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Which game in baseball history would you like to see?

Posted by Andy on August 31, 2011

On another thread, reader DaveZ wrote the following:

"Wouldn't it be cool to be able to go back in time and see the 1911 Ty Cobb play?  Led league in R, RBI, 2B, 3B, SBs, hit .420, spiked numerous opponents.  If I could go back to one baseball era it would be the late teens/early twenties, no doubt."

It got me to wondering--what one game from baseball's past would you like to be able to go back and witness first-hand?

The first thing that sprung to my mind was Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, to see if Babe Ruth really called his shot or not. But I'm sure there are lots of other great choices...let's hear 'em!

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156 Responses to “Which game in baseball history would you like to see?”

  1. Seth Rodgers Says:

    For me, the 1949 AL 'Playoff' Game between the Yankees and Red Sox. I've heard the audio of it a few time, one of the most exciting games I've ever heard

  2. This one immediately came to mind: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merkle's_Boner

    this one too - perhaps the greatest pitchers duel in history and in the heat of a pennant race (and from the same year):

    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/boxscore/10021908.shtml

  3. October 2, 1908

    Addie Joss's perfect game win 1-0.

    His worthy opponent, Ed Walsh only allowed 4 hits and struck out 15.

    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/boxscore/10021908.shtml

  4. I also thought of the Ruth called-shot game, but what if it turns out to be a myth? I like the idea that it might have actually happened.

    Mine might be Jackie Robinson's first major league game.

  5. Disco Demolition Night for the White Sox would be an interesting one!

    I was at the Mr November 2001 WS game, where Tino Martinez hit a 2-out, 2-run HR to tie the game in the bottom of the 9th and then Derek Jeter hit a HR in extra innings to win the game. That game is pretty impossible to top for me. But if I can get to one other great game via the time machine, I'd probably pick the Chris Chambliss game, where he hit the game-winning HR vs. the Royals to win the pennant in 1976...I'd love to be there for the pandemonium that was Yankee Stadium after the HR.

  6. Joey Scigliano Says:

    I would like to watch the 1919 World Series. Every game and see for myself the fix that was on. However, if I had to chose just and only game it would be game 1 of that series.

  7. The Merkle boner game was my first choice, too.

  8. Joey Scigliano Says:

    I would also like the very first game in Padres history vs. the Astros in 1969.

  9. There are a lot of players I'd like to see. Certainly any game by Ruth, Cobb, etc, or would love to have seen what baseball was like in the 19th century. But if I had to pick one game it would probably be game 7 of the 1955 world series. I'm too young to have seen the Dodgers play in Brooklyn. I can only imagine how exciting it would have been to see them finally win one

  10. @Jonathan Frankel, How about the Koufax perfect game? He struck out 14, and Bob Hendley only allowed 1 walk and 1 hit, with the run scoring on an error. September 9, 1965

  11. Thomas Matteo Says:

    The game in which Roger Maris hit his 60th home run

  12. I can't figure out if that would be heaven (I get to choose one!) or hell (only one!?!).
    I think I'll pick the 26 inning 1-1 game. (until I change my mind in 5 minutes)

  13. Thomas Matteo Says:

    Opps, my bad......61st home run

  14. Excellent question! I thought about it, and I settled on Game 1 of the 1954 World Series. I'd sit in the bleachers as close to The Catch as I could get.

  15. I gotta say I agree with a lot of these suggestions, they'd all be great to be able to see. Here are some of my thoughts...

    Of course, Bobby Thomson's infamous "Shot Heard 'Round The World" game would've been amazing to see.

    And any perfect game would be great to see (the best game I've ever been to was Jon Lester's no-no....it was magical. I can't imagine what it would be like at a perfecto!)

    And finally, a chance to see Ted Williams bat would be unbelievable. I'm much to young to have seen him, but he's my favorite player and the greatest hitter ever. (My wife has agreed to let me name our son Ted Williams, if we ever have one :-) lol)

  16. I suppose you could make an argument that most pre-1970 or so World Series games would be more interesting than almost any regular season game, but the first two that come to mind are this one: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/LAN/LAN196509090.shtml

    And this one: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PHA/PHA193206030.shtml

  17. Paul Hoffman Says:

    Being a Milwaukee baseball fan, and too young to remember the Braves playing, I'd love to see the final game of the 1957 World Series, when the Braves beat the Yankees.

  18. May 22, 1963 - Mickey Mantle hits the ball off of the facade of Yankee Stadium, six feet from going completely out. And it won the game in the 11th. Would love to see that HR.

  19. Paul Hoffman Says:

    I thought of the Eddie gaedel game but I imagine except for that one at-bat, the rest of the game would be kind of meaningless. So that might be one of my "moments" I'd like to witness, not necessarily a "game" though

  20. Game 7, 1960 World Series. I hear that was pretty interesting.

  21. Game 8 of the 1912 World Series was the first one to come to my mind.

  22. Game 7 of the 1960 WS. The wild swings in the last few innings of that game have to be some of the most dramatic in baseball history. Seems it was discussed on an earlier thread, but Hal Smith's home run is one of the biggest in post season history and Mazeroski's remains the only game 7 walk off HR in the World Series.

