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Thursday, September 06, 2012

Game of Your Choice: Pick One!

If you could go back in time and see any baseball game, what game would you choose and why? You can pick from any game from baseball history, any game at all. It can even be one you saw in person but would like to see again. So what game would you choose? When I asked Don Mattingly this, his immediate response, naturally, was, “Can I change the outcome?”

No. That is the one stipulation of Turn Back the Clock Day. Rule 23.8 (d) clearly states that you cannot alter history in any way whatsoever.

Along similar lines, Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez said he would pick any of Roberto Clemente’s games, probably from the 1971 World Series. “He’s a guy that I would have loved to see play,” Gonzalez said. “He is one of the guys who represents Latin American baseball … I can see from the videos he was pretty amazing.”

Game Eight of the 1912 World Series.

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   1. Mefisto Posted: September 06, 2012 at 03:08 PM (#4228492)
Bobby Thomson. No contest. Some other possibilities: the Merkle game; Ed Walsh v. Addie Joss; the Marichal/Spahn game; Willie Mays' 4 homer game (just because).
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: September 06, 2012 at 03:12 PM (#4228497)
I would love to see a game from the 1886 World Series between Captain Anson's White Stockings and Charlie Comiskey's Browns, and I'd make note of the hundred things I'm sure they did differently back then, but have been lost to history.
   3. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: September 06, 2012 at 03:15 PM (#4228502)
Game 5 of the 2001 World Series would be tempting. So would Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS. I'd have to think about this a lot though.

Without knowing for sure, I'm guessing if you could change the outcome, Mattingly was going to pick Game 5 of the '95 LDS.

(Perhaps I'm weird in wanting to re-live great Yankee moments rather than see notable baseball history. I will admit that didn't cross my mind at first. Jeeze, now it's even tougher.)
   4. Perry Posted: September 06, 2012 at 03:17 PM (#4228505)
Easy choice. The Merkle game.
   5. Mike Emeigh Posted: September 06, 2012 at 03:20 PM (#4228507)
   6. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 06, 2012 at 03:25 PM (#4228512)
October 12, 1920.

And I'm with RB; I'd want to see a great moment in my team's history. I'm fairly certain seeing Cleveland win the World Series would render me utterly speechless and reduce me to a blubbering mass of tears of joy.
   7. TerpNats Posted: September 06, 2012 at 03:27 PM (#4228513)
Game 7, 1924, with hopes that feeling can be replicated in the District this fall. Let Cherrydale burn!
   8. Kiko Sakata Posted: September 06, 2012 at 03:31 PM (#4228516)
I'm fairly certain seeing Cleveland win the World Series would render me utterly speechless and reduce me to a blubbering mass of tears of joy.


My first choice was going to be the Merkle game - not just for the obvious history/craziness of it, but I'm also curious how familiar deadball baseball would seem to modern eyes.

But this quote got me thinking, maybe I'd rather see Game 6 of the 1948 World Series and then try to find my 13-year-old dad celebrating in the street with his brother-in-law. Although having the 44-year-old me interacting with my 13-year-old father could have grave implications for the space-time continuum.

EDIT: Well, Game 6 was in Boston, and my dad was in Cleveland, although if time travel exists, you'd think I could also travel from Boston to Cleveland that day, too.
   9. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 06, 2012 at 03:35 PM (#4228522)
Game 6 was in Boston
Yeah, that's why I picked 1920 and not 1948. It would be great to see them win it no matter where it is, but it would be that much more special to celebrate with an entire city afterwards.

