The Fourth of July was a traditional baseball day in ballparks across America. Often, baseball history was made on the day reserved for celebrating the country’s independence. A rare no hitter was pitched 10 years earlier on this day. Twenty-two years ago a less-than-dramatic, regular season matchup became a 19 inning saga, delaying July Fourth fireworks until the wee hours of July fifth, with most of the fans still in their seats.
It was a day when home clubs brought in high school and college marching bands to perform the National Anthem, or even the Marine Corps drum and pipe brigade. Some teams went all out and had both. A day at the ballpark on the Fourth of July involved plenty of sunshine, lots of red-white-and-blue festivities, hot dogs that scrunch when they’re bitten into, and vote-seeking politicians throwing out the first pitch.
A day at the ballpark this Fourth of July would be considered a success if it included a baseball game.
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