    #2 - Andy didn't limit it to MLB, so any game where I could watch Josh Gibson.

    #3 - Definitely Merkle. Must have been like the Stanford band on the field, only with a pennant at stake.

  23. Most of the best ones have been mentioned above, but I'd like to be at Ebbets Field on Opening Day 1947 (or really any Dodgers' game that year), too.

  24. July 4, 1939. doubleheader, Yankees vs Washington. Not for the games, of course, but for the ceremony between them.

  25. @22:

    One thing about that game which has always struck me: Forbes was a huge ballpark, big enough that they actually stored the batting cage in dead center, which was 457' feet to the fence. There weren't any cheap home runs in that park. So what happens in Game 7? You've got balls flying out of there like it was Coors Field!

  26. Here are a few...

    Don Larsen's perfect game.

    Lou Gehrig Day at Yankee Stadium.

    Games 4 or 5 of the 01 World Series.

  27. @12 - I'll see you there, John!

  28. My first thought was also with # 20 and 22. I don't think a great pitching performance would have been a wish, unless I could also choose to be sitting behind the plate at a small ballpark like Ebbets and see the players talking to themselves after they do a 180.
    I'm not a Pittsburgh fan but the 1925 game 7 where Walter Johnson lost to the Pirates might be interesting just to be part of the crowd as they go from "we're done for (down 4-0 in the first, we only scored 1 run in two games against the greatest pitcher in baseball)" to "at least we gave it a fighting chance" to "I think we can win this thing" to "I can't believe it, we're world champs".

  29. Mickey Mantle once hit a ball in Washington off Chuck Stobbs that was
    measured at 565 ft., in 1953 I believe.

    I have never heard of a longer home run. I would like to see that.

  30. Boston at Brooklyn, April 15, 1947

  31. Cleveland at Oakland, July 31, 1998.

    It was a 12-2 blowout, but it lead to the only pitching appearance by Hard Hittin' Mark Whiten.

    1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 1 R, 3K (2 Swinging, 1 Looking to end the inning).

    I need to see this.

  32. Game 7 of the 1946 WS. To witness Enos Slaughter's "mad dash" to home. And to watch the Red Sox hit in the bottom half of the inning.

  33. I think being in Philadelphia on April 22, 1876 to see the first National League game and first Braves NL franchise victory would be cool.

    I also agree with @22 #2...

  34. i'm jealous of a royals fan friend of mine (note: how often is that phrase uttered?) who was at the infamous pine tar game.

    he was also at the longest NFL game of all time (KC vs. MIA in the 1972 playoffs).

  35. Justin Bailey Says:

    Tuesday, October 21, 1975. World Series, game six. The greatest game in the history of postseason baseball.

    Surprised no one mentioned that one yet!

  36. I'd love to be at one of the 1933-34 barnstorming games between Leroy Paige's team and Jay Dean's team.

  37. Library Dave Says:

    I'd like to see the 1934 All-star game. A pile of the greatest to ever play, plus Carl Hubbell's strikeout string.

  38. Tons of terrific possibilities, but it's hard not to immediately think of Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. So historic, but so many amazing, memorable plays and players. Iconic.

    My all-time favorite game that I did see in person was Kerry Wood's 20-strikeout game, and I'd actually love to relive that experience. Pure domination. In addition to the 20 Ks, he also reached two strikes on four other batters (including Ricky Gutierrez, who got the lone, questionable hit, and Biggio, who was hit by a pitch). So he was four pitches away from a 24-strikeout perfect game. To me, it's unquestionably the greatest game ever pitched.

    I also was at Disco Demolition Night, and that is not an experience worth reliving. With so many actual baseball games to select from, that's a ridiculous choice.

  39. @ 22, 33

    How about the 1942 Colored World Series?

    Kansas City Monarchs v. Homestead Grays - Satchel Paige v. Josh Gibson. Buck O'Neil played for the Monarchs then, too.

  40. Folks should also to feel free to add games that they might have been at and would like to relive.

    It would also be neat to think about debut games for some players, or other games where the crowd reaction would be cool to see, such as to a big homer.

    The most excited crowd I was ever part of was at Randy Johnson's 19K game against the A's, where the crowd was going berserk toward the end as the K's mounted. McGwire also hit a titanic homer in that game.

  41. First, thank you Andy for using my post as a new thread topic...my first time ever!

    Second, how about the Cubs/Phillies 23-22 game from May 17, 1979? 50 total hits in 106 at bats, basically every other batter was getting a hit. Some of you may have actually been to that one.
    Another, Harvey Haddix's 12 perfect innings.
    Any game that had Morganna running onto the field to get a first hand sighting of her...ahem, assets.