Although the 1948 game would allow me to hang out with my four-year-old dad about 50 miles south of Cleveland.
   10. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 06, 2012 at 03:40 PM (#4228526)
Ruth's called shot in Wrigley.
   11. The District Attorney Posted: September 06, 2012 at 03:43 PM (#4228529)
How about the 1933-34 Pittsburgh Crawfords? You could see Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston, and Cool Papa Bell trying to win one for Satchel Paige. Maybe a game against the Chicago American Giants, with Turkey Stearns, Mule Suttles, and Bill Foster.
   12. TR_Sullivan Posted: September 06, 2012 at 03:44 PM (#4228532)
1. The game of the 1912 World Series
2. Game 3 of the 1932 World Series
4. The Merkle game
   13. TerpNats Posted: September 06, 2012 at 03:47 PM (#4228533)
To #8 and #9: Yeah, but the '48 clincher was in Braves Field, and only those on Social Security now know what it was like to see a game there.
   14. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 06, 2012 at 03:50 PM (#4228536)
Game 1, 1988 World Series
   15. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: September 06, 2012 at 03:50 PM (#4228537)
Maybe one of the East-West all star games? Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Martin Dihigo, Mule Suttles, Ray Brown, Oscar Charleston...Maybe one of the first "modern" baseball games played at Elysium Fields, too. Rstricting it to the major leagues the double no-hitter duel between Hippo Vaughn and Fred Toney would have been something. The one game I'd want to avoid at all costs is the Ray Chapman death game.
   16. mathesond Posted: September 06, 2012 at 03:58 PM (#4228546)
October 4, 1955


   17. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 06, 2012 at 03:58 PM (#4228547)
Babe Ruth's called shot - to settle the controversy once and for all, although former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has already upheld Ruth's claim.
   18. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: September 06, 2012 at 04:00 PM (#4228549)
Tonight's game. Always.
   19. booond Posted: September 06, 2012 at 04:05 PM (#4228555)
#2 Though I wouldn't be as specific. I'd like to see how the game was played in the 19th Century.
   20. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: September 06, 2012 at 04:10 PM (#4228563)
1976: Bears-Yankees
   21. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: September 06, 2012 at 04:16 PM (#4228572)
   22. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: September 06, 2012 at 04:29 PM (#4228586)
You hid the best part of the article!

Under our Turn Back the Clock ground rules, not only can you go back to a game you saw in person, you can also go back to a game in which you actually played. And maybe it’s no surprise who chose such a game.

“I would like to see myself play,” Rickey Henderson said, choosing Game 2 of the 1989 ALCS.

   23. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: September 06, 2012 at 04:33 PM (#4228593)
I would pick a completely random game from the 19th century. And by "random," I mean, I would make sure that I would not know the outcome of the game going into it. So, just some random mid-season 1882 game.

The biggest draw of sports is that we never know what'll happen next. I wouldn't want to ruin that.
   24. phredbird Posted: September 06, 2012 at 04:40 PM (#4228601)
for me it would be a tossup between Oct 3 1951 (dodgers-giants shot heard round the world etc.) and the 7th game of the 1926 WS.
   25. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: September 06, 2012 at 04:45 PM (#4228604)

(Perhaps I'm weird in wanting to re-live great Yankee moments rather than see notable baseball history. I will admit that didn't cross my mind at first. Jeeze, now it's even tougher.)


Yeah, that was my conundrum too (substituting Red Sox for Yankees). I think from a historical perspective I'd like to see a classic Negro Leagues game.
   26. winnipegwhip Posted: September 06, 2012 at 04:46 PM (#4228605)
Rangers vs Indians June 4, 1974.

Give me a ticket and 5 bucks.
   27. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: September 06, 2012 at 04:50 PM (#4228608)
“I would like to see myself play,” Rickey Henderson said, choosing Game 2 of the 1989 ALCS


How would we know which Ricky he was talking about? Would he have to invent a 4th person usage? Or would it be 1/2?
   28. winnipegwhip Posted: September 06, 2012 at 04:52 PM (#4228610)
The biggest draw of sports is that we never know what'll happen next. I wouldn't want to ruin that.


