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Baseball Question of the Day: Which historical game would you want to see?

This is a hard question insofar as it forces you to make a choice. I mean, there are probably dozens, scores — hundreds! — of games I’d love to be able to hop into a time machine and see live, and I have to pick just one? Jeez.

Of course there’s a problem here: I’ve spent much of the past couple of weeks talking about how I’d rather see a game that is new to me rather than one I already know the outcome to. Doesn’t this exercise negate that? Under that set of assumptions, am I not going to be happier seeing some random 1965 tilt between the Senators and the White Sox than I am to see one of baseball’s most memorable games? Probably!

Well, since we’re assuming the existence of time machines let’s set an additional fantastical ground rule: once you step into the time machine, any specific personal knowledge you have of the game is erased. Or at least as much as you specify. All you know is that you are about to be sent back in time to see something cool and historic, maybe with a little context if you feel you need it. After the game is over your previous memory is restored but, of course, it is now augmented by the experience of having witnessed the amazing game or event or whatever you choose.

Does that make sense? I’m really not sure. My brain is starting to get broken by the lack of structure in society so I’m not sure if that holds together.

I’m trying to make up my mind, as there are too many good candidates throughout baseball history- any of you have a better idea what you want to see?

 

QLE Posted: April 04, 2020 at 01:06 AM | 69 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Perry Posted: April 04, 2020 at 02:18 AM (#5936395)
Easy choice for me, the Merkle game. And that would be the pick even knowing the outcome.
   2. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: April 04, 2020 at 04:09 AM (#5936401)
Gosh there are so many. But it's not so much individual games as seeing the stars and the game as played back then. But here goes.

* August 30th, 1926. Walter Johnson and the Senators beat Sad Sam Jones and the Yankees 12-6. This is just a sample, as I thought it would be great to see the 1926 or 1927 Yankees against Walter Johnson or another famous competitor.

* One of those barnstorming games between Satchel Paige and Bob Feller.

* The 1934 All-Star Game, with Carl Hubbel, Dizzy Dean, Lefty Gomez, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, et. al.

* Game 5 of the 1943 Colored World Series, won by Birmingham 11-10. Lots of Hall of Famers in that game.

* Game 3 of the 1955 World Series, Complete Game by Johnny Podres, home runs by Mantle and Campanella

* Game 3 of the 1959 World Series, 92,000+ at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Drysdale won despite giving up 12 hits

* Game 4 of the 1962 World Series, Giants 7 Yankees 3. Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle, Juan Marichal, Willie Mays

* May 17th, 1979. Schmidt's Phillies outslug Kingman's Cubs 23-22

I'll stop now whiles I'm still ahead..





   3. rr: calming the thread down with my arms Posted: April 04, 2020 at 04:20 AM (#5936402)
May 17th, 1979. Schmidt's Phillies outslug Kingman's Cubs 23-22


This is on you tube--whole game.

   4. redsock Posted: April 04, 2020 at 05:12 AM (#5936405)
May 1, 1920
Boston 1, Brooklyn 1 (26 innings)
   5. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 04, 2020 at 06:04 AM (#5936408)
Of recent vintage:
5th and final game of the 1999 ALDS: 3 innings of 8-7 baseball, and then an injured Pedro comes out of the bullpen and throws 6 innings of no-hit relief.
   6. TomH Posted: April 04, 2020 at 08:17 AM (#5936411)
final game (8th!) of the 1912 world series; last inning features Giants taking the lead (big hit by Merkle, redeeming himself from 08) off of Smokey Joe Wood, then a great catch, error, pop-up confusion, Speaker vs Mathewson (one of the biggest clutch hits EVER), and a walkoff sac fly for the championship.
   7. SoSH U at work Posted: April 04, 2020 at 08:17 AM (#5936412)
I'd want to be in the right-centerfield bleachers at Griffith Stadium during Game 3 of the 1925 World Series, where Sam Rice completed The Catch.
   8. Nasty Nate Posted: April 04, 2020 at 08:59 AM (#5936415)
I know this is against the spirit of the question, but the time travel is a bigger deal than the baseball so I'd want to get bang for my buck on that angle and go back to the 1800s or early 1900s. I'd choose a long and well-attended game and just walk around talking to old-timey people the whole time. Hell, if the time travel rules allowed it, I'd leave the park immediately and sprint around the city or maybe go try to meet my great-grandparents.
   9. Nasty Nate Posted: April 04, 2020 at 10:00 AM (#5936420)
Did they have big celebrations at the beginning of 1946 with the returning stars etc, or was everyone still somber? If it was joyous, that seems appealing to me right now. In the Red Sox home opener, a 1-1 tie was broken in the bottom of the 8th by a Johnny Pesky HR to right (maybe around his pole?).
   10. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: April 04, 2020 at 10:02 AM (#5936421)
Its gotta pre a Deadball Era game mostly for the reasons listed in #8 or elsewhere above.
   11. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: April 04, 2020 at 10:16 AM (#5936426)
6he Babe Ruth called shot game against the Cubs. That way I could take a cell phone picture and settle the debate once and for all.
   12. Itchy Row Posted: April 04, 2020 at 10:31 AM (#5936429)
Can I pinch-hit Hitler for Ray Chapman?
   13. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: April 04, 2020 at 10:48 AM (#5936431)
I've asked this question before, but since we're all quarantined maybe someone will feel more impetus to provide an answer. :-)

