MLB 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.

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Major League Baseball Game Length Records

Time Based Records

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 Arizona 10 at Colorado 9 4h 30m 06-24-2016
Philadelphia 17 at Pittsburg 5 4h 30m 07-06-2018
Longest Game
9 Innings At Night
AL New York 14 at Boston 11 4h 45m 08-18-2006
NL Arizona 10 at Colorado 9 4h 30m 06-24-2016
Philadelphia 17 at Pittsburg 5 4h 30m 07-06-2018
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

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