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AUGUST 8 (1954) - Rally*
By Bill Grimes
Aug 8, 2007 - 4:39 AM

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The inning ain't over till its over

 

BROOKLYN , NEW YORK, AUGUST 8, 1954 - There are rallies and there are rallies. How about one the Brooklyn Dodgers had on this date in baseball history? The Dodgers scored 13 runs in the eighth inning, twelve after two were out. They went on to pound the Cincinnati Reds 20-7 at Ebbets Field.

Ebbets_Field_sabr.jpg
Ebbets Field, courtesy SABR
 

 

Amazingly, only one of the 13 runs given up in the eighth was earned, despite four Reds pitchers giving up seven hits and seven walks. Neither pitcher Jackie Collum nor Frank Smith got anybody out, but their ERAs didn't budge because twelve of the runs scored after an error by Reds third baseman Chuck Harmon.

 

The biggest comeback in major league history was August 5, 2001. The Cleveland Indians were down 12-0 in the third (14-2 in the seventh), and came back to beat the Seattle Mariners 14-12 in eleven innings. Ironically, 2001 was the year the Mariners won 116 games. Had they held on that night to beat the Indians Seattle would have broken the all-time record for wins in a season held by the Chicago Cubs with 116 in 1906.  

 

Contributing Sources:

http://www.todayinbaseballhistory.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Impossible_Return

http://www.retrosheet.org/

 

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