Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers Celebrate Anniversary of Marathon Ballgame

James MorisetteCorrespondent IIIMay 9, 2012

1990:  Shortstop Robin Yount of the Milwaukee Brewers stands with a bat over his shoulder. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn  /Allsport
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Twenty-eight years ago today, Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers fans awoke to find the game that had started last night still had not ended.

On Tuesday, May 8, 1984, the White Sox played the Brewers at Old Comiskey Park.

Don Sutton pitched for the Brewers against White Sox hurler Bob Fallon.  

Little did each pitcher know, they would become part of the second-longest game in big-league history.

Both clubs epitomized resolve and resiliency in this scratch-and-claw seesaw, 25-inning marathon of a ballgame.

The game was locked in a scoreless tie until the seventh inning when White Sox outfielder Tom Paciorek scored Greg Walker on a single to left field off Sutton.

But the Brew Crew would fight back in the top of the seventh inning when Robin Yount singled Randy Ready home from third base off Salome Barojas.    

In the top of the ninth inning, the Brewers looked like they were going to put this game out of reach. They scored two runs, the first being born from a combination of sloppy play and Yount’s speedy legs. The Brewers scored their third run when Ben Oglivie brought Ted Simmons home from second base with a single.

With the score 3-1, the Brewers' Rollie Fingers took to the hill to slam the door on the Sox. But the Sox would not be denied. After an error on a fly ball to right, Sox second baseman Julio Cruz doubled Paciorek from second. Then, Rudy Law singled Cruz home to tie the game.

Law’s single marked the beginning of more trench baseball warfare to come.

Neither team was able to score in the next eight innings, which led umpires to suspend the game so both teams could rest.

The game continued into Wednesday with two more innings of scoreless ball.

And then, a breakthrough.

In the top of the 21st inning, Oglivie hit a three-run homer for the Brewers.

But lo and behold, the Sox fought back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning to tie the game.

With umpires rolling their eyes, the game continued scoreless for the next three innings.

Finally, in the bottom of the 25th inning, Harold Baines stepped up to the plate and whacked a solo home run to give the Sox a 7-6 victory.

Tom Seaver pitched one inning and got the win for the Sox.

Chuck Porter, who pitched 7.1 innings for the Brewers, took the loss.

Time of game was 8:06.

Seaver would go on to win the regularly scheduled game later that day, 5-4.

And the Red Sox and Orioles thought their game last Sunday was long.


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