me to the station, yeah..."
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND •
MAY 18, 1957 –
Williams of the Orioles hit a ninth-inning, game-tying solo home run
against the Chicago White Sox
Paul LaPalme seconds before 10:20 p.m. — a
time set as a curfew so the White Sox could catch a train out of Baltimore.
If Williams had done
anything else; take a pitch, hit a foul ball, gotten a single, double or
triple, struck out; any of those things would have prolonged the game, running
it up against the curfew.
would have won. But with the game tied, it was suspended and replayed from the
beginning at a later date. This time
Curfews were fairly common in the major leagues
into the 1950's and 60's, then phased out. The initial impetus was World War II,
during which there were curfews to accommodate dim-out (as in "dim" the
lights) to save energy. Games all over the country had
curfews.putting a limit on how long a night game could last.
Koppett's Concise History of Major League Baseball,
by Leonard Koppett, 1998
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