  42. @32 There is a good story related by Johnny Pesky to David Halberstam the author of Teammates about the friendship between Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky and Dom Dimaggio.

    After the series ended Johnny returned to Oregon where he bought his parents a home with his World Series money. A good son indeed.

    My point though is that Johnny attended a football game at the University
    of Oregon where he played baseball. It was a rainy day with lots of fumbles.

    The fans noticing Johnny's presence urged the team to give Johnny the ball, after all, he would be sure to hold it.

  43. BillyPhilly Says:

    October 23, 2011 Fenway Park Game 4. Phillies Sweep Red Sox to win World Series.

  44. Also, games 4 and 5 of the 2004 Red Sox/Yankees series...I cannot imagine the drama/excitement in Fenway when those games played out. And I KNOW some of you were there..explain how great that must've been (if you are a Sox fan of course).

  45. Lawrence Azrin Says:

    Too hard to rank, and most have been mentioned, so here's a "Top Ten" in chronological order, mostly pre-TV:

    -first WS game in 1903 at Huntington Grounds
    - the pandemonium of the "Merkle's Boner" game - I'd try to see where the ball in the game-ending play actually went
    - Addie Joss's 1908 perfect game win over Ed Walsh. The 1908 NL race was great, but the AL race was almost as good.
    - Game eight of the 1912 WS (to see who could've caught Speaker's foul pop-up in the 10th inning)
    - the 1919 spring training game (yes!) between the Red Sox and Giants where Ruth hit a 579-foot HR waaaaay over Casey Stengel in right field
    - the 1920 WS game with the unassisted triple play by Wamby/ first WS grand slam/ first HR by a pitcher
    - Game seven of the 1924 WS, somewhat forgotten now but at the time considered the most exciting game ever, as Walter Johnson finally wins it all
    - "The Shot Heard 'Round The World" 1951, still the single greatest moment in televised sports history. Thanks to the kid who recorded the audio on his reel-to-reel.
    - Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 WS
    - Game seven of the 1960 WS

  46. Just thought of another one that I was watching on TV, but would have loved to have been there...Cal's 2131st.

  47. Any exhibition game between Negro League and Major League All-Stars. Besides the game itself, I'd want to see the players' interactions before and during the game.

  48. Either the first professional game of organized baseball (Cleveland Forest Cities and Ft. Wayne Kekiongas on May 4, 1871), or one of the All-Star games of the 50's that had so many eventual Hall of Famers (maybe the second game of 1959).

  49. Another one, for pure excitement, Game 5 of the 1999 ALDS between the Red Sox and Indians. Tons of offensive fireworks on both sides, followed by Pedro Martinez's six-inning "no-hitter."

  50. Lots of amazing choices. My ballot would be:

    Harvey Haddix, Pirates v. Braves, May 26, 1959.
    Red Sox at Mets, Game Six, 1986.
    Jim Abbott's no-hitter, September 4, 1993.

    Why Abbott? Because I missed it by ONE DAY. Mumble grmmm hmph.

  51. DaveZ, no thank you. Your sharing a passionate thought on the other thread was wonderful inspiration for this thread. As soon as I read your earlier comment, I thought "what a great thing to share--I bet lots of our readers have stuff like that to share" and put the post up as quickly as I could.

    The great thing about a thread like this is that there's no wrong answer--just lots of cool stuff to appreciate.

  52. @44 I have been fortunate to see many Yankee/Red Sox games. I went to
    a series between the two every year between 03-06.

    I am a huge Yankee fan, went to my first game in April 1976 against the Royals.

    Anyway, in 2004 I was at a September series between the two. I saw an
    old lady, either wasn't alive or very young the last time, 1918, the Sox won.

    She held a sign that said, "Please win this year, I don't know how much longer I can last." She was the first person I thought of five weeks later.

  53. I didn't make it clear that these game are always in Yankee Stadium.

    Fenway makes my skin crawl.

  54. One more game that hasn't been mentioned...

    Bucky Frickin Dent.

  55. younghickory Says:

    July 5th, 1947 - Larry Doby's first game. Just want to see how it was in the Junior Circuit and what it was like for him.

  56. One word: Haddix.

  57. I consider myself a baseball fan, as I'm sure everyone who posts on this blog certainly is. Also, I'm probably a bigger MLB fan than of any other sport, including pro football, college football, and boxing. However, besides seeing Chico Ruiz stealing home in a 1-0 game to start the Phillies downturn (actually, descent in to hell is more like it) in 1964, I could probably think of a dozen prizefights from the past 100 years that I would have liked to have witnessed. And, believe me, that certainly surprises me.

    Sorry to piss on everybody's parade here, but thanks for the insight into an old man's psyche..
    Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jefferies
    Packey McFarland vs. Freddie Welsh
    Benny Leonard vs. Lew Tendler
    Graziano vs. Zale
    Robinson vs. LaMotta
    Liston vs. Clay, etc....

