Palladino: Remembering when the Waterbury Indians played an extra game

From SABR member Joe Palladino at the Waterbury Republican-American on July 2, 2019:

It happened on Aug. 4, 1969 and it was, well, unusual. No, no one walked on the moon that day, but 50 years ago an odd minor league baseball game was played between the Waterbury Indians and the Elmira Pioneers at Elmira’s Dunn Field.

The story is told through the games project of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), and written by Evan Katz, a passionate and meticulous baseball researcher from Swampscott, Mass. It is called, “August 4, 1969: When Waterbury and Elmira played a minor-league game by mistake.”

Mistake? Evan please, tell us more.

“This is a true baseball story,” Katz wrote. “In 1969 two minor-league teams were supposed to play each other 28 times. Somehow they lost count and played 29.”

In just three sentences, a few dozen words, Katz grabbed our interest. We need to know: How can two professional baseball teams play a game that wasn’t supposed to be played?

Read the full article here:

Originally published: July 3, 2019. Last Updated: July 3, 2019.