Game Length Records

Major League Baseball Game Specific Length Records

The longest baseball game, the shortest baseball game, the most innings ever played in a single game, and other similar game length records are one of the most asked for items on the Internet.

Baseball Almanac is pleased to present an official baseball game length record book. The longest games in terms of innings played and time played are presented as well as many variations.

"Players who stand flat-footed and swing with their arms are golfers not hitters." - Rogers Hornsby in Baseball Digest (December 1960, Cleon Walfoort, 'Will Aaron Ever Hit .400?', Page 22)
Major League Baseball Game Length Records

Time Based Records

Record Lg Teams Time Date

Longest Doubleheader
18 Innings

AL

New York 12 at Boston 4

8h 40m

08-18-2006

New York 14 at Boston 11

08-18-2006

NL

Brooklyn 2 at New York 8

6h 46m

08-07-1952

Brooklyn 7 at New York 5

08-07-1952

Longest Doubleheader
With Extra Innings
(by Game Length Time)

AL

Kansas City 6 at Detroit 7
(Game Length 3:25)

9h 05m

06-17-1967

9 Innings

Kansas City 6 at Detroit 5
(Game Length 5:40)

06-17-1967

19 Innings

NL

San Francisco 5 at New York 3
(Game Length 2:29)

9h 52m

05-31-1964

9 Innings

San Francisco 8 at New York 6
(Game Length 7:23)

05-31-1964

23 Innings

Longest Doubleheader
With Extra Innings
(by Total Elapsed Time)
(Includes Length of Delay)

AL

Kansas City 6 at Detroit 7
(Game Length 3:25, 0:15 Rain Delay in 7th)

9h 56m

06-17-1967

9 Innings

Kansas City 6 at Detroit 5
(Intermission 0:36, Game Length 5:40)

06-17-1967

19 Innings

NL

San Diego 5 at Philadelphia 2
(Rain Delay Start 1:10, Game Length 2:34,
Rain Delay in 4th 1:56, Rain Delay in 6th 2:48)

12h 05m

07-02-1993

9 Innings

San Diego 5 at Philadelphia 6
(Intermission 0:25, Game Length 3:12)

07-02-1993

10 Innings

Longest Game
Extra Innings

AL

Chicago 7 vs. Milwaukee 6

8h 06m

05-08-1984

25 Innings

NL

San Francisco 8 vs. New York 6

7h 23m

05-31-1964

23 Innings

Longest Game
9 Innings

AL

New York 14 at Boston 11

4h 45m

08-18-2006

NL

Los Angeles 11 at San Francisco 10

4h 27m

10-05-2001

Longest Game
9 Innings At Night

AL

New York 14 at Boston 11

4h 45m

08-18-2006

NL

Los Angeles 11 at San Francisco 10

4h 27m

10-05-2001

Shortest Doubleheader
18 Innings

AL

New York at St. Louis (Gm 1, 1:12)

2h 07m

09-26-1926

New York at St. Louis (Gm 2, 0:55) 09-26-1926

NL

Chicago at Brooklyn (Gm 1, uk) 2h 20m 08-14-1919

Chicago at Brooklyn (Gm 2, uk)

08-14-1919

Shortest Game
9 Innings

AL

St. Louis 6 vs. New York 2

55m

09-26-1926

Game 2

NL

New York 6 vs. Philadelphia 1

51m

09-28-1919

Game 1

Shortest Game
Nine Innings At Night

AL

Chicago 1 vs. Washington 0

1h 29m

05-21-1943

NL

Boston 2 at Cincinnati 0

1h 15m

08-10-1944

Major League Baseball Game Length Records

Inning Based Records

Record Lg Teams Innings

Date

Longest Game
By Innings
(20+ Innings)

[ Bold =Record Holders]

