviated history. It is two or three hours (the box score even gives that item to the minute) of complex activity, virtually inscribed on the head of a pin, yet no knowing reader suffers from eyestrain."