Don’t blink your eyes
MAY 21, 1943
The Chicago White Sox beat the Washington Senators 1-0 on this day in baseball in a game that took one hour and 29 minutes – quickest night game in American League history, according www.baseball-almanac.com. Sox starter Johnny Humphries beat Senator starter Dutch Leonard.
The National League has the American beat in the quickest night game category, however. About a year after the Senators/Sox game, the Boston Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 2 to 0 in an hour and fifteen minutes in
. And these are just night games. The times for the quickest day games are startling: 51 minutes in the National League and 55 in the American.
It's remarkable that a game could be played in less than an hour and a half. What’s even more amazing is that 13 of the first 26 games the St. Louis Browns played in 1943 took less than 2 hours. Only one took more than 3. The same was pretty much true for the White Sox. By their 26th game, 13 had been under 2 hours. None took more than 3 hours.
There are probably several reasons games are longer now, one is relief pitchers; there are more of them, and complete games by starters; there are fewer of them. For example, in 1943, Chicago White Sox starters completed 70 games. In 2005, Sox starters completed 9, and that was the year they won the World Series with a pretty good pitching staff.
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