Forfeits

According to SABR member David Vincent, the Yankees requested a forfeit for the first game of a scheduled day/night doubleheader with the Devil Rays on Monday 7/6/2004. The second game was played after the Devil Rays arrived at Yankee Stadium. They were in Florida dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Francis.  Vincent says that per the commissioner’s office, no forfeit will be awarded to the Yankees.

According to SABR member David Vincent, the Yankees requested a forfeit for the first game of a scheduled day/night doubleheader with the Devil Rays on Monday 7/6/2004. The second game was played after the Devil Rays arrived at Yankee Stadium. They were in Florida dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Francis.  Vincent says that per the commissioner’s office, no forfeit will be awarded to the Yankees.

Retrosheet researchers note that in the 19th Century, forfeited games were fairly frequent, and they were quite a few in the first two decades of the 20th Century. Even in the 1970s there were four of them, and the most recent one was in 1995. Three of the last four resulted from promotions that backfired.

SABR member Gary Frownfelter has provided detailed documentation of a majority of forfeits in major league history, which is made available courtesy of Retrosheet.



Originally published: September 8, 2004. Last Updated: September 8, 2004.

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