    But, then again, Gibson vs. Denny McLain in 1968 WS was probably on par with any of these as far as anticipation, media hype, etc...

  58. @22 Joe Carter in 1993...

    Here's the pitch on the way, a swing and a belt! Left field! Way back! Blue Jays win it! The Blue Jays are World Series champions as Joe Carter hits a three-run home run in the ninth inning and the Blue Jays have repeated as World Series Champions! Touch 'em all, Joe, you'll never hit a bigger home run in your life!
    —Blue Jays radio announcer Tom Cheek

  59. BaseballinDC Says:

    My choice has only been mentioned a single time, not as a first choice:

    1924 WS Game 7. In terms of a game as an "event" a WS game 7 is hard to beat to begin with - but this one had it all. Manager Bucky Harris tricks the great John McGraw by pretending to start Curly Ogden, a righty. This leads McGraw to put in his hot hitting rookie, Bill Terry. Terry rips up righties, but can't hit lefties. After a single batter, righty George Morgridge, who has been warming up under the stands to hide the ploy, comes in, forcing McGraw to either play Terry against a lefty or send him to the showers.

    The Senators strike first, but the Giants answer with three. It isn't until the 8th inning the Washington climbs back in with 2 more to tie it at 3.

    Perhaps the most dramatic moment of all - Walter Johnson, who had been hit hard earlier in the Series and is not at all fresh having pitched 8 innings just two days before, comes in and gives Washington 4 scoreless innings before Muddy Ruel, one of the slowest runners in the game, scores the winning run from second on a hit by Earl McNeely to win the championship for Washington - a team that had known little success in baseball before or since the 1930s.

    To understand the true emotion on the field and across the country, you must recall that Walter Johnson is the object of national sympathy. A great pitcher for lousy teams in three different decades, he's been hit hard twice in the series. For him to finish with a game 7 win on two days rest is one of the great moments in all sports history.

  60. Several that I would pick:

    Fist MLB game 4/22/76

    PRO@BSN, 1884 - Charley Sweeney K's 19 for MLB record

    Game 7, 1903 WS

    Game 8, 1912 WS

    Game 3, 1932 WS - Did Babe really call the shot?

    Game 7, 1960 WS

    Game 4, 2004 ALCS

    Game 4, 2004 WS

    That's all I can think of right now.

  61. I would have liked to have been at the first game I can remember, which was in 1971, when Rick Wise no-hit the Reds at Riverfront and hit two home runs for the Phillies, instantly becoming my favorite player. Imagine my chagrin when the Phillies traded him at the end of the season. All I could think of at the time was, "Who the heck is this Steve Carlton guy?"

  62. Carter's homer was not in game 7. It was game 6.

    Nobody mentioned the game with Mays' catch? I'd like to see it, you can never really see what's so great about it from the scratchy old tapes that are available.

  63. @61, wait in 1971 you didn't know who Steve Carlton was? By that time he was already a 3-time All-Star and had just won 20 games.

    @62, see #14

  64. Richard Chester Says:

    The game I would select would be the last day of the 1949 season between the Yankees and the Red Sox as mentioned in post #1. The Yankees and the Red sox were tied for first place that day. The Yankees had a 5-0 lead going into the top of the njnth when starting pitcher Vic Raschi began to falter. Bobby Doerr hit a catchable ball to CF but Joe DiMaggio, who was still feeling the effects of a recent bout with pneumonia, was unable to run down the ball which went for a triple and scored two runs if I remember correctly. Joe then graciously had himself removed from the game so as not to put the game in jeopardy (and which the Yankees won). I also have an audio of that game.

    That game and the one of the day before are the only two regular season games that I know of in which 6 umpires were used (not counting tie-breakers).

  65. First, I would like to see that incredible pitching matchup from 1963, Spahn vs. Marichal, 16 innings, ending with a 1-0 score.

    Second, I would like to see Sandy Koufax' first career shutout, a 2-hitter against the Reds in 1955, when he was only 19. He struck out 14.

    Third, the first home game in Angels' history, at old Wrigley Field in L.A. What a great ballpark!

  66. I'm with Joey @6 -- the1919 World Series.

  67. I'd like to go to the 2003 NLCS game 6 so I could personally murder Alex Gonzalez, the real goat.

  68. Wow, lots of great games already mentioned. I'd love to see some of them, but I'll bring up a few that haven't been said but that I'd love to see if I could -

    - Old Hoss winning his last regular season game in September/October 1884. (not sure of the exact date)
    - Moses Fleetwood Walker's last game on a major league field (September 4, 1884)

  69. Johnny Twisto Says:

    Nobody mentioned the game with Mays' catch? I'd like to see it, you can never really see what's so great about it from the scratchy old tapes that are available.

    It's about 440 feet from home plate, for starters.

  70. Johnny Twisto Says:

    'd like to go to the 2003 NLCS game 6 so I could personally murder Alex Gonzalez, the real goat.

