This Day in Baseball History: June 3rd, 1989

Still my favorite Astros logo.

On June 3, 1989:

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros play the longest game in National League history.

In honor of a spiffy Braves comeback in extra innings, I figured that I would give you this tidbit today. There are actually quite a few cool things that happened today, but the Braves game puts this one over the top.

By early June, things weren’t going very well for the Dodgers. They were 25-26 coming into the game, and they would leave the game 25-27. A year after a World Series victory, there would be no postseason glory this year, but they would accomplish something historic, even if it did mean they lost.

Tim Leary and Bob Knepper would make the start that night, but neither pitcher made it out of the sixth. Tonight, that would put the two teams in a bind. After that sixth inning, the teams were locked in a tie at 4 apiece, and it seemed that there would be quite a bit of offense. Wrong. For 15 and a half innings, no one would score. The Astros bullpen would go 17 innings giving up no runs, 6 walks, and 8 hits, but the Dodgers couldn’t string anything together. The Dodgers went 16 innings giving up 2 runs, 14 hits, and 6 walks. Both teams had to use starters. Jim Clancy threw the last 5 innings, earning the win, and Orel Hershiser came in to throw 7 innings, giving up 3 hits while striking out 8 but wouldn’t factor in the decision. He actually threw more pitches than Leary, the starter for the Dodgers. A month later, he made another relief appearance. Hershiser didn’t make another relief appearance until 2000.

Ultimately, 22 innings, 16 pitchers, a single, groundout, intentional walk, strikeout, and walk-off single later, the Astros took the game 5-4. The game lasted 7 hours and 14 minutes. 7 hours and 14 minutes! Some pregnant women aren’t in labor that long. Making things weirder, the team mentioned above (the Braves) met the winning team just mentioned (the Astros) in a 2005 playoff game that was the longest playoff game ever (18 innings, 5 hours and 50 minutes). A couple weeks later, the same Astros played in the longest World Series game ever (14 innings, 5 hours and 41 minutes). Lesson: To save one’s bullpen, don’t play the Astros.

Trivia Time (Answers need to be in by this afternoon)
A corking incident happened today. How long was he suspended for, and how long did he actually have to serve?

Yesterday’s Answer –> Milt Pappas. Bill with the correct answer. I still don’t know what WAG meant, and it kind of bothers me.

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8 Responses to “This Day in Baseball History: June 3rd, 1989”

  1. Kelric Says:

    I never liked the text, but I did like the Astros logo. Had a hat with said logo on it and actually wore it as a kid. Being a Sox fan, I suppose I rationalized it at the time as supporting Jeff Bagwell. But I secretly knew it was the logo.

  2. Dan Says:

    WAG = Wild ass guess

    Sammy Sosa is the corker in question. I remember listening to the game while driving back from visiting a friend in DC. Eight game became a seven game suspension after an appeal, wikipedia tells me.

    I came home to read the baseballprimer.com chatter about the incident and came across one of the funniest baseball-related things I've ever read on the internet. It's a spot on Jay Mariotti parody titled "SAMMY SOSA IS A FRAUD WHO POOPS HIS PANTS"

    It's comment #97 on this page:

    http://web.archive.org/web/20030816105327/http://www.baseballprimer.com/chatter/archives/00000597.shtml

  3. tHeMARksMiTh Says:

    Kelric,

    I have to say that I liked all of it. Not sure why, though.

    Dan,

    You're not supposed to look it up! Cheater! You poop in your pants!

    Just kidding. 😉

  4. Ian Says:

    That Astros logo and the uniforms that went with it were the best they ever had. I hate it when teams downgrade their look.

  5. tHeMARksMiTh Says:

    I agree whole-heartedly. I used to be the Astros in video games because I liked the jerseys so much.

  6. The Common Man Says:

    I miss the Astros logo with the Astrodome and the baseballs in orbit around it. It was an awesome orange that matched the "rainbow" uniforms well.

  7. tHeMARksMiTh Says:

    Oh god, NO!

  8. Louise Says:

    Houston Astros should be always competitive enough to keep pace with the others. I really like them; they’ve always been my favourite teams in MLB. Just read about them here:
    http://www.astrosportal.com

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