A look at the Longest Baseball Games in MLB History

Wednesday 17th January 2024 – With the abundance of rule changes to cut down the length of games in MLB, SportsLens have compiled a list of the top 10 longest games in MLB history – finding 26 innings at the top of the table.

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Top-10 Longest Baseball Games In MLB History

Rank	Date	        Game	                                        Time
1	May 1, 1920	Brooklyn Robins 1, Boston Braves 1	        26 innings
T2	May 8, 1984	Chicago White Sox 7, Milwaukee Brewers 6	25 innings
T2	Sept. 11, 1974	St. Louis Cardinals 4, New York Mets 3	        25 innings
T4	April 15, 1968	Houston Astros 1, New York Mets 0	        24 innings
T4	July 21, 1945	Detroit Tigers 1, Philadelphia Athletics 1	24 innings
T4	Sept. 1, 1906	Philadelphia Athletics 4, Boston Americans 1	24 innings
T7	May 31, 1964	San Francisco Giants 8, New York Mets 6	        23 innings
T7	June 27, 1939	Brooklyn Dodgers 2, Boston Bees 2	        23 innings
T9	April 17, 2008	Colorado Rockies 2, San Diego Padres 1	        22 innings
T9	Aug. 31, 1993	Minnesota Twins 5, Cleveland Indians 4	        22 innings
T9	Aug. 23, 1989	Los Angeles Dodgers 1, Montreal Expos 0	        22 innings
T9	June 3, 1989	Houston Astros 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 4	        22 innings
T9	May 12, 1972	Milwaukee Brewers 4, Minnesota Twins 3	        22 innings
T9	June 12, 1967	Washington Senators 6, Chicago White Sox 5	22 innings
T9	June 24, 1962	New York Yankees 9, Detroit Tigers 7	        22 innings
T9	May 17, 1927	Chicago Cubs 4, Boston Braves 3	                22 innings
T9	Aug. 22, 1917	Brooklyn Robins 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 5	        22 innings

Longest Baseball Game In MLB History In Terms Of Inning Length
The longest baseball game in MLB history in terms of inning length occurred on May 1, 1920.

It was the Brooklyn Robins (now known as the Los Angeles Dodgers) vs the Boston Braves (now known as the Atlanta Braves).

The contest took almost four hours to complete.

Longest Baseball Game In MLB History In Terms Of Time
The longest MLB game in terms of time was in 1984 between the Chicago White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers.

The contest was a 25-inning game and it ran for a total of eight hours and six minutes which was completed over two days.

According to the MLB, the teams played the first 17 innings on May 8 but paused with a tied score of 3-3 because of an American League rule prohibiting new innings after 1 AM. The game resumed the next day and the White Sox won 7-6.

Longest Baseball Postseason Game In MLB History By Time
The longest postseason MLB game in terms of length of time was Game 3 of the 2018 World Series.

The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-2 in an 18-inning game that lasted a whopping seven hours and 20 minutes. After Boston scored in the top of the 13th inning, Max Muncy came around to score on a throwing error by Ian Kinsler. Muncy also finished the game in the 18th inning with a walk-off home run.

Despite losing the longest postseason in MLB history, the Red Sox went on to win the 2018 World Series in five games.

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