What is the oldest game for which we have footage of the complete game? What is the oldest game for which we have footage of a complete half-inning?
   14. winnipegwhip Posted: April 04, 2020 at 10:49 AM (#5936432)
Itchy...if you could do that you probably put Cecil Travis in the Hall of Fame. Maybe others...who perished in WW II and was denied a baseball career while fate shone on Warren Spain and Yogi Berra.
   15. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: April 04, 2020 at 10:50 AM (#5936433)
And for my answer, since the Merkle Game has already been mentioned, game 7 of the 1924 World Series ('the one with the pebble').
   16. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: April 04, 2020 at 10:50 AM (#5936434)
6&7 hit my answers. If I could have a seat to see if Rice really caught the ball that’s the one, if not gimme 1912 game 8.
   17. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: April 04, 2020 at 11:01 AM (#5936441)
Lately I've been interested in really early baseball. I think I'd want to go see Jim Creighton pitching.
   18. pikepredator Posted: April 04, 2020 at 11:09 AM (#5936444)
2004 ALCS Game 4. The only knowledge I'd have is that my now-deceased best friend and Yankee fan Craig (who was also my best friend back then) used the time machine on me after Game 3 so we could - in his words "watch my Yanks eliminate your Sox together, just like we did last year".

And after all is said and done, I'd have added one more fantastic memory of our times together. We were on a long road trip from NC to New Orleans back in 2012 when the Sox took a 9-0 lead over the Yanks. Yanks scored 15 unanswered. Ridiculously entertaining way to pass four hours on the road, even being on the losing side.
   19. PreservedFish Posted: April 04, 2020 at 11:12 AM (#5936445)
I know this is against the spirit of the question, but the time travel is a bigger deal than the baseball so I'd want to get bang for my buck on that angle and go back to the 1800s or early 1900s. I'd choose a long and well-attended game and just walk around talking to old-timey people the whole time. Hell, if the time travel rules allowed it, I'd leave the park immediately and sprint around the city or maybe go try to meet my great-grandparents.

This was my thought too. However, I do think a baseball game is about as good as anything else if you want to get an idea of what life was like back then. It's both intrinsically interesting and a great way to see a somewhat diverse lot of Americans congregated casually in one place. If I could I would watch Merkle's Boner and then walk down the entire length of Manhattan.
   20. Booey Posted: April 04, 2020 at 11:25 AM (#5936448)
The Maz game in 1960 and the Fisk game in 1975 always seemed like they would have been fun ones to attend.
   21. Howie Menckel Posted: April 04, 2020 at 11:32 AM (#5936450)
once you step into the time machine, any specific personal knowledge you have of the game is erased.

in the other thread I mention being at Game 7 of the 1986 World Series, so I'll eliminate that one only for that reason - but "end a 68-year curse, or a New York team dances on their grave yet again" should be intriguing enough for all.

so 2004 ALCS Game 7.

either the Red Sox will pull off the greatest comeback in the history of baseball - and by humiliating their hated rival, for massive bonus points - or the Yankees torment them yet again, this time luring Sawx fans into faint hope only to see their dreams crushed like they have been every year since 1918.

there's no way that game plays out to make it unmemorable. there is no other result except one of those momentous ones.

hmm, Cubs-Indians Game 7 2016 has an incredibly worthy storyline as well - and it's for all the Tostitos.

can any scenario beat those two games? I don't think any other WS Game 7s can beat that one, and no other sooner game can beat 2004 ALCS. 1975 WS Game 7 wasn't that exciting on the Reds side of the equation. that result was not so momentous as the four scenarios I'm describing in those two games.
   22. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: April 04, 2020 at 11:37 AM (#5936451)
2004 ALCS Game 4. The only knowledge I'd have is that my now-deceased best friend and Yankee fan Craig (who was also my best friend back then) used the time machine on me after Game 3 so we could - in his words "watch my Yanks eliminate your Sox together, just like we did last year".