    Ooh, now I wanna see Cabriael's list of the greatest umpiring blunders in history that he'd personally like to witness and "resolve."

  71. Lawrence Azrin Says:

    @46/ JayKibler - (Cal's 2131st straight) well, if you live in eastern MD, you can see it at least every couple months on the MASN station, it seems to be their #1 "filler" game programming

    @52/ Jason - "{She held a sign that said, "Please win this year, I don't know how much longer I can last."}..."
    That sentiment was very common all over New England in Sept/Oct 2004.

    @54/ Jason - you got Bucky @!*&ing Dent's middle name wrong; I just can't post it here...

    @59/ BaseballinDC - I tried to convey the excitement of G7 of the '24 WS in my #45, but you did a much better job. There was a book written several years ago about that Series.

    @65/ There was also a very recent book written about the 16 innings of Spahn/Marichal - I do not think the phrase "pitch count" came up in that game...

    @67/ LOL! You might go free with a Chicago jury...

  72. @58, that game made me give up on the Phillies forever. The thing that sticks out in my memory most was a 4-pitch walk as a 4-pitch appearance from the bullpen by David West. They weren't even close. Just could not understand how you couldn't throw the ball over the plate.

  73. And if I could figure out how to sneak in a radar gun, the 1912 game between Walter Johnson and Smokey Joe Wood is another I'd like to see.

  74. @67... wait, which Alex Gonzalez was that? I'd kill Bartman instead.

  75. it would ruin it for me to know the outcome.

    just let me watch any old insignificant Yankees-Red Sox game from 1941 and I'd be happy.

  76. @20,22, et al.

    Wish no more! Last year they found a tape reel in Bing Crosby's wine cellar (I'm not kidding) of 1960 Game 7. You can buy it. I did and it's pretty effing exciting to watch.

  77. Really? No one has mentioned Aaron's 714th or 715th?

  78. oneblankspace Says:

    71&67 : If he drew a Southside jury, he wouldn't do to well. A Sox fan's favorite team, and the one that can be more reliably trusted to win, is Whoever's Playing the Cubs. In 2003, WPtC won the World Series for the first time since 1945. We didn't know then about 2005.

    I might like to see some memorable umpiring calls... 1985WS#6, 2005ALCS#2, the game before Bonehead Merkel that the same ump had, the 21-inning Cubs/Dodgers game in 1982 where Eric Gregg blew changed the call at the plate on two separate plays.

  79. @67... why wouldn't you just go to the game and take Bartman's seat? Problem solved, no violence.

  80. 1) Game 6, 1986 - Boston vs. NY Mets
    2) Game 6 1986, the one every forgets about - NY Mets vs Houston, 7-6 F, 16 innings

  81. I would want to see the double header of Boston's last day of the season in 1941. Why? Because Ted Williams was batting .400 after the game the day before, and could have sat on the bench and preserved his .400 BA.

    Instead, he showed he had one of the biggest sets of balls in MLB history, and played both games of the double header, going 6 for 8.

    As you all know, nobody has hit .400 since that time and most people think it will never happen again.

    So, Teddy cemented his place as a baseball legend in just his third season as a ML player and he did it by showing up and doing his job when he didn't have too.

  82. Very creative and excellent answer, Joseph.

  83. Lawrence Azrin Says:

    @78/ Oneblankspace -Maybe I'm in the minority here, but I I think that umpire Hank O'Day made the wrong call in the 1908 Merkle "boner" game. If _not touching_ second base from first after the game-winning run had already scored was common practice, it seems that particular game was a mighty strange place to start enforcing an obscure rule that no one paid attention to. It would be like enforcing the rule about catchers not blocking the plate until they are in possession of the ball, but in the World Series.

    @76/ Larry R. - The MLB Network broadcast this (1960 WS/game 7) earlier this year, with several of the participants (and other Pittsburgh luminaries) present to comment as the broadcast was shown. I read that when Pirates catcher Hal Smith saw himself hit his go-ahead HR in the 8th inning, he got up and started cheering his image from 50 years ago. It must have been an unforgettable moment (again).

  84. 1986 ALCS Game 5 - Dave Henderson's HR
    1975 World Series Game 6 - Carbo/Fisk HRs

  85. Mark Nordling Says:

    Two WS games that ended 1-0

    1. 1948 when Bob Feller actually (and clearly) picked the winning run off second base, but the ump said otherwise.

    2. 1991 when Jack Morris told Tom Kelly where he could go (!!) when he tried to take Jack out of the game at the end of 9 innings.

  86. How about Game 4, 1929 World Series? Philadelphia Athletics, trailing by 8-0 beat Chicago 10 to 8 by scoring 10 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning. 4 score on a fly ball hit my Muel Haas that Hack Wilson "lost in the sun". Lefty Grove picks up the save with two perfect innings of relief.

