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Today In Brewer History: The Longest Day Ever

The Brewers have had some long days recently, but nothing that compares to this day in 1984.

Don Sutton was the starting pitcher that day for the Brewers and was very good, allowing just one unearned run on four hits over seven innings. His opponent that day was Bob Fallon of the White Sox, who was also very good and allowed just one hit and a run through six innings. The Brewers scored two in the top of the ninth to take a 3-1 lead, but the White Sox answered back with two of their own to send the game to extra innings.

That's where things got crazy. Neither team had scored again when the American League curfew suspended the game following the 17th inning. The two teams resumed play the following day and worked through scoreless 18th, 19th and 20th innings before the Brewers broke through with three runs in the 21st on Ben Oglivie's homer. Incredibly, the White Sox scored exactly three runs in the bottom half to extend the game once again.

Finally, after over eight hours of baseball had been played, Harold Baines hit a walkoff home run off Chuck Porter in the 25th inning to give the White Sox a 7-6 victory. It was Baines' second hit in ten at bats in the contest. Chicago catcher Carlton Fisk caught all 25 innings of the longest game in American League history. Robin Yount went 3-for-10 in the game, doubled, tripled, grounded into three double plays and was intentionally walked. The two teams combined for 175 at bats in the game.

Amazingly enough, this was the Brewers' fifth extra inning game in an eight day stretch. They only played ten longer-than-regulation games all season, so half of them were played in slightly more than a week.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to Wily Peralta. He turns 23.

Today is also the second anniversary of Jody Gerut becoming just the sixth player in Brewer franchise history to hit for the cycle as the Brewers beat Arizona 17-3. We covered that event in this space last year.