The box score below is an accurate record of events for the baseball contest played on April 9, 1987 at Exhibition Stadium. The Cleveland Indians defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 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)
Cleveland Indians 14, Toronto Blue Jays 3
|Toronto Blue Jays||ab||r||h||rbi|
|Niekro W (1-0)||5.0||7||3||3||2||2|
|Carlton SV (1)||4.0||4||0||0||2||1|
|Toronto Blue Jays||IP||H||R||ER||BB||SO|
|Johnson L (0-1)||4.0||6||7||7||1||1|
E –None. DP –Cleveland 2. PB –Whitt (1). 2B –Cleveland Butler 2 (2,off Johnson,off Cerutti); Jacoby (1,off Cerutti); Bernazard (1,off Ward), Toronto Bell (2,off Niekro). 3B –Toronto Bell (1,off Niekro). HR –Cleveland Snyder (2,1st inning off Johnson 3 on, 2 out); Bernazard (1,4th inning off Johnson 0 on, 2 out); Franco (1,6th inning off Cerutti 1 on, 2 out); Carter (1,8th inning off Nunez 1 on, 0 out), Toronto Fernandez (1,4th inning off Niekro 0 on, 2 out). HBP –Tabler (1,by Johnson); Jacoby (1,by Johnson). Team LOB –7. Team –10. SB –Carter 2 (3,2nd base off Johnson/Whitt,2nd base off Cerutti/Whitt). WP –Niekro (1). HBP –Johnson 2 (2,Tabler,Jacoby). U-HP –Rick Reed, 1B –John Hirschbeck, 2B –Rich Garcia, 3B –Durwood Merrill. T –2:53. A –21,088.
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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."