Among the great feats of collective human engineering, a few things stick out. The Great Wall of China. The Colosseum. The Circus Maximus. Mall of America. Craig Sager’s suits. They’re the sort of accomplishments that restore faith in humanity. Hey, if a few thousand Italians could’ve built the Colosseum 2,000 years ago, there’s nothing we can’t do today.
The residents of Albion, PA, understand that human spirit, and embody it to the fullest. They achieved quite possibly the most egregious waste of 24 hours ever recorded: A 24-hour wiffle ball game that ended with a final score of 935-514.
They recorded the marathon on tape. It began at 7 p.m. Friday and ended at about 7 p.m. Saturday. Members of the community served as judges to validate the feat, said whiffle-ball player Ben Brozich, a Girard Borough resident who organized the event. Brozich, 32, is a fifth-grade teacher at Springfield Elementary School in the Northwestern School District.
The whiffle-ball players raised about $1,500 for Western Star Lodge No. 304 of Albion’s college scholarship fund. Fans also brought about 200 cans of food and other packaged items for the Northwestern Food Pantry in Albion, said Lou DePalma, president of the Masonic lodge.
OK, so the game wasn’t a waste of time — the players raised money for scholarship funds (though $1,500 is barely enough to buy books for one semester). They also achieved a more lasting feat: getting in the Guinness Book of World Records — as important and permanent a task as anything the Egyptians did. And minus the brutal slave labor! Win-win.