The box score below is an accurate record of events for the baseball contest played on August 21, 1987 at Wrigley Field. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Houston Astros 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)
Houston Astros 5, Chicago Cubs 7
|Deshaies L (10-5)||2.0||6||5||5||0||3|
|DiPino W (3-2)||1.2||1||1||1||3||1|
|Smith SV (30)||2.0||3||0||0||1||0|
E –Sandberg (7), Durham (9). DP –Chicago 2. 2B –Houston Hatcher (22,off Lynch). 3B –Houston Cruz (4,off Noles). HR –Houston Doran (16,5th inning off Lynch 1 on, 0 out), Chicago Dernier (6,1st inning off Deshaies 0 on, 0 out); Dawson 2 (40,3rd inning off Deshaies 1 on, 0 out,5th inning off Heathcock 0 on, 0 out); J Davis (17,8th inning off Agosto 0 on, 1 out). Team LOB –14. Team –6. CS –Hatcher (8,2nd base by Smith/J Davis); Palmeiro (1,2nd base by Childress/Ashby). SB –Dernier (13,2nd base off Deshaies/Ashby); Dunston 2 (11,2nd base off Childress/Ashby,2nd base off Agosto/Ashby). WP –Heathcock (1). U-HP –Tom Hallion, 1B –John Kibler, 2B –Charlie Williams, 3B –Jim Quick. T –3:03. A –31,006.
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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."