Unless we wanted to clarify a mystery. Like knowing the events of the Merkle game and being able to focus on the disputed actions and events....like what happens to the ball...does McGinnity intercept it etc.
   29. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: September 06, 2012 at 04:53 PM (#4228612)
Grammatically, Rickey seeing Rickey puts Rickey in the ninth person.
   30. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: September 06, 2012 at 04:56 PM (#4228617)
Game 5 of the 2008 WS. I would get 3 days worth of time travel, plus the great Utley play and the one WS hit for Pat "2 ring" Burrell. But if push came to shove, as others have said, a 19th century game would win out.
   31. Steve N Posted: September 06, 2012 at 05:00 PM (#4228622)
Mazeroski.
   32. Gamingboy Posted: September 06, 2012 at 05:05 PM (#4228628)
Either Maz's HR, Thomson's HR, or perhaps Koufax's no-hitter. This is because the "can't change the outcome" rule takes away my ability to punch Jeffrey Maier in the face.
   33. Urkel's Boner Posted: September 06, 2012 at 05:17 PM (#4228636)
Oh what I'd give to see just exactly how big of a boner Merkle's Boner actually was and compare it to all the other boners I've seen through the years.
   34. The District Attorney Posted: September 06, 2012 at 05:25 PM (#4228647)
Oh what I'd give to see just exactly how big of a boner Merkle's Boner actually was and compare it to all the other boners I've seen through the years.
You'll show them! You'll show them how many boners you can make!
   35. TerpNats Posted: September 06, 2012 at 05:32 PM (#4228662)
Either Maz's HR, Thomson's HR, or perhaps Koufax's no-hitter.
Uh, where Koufax is concerned, you have more than one no-hitter to choose from.
   36. BirdWatcher Posted: September 06, 2012 at 05:34 PM (#4228664)
The Spahn-Marichal game, July 2, 1963. Both pitchers pitched into the 16th inning with Marichal pitching a complete game and winning 1-0. Mays hit a HR off Spahn in the 16th inning to secure the win. Amazingly, Spahn was 42 years old! I know nothing about the HR nor how many pitches each pitcher threw.
   37. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: September 06, 2012 at 05:35 PM (#4228666)
September 28, 1941 @ Shibe Park. The 26th double-header of the season for the Red Sox.
   38. SoSH U at work Posted: September 06, 2012 at 05:37 PM (#4228669)
Easy choice. Game 3, 1925 World Series, rightfield bleachers, to see The Catch take place in front of me (and see if I could tell whether my favorite player in history did in fact hang on).

DA's No. 11 is a fine runner-up.
   39. Nolan Giesbrecht Posted: September 06, 2012 at 05:47 PM (#4228688)
Game 6 of the 1993 World Series.

One of Ty Cobb's "jump in the stands and beat the crap out of a fan" game.

I'm on my phone, soI can't look it up, but I remember reading about Walter Johmson, at the end of his career coming into a World Series game in relief and pitching six inning. If it was a real game, I'd love to see it.
   40. phredbird Posted: September 06, 2012 at 05:54 PM (#4228692)
I'm on my phone, soI can't look it up, but I remember reading about Walter Johmson, at the end of his career coming into a World Series game in relief and pitching six inning. If it was a real game, I'd love to see it.


oct 10, 1924. he came on in relief and beat the giants in game 7. one of the big feel good stories of baseball history. he was at the end of his career and they had never won anything.
   41. phredbird Posted: September 06, 2012 at 05:57 PM (#4228697)
i want to see game 7 of the 26 WS to see if pete alexander really was hungover. hornsby always denied alexander was in bad shape, claiming he never would have put him in if he was that messed up.
   42. AndrewJ Posted: September 06, 2012 at 06:07 PM (#4228708)
For me, either the Merkle game or the Cubs-Giants replay of it on October 8th, 1908 to decide the pennant. Reportedly the Polo Grounds was absolute bedlam.

Or Game 1 of the 1919 World Series, to determine if the Black Sox were, in fact, blatantly throwing it.
   43. toratoratora Posted: September 06, 2012 at 06:23 PM (#4228716)
My initial reaction was The Merkle Game, but in retrospect I would probably rather see one of the 1984 showdown games between the old Orioles and the Beaneaters.
I would love to see how that Orioles team played ball, see inside baseball at its best
   44. AndrewJ Posted: September 06, 2012 at 06:27 PM (#4228725)
A 1984 showdown game between those two clubs would be very interesting, indeed.
   45. toratoratora Posted: September 06, 2012 at 06:35 PM (#4228729)
Grrrrrrr darn dyslexia. 1894 then...
   46. PreservedFish Posted: September 06, 2012 at 07:04 PM (#4228741)
Merkle's Boner.

