The Ballad of
the 100-Inning Game
By the dawn’s early light, on a fine
1967 May 16 morn at somewhat past four,
20 boys of Carleton came together on
Lower Lyman Lake Field to go where none had
Ten to a side, playing 10 innings
apiece at each of the 10 fielding positions,
These intrepid 3-year Rotblatters
added to Carleton’s centennial traditions.
Back and forth the game went, hours
falling away with each rapidly passing
While the keg went virtually
untouched, so great was the devotion to
By mid-afternoon, earlier than
expected, led (not really) by High
Commissioners Mosiman & Mortenson,
The Sots had put away a fitting 100-81
While bats weakened with each extra
inning, Sot Silverness led the winners
With Geyer & Burger close behind,
but Wortmann, Kloek, Arkes, Miller, and
Marshall all took a dive.
The Dirty Old Men tried to rally,
with Earl Whitney’s impressive .5111 leading
But at only .3750, the mighty
Schmickrath had an ordinary day.
Bagger Winberg hit .4130, but of
Borens, Sigelman, and Hart,
Plus Welles, Empson, Shuman, &
Wilson, a pitiful .1627 brought up the
bottom with many not far apart.
Giant Marshall’s 4 homers were the
best by far, out of mere 17 total over the
Schmick did lead with 13 ribbies,
& Wortmann spun a shutout for 10
innings, earning Pitcher the Winning.
Bagger was unlucky as Losing Pitcher,
with a low 2.70 ERA,
But scorekeeper Theo Lutz kept
meticulous stats, and he saw it that way.
In the end a tradition was started,
still upheld at Carleton even if not in
exactly the same way,
As twenty Rotblatt 100-inning men
became legends that day.
by Hal Hart, November 2006
poetry not authorized by Marvin “Rotty”
Rotblatt (b. 1927 in Chicago),
Illinois “Western Conference / Big Nine” All
Star lefty and strikeout leader (1948),
White Sox (1948, 1950-51), alleged to be
history’s shortest Major League pitcher,
addressed a bearded Mr. Gropen “Which one of the Smith Brothers
is he?”on his antic-filled visit,
league’s namesake inspiration due to his
Major-League-high career ERA befitting a