Forgive a bit of a boast (and I’m not the only primate who can say this I’m sure) but I love that one of the answers here is a game I actually attended. I am one outrageously lucky dude. I’ll share two small memories with you;

1. About the 11th inning two older fans sitting a few rows behind us suddenly and at random belted out the Carl Yastrzemski song.

2. As the bottom of the 9th started two Yankee fans a few rows in front of me lit up cigars. When the game ended and the Sox had won my brother turned to me as we walked out and said “whatever happens at least we got to watch those Yankee fans shove those cigars up their asses.”
   23. TJ Posted: April 04, 2020 at 11:57 AM (#5936456)
I’ll stray off the board here and go with the last day of the 2011 season only this time I would have multiple TVs so I could watch all of the games simultaneously.

For attending a single game of my beloved Detroit Tigers, I’ll go with either Game 7 of the 1968 World Series or almost any of Mark Fidrych’s starts in 1976.
   24. Baldrick Posted: April 04, 2020 at 11:58 AM (#5936457)
I don't know what specific one it would be, but I'd definitely want to go see a Negro League game. Something with the early 1930s Pittsburgh Crawfords, when you could see Paige pitching to Gibson, with Charleston as a player-manager.
   25. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: April 04, 2020 at 12:01 PM (#5936458)
Oh that’s a really good one Baldrick.
   26. SandyRiver Posted: April 04, 2020 at 12:10 PM (#5936460)
And for my answer, since the Merkle Game has already been mentioned, game 7 of the 1924 World Series ('the one with the pebble').

I think the catcher stepped on his mask in 1924. The real "pebble game" was noted in #20, and it's the game I'd pick. Pirates 4-0!; Yanks 7-4!; pebble spoils a probable DP and Bucs 9-7!; Yanks tie it in the 9th!; still the only WS G7 walk-off HR.
(I recall reading that some folks thought the 1960 WS MVP should have gone to the head groundskeeper at Forbes.)
   27. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 04, 2020 at 12:10 PM (#5936461)
I don't know what specific one it would be, but I'd definitely want to go see a Negro League game. Something with the early 1930s Pittsburgh Crawfords, when you could see Paige pitching to Gibson, with Charleston as a player-manager.

Even better would be one of the barnstorming games between the major leaguers and negro leaguers. How about Babe Ruth's game vs. Charleston's All-Star team in Spring, 1922?
   28. Jose Canusee Posted: April 04, 2020 at 12:11 PM (#5936462)
Since the Ruth-Root 1932 and Mazeroski 1960 game have been mentioned I'll ask for a ticket to Mays robbing Wertz at the Polo Grounds but don't know where to sit, if I get a good seat by the infield is he going to be so far from the plate I don't see his hat come off?
Don't know about going back to something like Matty vs 3 Finger. I'd probably be uncomfortable wearing a suit and hat on a humid day and some guy smoking would probably take away the enjoyment.
Rather than a Negro league game maybe some 1947 Brooklyn road game to see if the baiters and haters eventually give Robinson some grudging respect and to see how the fans in the segregated sections respond.
   29. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: April 04, 2020 at 12:26 PM (#5936467)
June 19, 1846 at the Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey. (For one thing, I'd like to know exactly what Davis said to Cartwright!)
   30. PreservedFish Posted: April 04, 2020 at 12:33 PM (#5936470)
Even better would be one of the barnstorming games between the major leaguers and negro leaguers.


That sounds incredibly fun.
   31. greenback used to say live and let live Posted: April 04, 2020 at 12:41 PM (#5936474)
Boston 1, Brooklyn 1 (26 innings)

I think modern low-scoring games are more dramatic, simply because everyone pokes around so much. For better and for worse. I wouldn't want to re-live this 20-inning game from 2010 that was still scoreless after 18. After about 12 innings I was ready for them to put a net on the field and decide it on penalty kicks.

