Japan Baseball Tourney Game Lasts 50 Innings, 4 Days


baseballThis is why you need a seventh inning stretch.

A Japanese high school baseball game during the 59th National High School Rubber Baseball Tournament lasted 50 innings and took four days to complete.

Chukyo High School and Sotoku High School were locked in a pitcher’s duel, and the game was scoreless up until the 50th¬†inning. On Sunday morning, Chukyo got some runs on the board and nabbed a 3-0 winn. Chukyo’s Taiga Matsui got the win, but both he and Sotoku’s Jukiya Ishioka deserve accolades (and a major rest).

Both starting pitchers threw the entire game and nearly 1,400 pitches combined. Read more at Deadspin.

{Andy Heller-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. This raises the question of is it acceptable to put young players through this? It also raises the question of what is the best way to end a game? is 50 innings too much? What about 100 innings? What if a pitcher had thrown his arm out during this contest, would it have raised any questions about the ethics of putting an athlete out for such a prolonged period of time day after day for 4 days? Interesting article on the best way to end a game here: http://yfo.re/PerfectEnd