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In the grips of one of the worst heatwaves in memory, 56 folks gathered this summer in St. Louis for a two-tiered mission: setting a world record for the longest baseball game ever played, but more importantly, raising money for and awareness of The Backstoppers, a local charity that assists families of injured or deceased firefighters and police officers.

The brainchild of World Record Charity Events — founded by Chuck Williams and Steve Pona — the marathon lasted more than 60 hours. Teams combined for 451 runs, 639 hits and 155 errors. But more importantly, the game raised more than $150,000.

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