For people in my line of work, today is a big day. It's the start of the new fiscal year! Woo hoo! And I don't even get the day off. It's a day that needs to be celebrated. Perhaps I will celebrate by ordering meat loaf for dinner.
And on this Fiscal New Year Day, the Oakland A's and Texas Rangers rolled around Arlington Stadium for 15 innings and over 5 hours and cracked the most singles in any Major League game ever. In a 13-12 Oakland win, the two teams combined to hit 42 singles. The A's had 25 of them and the Rangers had 17.
Oakland got four singles from rookie center fielder Rickey Henderson, playing his first week in the majors, as well as designated hitter Jim Essian. Second baseman Mike Edwards had three. Rob Picciolo, who played shortstop and left field, and Derek Bryant, who played in left field and right field, also had three. First baseman Jeff Newman chipped in three singles along with catcher Mike Heath. Third baseman Dave Chalk and right fielder Tony Armas had the final two.
No Rangers batter had more than two singles in the game. But the Rangers were otherwise busy. Buddy Bell started at third, moved to short, then back to third, and finished up at short.
Oakland tallied 29 hits in all for the game, the most by an Oakland A's team. The Philadelphia A's had 29 hits in a 9-inning game on May 1, 1929 in a 24-6 win at Boston.
The Milwaukee Brewers set an AL record with 26 singles in just 9 innings back on August 22, 1992.