The game of baseball is the only professional American sport without a clock to time the play. In the vast history of baseball many games have gone on for hours while some have been completed in less than an hour. One game holds the Major League record for most innings played.
The game took place on May 1st, 1920 in Boston at Braves Field. The teams that day were the Brooklyn Robins (Later known as the Dodgers) and the Boston Braves. This record setting game consisted of 26 innings and ended in a tying score of 1-1. The game was called due to darkness. The starting pitchers were Leon Cadore for the Robins and Joe Oeschger for the Braves. Both pitchers played the entire game which by today’s standards is a heroic feat.
While it holds the record for the most innings it does not hold the record for actual time. The game was called at 4 hours and 50 minutes after the first pitch. In the history of the Major Leagues games have gone past 22 innings less than ten times. The most recent of those was in 1989. It is safe to say that this game has stood the test of time and will continue to hold this amazing record for many decades to come.