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Which Chicago Cubs Game Did Ferris Bueller See On His Day Off?

Ferris Bueller's Day Off is one of my favorite movies of all time. If you are like me, you wondered just which game Bueller and his friends Cameron and Sloan attended when Bueller caught the foul ball at Wrigley Field. OK, maybe not, but someone did and Baseball Prospectus used all the evidence to figure it out:

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Ferris Bueller and his pals were at the June 5, 1985, tilt between the Cubs and the Braves. The foul ball that Ferris caught was hit by Atlanta rightfielder Claudell Washington (#15) in the top of the 11th inning. The game was tied at two (not scoreless, like the pizza guy claimed) and backup second-baseman Paul Zuvella (#18) was being held on first by Leon Durham (#10) after a leadoff single (the fourth hit of the game, and Atlanta's first hit since the fifth). Washington would end his at-bat with a flyball to leftfielder Davey Lopes. The next batter, Rafael Ramirez, would wind up hitting a two-run home run and the Braves would go on to win 4-2. The movie, however, cut away before that happened.

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Using all the info provided from the pizza-shop scene, BP put all the pieces together to figure out the exact game they were at. To take it a step further, BP also determines whether or not Bueller's crew can do everything they supposedly do in the movie - lunch, a visit to the art museum, Cameron's breakdown, etc.

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If you are a fan of the move, definitely check it out.

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Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.