This day in baseball: Long relief

On June 17, 1915, the Chicago Cubs tallied a 4-3 victory over the Brooklyn Robins (later known as the Dodgers).  George Washington “Zip” Zabel threw 18 1/3 innings of relief in the game to defeat Brooklyn starter Jeff Pfeffer, who pitched a 19-inning complete game.  Zabel’s appearance set the Major League record for the longest relief appearance in one game.

“Zip” Zabel (Library of Congress)