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Sunday, September 25, 2011
It seems like BBTF should mark this occasion even if the participants in the historic game were underwhelming representatives:
The 200,000th regular-season game in Major League Baseball history was recognized Saturday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston, where the milestone was announced after the Rockies-Astros game became official.
At about 8:45 p.m. ET, Colorado and Houston were tied at 2 after five innings. MLB officials then checked with Elias Sports Bureau for a final authentication, and then notified the Rockies and Astros that they were in the history books. The teams made the most of the honor, playing 13 innings as Colorado finally won, 4-2.
BaseballReference.com has of course been tracking this milestone for a while.
John Thorn notes how the totals were calculated—National Association games were not counted:
In accordance with its new definition of the first game, in 1976, MLB celebrated its centennial year as the nation celebrated its bicentennial. Omitting the 1,086 National Association games meant that MLB would celebrate its 200,000th game not on July 4 of this year, but on Saturday.
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