July 4, 2010

IT'S BASEBALL, EXPECT THE IMPROBABLE:

25 years ago Sunday, New York Mets played an overnight epic with Camp-y ending vs. Braves (Anthony Mccarron, 7/03/10, NY DAILY NEWS)

As the ball soared toward the left-field wall behind him, Danny Heep threw his hands in the air in disbelief and his glove flew off. Perched on a recliner in the visiting clubhouse, Davey Johnson grimaced in the flickering light of a television screen, dreading another inning on what was already a long night.

Moments before, in the Braves' dugout, Dale Murphy had muttered to himself, "Jeez, he's up?" But then Rick Camp took the swing of his life, the ball took off and Murphy thought, "Seriously?"

Camp, a pitcher who took constant ribbing from Atlanta teammates for his dreadful swing, slugged what might be the most improbable home run in baseball history in the bottom of the 18th inning to tie - for the fourth time - a bizarre, rain-delayed game between the Mets and Braves at Atlanta's old Fulton County Stadium.

Sunday is the 25th anniversary of that game, a 16-13 Mets' victory in 19 innings that ended at 3:55 a.m. and lasted six hours and 10 minutes, not including two rain delays. It is remembered perhaps as much for its twists and turns as it is for its post-game fireworks display in honor of Independence Day, even though it was already well into July 5 by the time the pyrotechnics hit the sky and most of the 44,947 souls in attendance had gone home to bed.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 4, 2010 6:15 AM
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