Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Cyclones pay tribute to 26

Twenty-Six people, all of them born in 1926, stood by the pitcher's mound on Saturday night before the 6 p.m. Brooklyn Cyclones game.

It's not what you think; they weren't new additions to the lineup.

Those 26 people were on hand to throw out ceremonial first pitches as the Cyclones celebrated the record-setting 26-inning game they played last month with "A Salute to All Things 26."

Among the other highlights of the night were giveaways including $26 gift cards, a 26-inch TV, 26 gallons of gasoline, 26 cans of Spam, a chance to win $26,000, free bleacher seats for those born in 1926 or on the 26th day of the month, 26 cent hot dogs for the first 26 minutes after gates opened, etc.

"A Salute to All Things '26' " was a night to celebrate the New York Penn League record that the Brooklyn Cyclones set on July 20 by playing a 26-inning game, the longest in the league's history. The game lasted 6 hours and 40 minutes.

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