This Day In Sports History (May 8th) — Fight of the Century
This Day In Sports History (May 9th) — Longest MLB Game
It was on this day in 1984 that the Chicago White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers played in the longest game in Major League Baseball history. The game lasted eight hours and six minutes before the Sox finally won 7-6 in the 25th inning.
The game actually began at 7:30 pm on May 8th, but was halted at 1 am that night with the score tied at 3-3 in the 17th inning. The teams picked up play the following day, with both the Sox and the Brewers scoring three runs apiece in the 21st inning to keep things going. Finally, the game ended on a Harold Baines solo home run in the 25th inning. White Sox pitcher Tom Seaver would get the victory, and he would also start the regularly scheduled game later that day.
Although this game would set the record for longest game in terms of time, it would fall just one inning short of the record for most innings played in a single game. That record belongs to the Boston Braves and Brooklyn Dodgers, who played 26 innings in 1920, before their game was eventually called a tie due to darkness.
Here is a tribute to the game’s winning pitcher, Tom Seaver.
Steve Yzerman, NHL – Born on May 9th, 1965 (age 48) in Cranbrook, B.C.
Tony Gwynn, MLB -Born on May 9th, 1960 (age 53) in Los Angeles, California
Jake Long, NFL – Born on May 9th, 1985 (age 28) in Lapeer, Michigan