Making a Pitch for New Record

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By: Jim Rosenberg

A Labor Day weekend ballgame in Nebraska’s panhandle made the news ? and it may make the record books. On Sept. 2, the Alliance (Neb.) Times-Herald Dragons took on the Westco Knights. More than 30 hours later, the newspaper team had 120 runs; the farm supply co-op’s team had 114.

Each team’s 19 men and one woman rotated through 84 innings, hoping to set a record for longest baseball game. By Guinness World Records rules, says Times-Herald Sports Editor Tammy Coward, “you could replace players every four hours.”

It will take a few weeks to know if a record was set, adds Coward. The newspaper’s effort last year fell almost an hour short of the reputed 25-hour record.

Anyone could sign up for the game. Times-Herald Advertising Manager Steve Stackenwald played in both this and last year’s contests: At bat maybe 20 times this year, he couldn’t recall exactly how many runs he scored. “As long as you keep walking around and moving, you’re OK,” he says, adding that rules allow players to sleep once on site ? “about three hours.”

Volunteers supplied food and umpiring. Proceeds from admissions and food and souvenir sales supported a local museum.

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