Baseball has been around for quite some time. Considered America’s past time, there have been plenty of iconic moments in the sports storied history. Many are touching moments, that undoubtedly left a mark on people’s lives in more ways than one. Others are the moments that are so insane, you can’t believe they’re even possible. They’re the moments that make fans jump out of their seats and cheer at the top of their lungs. In this article, I’m going to go over a few of what I believe are the most iconic moments in baseball.
The date is October 1st, 1932. It’s the fifth inning of the third game of the world series, with a count of two balls and two strikes. When Babe Ruth goes up to bat, he points towards centerfield in Chicago’s Wrigley Field. What follows is Ruth hitting a home run above the very spot at which he pointed. Now, we may never know if Ruth intentionally meant to do this. Babe Ruth claims that he was, in fact, calling his shot, but there is a little more to the story. Ruth was considered a trash-talker, and that very day had been arguing with what seemed like the entire Cubs bench. Many claim that Ruth was pointing the bat at the Cubs pitcher, Charlie Root, including Root himself, but Ruth swears he called what is considered one of the longest home runs in Wrigley Field history.
In April of 1974, Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run, which beat the previous record being held by Babe Ruth. He had finished the previous 1973 season with a total of 713 career home runs but was forced to wait all winter for his next game where he could surpass Ruth. Luckily he didn’t have to wait very long as he beat the record only 4 games into the 1974 season. It was a 1-0 pitch from Al Downing, the pitcher for the Dodgers when Aaron hit a fastball which flew over the 385 mark in left field. Aaron jogged around second base with his head down, followed by two fans running up and patting him on the back on his way to third base. While Hank Aaron held may other records in his lifetime, it was that 715th homer that turned Aaron into a baseball legend.
In October of 1977, Mr. October was born. It was game 6 of the 1977 world series, and Reggie Jackson ended up hitting three world series in one game. The first time Reggie was at bat, he ended up walking on four straight pitches, but for the second and third times at bat, he was able to smash the ball into a home run. By the time he went up for a third and final time in the eighth inning, the stadium had erupted in cheers of his name. The Dodgers pitcher, Charlie Hough, threw the ball, hit the third homer, and sent the Yankees to a World Championship.
Baseball is a sport known for having dozens of iconic, emotional, absurd moments. There have been countless times in baseball where crowds have exploded in cheers, or in tears, and these are just a few of what I believe to be the most iconic moments in America’s favorite past time. I’m sure as Baseball continues to be played, more beautiful moments like these will continue to occur.