• Go Long

    Posted by on March 31st, 2012 · Comments (2)

    Noting one of the more famous games in baseball history, Arne Christensen asked about the longest outings by starters in the last 50 years.

    Here’s a list on that to consider:

    Rk Player Date 6 Tm Opp IP
    2 Charlie Hough 1986-06-11 TEX MIN 13.0
    3 Tommy John 1983-09-14 CAL KCR 13.0
    4 Tommy John 1983-07-30 (2) CAL OAK 12.0
    5 Charlie Hough 1982-05-22 TEX KCR 12.0
    6 Steve McCatty 1980-08-10 (1) OAK SEA 14.0
    7 Dick Ruthven 1980-07-25 (1) PHI ATL 12.0
    8 Rick Langford 1980-07-20 OAK CLE 14.0
    9 Mike Norris 1980-06-11 OAK BAL 14.0
    10 Larry Gura 1980-05-21 KCR OAK 13.0
    11 Matt Keough 1980-05-17 OAK TOR 14.0
    12 Dave Stieb 1980-05-17 TOR OAK 12.0
    13 Mike Flanagan 1979-08-15 BAL CHW 12.0
    14 Randy Jones 1978-09-01 SDP MON 12.0
    15 Dave Rozema 1978-08-23 (1) DET TOR 12.0
    16 Jesse Jefferson 1978-05-23 TOR BOS 12.0
    17 Dennis Eckersley 1977-05-25 CLE SEA 12.0
    18 Vida Blue 1977-05-17 OAK NYY 13.0
    19 Luis Tiant 1976-10-03 BOS BAL 12.0
    20 Vida Blue 1976-10-01 OAK CAL 12.0
    21 Catfish Hunter 1976-08-27 NYY CAL 13.0
    22 Frank Tanana 1976-08-27 CAL NYY 13.0
    23 Jim Slaton 1976-07-23 MIL BAL 12.0
    24 Steve Hargan 1976-07-18 TEX NYY 12.0
    25 Frank Tanana 1975-09-22 CAL CHW 13.0
    26 Jim Kaat 1975-09-02 CHW KCR 12.0
    27 Jim Palmer 1975-08-21 BAL TEX 12.0
    28 Frank Tanana 1975-08-19 CAL MIL 12.0
    29 Steve Busby 1975-06-25 KCR CAL 12.0
    30 Reggie Cleveland 1975-04-12 BOS BAL 12.0
    31 Jim Colborn 1974-09-27 MIL BAL 13.0
    32 Al Fitzmorris 1974-09-27 KCR TEX 12.0
    33 Jim Palmer 1974-09-27 BAL MIL 12.0
    34 Jerry Reuss 1974-09-17 PIT STL 13.0
    35 Ross Grimsley 1974-09-11 (1) BAL NYY 14.0
    36 Dave Freisleben 1974-08-04 (2) SDP CIN 13.0
    37 Paul Splittorff 1974-06-26 KCR CHW 12.0
    38 Luis Tiant 1974-06-14 BOS CAL 14.1
    39 Nolan Ryan 1974-06-14 CAL BOS 13.0
    40 Wilbur Wood 1974-05-25 CHW KCR 13.0
    41 Ross Grimsley 1974-05-22 BAL CLE 12.0
    42 Tom Seaver 1974-05-01 NYM LAD 12.0
    43 Jim Palmer 1974-04-21 (1) BAL NYY 12.0
    44 Gaylord Perry 1974-04-17 CLE MIL 15.0
    45 Rudy May 1973-09-17 CAL OAK 12.2
    46 Ken Holtzman 1973-09-17 OAK CAL 12.0
    47 Luis Tiant 1973-09-04 BOS BAL 12.0
    48 Gaylord Perry 1973-08-22 CLE CHW 12.0
    49 Tom Seaver 1973-08-20 NYM CIN 12.0
    50 Fergie Jenkins 1973-07-22 CHC SFG 12.0
    51 Mike Cuellar 1973-06-25 BAL MIL 12.0
    52 Stan Bahnsen 1973-05-26 CHW CLE 13.0
    53 Gaylord Perry 1973-05-26 CLE CHW 13.0
    54 Nolan Ryan 1973-05-02 CAL DET 12.0
    55 Mickey Lolich 1972-09-28 DET NYY 12.0
    56 Roger Nelson 1972-09-09 KCR MIN 12.0
