Ballad of the 100-Inning Game
the dawn’s early light, on a fine 1967 May 16 morn at somewhat past
boys of Carleton came together on Lower Lyman Lake Field to go where
none had gone before.
to a side, playing 10 innings apiece at each of the 10 fielding
intrepid 3-year Rotblatters added to Carleton’s centennial traditions.
and forth the game went, hours falling away with each rapidly passing
the keg went virtually untouched, so great was the devotion to winning.
mid-afternoon, earlier than expected, led (not really) by High
Commissioners Mosiman & Mortenson,
Sots had put away a fitting 100-81 win.
bats weakened with each extra inning, Sot Silverness led the winners
Geyer & Burger close behind, but Wortmann, Kloek, Arkes, Miller,
and Marshall all took a dive.
Dirty Old Men tried to rally, with Earl Whitney’s impressive .5111
leading the way,
at only .3750, the mighty Schmickrath had an ordinary day.
Winberg hit .4130, but of Borens, Sigelman, and Hart,
Welles, Empson, Shuman, & Wilson, a pitiful .1627 brought up the
bottom with many not far apart.
Marshall’s 4 homers were the best by far, out of mere 17 total over the
did lead with 13 ribbies, & Wortmann spun a shutout for 10 innings,
earning Pitcher the Winning.
was unlucky as Losing Pitcher, with a low 2.70 ERA,
scorekeeper Theo Lutz kept meticulous stats, and he saw it that way.
the end a tradition was started, still upheld at Carleton even if not
in exactly the same way,
twenty Rotblatt 100-inning men became legends that day.
-unearthed by Hal Hart,
Bad poetry not authorized by
Marvin “Rotty” Rotblatt (b. 1927 in
U. Illinois “Western Conference /
Big Nine” All Star lefty and
strikeout leader (1948),
Chicago White Sox (1948,
1950-51), alleged to be history’s shortest
Major League pitcher,
He who addressed a bearded Mr.
one of the Smith Brothers is he?”on his antic-filled visit,
And our league’s namesake
inspiration due to his Major-League-high
career ERA befitting a slow-pitch league.