Comments on: The Hottest Game on Record http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11210 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Devon & His 1982 Topps blog http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11210/comment-page-1#comment-115505 Wed, 25 May 2011 19:58:50 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11210#comment-115505 Here's three pre-astroturf hotties that would top all the games we have records for (that are listed above)...

The NY Times reported that the Aug 7, 1918 Reds @ Giants game "was 110 degrees".

Also the NY Times... the Giants @ Reds doubleheader (gm1, gm2) of September 14, 1939 was played in 110 degree heat again! (pay-to-read article, but this title page says it was 110)

...I didn't expect to see any 110's in a pre-artificial surface park, especially in northern places.

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By: Jeff http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11210/comment-page-1#comment-115355 Wed, 25 May 2011 08:07:52 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11210#comment-115355 *Note to self, finish html tags before posting thxplx

On the flip side comes Orioles at A's 7/23/94 where it was apparently a sunny 6°! Luckily it was a sunny day, otherwise it would have been cold. Now, I have lived 15 miles from Oakland all my life, and it's hard for me to fathom it ever being 6° at 1:05 in late July. Hmmm...

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By: Jeff http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11210/comment-page-1#comment-115354 Wed, 25 May 2011 08:06:14 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11210#comment-115354 On the flip side comes <a href="http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/OAK/OAK199407230.shtml"Orioles at A's 7/23/94 where it was apparently a sunny 6°! Luckily it was a sunny day, otherwise it would have been cold. Now, I have lived 15 miles from Oakland all my life, and it's hard for me to fathom it ever being 6° at 1:05 in late July. Hmmm...

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11210/comment-page-1#comment-115342 Wed, 25 May 2011 04:04:43 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11210#comment-115342 I am reminded of the old story -- possibly apocryphal -- about the Cardinals playing a homestand during a heat wave. The manager grew so tired of the players moaning that he threatened a $100 fine for the next player who complained about the heat. The next day as they took the field, one player instinctively blurted out, "Boy, is it hot!" -- but spotting the manager, he quickly added, "-- just the way I like it!"

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By: Neil L. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11210/comment-page-1#comment-115298 Wed, 25 May 2011 01:17:19 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11210#comment-115298 @ multiple
I can't believe all the eyeballs on games in-person represented in this thread. Reminds me of why this is my primary baseball site.

I have to wonder why so many St. Louis games are so hot? It can't be merely a climatogical consequence. It has to be something to do with stadium design does it not?

Concrete, even under a layer of artificial turf, will radiate heat to the air under the bombardment of continual sunlight. So the ground level temperature compared to the upper level stadium air temperature will always be different at a a turf stadium.

The other factor in stadium temperature is the penetration of breezes to dissipate all the radiated heat. That is where upper deck construction and the nature of light standards comes into play.

Wow, this thread has a lot of traction.

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By: John McKinstra http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11210/comment-page-1#comment-115287 Wed, 25 May 2011 00:17:15 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11210#comment-115287 1988 was the summer of the big drought in the Midwest. Kansas City, Texas, Milwaukee, Chicago, Cincinnatti, Cleveleand, Detroit all suffered drought like conditions throughout the summer. Reference this Time magazine cover from the 4th of July 1988

http://www.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,19880704,00.html

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By: The Hottest Game on Record » Stathead » Blog Archive http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11210/comment-page-1#comment-115244 Tue, 24 May 2011 20:59:37 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11210#comment-115244 [...] The Hottest Game on Record: At B-R, Raphy found the hottest game temperatures in our database. [...]

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By: Jeff http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11210/comment-page-1#comment-115218 Tue, 24 May 2011 19:03:04 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11210#comment-115218 @40

St. Louis can certainly be a scorcher in the summertime. I remember reading a story about the 1934 St. Louis (Gashouse Gang) team, when there was a heat wave in STL. One day it was over 100 degrees, so some of the players lit a small campfire next to the playing field, wrapped blankets around themselves Indian-style, and sat in a circle around the fire. All this just to amuse the fans.

I guess they'd get fined or thrown in jail for that nowadays.

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By: Nelson http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11210/comment-page-1#comment-115217 Tue, 24 May 2011 18:55:51 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11210#comment-115217 I also attended what has to be the hottest game ever played at normally-frigid Candlestick Park. September 8, 1984, 103 degrees. You couldn't sit in the sun, it was so sweltering hot.

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By: Nelson http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11210/comment-page-1#comment-115214 Tue, 24 May 2011 18:53:48 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11210#comment-115214 You're omitting the 1966 All-Star game in St. Louis. Reports vary, but 105 and 106 are cited as the game time air temperature, and I remember Joe Garagiola saying it was over 130 on the surface. My most vivid memory of the game is Juan Marichal taking the mound in the 6th inning and finding something funny with his catcher, Joe Torre. Rare to see a pitcher smiling almost continuously for a full inning while he's on the mound.

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