The Week That Was. On May 24 the White Sox and the Rangers played the longest doubleheader consisting of two nine-inning games in major league history—seven hours and 39 minutes, breaking the record by 49 minutes. There were a combined 37 runs, 49 hits, 32 walks, 45 men left on base, eight wild pitches and 739 pitches, including 321 that were called balls. "Worst thing I've ever seen," said Chicago radio broadcaster Ed Farmer, a former major leaguer. "To the fans who stayed I say, 'God bless you. You sat through at least one birthday.' Late in the second game, pigeons started flying into our booth because they thought we were statues. At the end my jaw was so sore, I couldn't speak."
The Rangers were running out of pitchers in the second game so they summoned reliever Darren Oliver from an airplane (he was heading for extended spring training in Florida) moments before takeoff. Oliver arrived at Comiskey Park in the third inning, entered the game in the fifth and got the victory with three innings of relief. "All the guys were laughing," he said. "It was a first. And, hopefully, a last."
The White Sox' wild week continued last Saturday, when they beat Detroit in the first 1-0 game played in Tiger Stadium since Sept. 30, 1990.
The next day the same two clubs set a major league record with 12 homers in a 14-12 Chicago victory. For the White Sox, Ron Karkovice hit two homers, and Frank Thomas, Ray Durham and Craig Grebeck belted one each. For the Tigers, Chad Curtis, Cecil Fielder and Kirk Gibson hit two apiece, and Lou Whitaker smacked one. The teams set an American League record with four players hitting two homers in the same game, and the 10 solo shots were three more than the previous major league record. Five times a batter led off an inning with a dinger, and at least one tater was hit in every inning but the third, fifth and ninth.
"Karkovice had two homers and two sacrifice flies and still couldn't get on the postgame show," said Farmer. "[ White Sox manager] Gene Lamont tried to call the bullpen in the seventh inning, but they'd taken the phone off the hook. Nobody wanted to pitch in this game."
If You Wish Upon a Star. As a hitter, Padre pitcher Joey Hamilton is 0 for 53 in his career. "When I get a hit, I'm going to pull the base out of the ground and hold it over my head," he says. "I might even keep running until they tag me out."