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MAY 9 (1984) - Marathon*
By Bill Grimes
May 9, 2007 - 4:03 AM

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The game that wouldn’t end

CHICAGO , ILLINOIS MAY 9, 1984 The longest game in American League history ended on this day in baseball history. The Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago White Sox 25 inning marathon began at 7:30 p.m. on the 8th of May. It was halted at 12:59 a.m. on May 9th due to a league curfew, and resumed later on that day. It finally ended after 8 hours and 6 minutes of play.


The extra inning marathon involved mind-boggling coincidence. It was tied 1 to 1 going into the 9th. The Brewers scored 2 in the top of the inning. The White Sox matched it with 2 in the bottom. For the next 11 innings the Brewers did not score. For the next 11 innings the White Sox did not score. Finally, in the 22nd inning the Brewers found it within themselves to score 3 runs. Guess what, the White Sox followed suit. The ordeal didn't end until Sox slugger Harold Baines hit a solo home run to end the game in the 25th.

 

A game almost 3-times as long as a normal makes for an interesting box score. Usually 2 hits is a pretty good day, but not when the game goes 25 innings and you bat 10 or 11 times. Brewer Cecil Cooper, for example, had eleven at bats for the Brewers and 2 hits for a .181 batting average.

 

The longest game in National League history (as of this writing) was 26 innings between Brooklyn and the Boston Braves in 1920. That game, however never ended. It was declared a draw.


The longest 9-inning game was between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants in 2001. It took 4 hours and 27 minutes. Dodgers won 11 to 10.


The shortest 9-inning game was an incredible (the word "incredible" is probably the most over-used work in the English language, but here, it fits) 51-minute match won by the New York Giants over the Philadelphia A’s on September 28, 1919.


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