Troy once shared a record that survived since 1882.
Today, that record was broken.
See, in 1882 the Troy Haymakers, a professional baseball team that later evolved into the San Francisco Giants, played their last game of the season on the road in Worcester, Mass. The total number of fans in attendance? Six. Not six thousand, not six hundred… just six people. Both teams were terrible, it was the last game of the season, and there was probably an episode of CSI: Reichenbach Falls in print in the local newspaper that caught everyone else’s attention.
And that record in attendance futility survived until today, April 29, 2015 – when the Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles played in front of an empty stadium.
Don’t believe me? Major League Baseball says it is so.
So for all those days when Times Union sports reporters harped on low attendance at local sporting events… this apparently was continuing a tradition that goes back to the 1880’s.
Wow. Six fans. At least all six of them saw Troy take the win, 4-1 over Worcester. Ha.