Tom Gase's Reviews > Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball's Longest Game

Bottom of the 33rd by Dan Barry
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Apr 18, 2011

really liked it
Read from April 18 to 25, 2011

A really good book about a baseball game.that.just.wouldn't. end.

The author Dan Barry, takes the reader into what life was like in Pawtucket back in 1981 in a never-ending game. Due to some glitches in the rule book, this game started 30 years ago on the night before Easter and ended....on Easter. As the sun was rising. The scorebook looks like an earthquake seismograph. It was freezing for the players as they were burning bats and firewood in the duguout to stay warm. 33 innings is almost the same as four regular games.

What I liked most about this book was the story about Bruce Hurst and Bobby Ojeda, who were on the same team together for the Red Sox minor league team, only to face off against each other in the 1986 World Series. Small world. Also playing in this game were future Hall-of-Famers Cal Ripken and Wade Boggs, as well as future All-Star Rich Gedman.

Good book for any baseball fan and not that long of a read. A must read for minor league baseball fans and fans of the Orioles and Red Sox.

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04/18/2011 page 18
7.0% "Picked this book up today since I realized it's the 30th anniversary of the longest baseball game ever. So far, so good."

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