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Monday, April 16, 2012

The Week in Preview: The longest professional baseball game set several records, including most at-bats for one team in a single game – 114 for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Week in Preview


Extra innings

When the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings took the field at Rhode Island’s McCoy Stadium today in 1981, they had no idea they were about to play the longest game in professional baseball history. The game stretched for 33 innings, finally ending after eight hours and 25 minutes.

Rochester scored the first run of the game in the seventh inning and were poised to win until Pawtucket tied things up in the bottom of the ninth. Play continued … and continued.

The next run wasn’t scored until the 21st inning, this time by Rochester. Pawtucket’s Wade Boggs was quick to tie it up again, causing even his own teammates to groan.

The umpire scoured his copy of the league rule book, but there was no mention of a game curfew. It was later discovered that there was indeed a curfew of 12:50 a.m. – it just wasn’t listed in that copy of the rule book.

Instead, the exhausted teams kept playing until the managers were able to contact league President Harold Cooper via telephone.

By this time, it was after 3 o’clock in the morning on April 19, Easter Sunday. Shocked to hear the game had gone on for this long, Cooper told them to stop playing at the end of the current inning.

The game was halted at 4:07 a.m. at the end of the 32nd inning, the score still tied at 2-2.

Of the 1,740 fans who had come to see the game, 19 remained in the stands. They were rewarded with season passes to McCoy Stadium for their loyalty.

The game resumed the next time Rochester played Pawtucket at McCoy Stadium, more than two months later, on June 23. News of the epic game had spread and the stands were packed with spectators and reporters.

The 33rd inning, however, was short and sweet, lasting a mere 18 minutes. Pawtucket’s Dave Koza scored the winning run in the bottom of the inning, making the final score 3-2.

A plucky instrument

Most of us associate the ukulele with luaus rather than mainstream music. Learn more about this overlooked instrument at a screening of the documentary “Mighty Uke: The Amazing Comeback of a Musical Underdog” at 6:30 p.m. in the art gallery at Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union at 1 Tremont Place in Lowell.

The ukulele was a popular instrument in the United States from its introduction to Hawaii in the 1880s until the 1960s, when it was supplanted by the electric guitar. “Mighty Uke” explores the ukulele’s recent, worldwide increase in popularity and why people find it so appealing.

Have a ukulele? Bring it along for an audience strum-a-long after the screening.

Complimentary movie snacks will be served at this free event. For more information and directions, visit


All for fun

Aside from getting everyone to use the bathroom before you hit the road, the most challenging part of a family outing is getting everyone to agree on what to do. Find something for everyone at Parenting NH’s annual Family Fun Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at NH Sportsplex at 68 Technology Drive in Bedford.

Highlights include live performances by children’s musician Steve Blunt, magician Brian Christie and Henry the Juggler, as well as a bubble dance party and a stage parade of famous character princesses. There will also be plenty of activities, from face painting and arts and crafts to bounce houses and a rock-climbing wall.

Tickets are $5 a person or $20 a family. Some activities have an additional fee. For more information, visit or call 624-1442. Advance tickets can be purchased online at


Outdoor amusements

This week’s TWiP features a holiday double header – Sunday is also Earth Day. Celebrate in the great outdoors at an open house from 1-3 p.m. at Beaver Brook Association at 117 Ridge Road in Hollis.

Explore Beaver Brook’s new yurt, learn about their solar panels and photovoltaic system and discover the difference between composting and vermicomposting. Here’s a hint: the latter involved worms.

You can also enjoy the hiking trails and the Storywalk or lead the kids on a scavenger hunt that Beaver Brook will provide.

For more information, visit or call 465-7787.

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