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    Jul 17, 1955 - Vern Law pitches 18 innings‚ giving up just 9 hits and fanning 12‚ but gets no decision as his Pirates beat Milwaukee 4-3. The win goes to reliever Bob Friend. This is the longest pitching effort since Les Mueller 10 years earlier‚ and no one will match him the rest of this century.

    Jul 21, 1945 - The Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Athletics battle to a 1-1 tie in 24 innings. with the A's pulling off a DP with the sacks full to finish the contest. Les Mueller hurls the first 19 2?3 innings‚ scattering 13 hits and walking 5 for the Tigers. Dizzy Trout pitches the rest. Mueller's outing is the longest since George Uhle and Ted Lyons went head-to-head in 1929‚ and no hurler has matched Mueller's endurance feat since. He was helped by Jimmy Outlaw‚ who throws a runner out at home in the 10th after the A's make 3 singles. The A's use just two hurlers: Russ Christopher (13) and Joe Berry‚ the final 11. The top hitter is Bobby Estalella who goes 5-for-10. The match last an AL-record 4 hours and 48 minutes before umpire Bill Summers calls it at 7:48 p.m. because "he couldn't see the ball." (an AL rule prevents the lights being turned on during a scheduled day game). The AL's longest previous match was 4 hours: 47 minutes on Sept. 1‚ 1906.

    Apr 17, 1945 - Pete Gray‚ the one-armed OF‚ plays his ML debut game with the St. Louis Browns. He singles once‚ off Les Mueller‚ in four at bats‚ and handles no chances in the outfield. St. Louis beats the Tigers 7-1‚ for their 9th straight Opening Day win‚ a ML record that the 1975-83 Mets will tie.

    Aug 22, 1940 - Les Mueller‚ pitching for Beaumont (Texas League) pitches a no-hitter over Dallas.

    May 24, 1929 - Chicago's Ted Lyons and Detroit's George Uhle go 21 innings before the Tigers get a run to win 6-5 in the longest game-3 hours and 31 minutes-ever seen to date at Comiskey Park. Uhle is the winner‚ tossing 20 innings‚ with Vic Sorrell pitching the bottom of the 21st. Lyons‚ the loser‚ goes the distance and gives up 24 hits. Charlie Gehringer drives in Johnson with a sac fly for the final run. No pitcher has matched either Lyons' or Uhle's marathon effort since. Les Mueller‚ in 1945‚ will come the closest.

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