SAUGET, IL (KTVI) – Fifty-six men from all walks of life, ages 18 to 67, are playing baseball at the home of the Gateway Grizzlies to raise money and break a Guinness World Record.
“We will play baseball until Sunday at 5 p.m. That will add up to 70 consecutive hours of baseball and break the record," said Jeff Lange, the director of the event.
They are doing this because they love baseball but they are all here to help out the Mighty Oakes Foundation. The organization was started after Oakes Ortyl passed away at just 15 months of age after battling through open heart surgery and a double lung transplant.
"He was such a warrior and gave us all hope and strength, we wanted to honor his life by helping people less fortunate than us,” said Greg Ortyl, Oakes’ father.
Each player raised at least $1,000. This is the fifth marathon game that has been held since 2006 and they have raised nearly a million dollars for charity with the proceeds from this weekend.
This isn’t top notch baseball, but it is an event where everyone is having fun, making new friends, and trying to stay awake.