The Oakland A’s won a game Thursday in a way no team had in 20 years

Mike Oz

The Oakland Athletics beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 on Thursday, the lone run coming when A's catcher Derek Norris bolted home on a passed ball thrown by Cubs pitcher Matt Guerrier in the seventh inning.

A 1-0 game in itself is fairly unusual, but a 1-0 game where the only run scored on a passed ball? That's far more rare. Leave it to Elias Sports Bureau to sleuth out the last time — and it's a really cool fact.

Such a game last occurred 20 years ago — to the exact day. Yep, on July 4, 1993, in a Los Angeles Dodgers-Montreal Expos game. That game was even more dramatic, as the Dodgers won on a passed ball in the 11th inning.

And now we wait until July 4, 2033 to see if the pattern holds.

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