Fifty-two hardy souls are taking to a baseball diamond in O'Fallon Missouri this Fourth of July to break the world record for the longest baseball game. The group will try to play baseball for 60 hours straight. The game started at 7:00 Monday morning, and is raising money for Backstoppers, which supports the families of fallen first responders. Organizer and player Steve Pona was part of a group that played the first marathon game in St. Louis in 2007 - a 32.5 hour contest. He says every time they'd set the record, another group would break it:
"We organized and said, you know what, this is the record that stays in St. Louis. It belongs in St. Louis, it's a great baseball record, and we of course are the best baseball town."
Pona says organizers took every measure to keep players safe in triple-digit heat. They' ve shortened the time each player spends on the field, and have medical personnel and air-conditioned tents on site. O'Fallon is home to the Frontier Baseball League's "River City Rascals," a team the Normal Cornbelters played earlier this week.
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