I?m an ardent baseball fan and would ALMOST regard all 3 questions as
?trick? questions. Each has some careful assumptions about the
1. Score of a forfeited game.
Answer: it depends on whether or not the game has gone the regulation
5 innings. If not, it's 0-0; if it's gone longer than 5 innings it's
the score at the time of the forfeit -- even if the "losing" team is
Though there is a web page that says that in a forfeit, the official
score is 9-0, it doesn?t match Major League Baseball (MLB) rules.
However, the web page in question does have a highly interesting
discussion of forfeits in the 20th Century:
?Forfeited Games Caused by Stupid Fans?
Here are the MLB rules, where the instructions are VERY different,
depending on whether the game has completed the regulation 5 innings
or not and who?s leading:
?CALLED AND FORFEITED GAMES (e) (1) If a regulation game is called,
include the record of all individual and team actions up to the moment
the game ends, as defined in Rules 4.10 and 4.11. If it is a tie game,
do not enter a winning or losing pitcher. (2) If a regulation game is
forfeited, include the record of all individual and team actions up to
the time of forfeit. If the winning team by forfeit is ahead at the
time of forfeit, enter as winning and losing pitchers the players who
would have qualified if the game had been called at the time of
forfeit. If the winning team by forfeit is behind or if the score is
tied at the time of forfeit, do not enter a winning or losing pitcher.
If a game is forfeited before it becomes a regulation game, include no
records. Report only the fact of the forfeit.?
Note that there is an official scorer in the stands at the game but
the results are reported to Major League Baseball at the close of the
game by the lead umpire. A close friend once worked for Sport
Illustrated and for their official scores page, they could not rely
upon Associated Press or other newspapers ? but only one of the
?Official Rules: 10.00 The Official Scorer?
So, let?s look at the 4 most-recent forfeits:
1. August 10, 1995: Dodgers forfeit while trailing in the 9th inning, 2-1
2. White Sox July 12, 1979: after a riot at Disco Demolition night
between games of a doubleheader, the team forfeits the second game
(thus the 2nd game wasn?t a ?regulation? game, not reaching 5 innings.
It hadn?t even started.) This game is still a legend in Chicago
because the co-organizer was Steve Dahl, a local disc jockey who is
still on the air
3. Cleveland Indians, June 4, 1974: the Indians had been losing all
game against the Texas Rangers but rallied to tie the game 5-5 in the
4. Washington Senators on the final game of the 1971 season, when the
fans storm the field with the team winning 7-5
I?ll use the data from Retrosheet for the official scores. Retrosheet
is a baseball research website that assembles official scoring
information on every game. Here?s what they have for these 3 games ?
Cardinals 2, Dodgers 1 (score stands)
White Sox 0, Tigers 0 (no game = no score, but it?s still a loss for
the White Sox via forfeit)
Indians 5, Rangers 5 (score stands but it?s still a loss for the Indians)
Senators 7, Yankees 5 ? but Washington still loses via forfeit. Score stands.
2. Can MLB teams trade draft picks?
The U.S. professional football and basketball leagues allow trading of
?draft picks? or ?draft positions.? Major League Baseball does not,
largely due to the longer time that it takes baseball draft picks
(which include high school students) to mature. Also, draft picks
often take up to a year to sign to a contract, then they?re assigned
somewhere in the minor league system (from the lowest or short-season
A league teams to the highest or AAA teams).
However, once a draft pick is signed to a professional baseball
contract, they can be traded.
Now, as for proof I have to rely on commentary because the baseball
trade/draft/waiver rules are VERY obscure. So we?ll use ESPN?s Jayson
Stark, who follows primarily baseball ? and the rules haven?t changed
?Fans deserve compelling amateur draft,? (Stark, June 2, 2003)
3. In 1901, the Milwaukee Brewers moved to St. Louis to spend five
decades as the St. Louis Browns (1902-1953). After Bill Veeck was
forced to sell the team in 1953, they became the Baltimore Orioles.
That?s the one team that?s officially had 3 homes.
?St. Louis Browns?
The Dodgers played in Brooklyn and Los Angeles; the Giants in New York
and San Francisco. The Seattle Pilots were a new franchise that
played only one season before being purchased and moved to Milwaukee.
They have the honor of being the only baseball franchise to play only
one year in their home town.
But after considering those 4 teams it gets tricky: the Nationals have
(so far) played only in Montreal AND San Juan, Puerto Rico. Many
might not consider the Puerto Rico games as ?home? games because they
were still the Montreal Expos ? but the Expos played as the home team
for a month at the start of the 2004 season as kind of a market test
by Major League Baseball. And when they open in April at RFK Stadium
as the ?Washington Nationals,? Washington DC will be the third city.
(Of course you have to rule out the ?home? of Spring Training or lots
of teams would fit the description.)
But, strictly speaking, only the current Orioles have had 3 names in 3
Google search strategy:
?St. Louis Browns? history
?draft picks? MLB trades
MLB forfeit rules
So, now you have some good material for new baseball trivia! ("In
what 1970s game did the home team outscore the visitors but lose?")