In the 56th version of the Hall of Fame Game, the Colorado Rockies broke three records en route to an 18-10 victory over the Chicago White Sox on July 29, 2002.
The Rockies’ 24 hits broke the Los Angeles Dodgers’ previous record of 21 set in 1997, and the team’s 18 runs were the most ever scored in a Hall of Fame Game by a single team.
The mark surpassed both the Cincinnati Reds in 1953 and the Dodgers in 1997, who had been tied with a record 16 runs apiece.
The third record was broken by an individual, outfielder Mark Little, who became the first player in series history to collect five hits in a game.
Colorado used a seven-run seventh inning and a six-run ninth inning to beat the White Sox, and five different Rockies recorded multi-hit games.
Terry Shumpert of the Rockies, right, is congratulated by his teammates, including Mark Little, after hitting a home run at the 2002 Hall of Fame Game. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)
Little’s five hits led all players, while teammate Bryan Peck had four hits and Greg Norton and Walt McKeel each had three.
The White Sox produced 10 runs on 11 hits, including four RBI, three runs scored and two hits from Jason Dellaero, who played shortstop before taking a turn on the mound.
Tony Graffanino, Aaron Rowand and Josh Paul also had two hits apiece for the White Sox.
Chicago sent five hurlers to the mound and each gave up at least one run. Dellaero and Jason Stumm, who took the loss, each surrendered a team-high six runs. Starter Josh Stewart fared the best of the five, throwing three innings and giving up one run on five hits.
Reliever Chris Buglovsky earned the win despite giving up six runs – four of which were earned – for the Rockies. None of the nine pitchers used in the game threw more than three innings, and Colorado reliever Brian Fuentes was the only one to pitch a scoreless outing, throwing one inning without allowing a hit.
Hall of Fame President Dale Petroskey, left, and Chairman of the Board Jane Forbes Clark, right, present the Rockies' Greg Norton an award for winning the Home Run Derby at the 2002 Hall of Fame Game. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)