50th Anniversary of The Greatest Game Ever Pitched

by Bill Chuck on July 2, 2013

If you are discussing sporting events that will never happen again, include the event of July 2, 1963.

On that night, in Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Juan Marichal and Warren Spahn matched up or a game that will be forever talked about when we bring up the topic of pitch counts, complete games, quality starts, ultimate quality starts, and shutouts.

That night, the Giants won 1-0 on a 16th inning walkoff homer by Willie Mays.

Both Marichal and Spahn went the distance, each throwing over 200 pitches, and with these two masters on the mound, the game lasted just four hours and 10 minutes.

Warren Spahn – July 2, 1963

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF GSc
Warren Spahn, L (11-4) 15.1 9 1 1 1 2 1 2.84 56 97
Team Totals 15.1 9 1 1 1 2 1 0.59 56 97
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/2/2013.

Juan Marichal – July 2, 1963

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF GSc
Juan Marichal, W (13-3) 16 8 0 0 4 10 0 2.14 59 112
Team Totals 16 8 0 0 4 10 0 0.00 59 112
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/2/2013.

If you want to read more about Spahn, Marichal, and the participants in the game:

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{ 2 comments }

ivorytowerskeptic July 2, 2013 at 1:18 pm

In my mind, the greatest game ever pitched was Pirate Harvey Haddix’s 12 perfect innings only to lose to Lew Burdette in the 13th inning on an error, a walk, and a double.

“After the game, Lew Burdette told the media, “I called Harvey that night in the visiting clubhouse. I told him ‘I realize I got what I wanted, a win, but I’d really give it up because you pitched the greatest game that’s ever been pitched in the history of baseball. It was a damned shame you had to lose.’ ”

From the Baseball Almanac:
http://www.baseball-almanac.com/boxscore/05261959.shtml

elfel August 7, 2013 at 1:47 pm

How many pitches did each one make?

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