News

Long Island Man Falls Short Of Breaking Marathon Batting Record

Baseball, Bat And Glove (credit: Clip Art)

Baseball, Bat And Glove (credit: Clip Art)

NORTH BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A Long Island man is done trying to break the record for marathon baseball batting.

Mike Filippone spent the weekend at Phelps Lane Park in North Babylon trying to break the Guinness World Record by attempting to hit baseballs for 24 hours straight.

The 52-year-old came close.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

He lasted 19 hours — three hours longer than his previous try in 2009.

“I feel good, my back is a little stiff but I really feel good,” Filippone said.

Despite failing to break the record, Filippone said the weekend was a success.

Filippone said the event raised more than $10,000 for the Cohen Children’s Medical Center and the Dan Gambardella Memorial Fund.

Filippone was good friends with Gambardella who was killed by a drunken driver on the Wantagh State Parkway last year.

“You know, it’s about the record but it’s about staying around long enough to collect a lot of money because that’s why you’re doing it,” Filippone said. “Really, the only reason why I did it was for Danny this time.”

Though he probably won’t be taking another crack at the record, Filippone said he will continue to hold fundraisers for local charities.