The fascination of walking through an era from long before my birth outweighs the drama of any one baseball game. I'd probably spend more time looking at and chatting with the spectators than the action on the field. So I want something from at least pre-WWII. I also want something in NYC, my hometown, and I want a game that's well-attended, one where the crowd is likely to get a little rowdy. It would be nice to see some HOFers. A cracking good game would be nice too. I get the point about preserving mystery, but these other factors are more important to me. I think Merkle's Boner hits all of the marks.
   47. PreservedFish Posted: September 06, 2012 at 07:35 PM (#4228751)
I would pick a completely random game from the 19th century. And by "random," I mean, I would make sure that I would not know the outcome of the game going into it. So, just some random mid-season 1882 game.

The biggest draw of sports is that we never know what'll happen next. I wouldn't want to ruin that.


I think you're overselling this point. The mystery of sports is important, but it's also commonplace. We all watch dozens (maybe hundreds) of sporting events a year, and most of them are forgettable. I think I would rather see someone like Babe Ruth or Walter Johnson or Ty Cobb play well in a forgettable game than a bunch of nobodies in a nail biter.
   48. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: September 06, 2012 at 08:32 PM (#4228793)
I'd turn back the clock 150 years or so and watch a bunch of players who normally played townball being turned on to the New York game for the first time. Maybe I'd go to Cooperstown and find out what really happened at Phinney's farm.
   49. vortex of dissipation Posted: September 06, 2012 at 08:41 PM (#4228800)
The Merkle game, no question. Runners up would be the Koufax perfect game, and the Yomiuri Giants/Hanshin Tigers game of June 26, 1959.
   50. AndrewJ Posted: September 06, 2012 at 08:55 PM (#4228813)
I'd turn back the clock 150 years or so and watch a bunch of players who normally played townball being turned on to the New York game for the first time. Maybe I'd go to Cooperstown and find out what really happened at Phinney's farm.

Some modern historians conjecture that

a) the rules for baseball were developed in the late 1830s-early 1840s in NYC;
b) they found their way to West Point;
c) Cadet Abner Doubleday showed off these new rules during a visit to Cooperstown; and
d) One little kid named Abner Graves, who watched Doubleday introduce NYC baseball to Cooperstown, grew up into an insane old man who mis-remembered long-ago event as "Doubleday invented the whole sport of baseball in Cooperstown."
   51. Good cripple hitter Posted: September 06, 2012 at 09:49 PM (#4228847)
I'd probably most like to see Satchel Paige at his best, but other than that I'd want to be at the Eddie Gaedel game or the Grandstand Managers game.

I'd also like to see the Ty Cobb "I'm 38 and I can hit home runs when I want to, so I'll go 6 for 6 with three home runs" game.

I'm surprised no-one's mentioned the 34 All Star Game. It's add the Polo Grounds, which is the stadium I'd most like to visit, and it has Hubbell strike out Ruth, Gehrig, Foxx, Simmons, and Cronin consecutively.
   52. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: September 06, 2012 at 09:51 PM (#4228849)
I like the theory that it was a second Abner Doubleday. If you look at the family tree, there are multiple Ammis, Abners, and Ulysseses in the family.
   53. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: September 06, 2012 at 09:55 PM (#4228855)
Easy choice. The Merkle game.

Not an easy choice, but I'd agree with it, along with the subsequent makeup game that decided the pennant. Fred Lieb covered baseball for over 70 years and he said that he'd never witnessed an atmosphere surrounding a game that could match that "playoff". (Which wasn't a playoff, but whatever.)

