This Week in Baseball History: Best Inning Ever

June 21, 1969

The Minnesota Twins and the Oakland A’s were tied 3-3 after nine innings of play at the Oakland Coliseum.

Ted Uhlaender singled to center field off of A’s reliever Paul Lindblad to start the inning.

Rod Carew followed with a single to right.

Harmon Killebrew sent a shot over the left field wall to put the Twins ahead 6-3, but they weren’t finished yet.

The Twins would score 8 more runs in the inning, for a total of 11. If that is not incredible enough, here are some numbers from that inning:

11 runs
8 hits
1 home run
7 singles
3 walks
3 Oakland errors
7 earned runs
16 Twins plate appearances
3 Oakland pitchers

The inning mercifully ended when Leo Cardenas hit a line drive to the pitcher, who caught Frank Quilici off of first for the double play.

The 11 runs were a record for most runs scored in an extra inning. The combined 12 runs in the 10th inning was also a record.


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