May 29, 1953

Every so often we need reminders that the good, old days weren’t totally free from modern annoyances.

The reminder in question was a 14-10 Red Sox win over the Yankees that came in at a record three hours, 52 minutes. That sluggardly pace for nine innings of baseball would be topped many times in the ensuing decades.

But, back in the day, there was no such thing as three-minute breaks between half innings to help the TV rights holder to squeeze in as many commercials as feasible.

Funny, though, that it was a Red Sox-Yankees game being roundly jeered for making the paying customer set aside so much time to take in a ball game.

Harvard baseball coach Fred Mitchell, who had managerial stints with the Braves and Cubs, was particularly perturbed.

“I remember a doubleheader the Cubs played in Brooklyn one day,” Mitchell told a Boston Globe scribe. “The first game took one hour and five minutes. … The second game took one hour, 10 minutes.

“… People are getting tired of this lackadaisical baseball, I think.”

If only he’d been around to watch the Red Sox and Yankees work the count into four-hour, 30-minute thrillers.

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