The box score below is an accurate record of events for the baseball contest played on April 9, 1996 at Riverfront Stadium. The New York Mets defeated the Cincinnati Reds 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)
New York Mets 12, Cincinnati Reds 5
|New York Mets||IP||H||R||ER||BB||SO|
|Isringhausen W (1-0)||7.0||7||3||3||4||4|
|Franco SV (2)||1.1||1||0||0||0||0|
|Smiley L (0-1)||5.2||9||6||6||1||6|
E –Greene 3 (3), Taubensee (2). DP –New York 3. PB –Oliver (1). 2B –New York Johnson (2,off Smiley); Gilkey (2,off Smiley); Brogna (3,off Smiley); Isringhausen (1,off Smiley), Cincinnati Kelly (1,off Isringhausen); Morris (3,off Isringhausen). 3B –New York Johnson (2,off Smiley). HR –New York Hundley (3,4th inning off Smiley 1 on, 2 out), Cincinnati Greene (2,8th inning off Henry 1 on, 1 out). SH –Isringhausen (1,off Smiley). SF –Johnson (1,off Shaw). Team LOB –8. IBB –Oliver (1,by Isringhausen). Team –6. SB –Kelly (3,2nd base off Isringhausen/Hundley). WP –Smiley (1). IBB –Isringhausen (1,Oliver). U-HP –Jeff Kellogg, 1B –Paul Runge, 2B –Joe West, 3B –Rich Rieker. T –2:46. A –15,958.
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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."