Two amateur baseball teams started playing a game at 8 AM on Friday morning in Sauget, Illinois (four miles from St. Louis), and they don’t plan on ending the game until Monday morning.
The teams — made up of 56 players and some military veterans ranging from ages 18 to 62 — are attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest baseball game ever played.
The record is 70 hours, nine minutes, and 24 seconds… set by these same teams in 2015. This time, they hope to reach 72-75 hours, uninterrupted.
Here’s more, via Fox-2 St. Louis:
The baseball game will be non-stop as players play uninterrupted. The teams say “Mother Nature” Not going to stand in the way of trying to break the Guinness World Record for the longest baseball game ever played,
“We are out here to play for 72 to 75 hours. We have known that from the get go, so i told my team, we will be swept up in a tornado with Dorothy before I get off that field,” said Carberry.
“Last night for about four hours we played through lighting, high winds, rain and it was pretty cold and miserable out here. We endured it, because we knew we had a record to break,” said Regan Turner.
Why are these teams going after the record aside from it just being a pretty neat accomplishment? That would be to raise money and awareness for The Mission Continues, a nonprofit organization that works to help veterans in “adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact.”
The hope is that the baseball marathon will raise around $100,000 for the charity.
So, kudos to these players for doing the event for a pretty great cause, and hopefully they can set set the record. And hopefully they don’t have too much to do the rest of the week, because they’re surely going to need a lot of sleep.