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Tuesday, August 29, 2023

It’s the baseball game that never ends—on purpose and for charity

I’m guessing Steve Traschel will pitch?

Picture this: It’s 3 a.m. and the world is asleep, save for night owls, insomniacs and the trucks downshifting on the highway. Everything is quiet and still.

Everything, that is, except for a small baseball field in Kansas City, where 60 men and women will be playing non-stop, night and day this weekend to raise over $300,000 for charity.

The idea came to Scott Reinardy, a true baseball diehard (he makes his own baseball bats) and professor at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Kansas, during a local baseball tournament he played at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum last summer.

“We had a morning game and an afternoon game, and then that night I had a league game, too,” Reinardy told over Zoom recently. “So, I’m leaving the ballpark at 11 o’clock that night and I’ve been at ballparks since 8 a.m. I just had this thought: What was the longest game?”


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 29, 2023 at 11:35 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rally Posted: August 29, 2023 at 03:06 PM (#6139871)
Longest game I was previously aware of lasted 14 years.

The fifth baseman
   2. Walt Davis Posted: August 29, 2023 at 04:04 PM (#6139883)
In college we had a tradition of a random spring holiday -- President would wait for a nice weather forecast and cancel classes for the day. We would play a softball game with 1 inning per year the place had existed. Wander through, play a few innings, get on with your day. It was well over 100 by then, did we really keep count? Don't know, alcohol invoolved, I don't think I was ever around at the end anyway. Still 100+ innings is a wee bit shy of 14 years.
   3. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: August 30, 2023 at 07:48 PM (#6140043)
They already have extra-long baseball games...they're called "cricket".

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