Call Guinness. And Ripley, too. Iron Man Vin Scully had an unbelievable weekend.
Scully announced two games in two cities Saturday, which alone is quite a feat.Even more amazing is that the first game, in St. Louis, went 10 innings, and the second, in Houston, went 22 innings.
That's 32 innings in one day, which, if such things were kept, would surely shatter all records.
Then, for good measure, Scully came back to work 13 more Sunday, bringing the total to 45 innings in a 29-hour span.
The stage was set for Scully's incredible weekend Thursday evening when partner Don Drysdale came down with a case of laryngitis.
Originally, the plan was for Drysdale and Ross Porter to handle the radio and television play-by-play for the Los Angeles market Friday and Saturday in Houston while Scully went off to an NBC assignment in St. Louis.
But Drysdale's ailment changed everything.
First, Scully had to alert NBC he would miss the Friday evening production meeting in St. Louis. Instead of flying to St. Louis Friday, he went there Saturday morning, courtesy of a private jet hired by Dodger owner Peter O'Malley.
Scully figured he could fly into St. Louis and be back in Houston in plenty of time to make the start of the night game there.
But things didn't go quite as planned.
First, the game in St. Louis, in which the Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs, 6-5, went 10 innings and lasted nearly 3 1/2 hours.
Then there was a traffic jam going from Busch Stadium to the airport, and he made it back to the Astrodome in Houston just in the nick of time.
Scully, on the phone from Houston after Sunday's game, recalled the moment: "The national anthem was just finishing when I stepped into the booth and said, `Good evening, ladies and gentlemen,' as though I'd been there waiting for an hour."
Then came 22 consecutive innings of play-by-play. Scully signed off the air barely before 3 a.m., CDT.
HOUSTON (UPI) - Some notable facts from Saturday's 22-inning game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros, which lasted seven hours and 14 minutes:
- It was the longest night game by time in National League history, breaking the mark of the St. Louis-New York Mets game of 1974 which lasted seven hours and four minutes (25 innings).
- It fell 10 minutes short of being the longest NL game ever. San Francisco beat the New York Mets in 23 innings in 1964 in the second game of a double-header. The game lasted seven hours and 23 minutes.
- It was the longest game in the majors in five years. Chicago beat Milwaukee 7-6 after playing 25 innings May 8-9, 1984. The game lasted eight hours and six minutes.
- Los Angeles outfielder John Shelby went 0 for 10, one at-bat shy of the major league record for most at-bats without a hit. Charles Pick of the Boston Braves went 0 for 11 in 1920 in a 26-inning game against Brooklyn that ended in a 1-1 tie.
- Los Angeles used 23 players - a franchise record - skipping only Tim Belcher, who started Sunday's game against the Astros. Fernando Valenzuela, who pitched seven innings in Friday's game, played first base for the first time and Jeff Hamilton, the Dodgers third baseman, made his debut as a pitcher.
- Houston used 21 players.