Chicago White Sox Win Longest Game Ever Played on This Day in Sports History
The game started at 7:30 p.m. CT and was halted at 1:00 a.m. on May 9 due to curfew. The two teams resumed play that afternoon for another eight innings until Chicago won the contest. In fact, it took eight hours and six minutes just to declare a winner of the longest Major League Baseball game ever played.
The White Sox scored first in the sixth inning, but the Brewers were able to tie the game at one run apiece in the seventh. The tie was broken in the ninth when Milwaukee scored two runs in the top of the inning. However, Chicago countered with two runs of their own to send the contest into extra innings.
The two teams went on for 11 scoreless innings before the Brewers broke the tie once again when left fielder Ben Oglivie crushed a three-run homer in the 21st inning. However, since the White Sox were playing at Comiskey Park, they wanted to give the hometown fans something to cheer for. Carlton Fisk recorded a RBI single and Tom Paciorek hit a two-run single to tie the game back up in the bottom of the inning.
Chicago eventually won the game when Harold Baines hit a walk-off home run off of pitcher Chuck Porter. The Brewers only used six pitchers in the game, with Porter tossing 7 1/3 innings. Meanwhile, the White Sox used eight pitchers to get the victory.
The winning manager was none other than Tony La Russa.