Happy 30th, Ferris Buellers' Day Off.

Ferris Buellers freier Tag hat heute seinen 30. Geburtstag – nicht der Film, der ist 29, sondern der Tag selbst. Vor vier Jahren haben Baseball-Nerds den genauen Tag ausgerechnet, an dem Ferris in der Eisdiele ohnmächtig wurde mit Sloane und Cameron im Stadion war. (via AVClub)

The movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" was released on June 11, 1986. The ballgame then must have been filmed either real early in the 1986 season or sometime during 1985. Looking at game logs from those seasons, we see that there was no game in 1986 in which Lee Smith (#46) faced the Braves at Wrigley Field. There were four such games in '85, though Smith left the Braves hitless in one of those. Of the remaining three games, it isn't hard to find the game we're looking for.

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.