The baseball season is upon us and an office manager we know passes along this
explanation of the game, given to her by her grandson:
You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's on the side that's
in goes out and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out. When
three men are out, the side that's out come in and the side that's been in goes out and
tries to get those coming in out. When both sides have been in and out nine times,
including the not outs, that's the end of the game.
Bits & Pieces, April 30, 1992.
Dick Wade, a Kansas City sportswriter, once decided to find out exactly how much
"action" occurred in a baseball game. So, on June 21, 1956, he took a stopwatch
to a game between the Kansas City Athletics and Washington Senators and counted the time
it took a ball to leave the pitcher's hand until it arrived at home plate; then on all hit
balls, he let the clock run until the batter was either out or safe. The total
"action" during the two-hour, 28-minute game was 8.5 minutes. Kansas City won,
Tom Peters in Philadelphia Inquirer.