This Day in Dodger History - May 24, 1973

A long night becomes even longer for the Dodgers as they find themselves on the losing end of a 7-3, 19-inning decision to the Mets in a game at Dodger Stadium that takes a then-club record five hours and 42 minutes to complete. Willie Davis has six hits in the loss.

The Mets end the game at 1:45 a.m. on a single by Cleon Jones, an RBI double by Rusty Staub, a single by Ken Boswell and a two-run double by Ed Kranepool. The Dodgers had taken a 3-0 lead before the Mets slowly got back into the game. New York finally caught the Dodgers in the eighth inning when it tied the score at 3-3 on a run-scoring single by George Theodore.
During the marathon contest, the teams combined for 40 hits (22 by the Mets), 30 runners left on base (22 by the Dodgers) and nine double plays. The Dodgers have since played five games that lasted longer than the 1973 game.
Almost overlooked because of the length of the game was a remarkable performance by Dodger outfielder Willie Davis, who equaled a modern National League record for hits in a game with six. He tied the record held by numerous players, including Cookie Lavagetto, who accomplished the feat in 1939 and was the last Dodger to do so. All of Davis' hits were singles.

May 24, 1901-- Willie Keeler has a double, a triple and two singles in five times at bat as the Dodgers thump Chicago 15-7. Keeler, who is 5' 2" tall, is hitting an even .400 and has yet to strike out this season.

May 24, 1929-- Johnny Frederick had five hits in six trips and starting pitcher Watty Clark was nailed by a line drive as the Dodgers beat the Phillies 3-2

May 24, 1930-- Gordon Slade homers in his first time at bat and Rube Bressler homers in the 11th to give Brooklyn a 5-2 win at Boston, ending the extensive road trip with an 18-6 record.

May 24, 1931-- Babe Herman's 100th career home run beats the Phillis 6-5 in 10 innings in front of a Sunday crowd of 7,000.

May 24, 1940-- 'Big Poison' Paul Waner is signed by the Braves after being released by Brooklyn. The former Dodger joins his brother 'Little Poison' Lloyd on the Boston roster.

May 24, 1948-- Jackie Robinson homers twice to help Ralph Branca beat Pittsburgh 6-1.

May 24, 1951-- Dan Bankhead wins his first major league game, topping Chicago 6-1 to improve his record to 4-0. Home runs by Duke Snider, George Shuba and Roy Campanella make his day easier.

May 24, 1953-- The Dodgers explode in the eighth inning of a game against Philadelphia, scoring 12 runs before the Phillies are able to record an out. Brooklyn goes on to defeat Philadelphia, 16-2. The 12 runs are three shy of the Brooklyn club record, which was set in the first inning of a game the previous season against Cincinnati. Jimmy Sheckard shocked the fans when he hit a home run that traveled completely out of the park.

May 24, 1954-- Billy Loes runs his record to 5-0 with a complete game shutout at Philadelphia. Bobby Morgan homered and Pee Wee Reese ran his record to nine straight games in which he drew a walk.

May 24, 1957-- Don Newcombe shut out the Giants 6-0 with the help of home runs by Carl Furillo and two from Roy Campanella, including a three-run shot that put Brooklyn in front to stay.

May 24, 1964-- The major league mark for shut-outs in one day is broken as seven teams do not cross home plate.

May 24, 1982-- Jay Johnstone doubles for his first hit in 21 at-bats and when he returns to the Dugout, manager Tom Lasorda tells him he has been released. Pittsburgh adds insult to injury with a 9-3 win.

May 24, 1983-- Alejandro Pena shuts out Philadelphia 3-0, following Fernando Valenzuela's 2-0 shutout over the Mets and Bob Welch's 3-0 shutout of the Phillies.

May 24, 2000-- Sixteen Dodger players and three coaches are suspended by the commissioner's office for going into the stands during the Wrigley Field scuffle with fans on May 16 after a fan grabbed Chad Krueter's cap out of the bullpen. The suspensions totaling 60 games for players and 24 games for coaches is the harshest penalty ever handed down by major league baseball.