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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 McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

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 4:07, at the end of the 32nd inning, the game was stopped. At this point, there were 19 fans left in the seats, all of whom were given lifetime passes to McCoy Stadium.[1]

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 Bill McDaniel for the winning run in the bottom of the 33rd.

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Records set in the game

  • Most putouts by one team in one game: 99 (PAW)
  • Most total putouts in one game: 195
  • Most at-bats for one team in one game: 114 (PAW)
  • Most total at-bats in one game: 219
  • Most strikeouts by one team in one game: 34 (ROC)
  • Most total strikeouts in one game: 60
  • Most strikeouts by one player in a game: 8, Russ Laribee (PAW)
  • Most total assists in one game: 88
  • Most innings: 33
  • Most at-bats by one player in one game: 14, Dave Koza, Lee Graham, Chico Walker (all PAW)
  • Most plate appearances by one player in one game: 15, Tom Eaton, Cal Ripken Jr, Dallas Williams (all ROC)
  • Total time for one game: 8 hours, 25 minutes

Line Score

McCoy Stadium, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 R H E
Rochester Red Wings  0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  2 18 3
Pawtucket Red Sox  0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1  3 21 1

Hitting Line

Rochester
Player Pos. AB Run Hits RBI
Eaton 2B 10 0 3 0
Williams CF 13 0 0 0
Ripken 3B 13 0 2 0
Corey DH 5 1 1 0
Chism PH 1 0 0 0
Rayford C 5 0 0 0
Logan 1B 12 0 4 0
Valle 1B 1 0 0 0
Bourjos LF 4 0 2 1
Hale LF 7 0 1 0
Smith LF 0 0 0 0
Hazewood RF 4 0 0 0
Hart RF 6 1 1 0
Bonner SS 12 0 3 0
Huppert C 11 0 0 1
Putman PH 1 0 0 0
Totals 105 2 18 2
Pawtucket
Player Pos. AB Run Hits RBI
Graham CF 14 0 1 0
McDaniel 2B 12 1 2 0
Walker LF 14 1 2 0
Laribee DH 11 0 0 1
Koza 1B 14 1 5 1
Boggs 3B 12 0 4 1
Bowen RF 12 0 2 0
Gedman C 3 0 1 0
Ongarato PH 1 0 0 0
LaFrancoic C 8 0 2 0
Valdez SS 13 0 2 0
Totals 114 3 21 3

Pitching Line

Rochester
Player IP H R ER BB K
Jones 8.2 7 1 1 2 5
Schneider 5.1 2 0 0 0 8
Luebber 8 6 1 1 2 4
Umbarger 10 4 0 0 0 9
Grilli (L) 0 0 1 1 1 0
Speck 0 1 0 0 0 0
Totals 32 21 3 3 5 26
Pawtucket
Player IP H R ER BB K
Parks 6 3 1 1 4 3
Aponte 4 0 0 0 2 9
Sarmiento 4 3 0 0 2 3
Smithson 3.2 2 0 0 3 5
Remmerswaal 4.1 4 1 1 3 3
Finch 5 3 0 0 1 3
Hurst 5 3 0 0 1 3
Ojeda (W) 1 1 0 0 0 1
Totals 33 18 2 2 18 34
Parks pitched to 3 batters in the 7th

Grilli pitched to 3 batters in the 33rd
Speck pitched to 1 batter in the 33rd
WP - Jones, Smithson, Hurst.

Game notes and statistics

  • The start of the original game was delayed for about half an hour due to a problem with the lights at McCoy Stadium.
  • Steve Grilli, the losing pitcher for Rochester, was not a member of the Red Wings when the game started on April 18.
  • Jim Umbarger pitched ten innings of scoreless relief for Rochester.
  • Rochester's Dave Huppert caught 31 of the 33 innings.
  • Dallas Williams of the Red Wings went 0-13 at the plate. Williams was credited with two sacrifice bunts, and had, while not an official stat, 15 plate appearances without a hit. Williams' 0-13 stat is also a record in futility in any single professional baseball game.
  • Russ Laribee of the PawSox went 0-11, striking out eight times, becoming the first player in history to record the double golden sombrero.
  • Between the two teams, pitchers faced a total of 246 batters (219 AB, 23 BB, 4 HBP).
  • A total of 1882 pitches were thrown.
  • Pawtucket's Dave Koza had the most hits of any player in the game: five, including the game-winner.
  • 53 runners were left on base (30 by Rochester and 23 by Pawtucket).
  • Pawsox Manager Joe Morgan was ejected from the game by Home Plate Umpire Dennis Cregg. In a newspaper interview, Morgan claims that Cregg threw him out of the game "to impress his young nephew [David Cregg] who was in the stands".
  • The temperature dropped into the 40's causing players in the dugouts to start small fires in metal trash cans using pieces of broken bats to keep warm.
  • The total game time was 8 hours and 25 minutes.

Players involved

Two future Hall of Famers were part of the historic game. Cal Ripken, Jr., who was inducted in 2007, went 2-13 on the night playing third base for Rochester. Wade Boggs, who was inducted in 2005, played third base for Pawtucket and went 4-12 with a double and an RBI. (The Joe Morgan involved in this game was the manager, not the Hall-of-Fame player.) Ripken was the American League's Rookie-of-the-Year in 1982.

A number of other future major leaguers played in the game:

See also

  • 100 Inning Game - Longest amateur baseball game ever played (charitable event)

External links

Some content from an anniversary article in the 2001 Pawtucket game program.


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