Extra-inning games are not anything unusual in Major League Baseball, of course. However, some games in MLB history have truly gone to the extreme. Every once in a while, two teams meet on the area and generate a game much longer than a single match has any business going -- beyond the 20-inning mark.
MLB.com have a look back at those marathon contests. Here are the longest games played, by amount of innings, in Major League history since 1900.
1. May 1, 1920: Brooklyn Robins 1, Boston Braves 1
Length: 26 innings
The longest game by innings in 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 just 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 in the bottom of the sixth. The teams traded zeros for 20 innings until night fell at Braves Field.
The following day's New York Times story joked that umpire Barry McCormick"recalled he had a consultation fairly soon with a succulent beefsteak. He wondered whether it wasn't getting dim. He pulled out one hand for a test and decided that in the gloaming it resembled a Virginia ham. He knew it wasn't a Virginia ham and became convinced it was too dark to play basketball. Thereupon, he called the game, to the satisfaction of himself (fellow umpire Bob Hart) and the chagrin of everybody else "
This game is incredible by today's standards. Not just for its sheer length, but because of the pitchers' duel it contained. Both starting pitchers, Brooklyn's Leon Cadore and Boston's Joe Oeschger, pitched the whole 26 innings of this match. Somehow, they simply allowed one run apiece.
"If a pitcher could not go the distance," Oeschger would let the Sarasota Herald-Tribune decades later,"he soon found himself some other sort of occupation."