The Longest Professional Baseball Game

Updated February 23, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

The Question:

I was searching your site for, but could not find the answer to, my question. I am trying to find out what was the longest baseball game ever, in innings and the final score of that game.

The Answer:

The longest professional baseball game in history began on April 18, 1981 and featured two Triple A minor-league teams - the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings. At 4:07 a.m. on April 19, with the score tied 2-2, the game was suspended after 32 innings. The game was resumed on June 23, 1981, and ended when Dave Koza's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 33rd inning scored Marty Barrett, giving Pawtucket a 3-2 win over Rochester. The continuation took only 18 minutes to complete. Bob Ojeda pitched one inning to earn the win. Future ML stars Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken, Jr. went a combined 6-for-25 in the game. TOTAL: 33 innings, 8 hours 25 minutes.

The longest game in major league baseball history was a 25-inning affair on May 8, 1984 when the Chicago White Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6. The game lasted 8 hours and 6 minutes.

-The Fact Monster

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