NL

Brooklyn 1 at Boston 1

26

05-01-1920

NL St. Louis 4 at New York 3 25 09-11-1974
AL Chicago 7 vs. Milwaukee 6 25 05-08-1984
AL Philadelphia 4 at Boston 1 24 09-01-1906
AL Detroit 1 at Philadelphia 1 24 07-21-1945
NL Houston 1 vs. New York 0 24 04-15-1968
NL Boston 2 vs. Brooklyn 2 23 06-27-1939
NL San Francisco 8 at New York 6 23 05-31-1964
NL Brooklyn 6 vs. Pittsburgh 5 22 08-22-1917
NL Chicago 4 at Boston 3 22 05-17-1927
AL New York 9 at Detroit 7 22 06-24-1962
AL Washington 6 vs Chicago 5 22 06-12-1967
AL Milwaukee 4 at Minnesota 3 22 05-12-1972
NL Houston 5 vs Los Angeles 4 22 06-03-1989
NL Los Angeles 1 at Montreal 0 22 08-23-1989
AL Minnesota 5 vs. Cleveland 4 22 08-31-1993
NL Colorado 2 at San Diego 1 22 04-17-2008
NL New York 3 at Pittsburgh 1 21 07-17-1914
NL Chicago 2 vs. Philadelphia 1 21 07-17-1918
NL Pittsburgh 2 at Boston 0 21 08-01-1918
NL San Francisco 1 at Cincinnati 0 21 09-01-1967
AL Oakland 5 at Washington 3 21 06-04-1971
NL San Diego 1 vs Houston 2 21 09-24-1971
AL Chicago 6 vs. Cleveland 3 21 05-26-1973
NL San Diego 11 at Montreal 8 21 05-21-1977
NL Los Angeles 2 at Chicago 1 21 08-17-1982
NL Cincinnati 7 vs. Chicago 7 20 06-30-1892
AL Philadelphia 4 at Boston 2 20 07-04-1905
NL Chicago 2 at Philadelphia 1 20 08-24-1905
NL Philadelphia 9 vs. Boston 9 20 04-30-1919
NL Chicago 7 vs St. Louis 8 20 08-28-1930
NL Brooklyn 6 at Boston 2 20 07-05-1940
AL Washington 9 at Minnesota 7 20 08-09-1967
AL New York 4 vs. Boston 3 20 08-29-1967
AL Boston 5 at Seattle 3 20 07-27-1969
AL Oakland 1 vs California 0 20 07-09-1971
AL Washington 8 at Cleveland 6 20 09-14-1971
NL Philadelphia 5 vs. Atlanta 4 20 05-04-1973
NL Pittsburgh 5 vs. Chicago 4 20 07-06-1980
NL Houston 3 at San Diego 1 20 08-15-1980
AL Seattle 8 at Boston 7 20 09-03-1981
AL California 4 vs. Seattle 3 20 04-13-1982
NL Philadelphia 7 vs. Los Angeles 6 20 07-07-1993
NL St. Louis 7 at Florida 6 20 04-27-2003
NL New York 2 at St. Louis 1 20 04-17-2010
NL New York 1 vs Florida 2 20 06-08-2013

Longest Game
Innings At Night

AL

Chicago 7 vs. Milwaukee 6

25

05-08-1984

NL

St. Louis 4 at New York 3

25

09-11-1974

Longest Game
Innings On Opening Day

[ Bold =Record Holders]

(Every Opening Day game
over 14 innings is listed)

AL

Toronto 7 vs. Cleveland 4 16 04-05-2012

Washington 1 vs. Philadelphia 0

15

04-13-1926

Detroit 4 at Cleveland 2 15 04-19-1960
Cleveland 2 vs St. Louis 1 14 04-16-1935
Chicago 9 vs. Detroit 7 14 04-10-1959

Chicago 3 vs California 2

14

04-12-1966

NL

Philadelphia 5 at Brooklyn 5

14

04-17-1923

New York 1 at Brooklyn 1

14

04-16-1933

Pittsburgh 4 at Milwaukee 3

14

04-15-1958

Pittsburgh 6 at St. Louis 2

14

04-08-1969

Cincinnati 2 vs. Los Angeles 1

14

04-07-1975

Colorado 11 vs. New York 9 14 04-26-1995

New York 1 vs. Philadelphia 0

14

03-31-1998

Longest Shutout
By Innings

AL

Oakland 1 vs. California 0

20

07-09-1971

NL

Houston 1 vs. New York 0

24

04-15-1968

Longest Tie
By Innings

AL

Detroit 1 at Philadelphia 1

24

07-21-1945

NL

Boston 1 vs. Brooklyn 1

26

05-01-1920

Record Lg Teams Innings Date

Major League Baseball Game Length Records | Research by Baseball Almanac, Inc.



During the 1908 season ( click here for their schedule ), the Detroit Tigers played in the most consecutive extra-inning games, September 9th through the 13th, five games featuring fifty-four innings.
Did you know that the 1943 Boston Red Sox played in a Major League record thirty-one extra inning games during the same season?
On May 31,1964, ( Game 1 | Game 2 ) San Francisco played in New York during a double header and the two teams set the Major League record for most innings played in one day with thirty-two.
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