Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News discovered this gem: A broadcast of a Dodgers-Cardinals game from the Coliseum on July 25, 1959. Jack Brickhouse, a legend, is on the call.
As you know, I’ve been on my soapbox about the maddening length of baseball games. Well, take a look at this video and it is painfully obvious what occurred back then.
The batters stayed in the box between pitches and the pitchers worked quickly. Really simple.
Lo and behold, what was the result? The Cardinals beat the Dodgers 4-2 in 2 hours, 11 minutes.
Oh by the way, the game went 10 innings. Yes, an extra inning game was completed in about the same time it takes the today’s game to get through six innings.
Yesterday’s game times: Detroit-Boston: 3:27; Cardinals-Dodgers: 3:10.
Take a good look at this video, Major League Baseball. This is how they used to play your game. Time to turn back the clock and do it this way again.