But the competition is strong:

---Game 8 of the 1912 World Series

---Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, 1923

---Game 7 of the 1924 World Series

---A 1931 Cardinals-Cubs doubleheader in Sportsman's Park where they stopped counting the crowd once it was more than 7,000 over capacity and spilled all over the field, frequently disrupting play. The first game alone had 23 doubles, nearly all of them ground rule hits that got lost in the outfield crowd.

---Babe Ruth's called shot game, but only if I could sit close enough to the Cubs' dugout to hear the bench jockeying of Ruth

---The first All-Star game in Comiskey Park, 1933

---Gabby Hartnett's "Homer in the Gloaming" game, which in some ways was just as dramatic as Thomson's. I've got a completely filled out scorebook for the last part of the 1938 Cubs and White Sox home games, and this game is in there.

---Lou Gehrig Day, Yankee Stadium, July 4, 1939

---Jackie Robinson's minor league and Major League debuts

---Satchel Paige's 5-hit shutout of the White Sox in his first Major League appearance in Comiskey Park, before a then-record crowd of 51,013

---The final two Yankees-Red Sox games of the 1949 pennant race

---The Thomson game, with the final 14 inning Dodgers-Phillies game of the regular season as a prelude

Pretty much everything after that I've seen already, or at least seen all of the players involved. It isn't really quite the same thing as the idea of seeing games from before I became a fan.
   54. Lassus Posted: September 06, 2012 at 09:56 PM (#4228856)
Can I count the Spalding world tour as my one game?

If not, I'd like to basically see a random game from like 1906 as #1, sitting in the outfield; and my #2 is the opening of Shea.
   55. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: September 06, 2012 at 10:02 PM (#4228866)
Merkle's Boner.

The fascination of walking through an era from long before my birth outweighs the drama of any one baseball game. I'd probably spend more time looking at and chatting with the spectators than the action on the field. So I want something from at least pre-WWII. I also want something in NYC, my hometown, and I want a game that's well-attended, one where the crowd is likely to get a little rowdy. It would be nice to see some HOFers. A cracking good game would be nice too. I get the point about preserving mystery, but these other factors are more important to me. I think Merkle's Boner hits all of the marks.


PF, until you can get a time machine, you would love reading Arnold Hano's A Day in the Bleachers, which is an entire book written from a Polo Grounds fan's perspective of the first game of the 1954 World Series. I saw that entire game on TV, with one huge exception: I was running from school to home at the time of the Willie Mays catch. Ouch!
   56. AndrewJ Posted: September 06, 2012 at 10:12 PM (#4228875)
I like the theory that it was a second Abner Doubleday.

Yes, he was on the grassy knoll.
   57. Topher Posted: September 06, 2012 at 10:12 PM (#4228876)
October 12, 1907

Pretty easy for me. Get to see my great-grand-pappy win the World Series for the first time.


Family connections aside, I think I'd be inclined to go with the Harvey Haddix game.
   58. Mike Emeigh Posted: September 06, 2012 at 10:16 PM (#4228881)
I've got a completely filled out scorebook for the last part of the 1938 Cubs and White Sox home games, and this game is in there.


Did you ever contact Dave Smith to see if they could use it for Retrosheet (copied of course)? If not you should - I don't know what all they have for 1938 but Chicago has been a notoriously tough place to get PBP.

-- MWE
   59. jobu Posted: September 06, 2012 at 11:03 PM (#4228927)
Or Game 1 of the 1919 World Series, to determine if the Black Sox were, in fact, blatantly throwing it.

That's the one for me, too. I'm a bit surprised that it doesn't show up on more lists.

As an A's fan, and a baseball fan in general, I'd love to see the A's against the 1927 Yankees. Foxx, Cobb, Eddie Collins, Cochrane, Bucketfoot Al, Zack Wheat, Grove....against that iconic team.
   60. Rob_Wood Posted: September 06, 2012 at 11:09 PM (#4228933)

July 4, 1939 Yankee Stadium (Lou Gehrig Day)
   61. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: September 06, 2012 at 11:24 PM (#4228941)
I've got a completely filled out scorebook for the last part of the 1938 Cubs and White Sox home games, and this game is in there.

