The longest games in Philly sports history
Ah, the wonderful world of sports. What would we be without them? Probably less stressed most of the time, that’s for sure — but where’s the fun in that?
Well, what do you do when you sit down to watch a game and it goes on for what feels like a lifetime? Philadelphia has seen their fair share of ridiculously long sports games over the years — some even making history within their respective leagues.
Here are some of the longest games Philly fans have ever seen.
Detroit Tigers vs. Philadelphia Athletics
Length: 24 innings -- 4 hours, 48 minutes
Date: July 21, 1945
Final: Tie, 1-1
In a battle of pitchers, a day game turned into an all-day event that was cut short as it got darker. At this time, teams were not permitted to turn the lights on for games meant to take place during the day, thus ending it early and resulting in a tie.
In 1906, the Athletics played a 4 hour, 40 minute game against the Boston Americans -- scoring three runs in the 24th inning to seal a 4-1 win.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Length: 113:54 — 3 OT
Date: Apr. 16, 2003
Final: 3-2, Flyers
The Flyers really do like going into overtime during the playoffs — as if the race to the Stanley Cup isn’t stressful enough. In a seven-game series in the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals, overtime was nothing new — as two games went into double overtime and Game 4 saw a third. Mark Recchi scored the game-winning goal and the Flyers went on to win the series.
Way back when, when the Philadelphia Warriors were around, they saw their fair share of triple overtime — four times to be exact. Their record was split down the middle and their loss that came against the Baltimore Bullets was the only NBA 3 OT game in Philadelphia sports history that was not played at home.
Minneapolis Lakers vs. Philadelphia Warriors
Dec. 21, 1951
Final: 105-103, Warriors
Philadelphia Warriors vs. Baltimore Bullets
Dec. 26, 1951
Final: 103-99, Bullets
New York Knicks vs. Philadelphia Warriors
Feb. 25, 1955
Final: 113-111, Warriors
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Philadelphia Warriors
Dec. 8, 1961
Final: 151-147, Lakers
Baltimore Orioles vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Length: 16 innings — 6 hours, 15 minutes
Date: July 3, 2004
Final: 7-6, Orioles
43 players were used by the teams, 17 being pitchers. The extensive game ended in one of the most boing ways possible — a pop-up foul ball by Phillies’ Placido Polanco. Not ideal after watching nearly a full shift worth of baseball.
In 2011, the Phillies prevailed over the Cincinnati Reds in 19 innings -- a game that went six hours, 11 minutes. It is the longest game in Citizens Bank Park history.
In 1993, the Phillies and Dodgers went *20* innings in a game the Phillies won in six hours, 10 minutes.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Length: Longest 9-inning game in Phillies history — 4 hours, 30 minutes
Date: July 6, 2018
Final: 17-5, Phillies
They say baseball is America’s favorite pastime, but a four and a half hour game that remained in nine innings is purely chaotic. Sloppy defense, poor pitching and hitting galore — the Phillies defeated the Pirates for the fifth time in the 2018 season with a whopping score of 17-5.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Length: 152:01 — 5OT
Date: May 4, 2000
Final: Flyers, 2-1
In the longest game in modern NHL history, the Flyers defeated the Penguins in game four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals thanks to a Keith Primeau goal.
The Sixers have never seen anything more than a triple overtime, and for everyone’s sake — thank goodness. The intensity of one overtime in the NBA is nerve-racking, let alone three. The Sixers currently have a 3-1 record in 3 OT games.
Washington Bullets vs. Sixers
Nov. 15, 1975
Final: 110-109, Sixers
Heat vs. Sixers
Nov. 20, 1992
Final: 129-128, Sixers
Celtics vs. Sixers
Jan. 13, 2006
Final: 125-124, Sixers
Thunder vs. Sixers
Dec. 15, 2017
Final: 119-117, Thunder
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Length: 18 innings — 7 hours, 6 minutes
Date: Aug. 24, 2013
Final: 12-7, Diamondbacks
What’s the craziest thing that you can think of in the came of baseball? When non-pitchers get the call to the mound. Casper Wells, the Phillies’ outfielder at the time, did just that — though it didn’t end well for the Phillies. Top of the 18th inning came around and the Diamondbacks scored five runs off of him — the Phillies couldn’t make up the lost ground.