From Jon Tayler at Sports Illustrated on August 22, 2017:
A couple of years ago, Ramon Vazquez’s 11-year-old son, Nomar, came to him confused. While online, he had found a video of his father from his playing days in MLB; Vazquez had spent 2001 to ’09 as a utility infielder for six teams. He was good with the glove but an afterthought with the bat, hitting just 22 home runs over those nine seasons. But that’s what made the footage Nomar had found—highlights of a game from Aug. 22, 2007, between the Rangers, his dad’s team at the time, and the Orioles—so strange.
“He was like, ‘I found a video of you hitting two home runs, and one of them made the score 30–3,'” Vazquez says. “Then he says, ‘I showed my buddies at school, and they don’t believe it’s you.'”
Nomar’s young friends weren’t the only ones who couldn’t make sense of a game so full of craziness. On that humid August evening in Baltimore a decade ago, the Rangers crushed the Orioles, 30–3, setting a modern-era record for most runs in a single game and biggest blowout. It was only the ninth time in history a team had reached 30 runs, and it hadn’t happened since the Chicago Colts beat the Louisville Colonels, 36–7, in 1897.
Read the full article here: https://www.si.com/mlb/2017/08/22/30-3-texas-rangers-baltimore-orioles
- Read the SABR Games Project story on the Texas Rangers’ 30-run outburst on August 22, 2017
- Read the SABR Games Project story on the Chicago Colts’ record 36 runs scored on June 29, 1897
Originally published: August 23, 2017. Last Updated: August 23, 2017.