Ripken in the Minors

The Longest Game

Pawtucket Red Sox vs. Rochester Red Wings
April 18 - June 23, 1981 - 33 Innings

PROFESSIONAL RECORDS SET:

MOST PUTOUTS - one team - 99 (Pawtucket)
MOST PUTOUTS - both teams - 195 TIME - 8:25
MOST AT BATS - one team - 114 (Pawtucket)
MOST STRIKE OUTS - one team - 34 (Rochester Batters)
MOST AT BATS - both teams - 219
MOST STRIKE OUTS - both teams - 60
MOST ASSISTS - both teams - 88
MOST "CHANCES ACCEPTED" - one team - 142 (Rochester)
MOST "CHANCES ACCEPTED" - both teams - 283
MOST INNINGS - 33 PITCHES THROWN - Rochester 423, Pawtucket 459, Total 882
MOST AT BATS - Dave Koza, Lee Graham, Chico Walker - 14 (Pawtucket)
MOST PLATE APPEARANCES - Tom Eaton, Cal Ripken, Dallas Williams - 15 (Rochester)

Official Box Score
Rochester   Pawtucket
Player AB R H RBI   Player AB R H RBI
Eaton, 2B 10 0 3 0   Graham, CF 14 0 1 0
Williams, CF 13 0 0 0   Barrett, 2B 12 1 2 0
Ripken, 3B 13 0 2 0   Walker, LF 14 1 2 0
Corey, DH 5 1 1 0   Laribee, DH 11 0 0 1
Chism, PH 1 0 0 0   Koza, 1B 14 1 5 1
Rayford, C 5 0 0 0   Boggs, 3B 12 0 4 1
Logan, 1B 12 0 4 0   Bowen, RF 12 0 2 0
Valle, 1B 1 0 0 0   Gedman, C 3 0 1 0
Bourjos, LF 4 0 2 1   Ongarato, PH 1 0 0 0
Hale, LF 7 0 1 0   LaFrancoic, C 8 0 2 0
Smith, LF 0 0 0 0   Valdez, SS 13 0 2 0
Hazewood, RF 4 0 0 0            
Hart, RF 6 1 1 0            
Bonner, SS 12 0 3 0            
Huppert, C 11 0 1 1            
Putman, PH 1 0 0 0            
Totals 105 2 18 2   Totals 114 3 21 3
No out when run scored.

E - Eaton, Logan, Bonner, Valdez. DP - Rochester 4, Pawtucket 3.

LOB - Roch. 30, Pawt.23. 2B - Koza 2, Walker, Boggs, Huppert. SB - Eaton.
S - Williams 2, Logan, hart, Huppert 2. SF - Laribee.

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Pawtucket Wins in 33 Innings!

Baseball's famous "Longest Game" between the Rochester Red Wings and the Pawtucket Red Sox lasted a record 33 innings and took more than eight hours over two different days to complete.It began on a frigid April 18th evening at McCoy Stadium and was halted at 4:09am by order of I.L. President Harold Cooper. 

On June 23rd, Dave Koza, who entered the game as the best hitter in the contest at 4-for-13, hit a 2-2 curve ball from reliever Cliff Speck into left field to score Marty Barrett and give the Pawtucket Red Sox a 3-2 victory over the Rochester Red Wings. Koza's single came with the bases loaded and none out as the Paw Sox managed to end the contest on their first at-bat in the bottom of the 33rd inning."Having the bases loaded was a dream for me," said Koza, who had scored one of the other Pawtucket runs on April 18-19. "I think anyone would have liked to have been in my shoes."Pawtucket's Bob Ojeda, the team's eighth hurler, gave up a one-out single to Cal Ripken, Jr. in the 33rd but retired Floyd Rayford on a strikeout and John Valle on a soft fly to left and got credit for the win to improve his record to 9-5.Pawtucket wasted no time against loser Steve Grilli, the fifth Rochester pitcher, who was with Syracuse when the two teams bagan this marathon game. Grilli hit Barrett with his first pitch and Chico Walker followed with a hit-and-run single to center, moving Barrett to third. Grilli walked Russ Laribee intentionally to fill the bases before giving way to Speck, who lasted four pitches.It took just 18 minutes on June June 23rd to finally end the contest. The game, which drew national attention because of the baseball strike and the historical nature of the event, attracted a near sellout crowd of about 5,800 to McCoy Stadium. 

(Information courtesy of the Pawtucket Red Sox)

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The Players Involved

Two Hall of Famers were part of the historic game. Cal Ripken, Jr., elected in 2007, went 2-13 on the night playing third base for Rochester. Wade Boggs, who was inducted in 2005, played third base for Pawtucket and went 4-12 with a double and an RBI.

A number of other future major leaguers played in the game:

From Pawtucket:

From Rochester:

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"The Longest Game" Newspaper Articles

The following link will take you to a gallery of newspaper articles from the Associated Press covering "The Longest Game" and beyond:

http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=7964196

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