Apr-18-1981: The Longest Game in Baseball History

Apr-18-1981: The Longest Game in Baseball History

When we walked off the field at 4 o’clock in the morning, it was like, ‘You mean we’re not done with the game yet?

–Pawtucket catcher Rich Gedman

On Saturday April 18, 1981 the AAA Rochester Red Wings came to McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island to play the Pawtucket Red Sox.   The game started at 8:25 due to a delay caused by a problem with stadium lights.  Nearlty 8 hours later, they were still playing, as the game was ordered stopped at 4:07 a.m. after the end of the 32nd inning.

From Wikipedia:

Both teams signed a baseball on Sunday for display at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Cooper had suggested that the game resume that day, but Rochester manager Doc Edwards requested a delay because of the risk of injury. Instead, it resumed on the evening of Tuesday, June 23, the next time the Red Wings were in town. A sellout crowd of 5,746 and 140 reporters from around the world were present, partly because the major leagues were on strike at the time; the players voted against an offer to resume the game at Fenway Park to avoid crossing the picket line. On that evening, it took just one inning and 18 minutes to finish the game, with Koza driving in the winning run in the bottom of the 33rd.

From Wikipedia:

Two future Hall of Famers were part of the historic game. Cal Ripken, Jr., who was inducted in 2007, went 2–for–13 on the night playing third base for Rochester. Ripken was the American League‘s Rookie of the Year the following year. Wade Boggs, who was inducted in 2005, played third base for Pawtucket and went 4–for–12 with a double and an RBI. The Baseball Hall of Fame possesses other artifacts of the game, including the official scorecard.[3]

Twenty-three other future major leaguers played in the game.[3]


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