Saturday, July 4, 2015

Just Stars

It's hard to believe, but today marks the 30th anniversary of 'The Rick Camp' game, a 6 hour and 10 minute, 19-inning game (following multiple rain delays!!) between the Braves and the New York Mets. The Mets won the game 16-13, but the night will always be remembered for a game-tying home run hit by Braves pitcher Rick Camp in the bottom of the 18th inning. Camp, who at the time of the at-bat was a career .060 hitter (10 for 167 with 83 strikeouts), came up to bat with 2 outs and launched an 0-2 forkball from the Mets' Tom Gorman over the left field fence at Fulton County Stadium. The bomb came at 3:20 am and would send the game into yet another inning. Despite his heroics, Camp would allow 5 runs in the top of the 19th and take the loss.

1985 Topps Stickers
I don't have any '4th of July' themed cards of the late Braves pitcher to show off today, but I do want to share this recent addition to my Dale Murphy collection. As much as I usually don't like foil cards/stickers, I don't think the Stars would have worked as well had the sticker had a normal white boarder.

As far as his role in the marathon, Murph had a long night at the plate, going 1-8 with 3 RBI and 2 walks. But I'm sure he had plenty of stories to tell the grandchildren about that night.

I love Braves announcer John Sterling's comment at 1:51 about 'if he hits a home run to tie this game...'


  1. Awesome bitbof Braves history! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Awesome bitbof Braves history! Thanks for sharing!!