At 8:02 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, 1981, the Pawtucket (Rhode Island) Red Sox and the Rochester (New York) Red Wings began a Triple-A International League game that would run until 4:09 the following morning—Easter Sunday, as it happened—when umpires suspended the game at the end of the 32nd inning, with the score tied 2–2 and 19 fans remaining in McCoy Stadium. Taken up again on June 23, the next time the teams met in Pawtucket, it was resolved in 18 minutes and one inning, 3–2 in favor of the Red Sox. With a total running time of eight hours and 25 minutes, the game remains the longest professional baseball game on record.
- “The Longest Game” [introduction], Boston College Magazine
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Josh Hamilton hammers a solo shot to right-center field in the fifth, his first as a member of the Angels.
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Albert Pujols drives a two-run double down the third-base line in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Angels to a 5-4 victory