Game that Wouldn't End
On April 18, 1981, the Pawtucket Red Sox played the
Rochester Red Wings in organized baseball's longest
game, which lasted for 32 innings. The game went on
for 8 hours and 7 minutes when, at 4:07 in the morning,
with the score still tied at 2-2, it was decided that
the game would be finished at a future date. Nine weeks
later, the game was resumed and 18 minutes in, Dave
Koza of Pawtucket singled off Steve Grilli for a 3-2
win. The total playing time was 8 hours and 25 minutes,
a professional baseball record.
This is the ball that Koza hit to win the marathon.
On the sweet spot, it's written:
"Longest game in baseball history April 17-June
23. Pawsox 3 Rochester 2 R.I, 8 hrs. 25 min."
The ball is signed by future Red Sox and Met pitcher,
Bob Ojeda, Koza, Wade Boggs, Cal Ripken Jr., Rich Gedman,
Marty Barrett and Mike Boddicker.