It is getting late on this September night in 1975 with the score tied at 2 and a local 11:30 curfew looming.
The mayor of Bristol, Frank Longo, is at the game and lifts the curfew, extending it an hour. That allows the teams to play past the 15th inning.
Red Sox push across a run to beat the Reading Phillies 3-2 and win the Eastern League baseball title at Muzzy Field. Ernie Whitt's safety squeeze bunt scores Butch Hobson.
The mayor was always a controversial figure. He once gained national attention when he spent the day as a city garbage collector, riding on the back of a public works truck to demonstrate that the work could be done at a faster pace. But he took no heat for allowing this game to continue.
Bill von Roemer was at the game, which lasted about five hours.
"The best was yet to come," von Roemer said by e-mail. "There are at best 80 fans still in the park. The team disappears into the dugout but returns in a few moments armed with bottles of bubbly and rushes up into the stands to drown the faithful few in bubbles of happiness."
Von Roemer can recall the game, and other details, like it was yesterday for a reason.
"Nine of the players went on to careers in the majors," he said. "Most lasted five to eight years; only one had a short career of 12 games.
"How do I recall the details of this game so clearly? When I was 4, my older brother taught me how to keep score. That was 76 years ago. I kept score that night and I still have the scorecard."
He grew up on Long Island and is a Mets fan. On July 4 he will go to the new Citi Field for the first time. When he listens to the Mets on the radio, he'll keep score, always a fascination since he was a kid. Well, he gives up keeping score sometimes if the Mets are losing, he said with a laugh when reached by phone on Friday.
Von Roemer, 80, taught for many years at Weaver, where he coached varsity baseball in 1978-1983. He used to coach from third base with the scorebook in hand.
He has plenty of baseball stories to tell. Here's another.
He cannot understand why Jim Rice, to be inducted into the Hall of Fame next month, was disliked by the media.
Von Roemer remembers Rice playing left field in 1973 for Bristol, signing an autograph for two kids, encouraging the kids' grandfather to take a picture. Two in fact, since Rice says the second is in case the first doesn't come out.
"Years later when many in the Boston media were calling Jim Rice arrogant and unfriendly, I would shake my head and think, 'That's not the Jimmy Rice I know,' " von Roemer said.