Did you ever contact Dave Smith to see if they could use it for Retrosheet (copied of course)? If not you should - I don't know what all they have for 1938 but Chicago has been a notoriously tough place to get PBP.

-- MWE


I loaned a whole bunch of those (Texaco) scorebooks to Dave about 15 years ago when I had my book shop, along with a donation of many years of Sporting Life microfilm reels. I sold all but the Hartnett game book after I got them back. The greatest thing about these scorebooks was that the guy who kept score was so accurate, neat, and 100% complete---but then this was Wrigley Field in Chicago, not Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. (/snark)
   62. something like a train wreck Posted: September 06, 2012 at 11:32 PM (#4228944)
Ted Williams' last game
   63. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: September 07, 2012 at 12:08 AM (#4228962)
I'm surprised no-one's mentioned the 34 All Star Game. It's add the Polo Grounds, which is the stadium I'd most like to visit, and it has Hubbell strike out Ruth, Gehrig, Foxx, Simmons, and Cronin consecutively.

Not the same as seeing it, obviously, but there is a recording of the radio broadcast, and it is delightful.
   64. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: September 07, 2012 at 01:02 AM (#4228978)
A bit of an odd choice, but I'd actually want to see Mussina's near perfecto against the Sox in late August of 2001. I listened to it on the radio while driving from Oregon to Los Angeles for my final year of college.

Other than that, I'd pick a PCL game from Williams' year playing for the San Diego Clippers, I think. Maybe a warm June day in Oakland, or a hot August one in Los Angeles.
   65. TerpNats Posted: September 07, 2012 at 01:13 AM (#4228983)
Other than that, I'd pick a PCL game from Williams' year playing for the San Diego Clippers, I think. Maybe a warm June day in Oakland, or a hot August one in Los Angeles.
Uh, you mean the PCL Padres. (Though if you want to see the Clippers, you might be able to see another hometown hero in Bill Walton. Provided he wasn't injured.)

If someone asked me to choose a pre-1958 PCL game, that would be a difficult decision. Do you see Joe DiMaggio play for the Seals? Ted Williams for the Padres? The 1934 Angels, who Bill James wrote were stronger than the better-known 1937 Newark Bears? One of those wars between the Angels and the Hollywood Stars (the second edition, that played at Gilmore Field)? Maybe the notorious Vernon Tigers, once owned by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle (he had sold them before the 1921 incident that wrecked his career).
   66. steagles Posted: September 07, 2012 at 02:34 AM (#4229005)
not sure if any of these have been mentioned, but:

may 26, 1959: harvey haddix's 12 inning almost perfect game
july 12, 1979: disco demolition night in chicago
june 12, 1970: dock ellis's 8 walk, acid-fueled no hitter
   67. God Posted: September 07, 2012 at 04:03 AM (#4229012)
My pick was stolen in the intro, so not having read any of the other posts yet, I'm going to say the Merkle game. And I think I get to go to the replay game too, since technically it was a replay of the same game. Right?
   68. Downtown Bookie Posted: September 07, 2012 at 04:16 AM (#4229013)
Eliminating from consideration games that I have already seen (either as they happened or on film/tape) I opted for this one: Game number 156 of 1959 National League season. Pennant on the line; extra-innings; over a half-dozen HOFers (I count nine, but it's late); Spahn, Koufax and Drysdale all get to pitch; and my favorite man in a baseball uniform scores the tying run in the bottom of the ninth, and the winning run with two outs in the twelfth.

DB
   69. God Posted: September 07, 2012 at 04:22 AM (#4229015)
People have been mentioning Negro League games in a generic sense, but not really specific ones. Here are my candidates. Google 'em.

- the famous 1934 pitching duel between Satchel Paige and Slim Jones at Yankee Stadium. (Jones was in the midst of arguably the greatest NgL pitching season ever.)

- the "Battle of the Butchered Balls" between Smoky Joe Williams and Chet Brewer under the Monarchs' rudimentary lights.

