I am a member of the Marathon Seekers Group which is doing research to locate all baseball marathons lasting 20 or more innings. We have 648 so far on our List.

But so far there are only nine (9) from the Nineteenth Century.

We are hoping that you may be able to help us find some of these games.

We feel like we have only hit the tip of the Iceberg; we have only begun to scratch the surface.

These marathons are very difficult to discover however.

We are hoping that you can review the history of Nineteenth Century baseball in your records to see if there may be such a game waiting to be discovered.

We offer an Official Certificate to all those who report a new game to be added to the List.

Thank you very much for your help.

Philip J. Lowry
Author, Baseball's Longest Games

LONGEST GAMES LASTING 20 INNINGS OR MORE IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER BY DECADE (648) - 174 won by home, 200 by visitor, 90 ties, 184 unknown or neutral site

1860’s OR EARLIER (0)

No game, thus far, has been identified from the 1860’s or earlier as having lasted 20 or more innings.

1870’s (2) – 0 won by home, 1 by visitor, 1 tie

24 – South End Grounds (I), Boston, Massachusetts – 5/11/1877 – International Association at Inter-Collegiate Association – Manchester Professionals 0 Harvard College Crimson 0 in 3:30.

21 – Girard Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 6/29/1878 – Amateur at High School – Yeager 10 Girard College High School Orphans (later Cavaliers) 7 in 4:00.

1880’s (1) - 1 unknown

36 – North End Grounds, Stoneham, Massachusetts – 8/28/1880 – Zouaves 21 Benecia Boys 15 – 350 fans.

1890’s (6) – 3 won by home, 0 by visitor, 2 ties, 1 unknown or neutral site

22 – 11th Street Grounds, Tacoma, Washington – 5/16/1891 – Pacific Northwest League – Tacoma Daisies 6 Seattle Blues 5 in 3:35 – 900 fans – finished at 7:05 PM.

25 – North Dakota State Militia Training Grounds, Devils Lake, North Dakota – 7/18/1891 – Red River Valley League – Grand Forks Black Stockings 0 Fargo Red Stockings 0 in 4:10 in the second game; Grand Forks won the first game – second game called at 8:10 PM to allow both teams to get on their train to return home.

20 – League Park (I), Cincinnati, Ohio – 6/30/1892 – National League – Colts (later Cubs) 7 Reds 7 in 3:20 – 1300 fans.

25 – Naugus Head, Marblehead, Massachusetts – 9/6/1894 – Amateur – Lynn and Boston Railroad Conductors 2 Lynn and Boston Railroad Motormen 1.

20 – Sportsman’s Park (III), St. Louis, Missouri – 4/10/1898 – Western League at National League spring training exhibition – St. Louis Browns 12 Milwaukee Brewers 11 in 3:20.

21 – Lake View Park, Peoria, Illinois - 6/26/1898 – Western Association – Peoria Blackbirds 8 St. Joseph Saints 4 in 4:00.