There was an 18-17 game played between the Philadelphia A’s and Cleveland Indians on Sunday, July 10, 1932 at League Park in Cleveland. The interesting things about this game include: it lasted 18 innings, with the A’s and Indians both scoring twice in the 16th to keep it going for two more innings.
The Indians got 33 hits (one homer and nine doubles), leaving 24 runners on; the A’s had 25 hits (three homers, four doubles, and the game’s only triple) and left 15 on. Cleveland’s Johnny Burnett went 9-11, setting a single-game hits record that hasn’t even been approached since (the runners-up, with 7 hits each, are Wilbert Robinson and Ronnie Stennett). The A’s were led by Jimmie Foxx’s 6-hit, 3-homer game (the 6 hits match the N.L. extra-inning record for one game). Foxx’s two-run 16th inning homer tied it up before the A’s got a run to win in the 18th.
The A’s had only 11 hitters for the entire game; the Indians had 10 hitters. The A’s started Lew Krausse and, when he lasted just one inning, brought in Eddie Rommel to pitch the last 17 innings in relief. That’s probably a major league record, as is Rommel allowing 29 hits and 14 runs and winding up with a win despite it. Wes Ferrell, the excellent pitcher and hitter, pitched “only” the last 11 1/3rd innings in relief to take the loss, and went 0-5 at the plate. There were 95 Indians at-bats and 87 A’s at-bats; Rommel alone faced 87 Indians.
The game apparently took only four hours and five minutes, although that’s very hard to believe. And, only two umpires handled the play calls: George Hildebrand at home and Brick Owens on the infield.