Some random early Japanese games would be worth watching. Some minor league games with Steve Dalkowski maybe. Some lower level minor league games during the golden age (maybe the Ron Necciai game) which I'm guessing wasn't quite so golden.
   32. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: April 04, 2020 at 12:59 PM (#5936477)
Watching Sawamura strike out Babe Ruth would be pretty great. If Creighton is busy, that'll be my second choice.
   33. TR_Sullivan Posted: April 04, 2020 at 02:04 PM (#5936487)
What is the oldest game for which we have footage of the complete game? What is the oldest game for which we have footage of a complete half-inning?

The oldest games are Game 6 and Game 7 of the 1952 World Series... those can be watched on youtube and the MLB vault

I would love to see

1. The Merkle Game
2. Game 8 of the 1912 World Series
3. Game 3 of the 1932 World Series.

Can I bring my cellphone and shoot video?
   34. phredbird Posted: April 04, 2020 at 02:16 PM (#5936489)
geez, 30 plus posts in and no one picks Oct 3, 1951?

shot heard round the world, and all that.

there are some brief clips, but nothing like the whole game.

for a great fictional treatment of the game, check out the opening section of delillo's 'underworld' ...
   35. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 04, 2020 at 02:24 PM (#5936490)
And for my answer, since the Merkle Game has already been mentioned, game 7 of the 1924 World Series ('the one with the pebble').

I think the catcher stepped on his mask in 1924.


G7 in 1924 had both a catcher stepping in his mask, and a key hit going off of a pebble (maybe more than one, if memory serves). And 12 innings, and Walter Johnson.

It's probably worth pointing out that if you're picking a deadball game, especially an intense one with pennant implications like the Merkle game, you're going to be mixed in with a crowd that is prone to hair-trigger bouts of physical violence.
   36. pikepredator Posted: April 04, 2020 at 02:25 PM (#5936492)
I’ll share two small memories with you;

1. About the 11th inning two older fans sitting a few rows behind us suddenly and at random belted out the Carl Yastrzemski song.

2. As the bottom of the 9th started two Yankee fans a few rows in front of me lit up cigars. When the game ended and the Sox had won my brother turned to me as we walked out and said “whatever happens at least we got to watch those Yankee fans shove those cigars up their asses.”


Thanks for these. I'll take all the memories you care to share!
   37. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: April 04, 2020 at 02:53 PM (#5936497)
This is on you tube--whole game.


Yeah, I've watched it a couple of times. It looks amazing, it would have been so fun to be there.

Some random early Japanese games would be worth watching. Some minor league games with Steve Dalkowski maybe. Some lower level minor league games during the golden age (maybe the Ron Necciai game) which I'm guessing wasn't quite so golden


Dalkowski!
   38. SoSH U at work Posted: April 04, 2020 at 02:55 PM (#5936498)
It's probably worth pointing out that if you're picking a deadball game, especially an intense one with pennant implications like the Merkle game, you're going to be mixed in with a crowd that is prone to hair-trigger bouts of physical violence.


Of course. Isn't that part of the appeal?

   39. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: April 04, 2020 at 04:36 PM (#5936528)
September 27, 1917, the Red Sox played a team of MLB "all-stars" in a benefit game at Fenway.

The All-Stars included Hughie Jennings, Walter Johnson, Stuffy McInnis, Joe Jackson, Ray Chapman, Ty Cobb, Rabbit Maranville, Wally Schang, and Tris Speaker.

Starting pitchers were Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson, and it was a tight, well-played game, ending 2-0.

On top of all that, before the game, they had a "field day," with footraces and throwing contests; Ruth won the fungo-hitting contest.
Plus Will Rogers and John L. Sullivan showed up.
So this is my pick.
   40. bunyon Posted: April 04, 2020 at 05:35 PM (#5936539)
I'd go to the Jeffrey Maier game.

And beat the hell out of him in the third inning.
   41. Pirate Joe Posted: April 04, 2020 at 08:30 PM (#5936574)
The Maz game in 1960


That would be my pick. AT&T Pittsburgh just replayed the television broadcast of the game earlier this week. Watched it from start to finish.

   42. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 04, 2020 at 08:43 PM (#5936577)
Sandy Koufax's perfect game.