- Willie Foster throwing complete game shutouts in both ends of a doubleheader to win the 1926 pennant on the last day of the season.

- game 8 of the 1924 Colored World Series
   70. depletion Posted: September 07, 2012 at 08:15 AM (#4229052)
3) The first game: May 4, 1871 Cleveland at Fort Wayne.
2) Game 5, 1969 WS
1) Any game I went to with my mother.
   71. SandyRiver Posted: September 07, 2012 at 08:37 AM (#4229063)
Another vote for 1960 G7, not just for Maz' walkoff, but for the rollercoaster and odd incidents prior to it - Pirates' solid early lead, Yankees come back with 7, Kubek's throat, heart-attack-Hal's homer, Mantle's dive back to 1st as the tying run scores with 2 outs in the 9th.

Thanks for the link, which turns up yet another oddity - 77 PA, 51 outs, zero Ks. How many post-deadball games have had stats anything like that.
   72. TomH Posted: September 07, 2012 at 08:40 AM (#4229064)
1977, plunked in front of the Yankee dugout, Billy pulling Reggie off the field for loafing, and watching the antice ensue.
   73. SOLockwood Posted: September 07, 2012 at 08:45 AM (#4229066)
I'd go to game 5 of the 1995 ALDS in Seattle. To be in the Kingdome (I watched it in the Shirlington Damon's in Arlington VA) when Edgar's double scored Junior would be an awesome experience.
   74. villageidiom Posted: September 07, 2012 at 09:18 AM (#4229087)
Any game where I know the outcome in advance would be a letdown.

So what do I want to see?

(a) An old-time stadium.
(b) Some of the best players from before my time.
(c) An impressive feat, obviously something for which I know the outcome, but I haven't ever witnessed the build-up to that outcome.

So... 1934 All Star Game. And don't tell me how it ends yet, I haven't looked it up!
   75. stanmvp48 Posted: September 07, 2012 at 09:19 AM (#4229089)
How many 10-9 post season games are finished in 2:36?
   76. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: September 07, 2012 at 09:19 AM (#4229090)
October 4, 1955. And then I'd get on the train to Bay Ridge to celebrate with the Grandpa I never met.
   77. TerpNats Posted: September 07, 2012 at 09:49 AM (#4229137)
Game number 156 of 1959 National League season. Pennant on the line; extra-innings; over a half-dozen HOFers (I count nine, but it's late); Spahn, Koufax and Drysdale all get to pitch; and my favorite man in a baseball uniform scores the tying run in the bottom of the ninth, and the winning run with two outs in the twelfth.
And all at arguably the weirdest excuse for a baseball park in post-1900 MLB history.
   78. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: September 07, 2012 at 10:53 AM (#4229218)
Little known fact: of the approximately 20,000 fans at the Merkle game, 12,916 were time travelers.
   79. PreservedFish Posted: September 07, 2012 at 10:55 AM (#4229219)
1) Any game I went to with my mother.


And you can also give yourself stock tips!
   80. John M. Perkins Posted: September 07, 2012 at 11:19 AM (#4229247)
Tigers 18 Senators 7, June 24, 1955


Bottom of the 5th, Senators Batting, Behind 0-13, Tigers' Billy Hoeft facing 6-7-8
1 out
H. Killebrew
Home Run

A game meaningless solo HR down 0-13 in the 5th,
but the 18 year old hit his first HR. I'd would have like to have been there.
   81. esseff Posted: September 07, 2012 at 12:47 PM (#4229385)
If someone asked me to choose a pre-1958 PCL game, that would be a difficult decision. Do you see Joe DiMaggio play for the Seals? Ted Williams for the Padres? The 1934 Angels, who Bill James wrote were stronger than the better-known 1937 Newark Bears? One of those wars between the Angels and the Hollywood Stars (the second edition, that played at Gilmore Field)? Maybe the notorious Vernon Tigers, once owned by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle


Maybe sit in the Booze Cage at Old Rec, or put on a winter coat to watch a game at Ewing Field.
   82. SandyRiver Posted: September 07, 2012 at 01:02 PM (#4229417)
How many 10-9 post season games are finished in 2:36?

