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If you're going to try something completely off the wall, I'd prefer to see one team bat until they've made 27 outs, then let the other team bat until they've made 27 outs.
If you thought the Subway Series, which gets underway again in this town on Monday — couldn't be matched for baseball entertainment then you don't know about the "Tri-Cornered Baseball Game" that was played June 26, 1944, at the famed Polo Grounds.
The Giants, Dodgers and Yankees came together that day for an exhibition to raise money for the war effort. The results were unprecedented in so many ways. There were to be three ceremonial first pitches by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia (though a sore arm limited him to one). The event raised $5.5 million in war bond purchases. And the final score was Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants 0.
"We got a great crowd," recalled Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca. "For the players in the game, what was happening was very strange: three teams playing in one nine-inning game. But you couldn't beat the cause. In New York, the newspapers were writing all about it."
In the Daily News, Dick Young called it "the wackiest diamond battle ever conceived" and described the crowd as "amused and confused."
"Each team was playing the field for six innings, three against each opponent. Each team was at-bat for three innings, against each opponent," said Dr. Michael Huber, Professor of Mathematics at Muhlenberg College, who is writing an academic paper about the event. "This was like nothing the New York fans had ever seen."
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