  87. John Autin Says:

    @83, Lawrence -- One aspect of the umpire's call on Merkle that I had never known about before reading The Unforgettable Season:

    Not long before the Merkle game, the same ump had called a game that ended on the same sort of play. Here's one description

    Unfortunately for Merkle, O’Day was waiting for just such a sin of omission because two weeks earlier while he was working a game in Pittsburgh, the same thing had happened. Visiting manager Frank Chance (at left) of the Cubs swore to O’Day that a runner on first, Pirates first baseman Warren Gill, had trotted off the field without touching second after he was forced to advance by reason of a base hit that scored the winning run. O’Day was working without a partner that day and had been watching the runner coming in to score, not Gill, but he concurred with Chance that if he had seen Gill leave without touching second and the Cubs had appealed properly, Gill would have been the third out and the run erased. He also promised to be attentive to such a misstep in the future. So when it happened again that fateful afternoon at the Polo Grounds, the Cubs were ready to rock and O’Day was ready to rule.

    http://perrybarber.typepad.com/officially_speaking/2008/09/how-hank-odays-call-became-merkles-boner.html

  88. Game I'd like to relive that I saw live is easy. Tigers beat the Yankees and win the series in 2006. 19 years since the team had been to the playoffs. An upstart victory over the "empire". After the team cleared the field they came back out running along the stands spraying champagne. It felt like a WS victory to us, especially since the 2003 season was still fresh in our mind.

    The game I'd like to have seen live again also has a Tigers slant. Either of the WS clinching games in 84 or 68 would be awesome, but Greenberg's 9th inning GS to send the team to the playoffs in 45 after coming back from the war midseason must have been something to behold.

    Well that one and any game Cobb played.

  89. Frank Clingenpeel Says:

    I would have liked to have been at Forbes Field on May 25, 1935, to watch the Babe hit home runs number 712, 713 and 714. My purient curiosity also would be satisfied to learn whether or not he really flipped McKechnie off after crossing the plate the last time.

  90. Nobody mentioned some of the Pedro's game! Ive never seen somebody to put so much excitement to a baseball game.

  91. As a Phillies phan, Game 6 of the 1980 World Series would be fun to see. I actually got to Game 4 in 2008, the 10-2 blowout where Blanton hit a home run.

  92. The no-hitter that Halladay threw against the Reds would be another possibility. Watched it from home, and it may have been the best birthday present I've had.

  93. a 1946 Montreal Royals game featuring ex-UCLA track & field star Jackie Robinson.

  94. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    Game 7, 1924. Walter Johnson finally wins a championship. If I go back in time with what I know now, I know that Washington will not win another World Series for another 86+ seasons (and won't even have a team for a significant part of that time).

    For pure, uninterrupted baseball fun, though, I might travel to Denver and buy a ticket to the Monday, July 17, 2000 A's-Rockies doubleheader. The A's won the opener 10-9 in 3:23, blowing an early 6-1 lead and then holding on for the win. The nitecap, which I located on a 2009 blog entry, featured four lead changes, five blown saves, and Neifi! getting thrown out at home by Ryan Christenson for the final out in the bottom of the eighth, after which the A's scored two runs to take a 9-8 lead. The Rockies tied it in the bottom of the ninth; the A's wasted a leadoff triple by Christenson in the top of the tenth; and the Rockies won it with a Jeff Cirillo RBI single in the bottom of the tenth. The second game lasted 3:59.

    Neither team scored more than four runs in any inning. The two teams combined for 52 hits (including 10 doubles, two triples, and 10 home runs), 17 walks, five errors, four double plays. . . Anyway, it was classic Steroids Era, pre-humidor Coors baseball, and it must have been a blast. (You don't believe that 40,120 paid-attendance figure, do you? For a Monday?) To make it ideal, I'd bring a big tube of sunblock, a large drink/snack slush fund, three or four buddies who like baseball as much as I do, and permission from my then-fiancée to stay out till we'd all run out of things to talk about.

  95. #16:
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PHA/PHA193206030.shtml

    Man 4 hrs. vs a cycle topped off by a Grand Slam! That's be awesome to watch.

  96. SocraticGadfly Says:

    Game 6, 1985 World Series ... with Don Denkinger making the right call.

  97. Josh Robbins Says:

    Some Games I have seen in person:

    Dwight Gooden no-no
    Mike Cameron 4 homers
    Yanks 3 Grand Slams in one game
    Clemens 300w4000k
    Sosa 65-66 Brant Brown dropped last out
    Yanks win 98 world series Game 4

    I would like to see Addie Joss perfecto, merkle's boner, double no-no fred toney and hippo vaughn, cy young/walter johnson pitch.

  98. Any game a family of four could attend without floating a loan.

    Any game involving Tris Speaker. My grandfather (1889-1985) always said Speaker could've made the Mays catch..but would've been facing the catcher instead!

    The game Cobb went into the stands and put a hurt on a cripple.

    The game in which a foul ball landed on Feller's Mother's face.

