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In the 1976 Baseball Research Journal, James Watkins had an article entitled "Nothing to Nothing in Overtime," that listed all 20th Century scoreless, extra-inning ties. Jim Weigand compiled a complete list of scoreless ties, available in Grandstand Baseball Annual, Special 1. It notes 5 other extra-innings games. One deserves special attention. Toledo and Brooklyn faced off at Washington Park on October 4, 1884, and played a scoreless tie for ten innings. The two remarkable features of the game were, first, a no-hitter by Sam Kimber of Brooklyn, the only one in a tie game of more than nine innings, and second, even more amazing for the time, neither team made an error. Now, any tie games that are called are counted as a loss for both teams.

Nothing to Nothing in Overtime By James Watkins (Assjsted by AI Kermjsch) Some of the great pitching duels in baseball history have received little publicity because more than 30 extra-inning contests ended in 0-0 ties. Extra-inning tie games are rare these days since most games now can be suspended and finished at a future date, but in the old days natural elements usually put an end to them. Ironically, the longest scoreless game in major league history was played in one of the better hitting parks-Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, on September 11, 1946, a 19-inning tie between the Dodgers and the Reds. Johnny Vander Meer, who had pitched the second of his two successive no-hitters in 1938 at Ebbets Field, hurled the first 15 innings for Cincinnati, fanning 14. The Reds almost broke the tie in the top half of the 19th inning. With one out and Dain Clay on second base, Bert Haas lined a single to right but Dixie Walker nailed Clay at the plate. The longest scoreless game in the American League took place at Detroit on July 16, 1909. The Tigers and Senators battled 18 innings before darkness set in. Ed Summers went all the way for Detroit, giving up only seven hits. Dolly Gray and Bob Groom divided the pitching chores for Washington, giving up only six hits between them. Gray was in superb form in his starting effort. He gave up only one hit in eight innings, a single to Matty McIntyre, the first batter to face him in the game. He had to leave the game after straining his side in the ninth inning after pitching three balls to McIntyre, the first batter of the frame. Groom took over and gave up only five hits in his 10 innings. He got out of a bases full, none out situation jn the 15th inning. With the bags loaded, he had to face Donie Bush, Sam Crawford and Ty Cobb. But he was equal to the occasion. Bush popped out to third baseman Bob Kelly. Crawford topped the ball toward first base. Wade Killifer, a pinch-runner for Oscar Stanage, dug for home. Groom pounced on the ball and threw home to Gabby Street. The play was very close; in fact, Street seemed to think the throw was too late and started for the bench. The Washington infielders also began to come in white the Detroit runners moved toward the clubhouse. But umpire John Kerin had called the runner out and called all the players back. Cobb ended the suspense by striking out. Gray and Groom were particularly rough on the two top Detroit hitters-Cobb and Crawford-who each went 0 for 7. Another 18-inning scoreless tie took place at Shea Stadium on Saturday, October 2, 1965, in the second game of a twi-night doubleheader between the Mets and Phillies. The game had to be halted on account of a 12:50 a.m. curfew. Chris Short, Phil southpaw, fanned 18 in his 15 innings of work. It was a frustrating night for the Mets. They were blanked 6-0 by Jim Bunning in the first game. Ernie Koob, St. Louis Browns' southpaw, pitched all the way in a l7-inning scoreless game with the Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston, on July 14, 1916. Carl Mays pitched the first 15 innings for the Red Sox and Hub Leonard the last two. Poor base-running by Koob kept him from winning the game in the 15th inning. Koob, recipient of a base on balls, advanced to second base with two out in the 15th inning. Ward Miller singled to left field and Koob came home but he was called out for failing to touch third base. Jack Coombs of the Athletics and Ed Walsh of the White Sox had a spectacular l6-inning scoreless duel at Chicago on August 4, 1910. Coombs gave up only three hits and fanned 18, while Walsh allowed six singles and struck out 10. Coombs had nine consecutive hitless innings in the game. Pat Dougherty doubled in the second inning and that was the only hit off Coombs until the 12th chapter when rookie Paul Meloan and Dougherty chipped in with singles. Coombs wound up his work in whirlwind fashion, fanning Charley Mullen, Billy Sullivan and Walsh in a row in the 16th frame. Although it went only 14 innings, the scoreless tie between the Indians and Tigers at Cleveland on August 11, 1942, deserves special mention. It was the first game of a twi-nighter, but in those early years of night baseball the rules did not allow day games to be finished under lights. So the game was called on account of darkness at the end of 14 innings, but a few minutes later the lights were turned on and Dizzy Trout and Mel Harder came out to warm up for the second game. But that peculiarity deprived the fans of seeing a conclusion to an extra-ordinary pitching duel between Al Milnar and Tommy Bridges. Milnar was magnificent. He gave up only two hits and held the Tigers hitless until two out in the ninth inning when Roger Cramer singled to right. The other hit came with one out in the 13th inning, a single to left field by Rudy York. Walter Johnson turned in a scintillating performance in a l2-inning scoreless battle with Jack Quinn of the Yankees at the Polo Grounds, New York, on May 11, 1919. It was the first legalized Sunday game for the Yankees in New York. It was a raw day and only 3,000 fans braved the elements. But they were rewarded with a first-class hurling duel. The gloomy day was made to order for Johnson's fastball. He was almost invincible and at one time retired 28 batters in a row. Roger Peckinpaugh, the second man to bat in the first inning, singled and not another Yankee reached first base until Frank Baker walked with two down in the tenth inning. Derrill Pratt got the other Yankee hit to open the 11th inning. George Halas, the fabled owner of the football Chicago Bears, then a rookie outfielder for the Yankees, played the entire game. He was 0 for 5 against Johnson, fanning twice. The game was called a few minutes before 6 o'clock under the assumption that the game had to be called because of the new Sunday law. But after the game the veteran umpire Bill Dinneen admitted that he made a mistake in calling the game. He had acted on the advice of President Jake Ruppert of the Yankees that the Sunday law required the game to end at 6 o'clock. The information, however, proved to be erroneous. The Sunday law stipulated that games had to be played after 2 o'clock with no provision as to what time they should end. SCORELESS TIES OF 10 OR MORE INNINGS, 1901-75 National League Date ---Home Team & Hurler-Visiting Team & Hurler - Innings 5-01-02 - Chi. - Luther Taylor Cin. Noodles Hahn 12 9-11-06 - Pitt. - D. Phillippe 10 Cin. Bob Ewing 15 ------------------- Victor Willis 5 9-19-07+ Phil. Lew Richie Chi. Ed Reulbach 10 9-02-08+ N. Y. Leon Ames Bkn. George Bell 13 4-25-13 N.Y. Al Demaree 10 Phil. Gr. Alexander 11 -----------------Doc Crandall 1

