“It was just a surreal environment. I really don’t think we want to play another one like this. I don’t think they do either.”
#Shortstops: A Most Lonesome Game
White Sox manager Robin Ventura
The crack of a bat. The pop of a glove. The bellow of an umpire calling strike three. These sounds, typically muffled by the dull roar of a crowd, were eerily crisp during the unattended contest.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum documented the game with a game ball, a scorecard and an unused ticket. All have been accessioned into the collection in Cooperstown.
For many, the “zero attendance” game was a symbol of the strife endured by the citizens of Baltimore and elsewhere. But for others, the game could be recognized as representing that for which baseball is so often revered: Peacefulness and perseverance.
Andrew Bevevino is the 2015 digital strategy intern in the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
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