The other possibility is a bit of a reach, and I don't know if it ever happened, but...a day in New York in the early/mid 1950s, when the Dodgers were at the Giants in the afternoon and the Red Sox at the Yankees in the evening, or vice versa. A day with two ballparks close to each other, and you could see Mays, Mantle, Williams, Robinson, Berra, Snider, Campanella, etc., all in one day. I know they were on opposite sides of the river, but could you walk from the Polo Grounds to Yankee Stadium?
   43. Mefisto Posted: April 04, 2020 at 09:08 PM (#5936586)
The Merkle game and Bobby Thomson have already been mentioned, but they'd be my picks. 2014 WS game 7 would also be awesome, even though I watched it on TV. Another would be the Marichal/Spahn 16 inning game.
   44. Mefisto Posted: April 04, 2020 at 09:09 PM (#5936588)
Sandy Koufax's perfect game.


I listened to that game on the radio.
   45. PreservedFish Posted: April 04, 2020 at 09:22 PM (#5936593)
I know they were on opposite sides of the river, but could you walk from the Polo Grounds to Yankee Stadium?


It must have been easy. There have been bridges there for hundreds of years.

Wiki on the High Bridge, north of Coogan's Bluff: "There were incidents, in 1957 and 1958, of pedestrians throwing sticks, stones, and bricks from the bridge, seriously injuring passengers on Circle Line tour boats which passed under the bridge." Sounds like a fun place to walk. I walked it myself a year or two ago, but there were no hooligans.
   46. AndrewJ Posted: April 04, 2020 at 09:24 PM (#5936595)
As the Merkle Game has been mentioned to death, I might choose the playoff game between the Cubs and Giants on 10/8/1908. Or Brooklyn ending the Red Stockings' 84-game winning streak on 6/14/1870.
   47. winnipegwhip Posted: April 04, 2020 at 10:16 PM (#5936621)
Since Merkle is taken I wouldn't mind seeing this game

Go ahead Claude!!! You tell him!!!!
   48. Srul Itza Posted: April 04, 2020 at 10:29 PM (#5936631)
This one is personal to me: Jim Bunning's Fathers Day Perfect Game against the Mets.

My older brother took my father to that (I was not invited). But they are both gone now. I would love to watch how much of the crowd turned, and started rooting for Bunning.

And I would see them happy together, one time, which was not always the case.
   49. ajnrules Posted: April 04, 2020 at 11:28 PM (#5936641)
Detroit Tigers vs. Washington Senators, May 14, 1920

Senators take a 3-0 lead, but starter Tom Zachary let the Tigers tie it up. Washington pulls ahead by three, but then Detroit comes back. Walter Johnson comes in with the score 6-4 and the bases loaded, but then a run scores on a fielder's choice, and Ty Cobb's single plus Sam Rice's error makes it 8-6. The Senators fight back with Johnson driving in the tying run with a single. Then he singles again as part of the winning rally, which culminates with Joe Judge's walk-off single.

Oh yeah, it was also the Big Train's 300th win, the only pitcher to get to the milestone on a walk-off hit.
   50. Howie Menckel Posted: April 04, 2020 at 11:37 PM (#5936643)
beautiful story, Srul

the Detroit News that day, page 25 banner headline:

"Mets' Fans Root Bunning to Perfection" - with subheads and related photos.

and

and here you go

"Stengel sent another pinch hitter to the plate, Johnny Stephenson. The Mets rookie was 2-for-27 in his major league career. Bunning fidgeted nervously on the mound as Stephenson came to the plate.

His first two pitches to Stephenson were strikes, the first swinging, the second a called strike. Bunning missed with the next two pitches. Stephenson watched a 2-2 pitch drop into the strike zone. Bunning was perfect, throwing 86 pitches (69 strikes).

“He threw me all sliders, which were hard to pick up, the way he fell off the mound,” remembered Stephenson.

Surrounded by teammates, Bunning disappeared into the visitor’s dugout at Shea Stadium. After a few minutes of standing ovation, fans launched into a chant of “We want Bunning! We want Bunning!”

When the Phillies pitcher stepped back on to the field for a post-game interview with Ralph Kiner, Mets fans exploded in cheers. Moments later, Bunning’s wife, Mary, and his eldest daughter — he has seven children — came out of the stands to kiss and hug Dad."
   51. Cleveland (need new name) fan Posted: April 05, 2020 at 12:31 AM (#5936656)
July 17, 1941 - the end of Joe DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak

Game 3, 1932 WS - Babe Ruth's called shot

August 23, 1936 - Bob Feller's first start where he strikes out 15 batters



   52. winnipegwhip Posted: April 05, 2020 at 03:42 PM (#5936782)
I would like to see a Billy Pierce vs. Whitey Ford matchup in Comiskey in the late 1950s early 1960s when both teams were great rivals.
   53. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: April 05, 2020 at 04:00 PM (#5936788)
I'd love to see the New York Nine vs the New York Knickerbockers on June 19, 1846. It wound up 23-1 in 4 innings, so maybe not the most competitive game ever, but it would certainly be an experience. If I could buttonhole Alexander Cartwright for a while I might be able to firm up the game's history a bit.

