Babe Ruth’s called shot
In 1932, Babe Ruth was playing for the New York Yankees in the World Series against the Chicago Cubs. In the fifth inning of Game 3, Ruth allegedly pointed to the center field bleachers before hitting a home run to that exact spot. This moment has become one of the most iconic in baseball history.
Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier
In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African American player to play in the MLB. This was a significant moment in the league’s history, as it paved the way for other African American players to join the league and ended decades of segregation in professional baseball.
Kirk Gibson’s walk-off home run
In the 1988 World Series, Kirk Gibson hit a game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Gibson, who was injured and had to be carried out to the plate, hit the ball out of the park on a full count, making it one of the most iconic moments in World Series history.
Cal Ripken Jr. breaks Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games played record
In 1995, Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig’s record for the most consecutive games played by a single player. Ripken had played in 2,131 consecutive games, surpassing Gehrig’s record of 2,130. This moment was celebrated by fans and players alike, and solidified Ripken’s place in baseball history.
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa’s home run chase
In 1998, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa engaged in a thrilling home run chase that captivated the nation. Both players broke the previous single-season home run record, with McGwire ultimately hitting 70 home runs and Sosa hitting 66. This moment brought attention to the sport and is remembered as one of the most exciting moments in baseball history.