If you’re a fan of baseball, there’s no doubt that you’ve heard of some of the greatest baseball moments in history. The great “Lucky Man” speech by Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth’s run-away home run, and Roger Maris’ lined bullet all have their place. But which moment has the most lasting effect on baseball fans?
Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” speech
Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest man” speech is one of the most memorable moments in baseball history. It represents more than just an iconic player’s farewell speech; it represents the grace of a dying man in the face of illness. It is a powerful moment that reminds fans to appreciate the beauty of life.
Although Gehrig was never known for public speaking, his “Luckiest Man” speech possesses the grace of a Gettysburg Address. In a few hundred words, Gehrig gives a speech that is equal to a Gettysburg Address. The speech was written by Gehrig’s wife Eleanor and has become one of the great baseball moments of all time.
Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest man” speech is an eloquent celebration of life and of ALS. In two hundred and sixty words, he summed up the joys and pains of his life. Though his career ended, his life continued to inspire others.
Lou Gehrig was one of the greatest baseball players in history. Even though he announced his retirement halfway through the 1939 season, he had just begun to suffer from ALS. At the time, no one knew how serious the disease was and how devastating it would be to his life. In the wake of his retirement, the media focused on his legacy, which he never could have anticipated.
Lou Gehrig was a national hero and a hero. His strength had dwindled in recent years, but he remained persistent, extending his record streak. Then, he was diagnosed with a rare incurable disease. His short life span made it extremely difficult for him to continue playing baseball.
Babe Ruth’s catch on the run
Almost 99 years ago, Babe Ruth made his first major league catch. To mark the occasion, we’ve compiled a list of Babe Ruth facts and myths, in chronological order. You’ll also find out who he was, and where he played. While his name is famous, you might be surprised to know that his real name was George Herman Ruth. In fact, he’s the only player with the last name Ruth to ever play in the major leagues.
Babe Ruth’s catch on the run was one of the greatest baseball plays of all time. The legendary catcher, who was also known as “Babe,” drove the ball completely out of the park. His fast, hard-hit fly was a dazzling feat. Ruth’s catch was especially significant because it checked Ruth’s amazing swing with solid, firm ground. His fly ball began to climb immediately after leaving the plate. A new gland had enabled him to hit a high and far fly.
Despite his impressive stats and record-breaking performance, Babe Ruth endured several setbacks during his 1922 season. He missed 41 games, reportedly due to a “bellyache heard around the world.” According to his biographer, Robert Creamer, Ruth suffered from an intestinal abscess. After spending a month and a half in a hospital in Manhattan, he was allowed to rejoin the team.
A similar stunt was pulled off by Lester Snoke, who caught the ball on the run in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The stunt was so successful that it drew the attention of the Park Superintendent. In addition to Lester Snoke, Oscar Leohner, Ruth’s “accomplice,” was the game’s catcher. The two men had climbed Mt. Pleasant, and they threw two baseballs from the summit. The first two hit the ground, but Snoke caught the third.
Roger Maris’ lined bullet
On July 7, 1961, the baseball community witnessed one of the greatest baseball moments in history. In 1961, a baseball player called himself “Roger Maris” hit a home run off the wall at Busch Stadium. No player has ever been able to duplicate that feat, but it is a key part of baseball legend. At the same game, farm boy Bob Feller, then seventeen, pitched a professional exhibition game against the St. Louis Cardinals. In just three innings, Feller struck out eight batters. A few years later, he was playing in the major leagues and soon he would have won more than 350 games and struck out more than three thousand times. He is now in the Hall of Fame for his performance.
When he hit the ball in 1961, Maris didn’t care about the record. He was still struggling with hair loss, but after the event, he came to appreciate the accomplishment. At the time, Maris was only 27 years old and had hit just 158 home runs. The record would later be broken by Aaron Judge, who is now thirty-one years old and is expected to sign a long-term contract with a major league team this winter.
In 1961, Maris became the first player in the Major Leagues to hit more than 60 home runs in a season. This feat broke Babe Ruth’s previous record of 60 home runs. In September, Mantle went down with a hip injury. The game was marred by controversy, but one man remained a legend. Sal Durante, a 19-year-old truck driver from Brooklyn, caught Maris’ home run ball in the right-field stands. He then paused for a moment to shake hands with the young boy.
Richardson, who is five feet nine, never had his number retired. That same day, the Yankees were 26 1/2 games out of first place. Despite the Yankees’ poor season, Maris still managed to hit 13 home runs during his pinstriped farewell season. A year later, he was traded to St. Louis, but not before he sent his final gift to Richardson. The gift was an unofficial farewell to a teammate.
Aaron’s passing Ruth
While many may consider Aaron’s passing of Ruth as a baseball moment, this moment is not without its negative aspects. During the chase, Aaron was under a great deal of stress and received many racist and white supremacist letters. The abuse he received forced him to distance himself from his teammates and he never forgot it.
The event took place in the early 1974 season. Aaron was batting eighth and the game was Atlanta’s home opener. However, he had missed one of Atlanta’s first three games in Cincinnati. Aaron’s home run in his first at-bat in the season tied Ruth’s record.
Babe Ruth was considered one of the most influential players in baseball history. His incredible skills and colorful personality drew fans to the game. After the 1919 Black Sox scandal, many fans had stayed away from baseball, but after Ruth’s arrival, people were eager to return. The success of Ruth brought new life to baseball. The Braves’ office received tons of hate mail and bumper stickers with the phrase, “Aaron is Ruth-less.”
Aaron played in the big leagues for 23 years with two organizations. The first two seasons were in Milwaukee, and the last two seasons he spent with the Braves, where he played as a DH. In the end, he finished his career with 755 home runs. In 2007, Barry Bonds passed him for the record. He later spent years in the Braves’ front office, and remains a close friend of MLB commissioner Bud Selig.
Although Aaron’s debut season was not exactly glowing, his numbers as a rookie are still impressive. He leads the league in home runs, hits, and RBIs. In April 1971, he hits 600 career home runs, becoming only the third player in baseball history to reach the milestone. By the end of his career, he joined Babe Ruth and Willie Mays.
Joe Carter’s walk-off home run
In 1993, the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series thanks to a walk-off home run by Joe Carter. The home run was a three-run blast over the left field fence. The Blue Jays won the World Series 8-6, giving them the title they had been seeking. Afterward, Carter jumped all over the field and his helmet fell off as he rounding first base. The home run has been named one of the greatest baseball moments ever.
Toronto had a two-run lead going into the bottom of the 11th inning. However, Atlanta speedster Otis Nixon dropped a bunt that pushed pinch-runner John Smoltz to the plate. However, Toronto pitcher Mike Timlin pounced on the ball and threw it to Carter. Carter stepped on the bag ahead of Nixon, squeaking the Jays to victory.
Joe Carter’s walk-off home run in the 1993 World Series is considered one of the greatest moments in baseball. It may be the coolest moment in baseball history, but Bill Mazeroski’s walk-off home run from the 1960 World Series is also considered one of the best.
The 1992 World Series was another game that ended on a walk-off home run. Despite the fact that the Red Sox had won in Game 7, Carter’s walk-off home run was the clinching moment in the game. Besides Joe Carter’s walk-off home run, 15 other teams have had walk-off home runs in the postseason.
Joe Carter’s walk-off home run in Game 7 of the World Series was also one of the greatest moments in baseball history. The catcher’s waving arms made the home run even more memorable. It forced the series to a Game 7 in the same year.