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Thu July 5, 2012
Players push for longest baseball game
A group of baseball players is battling triple-digit heat in an effort to set the world record for the longest game ever played. The 52 players will try to compete for 60 hours. The game started at 7:00 Monday morning and is scheduled to end at 7:00 Thursday night.
Money raised will benefit Backstoppers, which supports the families of fallen first responders in the St. Louis area. Organizer and player Steve Pona says they thought about postponing the game due to the extreme weather
"But we realized that people who protect us on a day-to-day feel extreme pressures and extreme heat if you will every single day they take the job. So if we play baseball for three days in 100-degree temperatures, we're honored to take the field on their behalf," said Pona.
Pona says organizers are taking every measure they can to keep players safe and hydrated. They've shortened the time each player spends on the field, and have medical personnel on site. They're also eating lots of watermelon.