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2006-08-28 03:59
by Bob Timmermann

With the end of the Random Game Callbacks (which won't be back next year in this format as it will be too hard for me to get the game stories), I'd share some extraordinarily unimportant facts from the 136 RGCs.

First of all, there were more than 136 games. There were 143 games played. There were eight doubleheaders and one game that didn't come to an end because the teams were arrested before the game was official.

One game went 20 innings with Houston beating San Diego 3-1. The Padres lost in their other RGC appearance in 16 innings.

The longest AL game went 18 innings, a 0-0 tie between Washington and Detroit in 1909.

By dint of being around a long time and my having access to a lot of years of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs had the most wins in RGCs. They won 12 games. They also lost 9 and had two ties. The Giants won 11 games. The Yankees led AL teams with 10 wins in RGCs.

The Cubs and Giants also led with nine losses. The Senators/Twins franchise led AL teams with eight losses. The Kansas City Royals appeared four times and lost each time. It wasn't a conscious decision, Royals fans.

I did manage to get all of the 30 present franchises covered, although the Brewers only showed up in their AL version. And they lost.

The Rangers and Blue Jays both went 3-0. The only undefeated existing NL team was Montreal/Washington which won in its only appearance on April 23, 1982.

2006-08-28 04:04:57
1.   Eric Enders
I think I found the secret Malkovich portal... this post doesn't show up on the Griddle main page.
2006-08-28 04:09:51
2.   Eric Enders
"(which won't be back next year in this format as it will be too hard for me to get the game stories)"

Yeah, the demise of ProQuest is a real bummer for me, too.

2006-08-28 07:40:06
3.   Bob Timmermann
Different parts of the site get updated automatically around 4 am. You were in the middle of it.
2006-08-28 08:10:28
4.   Eric Enders
This portal is mine and must be sealed up forever. For the love of God!
2006-08-28 09:11:13
5.   popup
Had I been doing the RGC's, the Giants would have had more than 9 losses. I am afraid that the RGC's would not have been all that random had I been doing the writing. Thanks for the last RGC being a Dodger win over the Giants. Any chance you could do a RGC with the Dodgers beating the Padres?

Stan from Tacoma

2006-08-28 09:18:16
6.   Bob Timmermann
Even when I did them last year for Dodgers game, the Dodgers lost to the Padres. It's just one of those things.
2006-08-28 09:38:52
7.   Monterey Chris
The Royals have fans?
2006-08-28 10:07:22
8.   Bob Timmermann
There have been a few Royals fans who have left comments here and sent me emails. They are very nice people who must have unending patience.

An old friend of mine went to a Royals game with her new husband the day after her wedding. It was the closest major league team to her.

2006-08-28 10:26:57
9.   nickb
As one of the lonely few, I must chime in and made it be known that there are in fact a few Royals fans left. I continue to be a Royals fan since I grew up during the 80's when they were a model franchise. No way I can bail out now.
2006-08-28 11:16:02
10.   Bob Timmermann
The Kansas City Royals:

Best Fans in Missouri!

Or maybe just the least pretentious.

I also had one RGC involving a Kansas City team from the American Association in the 1880s.

They lost too.

2006-08-28 12:49:25
11.   Linkmeister
2 The whole company went under?
2006-08-28 12:51:39
12.   Bob Timmermann
No, the ProQuest company is still afloat. But it's not very well run and it had to restate some earnings from previous years that made investors "nervous."

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