Fifty-Two Shades of Great Baseball Drama

"You want drama??? ~ I'll give you all the drama you can handle!!!" ~ George Brett

“You want drama??? ~ I’ll give you all the drama you can handle!!!”
~ George Brett

 

Fifty-Two Shades of Great Baseball Drama.

They weren’t all great on the happy side of life. As long as baseball remains a “joy of victory” vs. “the agony of defeat” kind of polarizing-result activity, which it always shall be, if it is to remain the game of baseball we all love, no list of this nature could ever be completely happy for everyone.

This one-column-of-limited-time-thought list also is not held out here as any kind of final word on the 50 greatest dramatic moments or sagas in baseball history, so, again, as we did with the greatest home run column inquiry yesterday, please let us know, from among these, or your own picks, what you hold onto as some of the most dramatic moments or mentions in baseball history. What are the most spellbinding or intriguing memories do you hold for any magical mark, event, process, or outcome in baseball history?

The Story line of baseball is not fiction, but it often plays out as better than anything our most brilliant novel writers could ever hope to create.

Here is our list of 50 magically written Moments in Great Baseball Drama. You may find some of our Pecan Park Eagle picks to be favorites of your own, as well.

  1. Mathewson Pitches 3rd shutout win in same World Series (1905)
  2. Merkle Bonehead Play; Failure to Touch 2nd on game-winning single becomes force out that negates Giants win, leading to pennant loss (1908)
  3. Misjudged Fly Ball by Snodgrass in 10th Contributes to World Series Loss by Giants in Game 7 (1912)
  4. Red S0x Trade Babe Ruth to Yankees (1920)
  5. Black Sox Scandal of 1919 Culminates in Lifetime Ban for Eight Chicago White Sox Players (1921)
  6. Senators use pebble-bounce single to tie game and another bad hop bounce hit in 12th to win World Series (1924)
  7. Alexander Strike Out of Lazzeri in 7th with Bases Loaded in Game 7 is key to Cardinal Series Win (1926)
  8. Babe Ruth Hits 60th HR of Seas0n (1927)
  9. Cubs suffer Biggest World Series Blown Lead of 8-0 when A’s Rally for 10 in 7th Inning of Game 4 (1929)
  10. Lou Gehrig Joins Short List of Those with 4 HR in One Game (1932)
  11. Carl Hubbell Strikes Out 5 Consecutive Future HOF Great Hitters in 2nd All Star Game (1934)
  12. Babe Ruth’s 3-HR Game Goodbye to Baseball in Pittsburgh (1935)
  13. Johnny Vander Meer Wins 2nd Consecutive No Hitter (1938)
  14. Gabby Hartnett’s Walk-Off  ‘Homer in the Gloamin’ vaults Cubs into 1st Place on way to pennant (1938)
  15. Ted Williams’ Walk-Off 3-Run Homer with 2 outs in 9th Wins All Star Game for AL (1941)
  16. Joe DiMaggio Hits safely in 56 straight games (1941)
  17. Ted Williams Homer Wins All Star Game for AL (1941)
  18. Ted Williams Risks Losing .400 BA; Refuses to sit out last day DH and goes 6 for 8 to finish at .406 (1941)
  19. Mickey Owens’ passed ball effectively loses World Series for Dodgers (1941)
  20. St. Louis Browns (1902-1953) Win Their Only AL Pennant in History. (1944)
  21. Slaughter’s Mad Dash Home from 1st is the “sight-byte” on Cardinals Win over Red Sox (1946)
  22. Jackie Robinson Breaks the Color Line with Brooklyn Dodgers (1947)
  23. Cookie Lavagetto of the Dodgers breaks up No-Hitter of Yankees’ Bill Bevins in 9th with double off RF Wall (1947)
  24. Cleveland Defeats Boston in One Game Playoff for AL Pennant (1948)
  25. New York Defeats Boston on Last Day of Season for AL Pennant (1949)
  26. Sisler’s 3-Run HR in 10th paces Phillies over Dodgers for NL pennant on last day of season. (1950)
  27. Eddie Gaedel of the Browns becomes the first and only genetically qualified person to appear in a game as the sole “vertically challenged” batter in MLB history (1951)
  28. Billy Martin’s Dramatic Infield Fly Catch in World Series (1952)
  29. “The Catch” by Willie Mays in Polo Grounds World Series Game (1954)
  30. Brooklyn Dodgers win their only World Series (1955)
  31. Don Larsen’s World Series Perfect Game, (1956)
  32. Mazeroski and Game 7 of the World Series (1960)
  33. The Dramatic Assault Upon Ruth’s 60 HR Mark by Maris and Mantle (1961)
  34. Koufax and Co. Limit Yankees to 4 runs in 4 game Dodgers Series Sweep (1963)
  35. Cardinals Pass “Foldin’ Phillies” to take 7-Game World Series over Yankees (1964)
  36. The Astrodome Joins Baseball as the Eighth Wonder of the World (1965)
  37. Denny McClain wins 30, but Mickey Lolich wins 3 to lead Tigers over Cardinals in World Series Rally (1968)
  38. The Miracle Mets’ first World Series and Championship Season (1969)
  39. Hank Aaron passes Babe Ruth on Career HR list by hitting #715 on April 8 (1974)
  40. Carlton Fisk’s Hand-Coached-Fair HR wins G6 for Boston, Allowing Red Sox One More Day of Life in World Series (1975)
  41. Reggie Jackson’s 3 HR in 6-Game Yankees World Series win over Dodgers vaults him into “Mr. October” identity (1977)
  42. Bucky Dent HR paces Yankees past Red Sox in one-game AL pennant playoff (1978)
  43. Astros meltdown to Phillies in NLCS (1980)
  44. George Brett, Billy Martin, and “The Pine Tar Incident” (1983)
  45. Pete Rose passes Ty Cobb as all time hit leader when he gets #4,192 on September 8 (1985)
  46. Umpire Don Denkinger’s blown call at first kills Cardinal Series win in G6; Royals blow STL away in G7 (1985)
  47. Mets Rally to Beat Astros, 7-6, in 16th inning of NLCS G6 to take NL pennant (1986)
  48. Bill Buckner and the World Series batted ball that went between his legs (1986)
  49. The Lost World Series Year (1994)
  50. The Assault by Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa upon Roger Maris’s record 61* HR season (1998)
  51. D-Backs defeat Yankees in 9th inning of G7 with soft RBI single up middle by Luis Gonzalez off Mariano Rivera (2001)
  52. Astros’ 18-inning win over the Braves in the NLDS; the game is won by the eventual pennant winners when Chris Burke of the Astros hits a walk-off homer in the bottom of the final frame (2005)

Have fun. And please comment.

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 eagle-0range Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas

https://bill37mccurdy.com/

 

 

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