Sunday, July 5, 2015

25 Inning Game Ends in Scoreless Tie

July 18, 1891 - Six years prior to the Red River Valley League, rivals Fargo and Grand Forks squared off in a contest at Devils Lake. After four hours and ten minutes, the teams called it a day and took their trains home. The contest ended without a single run scored, and it would be cited for years afterward as the longest baseball game ever played. RRVL fans would recognize the name of Jimmy Banning as a participant in the game who also played in the 1897 league. (McDonald, erroneously listed in the boxscore as Fargo's right fielder, played third base in this game, and may also be the same McDonald who played for the 1897 Fargo Divorcees.)

"A Record Breaker," The Sporting Life, August 8, 1891, p.8

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