Longest games in MLB history

One of many fantastic things about baseball is that time can not come to an end. In baseball, a comeback is obviously potential. The game’s not over until you have the 27th out — or, on occasion, a great deal more than that.
Extra-inning games are not anything unusual in Major League Baseball, needless to say. But some matches in MLB history have really gone to the extreme. Every once in a while, two teams meet on the field and produce a game much longer than one match has some business going — even beyond the 20-inning mark.
MLB.com takes a look back in those marathon contests. Here would be the longest games played, by number of innings, in Major League history as 1900.
1. May 1, 1920: Brooklyn Robins 1, Boston Braves 1
Length: 26 innings
The longest game by innings at Major League history might have gone longer — after 26 innings, the game was called because of darkness. The Robins (the predecessors to the Dodgers) and Braves were tied , and that is how the game ended. The whole episode took only three hours and 50 minutes.
Brooklyn’s run came courtesy of leadoff man Ivy Olson, who lined with an RBI single over Hall of Fame shortstop Rabbit Maranville’s head in the fifth. Boston’s Tony Boeckel drove in the tying run with a single to center at the bottom of the sixth. The teams traded zeros to get 20 innings until night fell at Braves Field.
The following day’s New York Times story joked that umpire Barry McCormick”remembered he had an appointment fairly shortly with a succulent beefsteak. He wondered whether it wasn’t getting dark. He held out one hand for a test and determined that in the gloaming it resembled a Virginia ham. He knew it was not a Virginia ham and became convinced that it had been too dark to play ball. Thereupon, he called the match, to the satisfaction of himself (fellow umpire Bob Hart) and the chagrin of everyone else concerned.”
This game is incredible by today’s standards. Not only for its sheer length, but on account of the pitchers’ duel that it included. Both starting pitchers, Brooklyn’s Leon Cadore and Boston’s Joe Oeschger, pitched the whole 26 innings of the game. Somehow, they only let one run apiece.
“If a pitcher could not go the distance,” Oeschger would tell the Sarasota Herald-Tribune decades later,”he soon found himself any other sort of occupation.”

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