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A Singular Accomplishment
2008-07-01 06:00
by Bob Timmermann

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.

2008-07-01 06:09:05
1.   Chyll Will
$$$ Happy New Year $$$
2008-07-01 06:18:56
2.   D4P
Perhaps I will celebrate by ordering meat loaf for dinner

You're a wild man.

2008-07-01 08:24:07
3.   kirk gibson
Depends what fiscal calendar you go by. I work on financial software applications for a section of the government that starts their fiscal year on October 1. no new years party for me yet.
2008-07-01 08:37:24
4.   Bob Hendley
Curses on the Mayans! The end of the fiscal year is when the accountants do their dirty work. Where I work, everything closes down in June so that they can balance the books and doesn't start up again until the end of July, when they are able to load the system again with the new budget. And then, everyone goes on vacation in August.
2008-07-01 09:34:01
5.   old dodger fan
I enjoyed the link to the A's Rangers game. Per the box score Steve Palermo was the home plate umpire (and Denkinger was there too). Wasn't Arlington the place Palermo was shot several years later?
2008-07-01 13:34:35
6.   Eric Stephen
I didn't know one could order meatloaf for dinner. Meatloaf to me seems like something that needs to be homemade to be good.

But maybe I'm missing out.

2008-07-01 14:42:32
7.   Linkmeister
6 I don't buy meatloaf, I buy the ingredients.

Ladies Home Journal Meatloaf I (From the 1960 1st edition of the cookbook). This is the recipe I use.

* 1 pound ground beef
* 1 egg
* 1/2 cup chili sauce
* 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
* 1 tsp. salt
* 1/4 tsp. pepper
* 13 (!) crushed saltine crackers
* 1 chopped onion
* 3-4 slices bacon (optional)
* Ketchup

Mix together the ground beef, egg, chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, 10 crushed crackers, and the onion.

Grease a meatloaf pan (I put foil in first, then spray with PAM or its equivalent). Pack the meat mixture into it. Take the remaining crackers, crush them, and sprinkle over the top. Add the bacon strips if desired. Spread ketchup evenly over the top. Bake @ 350 degrees for an hour. Serve with baked potato and a green veggie.

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