MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2013
Full service returns tomorrow: Why do baseball games take so long?
Last week, the New York Times reported on the topic. As we return to our sprawling campus from a brief trip to the Hudson Valley, we thought you might want to see what the World Series was like in 1963.
Fifty years ago this month, the Dodgers swept the Yankees. Here are the scores, with the length of time of each game:
October 2, 1963: Dodgers 5, Yankees 2. Length of game: 2:10
October 3, 1963: Dodgers 4, Yankees 1. Length of game: 2:13
October 5, 1963: Dodgers 1, Yankees 0. Length of game: 2:05
October 6, 1963: Dodgers 2, Yankees 1. Length of game: 1:50
They were all day games, played in early October.
In 1956, Don Larsen's perfect game ran 2:06. In those days, you could watch an entire World Series game, then still have time to go outside and jump in a big pile of leaves.
Today, a 1-0 game may take almost four hours. In part, it's because of the endless pitching changes.
Back then, nobody bothered. In that four-game 1963 sweep, the Dodgers' bullpen pitched exactly one-third of an inning.
To consult the leading authority on that series, just click here. Key words:
Koufax and Drysdale.