All the World is Waitin’ For the Sun

We begin today with some more YoutTube primer just to get you in the mood to talk about rain.

So, as promised I was able to get in touch with the good folks over at the Elias Sports Bureau (the guys who do all the crazy funky stats you see on the four letter network.  Check out the Bureau’s daily column here.  As always, stats nerd alert if you click the previous link.

Elias.jpgAnyway, I was told there aren’t any really solid records kept about rainouts.  Everything on hand is sketchy at best, but there were some interesting notes.

  • In 1903 the Philadelphia Phillies had nine consecutive games postponed.  It is not known if all of the games were pushed back because of rain.  The “rain”outs were from August 10-19, which does coincide with the great Paris Metro fire…but which probably didn’t cause the delay.
  • In April of 1952 the Washington Senators were postponed in seven straight games.  It is again not known if this is all because of rain.  There is speculation the entire team took three of the days off to think about the idea of one day scouting Stephen Strasburg.
  • In 1911 the World Series was rained out for five straight games.  The dates were October 18-23.  The 22nd was not rained out – it was Sunday…as we talked about in the previous post, baseball was not played on Sundays back in the day.  It was illegal until 1934 in the City of Brotherly Love.
  • In the 1962 World Series there were four rainouts…three of them coming in san Francisco prior to Game 6.
  • In 1975 there were three consecutive rainouts prior to Game 6.  The series famously pitted the Reds and Red Sox.  If you remember, Game 6 was the one in which Carlton Fisk waived his homer fair.  It is urban legend he was waiving non-stop throughout the entire rJanus.jpgainout stretch…he and the St. Joe’s Hawk.  And no, that part’s not true.

Just some more food for thought for you.  On another note, today is Wingfest at the park.  The record for most wings eaten (according to Major League Eating) is 7.72 pounds in 12 minutes by Eater X (right) back on May 8th.  That’s the boneless record.  Joey Chestnut holds several chicken wing records.  Believe it or not there are long form and short form categories.  Something like in ice skating I think…just don’t trust the French judge.

On that note…Till Next Time…

 

Joel  

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About Joel Godett
Joel Godett is in his secod year broadcasting Bradenton Marauders baseball. His career has carried him from Syracuse to Buffalo, Roanoke, Cape Cod, Tampa and Bradenton. He is originally from New Jersey and somehow grew up an Atlanta Braves fan.

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