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.

4 Comments

  1. Marco
    Aug 24, 2013

    Ross, I’m thrilled to have found this blog. Your insight and voice has been missed during Dodger broadcasts, as a whole our family misses you on the broadcasts as well. Now I’ll be a fan of your writing

  2. Linn
    Aug 24, 2013

    Thanks for the memories! Miss hearing your voice.

  3. Dave Birrell
    Aug 24, 2013

    What a fun game to recollect. I live in Canada and recall watching the whole game with my dad. We are both big Dodger fans and enjoyed a very rare opportunity to see them on television. However, we had to watch all of it on the french language tv station because it was the only one broadcasting Expo games at the time. Definitely the longest game that I have seen, and I believe it remains the 2nd longest 1-0 game in MLB history.

  4. Vic March
    Aug 24, 2013

    Ross,

    I grew up in Pittsburgh as a Pirates fan, but moved to LA in 1983 and became a huge Dodger fan (they were always my 2nd favorite team anyway so it was easy). I greatly enjoyed listening to you on both the Dodger game broadcasts, but especially on Dodger Talk. You really transformed that show when you took it over. I follow the the TBLA website now and saw the link today here to see your recollection of that historic 22 inning game and just wanted to pass on my best wishes.

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