The box score below is an accurate record of events for the baseball contest played on July 3, 1997 at Astrodome. The Cincinnati Reds 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)
Cincinnati Reds 4, Houston Astros 3
|Smiley W (6-10)||6.0||7||3||3||0||6|
|Shaw SV (17)||1.0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Garcia L (3-7)||7.0||5||4||4||2||7|
E –None. DP –Cincinnati 1. 2B –Houston Biggio (23,off Smiley). 3B –Cincinnati D Sanders (7,off Garcia). HR –Cincinnati Oliver (7,4th inning off Garcia 0 on, 0 out), Houston Berry (5,7th inning off Smiley 2 on, 0 out). SH –Smiley (1,off Garcia). HBP –D Sanders (3,by Garcia). Team LOB –6. Team –3. SB –D. Sanders (39,2nd base off Garcia/Ausmus); Reese (10,3rd base off Garcia/Ausmus); Morris (2,2nd base off Garcia/Ausmus). CS –Reese (2,2nd base by Hudek/Ausmus). WP –Garcia (2). HBP –Garcia (4,D Sanders). U-HP –Ed Montague, 1B –Wally Bell, 2B –Tom Hallion, 3B –Jerry Crawford. T –2:33. A –14,708.
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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."