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  • Marathons Lasting 20 or More Innings in the Rays Area

    We are the Marathon Seekers Group, eleven SABR members who are constantly looking to discover Baseball Marathons lasting 20 or more innings. So far, we have 648. But we know that we are touching only the tip of the iceberg.

    These games are very difficult to discover. Through much experience, we have learned that the three best places to find such games are (1) during the 1900 through 1929 era, at the height of Town Ball games; (2) Latino Baseball in the Caribbean and in Latin America; and (3) current games as they occur.

    We hope that Rays fans will review this list, and contact me, Phil Lowry, via e-mail at plowry1176@aol.com, if you know of a game not on the list, or if you can provide missing details for a game already on the List.

    We offer an Official Certificate to all who find a new game not yet on the List. Thank you very much for your help.

    Philip J. Lowry
    Author, Baseball's Longest Games

    FLORIDA (25)

    20 – Pensacola - 6/18/1921 – Amateur – Gulfport Champs 2 Pensacola 1 in 3:00.

    21 – Wauchula – 9/20/1933 – Orange Belt League - Wauchula 7 Frostproof 4 in 4:00 - finished at 7:00 PM.

    21 – Municipal Park, Sanford - 5/27/1948 – Florida State League – Sanford Giants 8 Palatka Azaleas 7 in 5:15 – finished at 1:15 AM in the early morning of 5/28.

    21 – Gindorff Field, Stuart - 5/24/1953 – South Florida Coast-Glades League - Jupiter Pennocks 1 Stuart Sailfishes 1 in 4:00 – finished at 7:00 PM.

    20 – Jacksonville Ball Park (later Municipal Stadium, then Wolfson Park), Jacksonville – 5/21/1958 – South Atlantic (Sally) League – Savannah Redlegs 6 Jacksonville Braves 6 in 5:00 – 902 fans - finished at 1:00 AM in the early morning of 5/22.

    21 – Jacksonville Ball Park (later Municipal Stadium, then Wolfson Park), Jacksonville – 4/22/1959 – South Atlantic (Sally) League – Jacksonville Braves 3 Knoxville Smokies 2 in 5:01 – 1814 fans, 200 fans at end – finished at 1:01 AM in the early morning of 4/23.

    20 – Memorial Stadium, Sanford – 4/17/1964 – Eastern League at New York-Pennsylvania League spring training exhibition – Williamsport Mets at Auburn Mets.

    29 – Al Lang Field (I), St. Petersburg – 6/14/1966 – Florida State League – Miami Marlins 4 St. Petersburg Cardinals 3 in 6:59 – 740 fans, 175 fans at end – finished at 2:29 AM in the early morning of 6/15.

    25 – Municipal Stadium, West Palm Beach – 8/8/1967 – Florida State League – West Palm Beach Braves 3 Leesburg Athletics 2 in 5:35, 2nd game postponed – finished at 11:35 PM.

    24 – Flamingo Park, Miami Beach – 4/23/1970 – Florida High School League playoffs – Miami High School Stingarees 1 Hialeah High School Thoroughbreds 0 in 5:16, then Miami Coral Park High School Rams 9 Miami High School 0 in 2:44 and 7 innings – 250 fans; 500 fans at end of 1st game – 1st game finished at 8:16 PM; 2nd game finished at 11:44 PM.

    20 – Perry Field (later McKethan Stadium at Perry Field), Gainesville – 4/22/1972 – National Collegiate Athletic Association – Auburn University Tigers 7 University of Florida Gators 6 in 4:35 – 350 fans.

    23 – Fort Lauderdale Stadium, Fort Lauderdale – 5/24/1981 and 5/25/1981 – Florida State League – Fort Lauderdale Yankees 1 Tampa Tarpons 0 in 5:32, suspended after 5:23 and 22 innings – 717 fans, 200 fans at suspension - suspended at 12:53 AM in the early morning of 5/25.

    32 – Robert C. Wynn Field, Bradenton - 4/4/1987 – National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association – Hillsborough Community College Hawks 6 Manatee Community College Lancers 4 in 7:30 – 200 fans, 45 fans at end - finished at 9:30 PM.

    20 – Al Lang Field (II), St. Petersburg and Holman Stadium, Vero Beach – 4/29/1988 and 5/28/1988 – Florida State League - Vero Beach Dodgers 6 St. Petersburg Cardinals 5 in 5:59, suspended after 5:29 and 18 innings, completed in Vero Beach – suspended at 1:04 AM in the early morning of 4/30.

    21 – Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota and Dunedin Stadium at Grant Field (later Knology Park), Dunedin – 4/24/1989 and 5/17/1989 – Florida State League - Dunedin Blue Jays 8 Sarasota White Sox 3 in 6:29, suspended after 5:48 and 20 innings – 525 fans on 4/24, 45 fans at suspension, 307 fans on 5/17 – suspended at 12:48 AM in the early morning of 4/25.

    20 – Al Lang Field (II), St. Petersburg – 6/8/1993 – Florida State League – St. Petersburg Cardinals 4 Lakeland Tigers 3 in 5:11 – 1229 fans - finished at 12:46 AM in the early morning of 6/9.

    20 – Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota – 6/17/1993 – Florida State League - Sarasota White Sox 3 Clearwater Phillies 2 in 4:47 – 932 fans - finished at 12:06 AM in the early morning of 6/18.

    20 – Al Lang Field (II), St. Petersburg – 4/14/1994 – Florida State League - St. Petersburg Cardinals 8 Lakeland Tigers 7 in 7:07 – 1021 fans - finished at 2:42 AM in the early morning of 4/15.

    21 – Heart of Florida Medical Regional Center Field, Babson Park – 2/19/1999 and 2/20/1999 – National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics - Nova Southeastern University Knights 9 Webber College (now Webber International University) Warriors 5 in 6:00, suspended after 3:43 and 13 innings – 50 fans - suspended at 6:28 PM, finished at 1:17 PM.

    20 – Pro Player (later Dolphin, then Land Shark) Stadium, Lake Lucerne (now Miami Gardens) – 4/27/2003 – National League – Cardinals 7 Marlins 6 in 6:07 – 10,075 fans – finished at 7:12 PM.

    20 – Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers – 4/13/2006 – Florida State League – Clearwater Threshers 4 Fort Myers Miracle 3 in 5:02 – 1544 fans; 94 fans at end – finished at 12:07 AM in the early morning of 4/14.

    20 – Baseball Grounds, Jacksonville – 8/12/2006 and 8/13/2006 – Southern League – Jacksonville Suns 5 West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx 2 in 5:22, rain delay, 2nd rain delay top 4th, suspended after 0:55 top 4th; then West Tennessee 4 Jacksonville 1 in 1:44 and 7 innings – 6280 fans on 8/12; 2907 fans on 8/13 – finished at 7:32 PM; 2nd game finished at 9:46 PM.

    20 – Legends Field, Tampa – 4/17/2007 – Florida State League – Clearwater Threshers 4 Tampa Yankees 1 in 5:14 – 706 fans – ended at 12:14 AM in the early morning of 4/18.

    20 – Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland – 6/29/2008 – Florida State League – Lakeland Flying Tigers 3 Daytona Cubs 2 in 6:06 – 469 fans – finished at 12:06 AM in the early morning of 6/30.

    23 – Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter – 5/23/2011 – Florida State League – Jupiter Hammerheads 2 Clearwater Threshers 1 in 5:37 – 330 fans; 12 fans at end – finished at 12:12 AM in the early morning of 5/24.
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