My second choice would be the Orioles at Yankee Stadium on June 2, 1981, so I could find my 9-year-old self and give him a good talking to.
   54. BaseballObscura Posted: April 05, 2020 at 04:28 PM (#5936793)
Mine is an oddball choice but it would be the final game of the 1890 American Association season between the Philadelphia Athletics and the Syracuse Stars. The game took place on October 12 and five members of the Athletics starting lineup remain unidentified including the starting pitcher, Sterling (currently listed as John, this is a possibility), the shortstop, Crawford (currently listed as George, but not correctly), and the fabled outfield of Sweigert, Stafford, and McBride. It was the sad end to the Athletics season, that saw them go bankrupt at the end of August, release all of their roster in mid-September and sign a bunch of scrubs and sandlotters, finishing the season with 22 straight losses.
   55. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: April 05, 2020 at 04:57 PM (#5936800)
I know they were on opposite sides of the river, but could you walk from the Polo Grounds to Yankee Stadium?


It must have been easy. There have been bridges there for hundreds of years.

Wiki on the High Bridge, north of Coogan's Bluff

I don't know why wiki suggests the High Bridge. That's at least a half mile north. The Macombs Dam Bridge would have taken you directly from one park to the other. When I lived in NYC in the 70s I walked across that bridge a few times to get to Yankee
   56. Cleveland (need new name) fan Posted: April 05, 2020 at 08:02 PM (#5936841)
After thinking about this a little more, I wish to change my answer. My original answer was based on interesting games with specific star players. I think rather that it would be very interesting to attend the most important games ever played. While these games might not be as fun in terms of star power as some of the others, they lead to major structural changes which are still with us today shaping the baseball we watch.

April 15, 1947 is the most important game ever played being Jackie Robinson's debut which ended segregation.

August 17, 1920 is the second most important game ever played, although I would NOT want to attend the game. It was this game where Ray Chapman was killed which effectively ended the dead ball era due to the rule changes instituted after Chapman's death.

October 1, 1919 is the first game of the Black Sox series which lead to the consolidation of baseball administration under a powerful commissioner. It would also be fun to see with hindsight if we can tell that selected Chicago players were trying to throw the WS.

   57. dejarouehg Posted: April 06, 2020 at 12:36 AM (#5936869)
Several choices.....

1) Mantle's tape-measure shot v Senators
2) Seaver's near-perfect game v Cubs on 7/9/69 (my 5th birthday)
3) The game where Josh Gibson supposedly hit a ball out of Yankee Stadium
4) I believe Babe Ruth hit his last 3 career homers in one game at Forbes Field
5) Reds v Pirates extra-inning game where Art Shamsky (my personal favorite) hit 3 HR in a game after coming into the game as a PH in the 8th inning
6) My first game - 9/19/72 - Mets v Pirates. I can still see Bob Robertson hitting a monster blast off Kooz into LF bullpen.

   58. Howie Menckel Posted: April 06, 2020 at 01:19 AM (#5936872)
I believe Babe Ruth hit his last 3 career homers in one game at Forbes Field

yes, in an 11-7 loss

the Pirates - with HOFers Paul Waner, Lloyd Waner, Arky Vaughan, and Waite Hoyt - somehow prevailed over the HOF-less Braves lineup (aside from the rotting carcass of Ruth) that day.
   59. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 06, 2020 at 03:00 AM (#5936883)
I would very much like to attend the 1986 game where Tom Seaver doesn't get injured in September, and thus pitches against the New York Mets in the World Series.
   60. MuttsIdolCochrane Posted: April 06, 2020 at 05:26 AM (#5936887)
10/14/1905 Matty's 3rd WS shutout in 6 days and 7/2/1963 Marichal Spahn 1-0 16 innings complete games for both.
   61. SandyRiver Posted: April 06, 2020 at 08:27 AM (#5936899)
#35: Yup, I'd forgotten the pebble in that 1924 G7 12th inning, so 2 fortuitous breaks to get a WS win for the Big Train.