The New York Giants had a seeming win taken away from them on April 25, 1913. In the bottom of the tenth inning, Moose McCormick hit Grover Alexander's pitch for a run-scoring single. However, umpire Bill Klem had his back turned, and ruled that the pitch didn't count. The game ended in a scoreless tie the next inning.

9-05-13+ Bos. Dick Rudolph Phil. Gr. Alexander 10 8- I 1-14 Bos. George Tyler Cin. Leon Ames 13 7~07-15+ Bkn. Phil Douglas Bos. William James 5 -- 16 ------------------------------------------George Davis 11 6-13-16 Bos. Dick Rudolph 12 Cin. Fred Toney 11 -- 16 ----------------Tom Hughes 4 ---------Pete Schneider 5 9-04-17 Bkn. Ed Pfeffer Phil. Joe Oeschger 14 9-22-17 St.L. Lee Meadows Bos. ArthurNehf 14 9- 11-46 Bkn. Hal Gregg 10 Cin. J. VanderMeer 15 -- 19 -----------------Hugh Casey 5 ------Harry Gumbert 4 -----------------Art Herring 3 -----------------Hank Behrman 1 7-31-53+ Mil. Max Surkont Phil. Robert Miller 10 10-2-65+ N.Y. Dick Gardner 15 Phil. Chris Short 15 -- 18 -------------------D. Sutherland 2 Gary Wagner 2 -------------------Dennis Ribant 1 Jack Baldschun 1 American League 5-21-04 Wash. Jack Townsend Det. George Mullin 11 7-22-04 Wash. Case Patten Det. Ed Killian 13 9-27-04 + StL. Willie Sudhoff Phil. Chief Bender 10 5-13-05 Chi. Frank Smith N.Y. Bill Hogg 11 9-13-06 Chi. Frank Owen StL. Barney Pelty 10 7-19-07 Cle. Glenn Liebhardt Wash. Charles Smith 12 9-09-07 Bos. Cy Young Phil. Rube Waddell 13 7-16-09 Det. OrenSummers Wash. Dolly Gray 8.1 -- 18 -------------------------------------------Robert Groom 9.2 8-04-10 Chi. Ed Walsh Phil. Jack Coombs 16 9-21-10 Cle. Harry Fanwell Phil. Jack Coombs 11 4- 20-12 StL. G. Baumgardner Chi. James Scott 15 7-14-16 Bos. Carl Mays 15 StL. Ernie Koob 17 ----------------Hub Leonard 2 5-11-19 N.Y. JackQuinn Wash. Walter Johnson 12 8-16-26 Chi. Ted Lyons Det. Sam Gibson 10 9-08-29+ Bos. Milt Gaston StL. Geo. Blaeholder 10 8-11-42# Cle. Al Milnar Det. Tommy Bridges 14 6-03-45+ Phil. Bobo Newsom 7 StL. Tex Shirley 13 ------------------Joe Berry 2.1 ------------------Steve Gerkin 3.2 5-09-54 + Chi. Billy Pierce Det. Billy Hoeft 10 # First game; + second game

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The longest scoreless tie in MLB history was played on September 11, 1946 between the Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers. The game was called on the account of darkness after 19 innings.

The MLB game that started with the most scoreless innings was played on August 1, 1918 between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Braves. The game was 0-0 through 20 innings before the Pirates scored twice in the 21st to win 2-0.

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