Five … Five Hour … Five Hour Ballgame!

As the Mets and Phils finished up their second consecutive five-hour contest Saturday evening, the Mets Twitterverse was abuzz with folks trying to figure out if New York had ever experienced back-to-back 300+ minute games.   Turns out, not only had the Mets not done that previously . . . NO TEAM had ever done that.  There had been three instances of a team playing two five-hour games in a three-game span.  Ironically, the Mets were the last team to do THAT, back in 1986.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of five-hour games history, here are the list of 2014′s qualifiers:

5:55 4/2/14 Cubs at Pirates
5:17  4/16/14 Red Sox at White Sox
5:11 5/1/14 Dodgers at Twins
5:49 5/2/14 Rays at Yankees
5:29 5/5/14 Giants at Pirates
5:16 5/21/14 Tigers at Indians
5:16  5/24/14 Red Sox at Rays
5:23 5/30/14 Mets at Phillies
5:32 5/31/14 Mets at Phillies

(Thanks to Doug Kern for the 2014 five-hour list.)

Thanks to the gloriousness that is Retrosheet, I was able to filter out all 277 5+ hour games in history through 2013.  Here are some factoids about those games:

First five-hour game: 8/23/38 Braves at Pirates.

Most five-hour games on one day: 2, done five times (once in 2006, once in 2009, three times in 2013)

Most five-hour games, year: 21 (2013).

Last year without a five-hour game: 1966.

Most popular day of week: Saturday (56).

Day game / night game: Day (97), Night (180).

Lowest attendance: 2,389 (5/2/56, Giants at Cubs).

Highest attendance: 65,813 (4/11/92, Red Sox at Indians).

Fewest outs recorded: 59 (9/22/07, 10 innings, Blue Jays at Yankees).

Most outs recorded: 150 (9/11/74, 25 innings, Cardinals at Mets).

Five-hour games as single game or first/second game of double-header: Single game (260), first game of double header (4), second game of double-header (13).

Home park hosting most games: Oakland (16 games at O.co Coliseum and its prior names).

Most runs, both teams : 33 (Padres 17, Giants 16 – 5/23/70, White Sox 17, Tigers 16 – 9/14/98).

Fewest runs, both teams: 1 (seven times, most recently Red Sox 1, Rays 0 – 7/17/11).

ALL-TIME 5-HOUR GAME RECORDS BY TEAM THROUGH 2013
TEAM W L PCT
MIA 3 0 1.000
NY1 1 0 1.000
ARI 10 2 .833
PIT 12 3 .800
PHI 12 5 .706
CHA 11 5 .688
NYA 17 10 .630
OAK 17 10 .630
COL 5 3 .625
SEA 9 6 .600
WS2 4 3 .571
TEX 9 7 .563
HOU 11 9 .550
CAL 6 5 .545
BAL 13 11 .542
CLE 13 12 .520
BRO 1 1 .500
BSN 2 2 .500
FLO 2 2 .500
KC1 1 1 .500
KCA 4 4 .500
MON 5 5 .500
CHN 11 12 .478
SDN 11 12 .478
ATL 6 7 .462
LAN 11 14 .440
CIN 7 9 .438
BOS 13 17 .433
SFN 7 10 .412
ANA 4 6 .400
MIL 6 9 .400
NYN 9 16 .360
DET 6 12 .333
SLN 7 14 .333
MIN 5 11 .313
WAS 1 3 .250
TOR 3 10 .231
TBA 2 7 .222
SE1 0 2 .000
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2 Responses to Five … Five Hour … Five Hour Ballgame!

  1. Donald A. Coffin says:

    I know none of these games lasted very long, but it’s still an amazing 3 game run–the Dodgers in 1920:

    Saturday, May 1, vs. Boston: 26 innings, 1-1.
    Sunday, May 2, vs. Philadelphia: 13 innings, Brooklyn lost 4-3
    Monday, May 3, vs. Boston (Yeah, weird scheduling): 19 innings, Brooklyn lost 2-1

    All three games were complete games for both pitchers. 58 combined innings, 6 combined pitchers…

    Between May 4 and May 14, the Dodgers also played games of 11, 10, and 14 innings.

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