And if I couldn't get G7 in 1960, I'd take a reprise of a day I was actually at the ballpark, that 1962 Memorial Day doubleheader I've noted here in the past. In addition to the on-field quirks (tripleplay, Wills' switch HRs) it's the only time I've been at an MLB park when the stands were jam-packed, and with raucously enthusiastic fans. Though the games were just 2 out of a long season with the Metsies losing another 118 that year, the atmosphere was akin to a World Series game. (Or maybe a game in Japan, as the crowd noise never let up, varying from loud to earsplitting.)
   62. winnipegwhip Posted: April 06, 2020 at 01:23 PM (#5937022)
   63. Moeball Posted: April 06, 2020 at 05:24 PM (#5937098)
I think May 6 1953 was when rookie Bobo Holloman of the Browns pitched a no hitter where he was reportedly hit hard all game long but saved by a series of spectacular fielding plays. Would have been interesting to see.

I saw McGwire take BP a few times which was worth the price of admission even if he was juiced. I never saw baseballs fly so far in all my life. Speaking of BP, I would have liked to see Ruth and Gehrig pulverizing balls in BP before Game 1 of the 1927 Series.
   64. hysdavid Posted: April 06, 2020 at 05:46 PM (#5937107)
Detroit at Washington in 1907 watching the Big Train debut
   65. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 06, 2020 at 09:38 PM (#5937147)
The 23-22 game between the Cubs and Phillies has been mentioned, but not the previous 26-23 game between the Cubs and Phillies. It was August 25, 1922, so there's no footage of it, just boxscores and written accounts.
   66. Moeball Posted: April 06, 2020 at 09:52 PM (#5937150)
I've been fortunate to see a few great events in my lifetime in California. Sometimes I've been lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time:

1) Sep 17 1984 was in Anaheim for Reggie Jackson HR #500

2) OCT 7 2001 got a two-fer. Was at the game at Qualcomm Stadium in SD for Tony Gwynn's final game, got to see Rickey! get hit #3000 in the same game. Three days before that got to also see Rickey! break Ty Cobb's record for career runs scored so it was a great week to be a fan.

If I had a time machine I might also have liked to have been at Comiskey in 1933 for the first All Star games, both the traditional one featuring a HR by Ruth, and also the first Negro League AS Game which I believe was also played that summer.

Hmm, now that I think of it I would also have liked to have seen the 1914 Miracle Braves. Started the season 4-18, were still in last place around midseason, yet sizzled so much down the stretch they finished 35 games over .500, easily winning the pennant and capping it off with a WS sweep of the heavily favored A's. That would be fun to witness.
   67. Howie Menckel Posted: April 06, 2020 at 10:14 PM (#5937153)
the "other" Miracle - Mets of 1969 - were somewhat similar.

they started out 18-23 - which was rarefied air for a franchise that had never finished above .500 in their seven inept expansion years.

also 40-34.

then a 62-28 blitzkrieg to end the regular season and a 7-1 postseason mark.

the Mets in 1970 finally won their first-ever season opener, months after a tickertape parade down the Canyon of Heroes. and ever since, they have been on an Opening Day win rampage that defies all logic.

the Braves get bonus points for their ace hurler being named Bill James.
   68. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: April 06, 2020 at 11:21 PM (#5937161)
We've had a few all-time good ones lately. 2004 ALCS game 4 has been mentioned. (I had a German roommate at the time who was very confused about what was causing all the excitement.) 2011 WS game #6 has got to be up there somewhere too. Not historic exactly, but about as exciting as I can imagine a baseball game being.
   69. Howie Menckel Posted: April 07, 2020 at 12:04 AM (#5937165)
these days, I find it difficult to imagine anything but a good comment on BBTF these days.

good people who love baseball.

and even being in Northern NJ, it's not as if most of the rest of the country hasn't also been in "lock down."

my advice: isolate even more than your elected officials advise. it literally can't hurt.

I have a nephew who is a doctor in residence who has recovered from COVID-19 and who now - though a newly-minted pediatrician - is a "super doctor."

his sister was an ER/critical care nurse even before this. she has a 1-year-old daughter at home (and fortunately has an engineer husband who can work from home).

your seemingly meaningless willingness to sit at home, bored on yet another night, might not only just save my sibling's kids, and their relatives - but also your own grandparents.

just stay home.

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