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).
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