3:45: Allan Roth packs statistics books and towel; no coffee spilled today. Gowdy stretches and groans. Mr. Poppy rises from bar stool for first time. Smiles thinly. Says softly to no one in particular, "That's all she wrote."
On that warm spring day in May of 1969, 10 million Americans sat down and watched a single baseball game—more people than saw the St. Louis Cardinals play from 1926 to 1946. They witnessed a complete production, courtesy of MassCom: Gowdy, 18-for-18, Raygan, Dixieland, petroleum, Berle, gold blazer, Star-Spangled, Mantle, gazania, Parker, 5-0, Chrysler and 3:43:40. Mr. Poppy never had it so good.