Let’s Look Back At An Insane Baseball Game in North Dakota from 1891
In 1891, a baseball game took place in North Dakota which to this day remains the longest scoreless game in history.
There is a lot of talk around of baseball in our area these days with MLB umpire and North Dakota native Gary Cederstrom set to be the Grand Marshal for the North Dakota State Parade. Additionally Bismarck will get a baseball team next year; a team still looking for a name.
On July 18, 1891 a professional game took place between the Fargo Red Stockings and the Grand Forks Black Stockings.
Grand Forks was the home team but the team owner moved the game to Devil's Lake because they were not drawing enough fans in Grand Forks.
The two teams played a doubleheader that day. The first game took just over four hours.
The second game went 25 innings... and nobody won. In the bottom half of the 25th inning, the umpire called the game because the players had to catch a train.
The game ended in a scoreless tie. Even more impressive than the fact that nobody scored any runs was the fact that each team only used one pitcher.
William Gibbs of Grand Forks and George Raymer of Fargo both pitched 25 shutout innings. Since the game ended in a tie, neither pitcher was actually given credit for a shutout as the game had no winner.
The 1890s were a crazy time.