  99. Lawrence Azrin Says:

    @87/ John Autin -
    Yes, I was aware of the back-story that umpire Hank O'Day had witnessed the exact same situation a few weeks previous to the Giants/Cubs game, and had made a mental note to enforce it the next time he observed it.

    I still think it's not right to arbitrarily enforce a rule that no one has paid attention to before; there should've been some sort of announcement to all the NL teams before it was enforced. Of course, back over a hundred years ago, enforcement and announcement of the rules was a lot less codified than it is now. With frequently only one umpire (hard to believe...), I imagine it was hard enough for the ump just to observe all the plays, let alone interpret all the rules correctly.

    Another thing people don't realize about this game - it was not the last game of the year, if the Giants had won just _one_ of the several games left, the Giants would've won the pennant.

  100. Probably an All-Star Game from the 30's. It is the best chance to see the most great players in one game.

  101. Thank you for this post. I loved it!

  102. Thank to you EVERYONE for sharing their ideas and feelings. I've had a ton of fun reading all the responses.

  103. Phil Haberkorn in Indiana Says:

    Kenny Holtzman's first no-hitter.
    My generation of Cubs fans were discovering what it's like to be rooting for a pennant contender.
    Wrigley Field was rocking with authentic Cubs fans, not yuppies who just came to be seen on television.
    The Bleacher Bums led by cheerleader Dick Selma in the bullpen were a happening, not a marketing gimmick.
    The bikini-topped chicks did conga-line dancing on top of the outfield wall between innings. Out of "safety concerns," some nitwit decided to install "the basket" at the top of the wall the following season. Well, OK, it does help keep the trash from falling to the field.

    In the 7th inning, we got a scare when Hammerin' Hank hit what looked like a sure-fire HR to left, but Billy Williams picked it out of the vines - probably a "basket" homer these days.
    Vince Lloyd almost swallowed his WGN microphone...

    "(loud crack of the bat)
    Aaron swings, look out, that baby is hit...
    It is way back there...
    Billy Williams, back to the wall...
    back to the corner...
    HE GRABS IT!!!" - - - - from my tape recording of the game....

    That's when we KNEW it was Kenny's day.
    Hey, I had just graduated from high school ! !
    Men had just landed on the moon ! ! ! !
    Anything is possible ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
    AFTER 24 LONG AGONIZING YEARS,
    THE CUBS ARE F I N A L L Y GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES !!!!

    Hey, we were just kids, what did we know????
    :)

  104. Any game of the 1994 WS featuring the Expos and...

  105. @103..It was great to be alive then wasn't it? Dick Selma..now there was a man that enjoyed what he was doing!

  106. April 7, 1977 - first-ever Blue Jays game. Because I know my dad would be there, and I miss him.

    (Sorry to get all sentimental, but it would have been his birthday earlier this week, so that's where my thoughts have been.)

  107. 1941 AS game Ted Williams pops 3-run hr w/2 outs in the bottom of the 9th to win the game 7-5

  108. I would like to have seen Josh Gibson play...maybe a game in which he and Satchel played together.

    Are you familiar with Dan Gutman's "Baseball Card Adventures" books? They are a neat series in which a kid uses baseball cards to travel through time and meets Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Roberto Clemente, etc. They are written for kids, but kept my interest while reading.

  109. July 1st, 1920. Walter Johnson pitched a no-hitter. Greatest pitcher ever pitching the best game of his career. I would love to have seen that. Though I have to admit the Ruth "Called Shot" game was a very close second.

  110. Wow! GREAT question!! A number of people have mentioned the great move by Johnny Evers to save the day for the Cubs after "Merkle's Boner" That would be, hands down, my first choice. The chance to see two of the greatest teams of all time playing a very different type of baseball is just cannot be missed.

    When the Cubs returned to Chicago, they had to play and sweep a doubleheader to force the playoff game. With Brown, Overall and Pfiester unable to pitch, Big Ed Reulbach pitched two shutouts in one day - a feat that has never been duplicated. I will pick those games!

  111. My first thought was Merkle. Second was Game 7 in 1924. Game 7 in 1926 was third.

    Best game I've ever seen (on TV) was probably Game 2 of the NYY-SEA playoff in 1995. I could watch that every night.

    I was scribbling the other day on an envelope (the other side of which I did the research for my Granderson letter) and wrote 10 games "Everyone should know."
    The list: Merkle, 1924 Game 7, 1926 Game 7, Thompson, Maz, Bucky, Boone, Yaz's HR vs. Reds, Buckner and the first All-Star Game.

    I also scribbled 10 pre-20th century battles everyone should know, but that's for another site, maybe.

  112. Any modern day shutout that doesn't require the use of 6 pitchers by the winning team.

    Or (a close second) a CG LOSS that wasn't lost in the 8th or 9th.

  113. @62- thanks for the correction, I was thinking HR to win the Series.

    @80- As I remember it, game six between the Mets and Astros was
    so tense because everyone knew that Mike Scott was set to pitch game
    7 for Houston. The way he was that year it would have been very
    difficult for the Mets to beat him. The Mets won 108 games that year and
    they were expected to win easily.