    57 Don Wilson 1972-09-07 HOU SFG 13.0
    58 Nolan Ryan 1972-08-27 CAL CLE 12.0
    59 Skip Lockwood 1972-08-26 (1) MIL CHW 12.0
    60 Gaylord Perry 1972-07-14 CLE TEX 13.0
    61 Clay Kirby 1972-06-07 (2) SDP PIT 13.0
    62 Dick Drago 1972-05-24 KCR MIN 12.0
    63 Clay Kirby 1971-09-24 (1) SDP HOU 15.0
    64 Ken Forsch 1971-09-24 (1) HOU SDP 13.0
    65 Rick Wise 1971-09-18 PHI CHC 12.0
    66 Dave Roberts 1971-08-11 SDP NYM 12.0
    67 Mickey Lolich 1971-07-31 DET CAL 12.0
    68 Rudy May 1971-07-09 CAL OAK 12.0
    69 Mickey Lolich 1971-06-28 DET BAL 13.0
    70 Ken Holtzman 1971-06-08 CHC PIT 12.0
    71 Mickey Lolich 1971-05-15 DET WSA 13.0
    72 Pat Jarvis 1971-04-29 ATL SFG 12.0
    73 Sonny Siebert 1970-09-11 BOS BAL 12.0
    74 Jim Palmer 1970-09-11 BAL BOS 12.0
    75 Bob Gibson 1970-09-01 STL NYM 12.0
    76 Juan Marichal 1970-08-14 (1) SFG STL 12.0
    77 Bob Gibson 1970-08-12 STL SDP 14.0
    78 Marty Pattin 1970-07-07 (1) MIL CHW 12.0
    79 Skip Lockwood 1970-06-26 MIL OAK 12.0
    80 Gaylord Perry 1970-05-11 SFG SDP 13.0
    81 Bob Gibson 1969-10-02 STL PHI 12.0
    82 Larry Dierker 1969-09-13 HOU ATL 12.0
    83 Juan Marichal 1969-08-19 SFG NYM 13.1
    84 Bob Gibson 1969-07-25 STL SFG 13.0
    85 Gaylord Perry 1969-07-25 SFG STL 12.0
    86 Dave Boswell 1969-07-14 MIN CHW 12.0
    87 Jim Kaat 1969-05-20 MIN BAL 12.0
    88 Fergie Jenkins 1969-05-07 CHC LAD 12.0
    89 Jerry Koosman 1968-08-19 NYM SFG 12.0
    90 Blue Moon Odom 1968-07-29 OAK CHW 12.1
    91 Chuck Dobson 1968-05-31 OAK CAL 12.0
    92 Bob Gibson 1968-05-01 STL HOU 12.0
    93 Mike McCormick 1968-04-11 SFG PIT 13.0
    94 Bob Veale 1968-04-11 PIT SFG 12.0
    95 Gaylord Perry 1967-09-01 SFG CIN 16.0
    96 Fritz Peterson 1967-09-01 NYY WSA 12.0
    97 Stan Williams 1967-08-10 CLE BAL 13.0
    98 Steve Hargan 1967-07-28 CLE BAL 12.0
    99 Jim Merritt 1967-07-26 (2) MIN NYY 13.0
    100 Denny Lemaster 1967-06-20 ATL LAD 13.0
    101 Chris Short 1967-05-21 PHI CIN 12.0
    102 Steve Hargan 1966-09-13 CLE KCA 13.0
    103 Sam McDowell 1966-09-04 CLE DET 12.0
    104 Gary Peters 1966-08-23 CHW DET 12.0
    105 Juan Marichal 1966-05-26 SFG PHI 14.0
    106 Dick Ellsworth 1966-05-14 CHC CIN 13.0
    107 Sam McDowell 1966-05-06 CLE BAL 12.0
    108 Sammy Ellis 1966-05-03 CIN PIT 12.0
    109 Tony Cloninger 1966-04-12 ATL PIT 13.0
    110 Jack Fisher 1965-10-03 (2) NYM PHI 13.0
    111 Chris Short 1965-10-02 (2) PHI NYM 15.0
    112 Rob Gardner 1965-10-02 (2) NYM PHI 15.0
    113 Vern Law 1965-07-28 PIT PHI 12.0
    114 Bob Gibson 1965-07-07 STL SFG 13.0
    115 Sammy Ellis 1965-06-29 (1) CIN PIT 14.0
    116 Turk Farrell 1965-06-16 HOU CHC 12.0
