The answer to the question of what is the shortest baseball game in history is simple: the game between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers on September 28, 1919. This game lasted only 51 minutes, setting a record for the shortest professional baseball game ever.
The game was played at the Polo Grounds in New York City, and it was a matchup between the two long-time rivals. The Dodgers entered the game with a record of 86-63, while the Giants stood at 84-63. The game started off at a rapid pace, with both teams scoring a run in the first inning.
In the top of the second inning, the Giants started to take control of the game. The Giants scored four runs in the second inning, thanks to a two-run homer by George Burns and a two-run double by Lee King. The Dodgers were unable to mount a comeback and the Giants went on to win the game 6-1.
The game ended in just 51 minutes, making it the shortest professional baseball game in history. The record still stands today, and it is unlikely that it will ever be broken. The game was so short that it was only the second game of a doubleheader, with the first game lasting over two hours.
The game was also notable for being the last game for legendary Giants pitcher Christy Mathewson. Mathewson pitched the first two innings of the game and gave up one run on five hits. He wouldn’t return to the mound as a Giant, as he retired following the 1919 season.
The game between the Giants and the Dodgers on September 28, 1919 will always be remembered as the shortest professional baseball game in history. It’s a game that has been immortalized in baseball lore, and it will continue to be remembered for many years to come.