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What was the longest game in baseball history?

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  • The Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings, two teams from the triple-A International League, played the longest game in professional baseball history in 1981 at Pawtucket's McCoy Stadium. Game time was a total of 8:25, with 33 innings.

    The game began on Saturday, April 18, 1981, and continued through the night and into Easter morning before finally being suspended. Although most leagues have a curfew rule that would have suspended the game, the rule book that the home-plate umpire had that night did not contain one. So the teams continued playing until the president of the league, Harold Cooper, was finally reached on the phone sometime after 3 a.m. Finally at 4:09, at the end of the 32nd inning, the game was stopped and would be resumed at a later date. At this point, there were 19 fans left in the seats, all of whom were given lifetime passes to McCoy Stadium.

    The game resumed on the evening of Tuesday, June 23, the next time the Red Wings were in town. A sellout crowd and news media from around the world were on hand, partly because the major leagues were on strike at the time. On that evening, it took just one inning and 18 minutes to settle the game, with Pawtucket's Dave Koza driving in Marty Barrett for the winning run in the bottom of the 33rd.
  • The longest game in MLB history took place on May 9, 1984, when the Chicago White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers played a game that lasted 25 innings, a total time of 8 hours and 6 minutes. The Sox eventually won the game 7-6.
  • The longest baseball game in NCAA history was played on May 30, 2009 between the Boston College Eagles and the Texas Longhorns. The game went 25 innings and was 7 hours and 3 minutes long. The game ultimately ended at 2 a.m. the morning of May 31st. The final score was 3-2 in favor of the Longhorns.
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