The promise of the Internet has been fulfilled–every last question of even remote interest has by now been answered. What day did Ferris Bueller skip school to see the Cubs play (and to impersonate a “Sausage King,” and to go to the Art Institute of Chicago)? Larry Granillo of the blog Baseball Prospectus mashed together the film’s 1986 release date, the teams playing (Cubs vs. Braves, at Wrigley Field), and events during the film (Ferris catches a foul ball apparently hit by Brave Claudell Washington) to come up with the June 5, 1985 game that the characters in the film attended–then crunches the numbers about the game, which the characters stayed at until at least 4pm.
That leaves, at the most, one hour and forty-five minutes for their trips to the museum, Sears Tower, the lake, and Sloane’s house, while squeezing in two musical numbers during the parade before racing home at 5:55pm. Seems a bit tough to squeeze all of that in for most normal people.
Some things are beyond even sabermetricians’ understanding–like movie magic! Our biggest question remains: June 5? Ferris couldn’t just wait a couple of weeks until summer?