Prior to authoring a record consecutive games streak that encompassed 17 Major League seasons, Cal Ripken, Jr. honed his skills with the 1981 Rochester Red Wings. With that Baltimore Orioles Class AAA affiliate, Ripken and his teammates entered baseball folklore not for any streak but for one single game: a 33-inning affair that lasted eight hours and 25 minutes and took place on three separate calendar dates. These souvenirs include memorabilia from that marathon contest, as well as a baseball signed by (23) members of the Rochester Red Wings. Includes:
1981 Rochester Red Wings Team-Signed Baseball an off-white unofficial sphere (grade “8”) with “Tommy John All-Star” trademark stampings, signed in blue ballpoint (average “8” strength) by: Sweet Spot Edwards (manager); North Panel Williams, Washington, Saferight, Snell, Grilli, Umbarger, Schneider and Torrez; South Panel Carey, Valle, Eaton, Ripken, Jr. and Bonner; West Panel Logan, Speck, Boddicker, Bourjos and Shelby; East Panel Chism, Huppert, Jones and Rayford.
Full photo LOA from JSA.
Longest game Ever Ticket Stub issued at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, this voucher granted its bearer admission to an International League battle between the host PawSox and the Rochester Red Wings. Appealing in that it hails from the longest professional baseball game ever played, the souvenir is all the more coveted in that there were only 1,740 in attendance that night. The blank-backed item presents nicely with sharp edges/corners and an intact upper perforation.
1981 Rochester Red Wings Program issued at Silver Stadium for a contest between the Red Wings and Columbus Clippers (as evidenced by the original press release insert0, this (NM) 48-page guide has unmarked scoring grids with covers and crisp pages intact.
(3) 1981 Rochester Red Wings Team Photos 12-1/2 x 8-1/2” color prints on thick stock with facsimile signature identifiers on the lower white border.
Also included are several period newspaper clippings with stories detailing the 33-inning game, as well as an 18x24 “”The Longest Game” color poster.