    117 Wade Blasingame 1965-05-05 MLN HOU 14.0
    118 Camilo Pascual 1964-10-01 MIN KCA 12.0
    119 Bob Veale 1964-09-30 PIT CIN 12.1
    120 Bob Bruce 1964-09-27 HOU LAD 12.0
    121 Dick Donovan 1964-09-06 (2) CLE CHW 12.1
    122 Jim O’Toole 1964-09-02 CIN CHC 12.0
    123 Juan Pizarro 1964-08-05 CHW DET 13.0
    124 Al Downing 1964-06-21 (2) NYY CHW 12.0
    125 Dean Chance 1964-06-06 LAA NYY 14.0
    126 Jim Bouton 1964-06-06 NYY LAA 13.0
    127 Dennis Bennett 1964-05-23 PHI LAD 13.0
    128 Jim Roland 1964-05-19 MIN NYY 12.0
    129 Ralph Terry 1963-09-05 NYY WSA 12.0
    130 Gary Peters 1963-08-25 (2) CHW NYY 12.0
    131 Moe Drabowsky 1963-08-24 KCA DET 12.0
    132 Pedro Ramos 1963-08-23 CLE BOS 13.0
    133 Curt Simmons 1963-08-21 STL LAD 13.0
    134 Sandy Koufax 1963-08-21 LAD STL 12.0
    135 Mudcat Grant 1963-07-23 CLE MIN 13.0
    136 Camilo Pascual 1963-07-23 MIN CLE 12.2
    137 Juan Marichal 1963-07-02 SFG MLN 16.0
    138 Warren Spahn 1963-07-02 MLN SFG 15.1
    139 Robin Roberts 1963-06-30 (1) BAL KCA 13.1
    140 Denny Lemaster 1963-06-02 MLN HOU 12.2
    141 Sandy Koufax 1963-05-15 LAD PHI 12.0
    142 Bennie Daniels 1963-05-12 (1) WSA BOS 12.0
    143 Don Rudolph 1963-05-08 WSA CLE 13.0
    144 Jack Kralick 1963-05-08 CLE WSA 12.0
    145 Jim Bunning 1963-04-20 DET BOS 12.0
    146 Ken Johnson 1963-04-17 HOU SFG 12.0
    147 Turk Farrell 1963-04-12 HOU LAD 12.0
    148 Tom Cheney 1962-09-12 WSA BAL 16.0
    149 Camilo Pascual 1962-09-12 MIN CHW 12.0
    150 Dick Donovan 1962-09-04 CLE CHW 12.2
    151 Joey Jay 1962-08-29 CIN LAD 12.2
    152 Al Jackson 1962-08-14 NYM PHI 15.0
    153 Turk Farrell 1962-08-06 HOU CIN 12.0
    154 Sandy Koufax 1961-09-20 LAD CHC 13.0
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 3/31/2012.

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    So, it’s been a quarter-century since a starter went 12+ innings in a game. Betcha that record sticks around for a while.

    Comments on Go Long

    1. Raf
      March 31st, 2012 | 6:14 pm

      Interesting that it hasn’t been done since 86. And props to Charlie Hough & Tommy John covering the top 4 spots.

      I still wonder how Tommy John got anyone out with his stuff. Of course, I could be a bit biased, seeing as I remember him towards the end of his career.

    2. Jim TreshFan
      March 31st, 2012 | 11:14 pm

      Just in case you were wondering, Marichal’s next start was 5 days later vs. Bob Gibson and the Cardinals. He matched up 0s with Gibson up to the 7th inning when he gave up a two run HR to Stan Musial. Marichal came out after that frame, losing the game as Gibson went on to hurl a CG ShO.

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