Used to be that WS games always ran faster than the regular season, as if players/umpires hustled more, or at least wasted time less. However, not all the games went quite that quickly. G3 in 1957, 12-3 Yanks over Braves, took 3:18. Of course, it had 90 total PA and featured 12K and 19BB(!!) - total pitch count must've been in the 350-400 range. That game today would be 4:30+.
   83. something like a train wreck Posted: September 07, 2012 at 11:17 PM (#4229895)
For sheer wierdness -- http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BAL/BAL196704301.shtml. April 30 1967 Steve Barber sort of no - hitter. 8 2/3, 10 walks, 2wild pitches and a 2-1 loss. I recall watching it as a kid in utter astonishment.
   84. Bourbon Samurai Posted: September 07, 2012 at 11:41 PM (#4229914)
It would certainly be an old Philadelphia A's game, but the suggestion above of a 27 A's-Yankees game is hard to beat. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Jimmie Foxx...
   85. The District Attorney Posted: September 08, 2012 at 12:20 AM (#4229948)
I dunno if I would want to blow my one time-travel chance on Steve Dalkowski, but I'd sure love to see how hard he threw and generally see him at work. He certainly had some interesting games (striking out 24 but losing 8-4, throwing 283 pitches in an extra-inning game as he struck out 27, etc.)
   86. Everybody Loves Tyrus Raymond Posted: September 08, 2012 at 12:49 AM (#4229983)
Hard to pick one. Contenders:

1977 World Series Game 6
1970 All-Star Game
1971 All-Star Game
1954 World Series Game 1 (You get "The Catch" and a 3-run walk-off bomb from Dusty Rhodes.)

But the winner is:

1932 World Series Game 3 (Ruth hits a pair of HR, so does Gehrig. And maybe you figure out the mystery of the "Called Shot.")




   87. An Athletic in Powderhorn™ Posted: September 08, 2012 at 06:24 AM (#4230042)
For me, I'd rank my choices as:

1. Game 7, 1924 World Series. An easy choice for #1. Even with advance knowledge of what's going to happen, I bet I'd get goosebumps when Johnson comes out of the bullpen.
2. The Harvey Haddix game. The best pitching performance ever and a walk-off home ru--er, double. Yes please.
3. Game 6, 1975 World Series. I sit somewhere down the left field foul line, and bring the best digital video camera money can buy.
4. Like Bourbon was saying, an old A's game. Probably either Game 4 (the 10-run inning) or Game 5 (a walk-off comeback win to win the Series) of the 1929 World Series.
   88. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: September 08, 2012 at 08:18 AM (#4230062)
1954 World Series Game 1 (You get "The Catch" and a 3-run walk-off bomb from Dusty Rhodes.)

That's a great choice, although the bomb in question was basically a popup that was followed all the way to the 258' RF wall by the second baseman. To give you a point of comparison, it probably traveled at least 50 ft. less than Bucky Dent's famous homer in the 1978 ALE playoff.
   89. AndrewJ Posted: September 08, 2012 at 08:55 AM (#4230066)
Used to be that WS games always ran faster than the regular season, as if players/umpires hustled more, or at least wasted time less.

Indeed. IIRC, it was this game of the 1947 World Series which caused much wailing and gnashing of teeth among the sporting press -- the first nine-inning Series game to last more than three hours.
   90. something like a train wreck Posted: September 08, 2012 at 09:45 AM (#4230078)
Those of a certain age will remember the "Time Tunnel" TV show. It would be a great idea for a sports show, especially for sporting events with some controversy attached.
   91. Morty Causa Posted: September 08, 2012 at 10:04 AM (#4230087)
I'd like to see that game of about a hundred years ago (it was highlighted on the Dugout a year or two ago) that, I think, went over twenty-innings and was played in under three hours. Cobb's Tigers was one of the teams involved.

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