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Old 04-25-2013, 06:18 PM
 
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Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Rick Camp dead at 60 - ESPN

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RYDAL, Ga. -- Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Rick Camp has died in northwest Georgia.

Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton says 60-year-old Camp was found dead Thursday morning at his home in Rydal, about 55 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta. Camp's cause of death wasn't immediately known.

According to the Braves' website, Camp played with the team between 1976-85. The Trion, Ga., native is perhaps best remembered for a home run he scored July 4, 1985, in the 18th inning of a game against the New York Mets. His run tied the game, but the Braves lost 16-13 in the 19th inning.

Camp, who became a lobbyist, was sentenced in 2005 to three years in prison for conspiring to steal more than $2 million from a mental health agency.
Back in the '80's TBS carried all of the Braves games nationally and while I didn't see the whole game, I was watching in the 18th inning when Camp hit one of the most improbable home runs ever. The Mets had gone ahead 11-10 in the top of the 18th, a consequence of a Camp throwing error. In the bottom of the inning the first two Braves were out and Camp had to bat for himself because Atlanta had exhausted their entire bench.

The Braves announcers went on at length about what a horrible hitter Camp was, how he had never hit a home run, how as a reliever he rarely even got an at bat. He was 0 for 8 for the year and had been 1 for 41 before that. His career batting average is .060. Then Camp fell behind 0 and 2 in the count and they talked some more what an absolute miracle it would be if Camp was able to reach base and while they were talking the next pitch came in and....whap! Camp pokes a flyball toward leftfield which keeps drifting and drifting....and comes down in the bullpen just over the fence. The Mets leftfielder actually grabbed his head in his hands and sank to his knees in disbelief.

Tie game. On to the 19th.

Camp has to pitch, he is all the Braves have left, and he gets knocked around for five runs in the top of the inning. Mets lead 16-11.

It is all over of course....except the Braves stage another rally in the bottom of the 19th, score two runs to make it 16-13, get two more men on base and with two outs.....Camp is due up once more.

As with before Camp falls behind 0-2...and the next pitch comes in....swing and a miss. Ballgame over.

I wouldn't argue that it was the best game ever played, but it was the most entertaining I have seen.
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:08 PM
 
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Sorry that Rick Camp has passed so young. The Braves were my grandpa's favorite team and he could watch them on TBS. I remember Dale Murphy, Bob Horner, Glenn Hubbard and the others, watching games with him.
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:31 PM
 
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RIP

Those mid late 80s Braves teams were awful.... OH Rick Mahler has also passed I believe.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:22 AM
 
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Some other minutae from that game: Daryl Strawberry and Davey Johnson were ejected in the 17th inning for arguing balls and strikes. There was no curfew in the National League at that time, so the game was the latest played on record. At 3 am, umpire Terry Tata ejected both players by saying "At 3 am in the morning there are no bad calls."

Also, when the game finally ended, the players were returning to the hotel, and the sun was coming up. There were approximately 600 fans in the stands, and in order to beat the dawn's early light, the fireworks show began in earnest around 4:30 am. The Atlanta police department proceeded to field numerous phone calls from residents nearby Fulton County Stadium, thinking the city of Atlanta was under attack.
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:51 AM
 
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Some other minutae from that game: Daryl Strawberry and Davey Johnson were ejected in the 17th inning for arguing balls and strikes. There was no curfew in the National League at that time, so the game was the latest played on record. At 3 am, umpire Terry Tata ejected both players by saying "At 3 am in the morning there are no bad calls."

Also, when the game finally ended, the players were returning to the hotel, and the sun was coming up. There were approximately 600 fans in the stands, and in order to beat the dawn's early light, the fireworks show began in earnest around 4:30 am. The Atlanta police department proceeded to field numerous phone calls from residents nearby Fulton County Stadium, thinking the city of Atlanta was under attack.
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The Mets scored two runs in the top of the 13th to take the lead, but the Braves matched that in the bottom of the inning to extend the game.


Camp's home run was the only home run he hit in his career (which ended after the 1985 season.) For his career Camp was 13 for 175 (.074) and his four doubles were the only extra base hits he had apart from his blast in this game.

The Mets outhit the Braves 28 to 18. The teams combined to leave 37 runners stranded.
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