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What are the fewest pitches ever thrown by a single pitcher in a complete game?
— Ray Arvish, Hamilton, Mont.
Fans who complain about the length of games and the surplus of situational pitching participants will love this answer. On Aug. 10, 1944, at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field, Red Barrett of the Boston Braves twirled the most efficient nine innings in baseball history — a 58-pitch, one hour and 15 minute two-hitter in a 2–0 win over the Reds. Not only did the game require the fewest pitches, but it was also the shortest night game in MLB history. The 7,783 in attendance had plenty of time to hit the local watering holes after the game and complain that Barrett failed to record a strikeout, although he
didn’t walk anyone, either.
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