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THE GAME THAT TIME AND IOWA FORGOT
W.P. Kinsella
April 14, 1986
In this lyrical fantasy, the 1908 Cubs play the Iowa Baseball Confederacy All-Stars in an apocalyptic contest that lasts for 40 days and 2,614 innings, until death and the deluge at last lose out to sweetness and light
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April 14, 1986

The Game That Time And Iowa Forgot

In this lyrical fantasy, the 1908 Cubs play the Iowa Baseball Confederacy All-Stars in an apocalyptic contest that lasts for 40 days and 2,614 innings, until death and the deluge at last lose out to sweetness and light

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"Play ball," bellows Chance, his eyes ferocious. Mott, taken aback, looks to O'Reilly for support.

"This game must be decided," says O'Reilly, not so loudly as Chance, but with no less conviction. The players behind him cheer, all except Stan and me. The Cubs sit sullen and baked on their bench. No one indicates any disagreement with Chance.

"Gentlemen, I have the power to call the game," says Mott.

"Like hell you will," shouts Chance, kicking the dirt.

"I'll allow it to continue until 6 p.m., at which time we'll retire to the Community Hall for a chicken dinner," says Mott.

"Let's end it," says Chance to his team. He grabs a bat and strides toward the plate. But Chance fouls out to Orville Swan at first. Tinker and Brown go down without a whimper.

The 24th inning ends with the score tied 6-6. It is 6:00. Mott raises both hands above his head. "The game is a tie after 24 innings. We will retire for supper to the Big Inning Community Hall. The game is over," he cries.

The fans cheer and applaud.

"The game is not over," says Chance.

"We'll be back after supper."

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