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Best, worst and most entertaining MLB moments

Anybody want to take a stroll down memory lane...

Best moment I watched live on TV: Carlton Fisk hitting a home run at Fenway in the bottom of the 12th inning in the 6th game of the 1975 WS.

Worst moment I watched live on TV: the entire bottom of the 10th inning at Shea Stadium, 6th game of the 1986 WS. Bob Stanley throwing a wild pitch to tie the game .... then Bill Buckner, well, you know ....

Most entertaining moment - a three way tie between:

  • Joe Niekro getting ejected for having a nail file in his pocket.
  • Lou Piniella kicking his hat around the infield, kicking dirt on the umpire, and then pulling up first base and throwing it into the outfield.
  • Earl Weaver's fight with Bill Haller.
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I have seen no more than about 8 major league games in person-----purely by chance one of them was Nolan Ryan's no-hitter against the Oakland A's---I think around 1990?

Saw Koufax in person get knocked out of the game in the first or second inning against the Jints at Candlestick. I believe in 1962. He nearly tore the door off the clubhouse as he exited in deep right field.

I did see Don Larsen's perfect game in the World Series live on TV. Traveled 60 miles with my family to get a hotel room just to watch the game as TV was not yet in my childhood home town. 1956 I think?

Also saw Willie Mays' famed catch of Vic Wertz's long drive in the World Series live on TV. 1954; at the same hotel. We didn't get TV at home till about 57, maybe even 58.

First game I ever saw: Pirates vs Indians at Cashman Field in Las Vegas; spring training. My grandfather caught a foul ball hit by Ralph Kiner and had him autograph it at the bar of the Desert Inn before we left town the next day. 1955. I can't find that ball. Kiner's last year in the bigs. We drove over 300 miles to see that one game. All I really remember about the Desert Inn is that they had a glass display case in the middle of the casino---displaying a pair of dice that somebody had thrown I think 27 or 28 straight passes with at the craps table. The poor guy won only a few thousand dollars as he didn't let it ride. This same trip I also ogled a million dollars on display at Benny Binion's Horseshoe Club in LV---a hundred $10,000 bills. Salmon Chase's visage on each???

Saw Bob Feller walk across the infield that same day. Maybe his last year too? I am old.

Second MLB game I ever saw was the Jints against the Cardinals at Seals Stadium in SF, before Candlestick was built. Probably 1958. A Cardinal hit a drive to center field that Mays snagged going away. He pivoted and threw to the plate trying to get the Cardinals runner from third base. Catcher Valmy Thomas had to leap high to get the throw and missed the tag. I wonder to this day how far Willie threw that ball on the fly--I don't recall the dimensions of Seals Stadium. But I do recall the very cool Hamm's Brewery right next to the stadium, with a big neon sign.

 

 

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Can't disagree with 2 categories, but the best moment was Kirk Gibson's HR in the 1988 WS. Talk about a "suck it up" moment to win.


@chang wrote:

Anybody want to take a stroll down memory lane...

Best moment I watched live on TV: Carlton Fisk hitting a home run at Fenway in the bottom of the 12th inning in the 6th game of the 1975 WS.

Worst moment I watched live on TV: the entire bottom of the 10th inning at Shea Stadium, 6th game of the 1986 WS. Bob Stanley throwing a wild pitch to tie the game .... then Bill Buckner, well, you know ....

Most entertaining moment - a three way tie between:

  • Joe Niekro getting ejected for having a nail file in his pocket.
  • Lou Piniella kicking his hat around the infield, kicking dirt on the umpire, and then pulling up first base and throwing it into the outfield.
  • Earl Weaver's fight with Bill Haller.

 

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Gibby for sure, Gary.

He's an MSU guy.

He was a frightening wide receiver on MSU's football team  (easily a first round pick if he had chosen football) and then he decided to do baseball in the spring. It's the only time I have seen the baseball stands packed (we are not a baseball school).

Sparky Anderson heard about how Gibby was crushing the baseball and invited him to BP at Tiger Stadium.  Gibby hit several balls onto the roof of Tiger Stadium. 

Gibby is a living legend. You may know he's dealing with Parkinson's.

I came to MSU in 1968. He's the greatest athlete to grace our campus.

Bob 

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@chang wrote:

Anybody want to take a stroll down memory lane...

Best moment I watched live on TV: Carlton Fisk hitting a home run at Fenway in the bottom of the 12th inning in the 6th game of the 1975 WS.

Worst moment I watched live on TV: the entire bottom of the 10th inning at Shea Stadium, 6th game of the 1986 WS. Bob Stanley throwing a wild pitch to tie the game .... then Bill Buckner, well, you know ....

Most entertaining moment - a three way tie between:

  • Joe Niekro getting ejected for having a nail file in his pocket.
  • Lou Piniella kicking his hat around the infield, kicking dirt on the umpire, and then pulling up first base and throwing it into the outfield.
  • Earl Weaver's fight with Bill Haller.

@chang 

All great ones.  These I saw in-person.    

I saw Rick Dempsey do his rain-delay routine during an afternoon game in Boston.  So funny.  

I saw Bucky 'Bleeping' Dent hit his homer during the 1978 single-game playoff game.  

I saw Lou Piniella (when he was with Seattle) lose his mind after an awful 'out' call at a play at the plate in Boston.  The tag missed the player by a country mile.  I could see it from high up in the stands ... and I'm rooting for the Red Sox!!!  The next day, ESPN had a field day with the replay.  Even the Boston catcher couldn't keep a straight face when asked about it.  Lou went ape-sh*t. 

I saw Rocky Colavito come in to pitch during the second game of a double-header (remember those) against the '68 Tigers (the year they were so great).  He pitched well and the Yankees rallied and he got the WIN!

Sadly, I missed seeing Fisk's epic homer in 1975 in my own personal Good Will Hunting moment.  I'm in a bar with a girl a mile from the park.  Unlike the movie, I don't remember the girl ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WsHwXs_aq4 

ctyankee

  

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My man Nolan Ryan schoolin' Robin Ventura with the headlock ratatattat.

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Three come to mind for me: as a boy living in Cuyahoga Falls OH, watched Indians vs Yanks at Lakefront Stadium in maybe 62 or so. The Mick, batting left, hit a home run that landed near us in the right field bleachers. Next time up, another HR, this time to left and batting righty. Another time, this time on TV, watched The Tribe’s Rocky Colovito hit four homers in four straight at bats. Finally, in Seattle, I was at the game during the M’s miraculous 1995 season when, in the 9th inning of the final (game5) ALDS playoff game against the Yankees, Randy Johnson was called in as a reliever - he had  won game3 and had only 2 days rest. All 6’10” of the Big Unit came marching in from the pen to an absolutely out of its mind crowd. He mowed the Yanks down, of course, for three innings before Edgar Martinez drove Junior in from first in the bottom of the 11th for the win. 

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From Americas heartland where we still hate the Yankees!!

 

Best: 1980 ALCS Game 3: Brett goes third tier off Goose Gossage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBVd0UcTQwo

Worst: Chris Chambliss hits a walk-off homerun to win 1976 ALCS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfrKPr89igs

Most Entertaining: George Brett Pine Tar Incident

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbEHAsZxRYo

 

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