Baines’ blast ends longest game in AL history
On the 753rd pitch, Baines ended the longest game in American League history with a home run into the center field bullpen, giving the White Sox a 7-6, 25-inning win over the Brewers on May 9, 1984.
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“The thing that impressed me about that long game was that both clubs kept playing hard,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa told the Associated Press. “It’s the first time I’ve managed a suspended game, and I couldn’t get it off my mind when I went home last night. I hope I don’t have to go through that again.”
At eight hours and six minutes, the game marked the longest elapsed time for a game in big league history, breaking the mark of seven hours, 23 minutes set in a 23-inning game between the Mets and the Giants on May 31, 1964. The former American League record for innings played was 24, set in Sept. 1, 1906 in a Philadelphia vs. Boston matchup and tied on July 21, 1945, by the Athletics and Tigers.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum