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Happy 25th anniversary Jose Oquendo game

May 14, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

Jose Oquendo

I knew it was the Tommy Lasorda anniversary. I had no idea it was the anniversary of the Jose Oquendo game, too. Though I do remember that game well as it came against the Braves back when my entire life consisted of watching Braves games on TBS.

Chris Jaffe takes us on a walk down memory lane of this 19-inning affair, with all of the details of what made this “The Jose Oquendo Game.” The fact that pitcher Jose DeLeon played the outfield — switching back and forth between left and right ELEVEN TIMES — didn’t even make it rate in naming it. The fact that Rick Mahler — a starter — came in from the pen and thew eight scoreless innings with just three hits and three walks while WINNING THE GAME for the godawful 1988 Braves doesn’t rate either.

No, it was the Jose Oquendo game, as the super-duper utility player, who may have been my favorite player on that field that day even though he wasn’t a Brave, pitched FOUR INNINGS in relief. He had no choice, really. As Jaffe explains, the Cardinals pitching staff was totally toasted after a stretch of nine straight days of games and an extended extra innings game just a couple days before.

Oquendo pitched two other times in his career, once in 1987, once in 1991. But he those were each an inning. This one was something else.

  1. heyblueyoustink - May 14, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    “Though I do remember that game well as it came against the Braves back when my entire life consisted of watching Braves games on TBS.”

    Late bloomer, eh? Did you take your best friend’s sister to the prom, too? 😉

  2. mybrunoblog - May 14, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    It’s also the 17th anniversary of Doc Gooden’s no hitter. A great memory for Yankee fans from my second all time favorite Yankees season.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 14, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      It’s also the 99th anniversary of the day Jim Scott of the ChiSox no-hit Washington through 9 innings but lost the game in the 10th. He could not be reached for comment for this post. Jim Colborn of the Royals also pitched a no-hitter on this date in 1977 over the Rangers.

    • bigmeechy74 - May 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      It’s also the 1 year anniversary of the Mariners vs Red Sox game where the red sox won 6-1 and Cody Ross went 2-4!!!!

  3. albertmn - May 14, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    For a position player to pitch four innings in a game means he must be having some success. Otherwise, the game wouldn’t have continued. They weren’t kidding when they said they could use Oquendo ANYWHERE.

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