Record Baseball Broadcast
It was 24 years ago tonight that I set my only record in major league baseball.
The venue was Olympic Stadium in Montreal. It was the final game of a Dodger road trip that
had taken them to Philadelphia and New York earlier. Vin Scully did not continue on to
Canada, and after announcing the first two games of the series, Don Drysdale missed the
finale to fly home to be with wife Annie who was delivering their second son. That left me
alone to broadcast on radio the Dodgers-Expos clash. My wife, Lin, who was with me on the
trip, sat next to me in the booth. To the left were the French speaking announcers for the
Expos, and to the right were the Dodgers’ Spanish speaking broadcasters.
The game was scoreless for 15 innings. Lin asked me if she could get me a drink. I said
no because there was no time to get to the restroom and back, if necessary.
Montreal appeared to win the game in the 16th inning on a sacrifice fly, but the Dodgers
appealed, claiming the runner at third base had left the bag before the catch. Umpire Bob
Davidson agreed with the Dodgers and nullified the run.
It was still 0-0 after 21 innings. In the 22nd, the Expos brought Dennis Martinez in to pitch.
Rick Dempsey, who had caught Martinez in many games while both were with the Orioles,
came to the plate for the Dodgers. Rick had belted just one home run all season. But he hit
a low line drive that just cleared the fence in left field and produced the first run of the
marathon. Montreal got Rex Hudler on first base in the bottom of the 22nd. With two outs,
he attempted to steal second, and Dempsey threw him out to end it. The Dodgers won, 1-0.
I had announced all 22 innings by myself and the game lasted 6 hours and 14 minutes.
Research showed it was the longest solo broadcast in major league baseball history.
I don’t remember having even a sore throat when it was over. On the plane ride home a few
hours later, we learned Pete Rose had been banned from baseball. August 23, 1989 was a
milestone date in my career.