“Baseball history was made at Oates Park in Asheville, North Carolina, on August 30, 1916, but nobody noticed. In fact, nobody noticed until some 50 years later — and even then the discovery was accidental and did not receive the lasting attention it deserved. On that day, two baseball teams in the Class D North Carolina State League played a nine-inning game in only 31 minutes….
“Only some 200 fans witnessed this historic event — perhaps because it ended before it was scheduled to start.”
— From “Quicker Than Quick: A 31-Minute Professional Game” by Wynn Montgomery in Baseball Research Journal (Fall 2011).”