Baseball’s Longest Games

A Comprehensive Worldwide Record Book


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About the Book

Baseball is the only major team sport that doesn’t feature a clock, and there’s a familiar saying among fans that as long as outs remain, the game can, theoretically, go on forever. Every now and again, it nearly does, as author Phil Lowry demonstrates.
The product of more than four decades of research, this book catalogs baseball games from around the world and throughout history that lasted 20 or more innings, stretched five or more hours, or ended after 1:00 am. Lowry also examines probability models to predict how often games of unusual length will occur.

About the Author(s)

Philip J. Lowry is a professor of political science in Minnesota where he teaches the Arabic language and Middle East politics.

Bibliographic Details

Philip J. Lowry
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 370
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4263-8
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5734-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

Triple Crown Games by Decade      5


I. Highlights, Analysis and Predicting Extra Innings      9

II. Game Records      32

Games of 20 Innings or More      32

Longest Games, by Decade      50

Longest U.S. Amateur Games, by State      68

Scholastic Divisions, Worldwide      73

Longest Games, by Country      76

Minor League Games, by League      79

Major League Games, by League and Team      87

Evolution of Records for Longest Game by Innings      89

Doubleheaders and Other Multiple-Game Situations      119

Planned Games of 20 Innings or More, Chronological by Decade      131


I. Highlights and Conclusions      133

II. Game Records      136

Games Lasting 5 Hours or More by Game Time      136

Longest Games by Game Time, by Decade      159

Longest U.S. Amateur Games, by State      182

Scholastic Divisions, Worldwide      184

Longest Games, by Country      188

Minor League Games, by League      192

Major League Games, by League and Team      200

Evolution of Records for Game Time      208

Games Lasting Seven Hours or More by Elapsed Time      255

Doubleheaders Taking Seven Hours or More by Game Time      259

Doubleheaders Taking Eight Hours or More by Elapsed Time      265


I. Highlights and Analysis      272

II. Game Records      277

Games Finished After 1 A.M      277

Finishes After 1 A.M., by Decade      297

Latest Finish, U.S. High School and College      317

Latest Finish, by Country      321

Minor Leagues, by League      323

Major Leagues, by League and Team      328

U.S. Amateur, by State      336

Evolution of Records for Latest Finish      339

Epilogue      353

Bibliography      355

Index      357

Book Reviews & Awards

“[an] amazing tour de force of data collection…surely the last word on the subject”—Spitball; “the author has combed a huge range of archival sources to document baseball games worldwide at nearly every level of competition…recommended”—Booklist; “unlike many other baseball historians who focus solely on major league baseball in the United States, Lowry advocates and presents ‘a global approach to baseball research, in which all levels of competition and all nations of the world are given treatment.’ This precise book will settle (or start) many a baseball argument”—ARBA; “records hundreds of games that went long in time, or innings, or ended after 1 a.m.”—SABR Bulletin.