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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Was Exactly 30 Years Ago Today

Submitted by on June 5, 2015 – 5:55 pmNo Comment

File this under “Useless but awesome knowledge.” Four years ago, writer Larry Granillo at Baseball Prospectus closely studied to baseball game in the classic John Hughes film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to figure out exactly when that day was.

In the movie, Ferris and his friends watch the Chicago Cubs play the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field. Based on the players in the game (including some who are actually named by announcers in the film), and the Cubs’ schedule for the 1985-1986 season (the film came out in 1986), Granillo determined that the best game to fit the movie would have been on June 5- also a day late in the academic year, perfect for a senior to skip!

Of course, not everything adds up. Granillo notes that the 3+ hour run time of the game would have made it tough for Bueller and Co. to enjoy all their other adventures. And he even later spoke to an assistant director from the film who said they filmed the actors at a Cubs-Expos game later in the year, even if the June 5 game provided the player footage.

In any event, it seems like the June 5 date is more reliable than those Back To The Future memes you see every day.

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