Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Certifiably Insane Braves-Mets July 4 Marathon

Looking back at the crazy Mets-Braves game from July 4, 1985.
Looking back at the crazy Mets-Braves game from July 4, 1985. /

The New York Mets and Atlanta Braves have always had a heated rivalry, with the Braves getting the better of them in recent years. Regardless of team success, the beef between both NL East teams has created some excellent moments over the years.

But perhaps the craziest moment that these two teams have had was their insane marathon back on July 4, 1985, which is forever known as the "Rick Camp Game."

The game between the two foes took place at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, but began later than the scheduled time due to a 90-minute game delay.

The Braves and Mets would essentially play two full games in one night, as they entered extra innings with an 8-8 tie. After a ridiculous back and forth, Lenny Dykstra hit a sacrifice fly to give New York the 11-10 lead in the top of the 18th inning. All the Metropolitans had to do was get three outs and secure the victory. With two outs, reliever Tom Gorman faced off against pitcher Rick Camp, who was hitting well below .100 at the time. Catcher Gary Carter confidently called in his outfielders, suggesting it was an easy out. That's when Camp hit his famous solo homer to tie the game.

Camp's moment of glory was short-lived, as he surrendered five runs in the top of the 19th, as the Mets secured the 16-11 win at 3:55 a.m. ET on July 5!

We only have so many words to describe this bonkers contest from 35 years ago. We simply can't do it justice! Do yourself a favor and watch the whole thing on the internet. You won't regret it.