The greatest baseball moments can be defined in many different ways. For example, there are the best plays by a player or a team. A home run, for example, can be the highlight of a baseball game. Babe Ruth’s “called shot” is a classic example. The legend says Ruth pointed to the outfield bleachers at Wrigley Field and jacked a home run in that direction.
Mays’ over-the-shoulder catch on the run
Willie Mays’ over-the-shoulder run-in catch on the run is considered one of baseball’s most famous plays. It took place during Game 1 of the 1954 World Series. Vic Wertz had hit a long fly ball down center field that Mays leapt to catch. This spectacular catch prevented two runs from scoring and gave the Giants the series win.
450 feet from home plate, Willie Mays was on a dime. He had to catch the ball, turn, and throw it in one fluid motion. To do this, he spun violently, flinging his right arm backward, before catching and throwing the ball. The runner at second base had to run back to second base.
As a youngster, Mays had an incredible desire to entertain the crowd. It was evident even as a high school student and grew even stronger in the Negro Leagues. The same drive carried over to his minor league stints in Trenton and Minneapolis. In 1952, Mays’ capacity as a showman reached new heights.
Willie Mays played for the Giants for twenty-one seasons before retiring from baseball. He won the Rookie of the Year award in 1951 and was drafted into the military during the Korean War. He was only twenty when he joined the Giants.
Aaron’s 715th home run
Aaron’s 715th home run is still considered one of the greatest baseball moments of all time. This incredible feat was captured on film by NBC Sports. The game was called by Vin Scully and featured sideline reporters Craig Sager and Bill Buckner. The home run was framed in a unique way.
Aaron was only 28 years old when he hit his 715th home run, but the achievement was nonetheless significant. It was the first time that a player had reached seven hundred home runs in his career. Aaron had been chasing the record for years. In April of 1974, he finally broke the mark. Though it is not the most famous baseball moment, it remains a memorable moment in baseball history.
Aaron spent 23 seasons in the majors, with two different organizations. He first played for the Milwaukee Braves in 1954 and then moved to Atlanta in 1966. He played two seasons with the Brewers before returning to Atlanta in 1974. The Braves’ front office had wanted him to break the record in Atlanta, so they hired a police officer to keep an eye on him.
Aaron hit his 715th home run in early 1974, passing Babe Ruth on the all-time list. The moment was memorable for both the game and Aaron, and he received death threats and hate mail.
Pete Rose’s 2,131st consecutive game
A record-setting night for a baseball player was achieved on Sept. 6, 1995 when Cal Ripken played his 2,131st straight game. The record-setting night became one of baseball’s most memorable made-for-television moments and resonated with baseball fans.
Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s previous record of 2,131 consecutive games played. He started his streak in 1995, broke Gehrig’s record in 1995, and played every day for the next few seasons. He ended the record at 2,632 games in 1998, but it’s still a great record.
While Ripken’s streak is one of the most celebrated in baseball, it’s not the greatest. He started his streak over 2,500 games, and his streak has very little to do with baseball. Cy Young’s 500 victories were earned on the field, Ted Williams’.400 batting streak was achieved within the play of the game, and Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak was achieved before the game began. Ripken’s streak demonstrates the foolishness of fan-balloting systems, which often lead to atrocities.
Babe Ruth’s at-bat
A famous Babe Ruth at-bat is considered one of the greatest baseball moments of all time. The iconic moment happened during the 1932 World Series. The Chicago Cubs were battling the New York Yankees for the title. The game was in Wrigley Field. Ruth had hit a three-run homer earlier in the game. After pointing two fingers to the crowd, he took a swing that hit the ball straight to center field.
Ruth, who had hit 43 home runs prior to this at-bat, was still at a blistering pace. He had only 17 home runs left to hit before the end of the season. In fact, he had already broken the previous record of 59 home runs in one year. In addition, the 28 notches on his bat remind us of how far he had come in a single season. Ruth’s teammates weren’t allowed to touch his bat during the stretch run of that season, so his teammates were not able to touch his bat.
In addition to being a superstar on the field, Ruth had a phenomenal skill behind the plate. During his career, he led the American League in home runs 12 times. He also had an unbelievable speed in the car. His slugging percentage was over two hundred percent, a number larger than the gap between second and ninth in the ninth inning.
Carlton Fisk’s walk-off home run
Carlton Fisk’s walk-off, two-run home run in the 1975 World Series is considered one of baseball’s most famous moments. It ended a thrilling World Series game in which the Red Sox were in danger of elimination. Fisk stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the 12th inning and sent the Red Sox to a Game 7 against the Cincinnati Reds.
In 1975, Carlton Fisk hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th inning of Game 6 of the World Series to win the game for the Boston Red Sox. His hit was so memorable that it earned him his 11th All-Star selection. The crowd at Fenway Park erupted in jubilation, and John Kiley played Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus after the shot. The game was a special event because the Cincinnati Reds were visiting Fenway Park for the first time since the 1975 World Series.
The home run was Carlton Fisk’s walk-off moment, and his reaction to it has made him famous. The foul ball rolled down the left field line and over the Green Monster, but his walk-off home run erased the lead that Boston had held in the game. The image was so iconic that the replay has since become the standard of sports coverage.
Although Fisk’s walk-off home run has a special place in baseball history, it is arguably the best moment in postseason history. Gammons’ game story about the game is one of the most historic in sports journalism.
Jackie Robinson’s at-bat
One of the greatest baseball moments of all time came on June 19, 1947, when Jackie Robinson was hitting a home run. The game was being played in Montreal, where the Royals were playing against the Newark Bears. The Royals were ahead 5-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, but Otey Clark had walked the bases loaded to allow Montreal to tie the game. However, the Royals rallied in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.
One of the most remarkable things about Robinson’s at-bat is that he played in both games, going 0-for-3 in the first game but going 2-for-5 in the nightcap. At the time, Robinson had gone 57 games without an error. His streak had started on May 7 against Newark. Before this game, Robinson and the Orioles had been tied in the league’s batting race. However, Clark had faded in the last few games, and Robinson took over the batting title and led the league in runs scored and stolen bases.
Robinson’s at-bat was not his best, but it was still one of the most memorable moments in the history of baseball. After being benched for three games, he returned to the lineup for game four against the Rochester Red Wings. He hit two-for-five and had two runs scored. His team finished the June series with a 20-14 record, slashing its losing streak to two games.