    Instead 1986 was possibly the greatest postseason every. All three series
    were incredible.

    And there is an idea for another post. Greatest postseason ever.

  114. http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/DET/DET190810140.shtml

    I want to know what it feels like to celebrate a Cubs World Series win.

  115. Final game of the 1967 season at fenway park. One of the most exciting pennant races ever!

  116. Too many great choices. Maybe Mets-Braves from September 21, 2001, the first game in New York after 9/11. Mike Piazza hit a go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth off Steve Karsay, and I remember the chills it gave me watching on TV. It brought the city together out of the ashes, and to have been there for such a transcendent moment would have been amazing.

  117. Did anyone mention Cadore vs. Oeschger in 1920?

    26 inning game, 1-1 tie, both starters go all 26 innings.

    In the same vein, in 1933, Carl Hubbell threw an 18 inning shutout with 12 Ks and no BBs.

  118. I saw Game 6 of the 86 World Series on TV. I was fourteen years old and as Mookie's ball rolled through Buckner's legs, my dad, sister, and I jumped up and down and hugged and screamed for several minutes. I have seen that clip hundreds of times and still can't help but smile. I would have loved to see that game in person.
    Someone above mentioned the Spahn-Marichal duel in 63. I just bought a book about that game, though I have not yet started reading it. That would have been a fun one to see.
    On the opposite end of the spectrum, it might have been fun to see the Phillies-Cubs 23-22 game in 79. They showed the game a couple of years ago on MLB. It was such a ridiculous game that it was almost funny. I would have liked to try to keep score of that mess.
    I was at Shea Stadium on April 15, 1997, when Baseball retired Jackie Robinson's number. I would have liked to see Robinson's debut fifty years earlier.
    No one has yet mentioned Robin Ventura's grand slam single in the NLCS in 99 - an incrdible game with just about the strangest ending I have ever seen.
    And finally, I would have liked to have been at Yankee Stadium sitting next to Jeffery Maier in 96, just so I could have smacked that little brat's hands away and not allowed that farcical home run to have happened.

  119. Robert O'Connor Says:

    Too many low scoring games. Just watch any 2011 Giants game. Game I would like to see is Willie Mays hitting four in County Stadium Milwaukee
    in Hank Aaron's face. Willie plays in '52 and '53 would have more tan Hammerin' Hank.

  120. Jay, I hated that Ventura game. But that's for personal reasons. If I were a Met fan or Braves fan, maybe I'd love it. Or it I wasn't working (long story--I couldn't even go to the bathroom until the game was over).

  121. hmm. no one has mentioned Reggie Jackson's 3-HR World series game? i saw it on tv. but oh to be there!!

  122. Since all of the good choices have already been taken, I'll chime in with the most bizarre game in modern history in my mind -- Mets at Braves, July 4, 1985. You all know about that one.

    Another game that had a similar story but has been all but forgotten was Padres at Pirates, July 15, 1971. That game was 0-0 after six, 1-1 after nine, 2-2 after thirteen, 3-3 after sixteen, and ended when the Pirates plated a run in the seventeenth.

    Or how about Brewers at White Sox, May 9, 1984. Okay, this is really two games, but I would have gotten to see Tom Seaver pick up a win in the 25th inning of the continuation of the previous night's game, then pick up another win in the regularly scheduled affair.

  123. So when it happened again that fateful afternoon at the Polo Grounds, the Cubs were ready to rock and O’Day was ready to rule.

    This is, no doubt accidentally, the most obscure Rock and Rule reference in history.

  124. Gotta say Tigers @ Twins - Game 163 in 2009 was a pretty bloody good game...

  125. Another game I would like to have seen was the 1959 exhibition game between the Dodgers and the Yankees one evening at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. It was played to honor Roy Campanella, who had been paralyzed in a car wreck. It must have been quite a sight when the 90,000 fans were asked to light a match in Campy's honor. Then they turned off the lights.

  126. @114 I was surprised at how long it took for that game to come up. Although, I would like to see it and have my Cubs fan friend Chris know I had seen it. He was quite downtrodden when the Dbacks went and won the 2001 World Series after four years in existence as he is still waiting for his whole life for the Cubs just to get there.

    Of course, I am a lifelong Dbacks fan like my grandfather before me.

    I also would have liked to have been at Game 7 of the 2001 World Series (although I was at Game 2) or Game 7 of the 1991 World Series.

  127. Cyril Morong Says:

    Some of Bob Feller's games in 1936. He turned 18 in Nov of that year and he was pitching that year before he had graduated from high school. He had a 17K game, a 15K game and a 10K game. His strikeout rate (K's divided by batters faced) was three times the league average.

    The next highest K game by any pitcher that year was 14 by Van Mungo. In all of baseball over the previous 5 years, there was 1 17K game, no 16K games and 2 15K games.

    For a 17 year old high school junior to do this must have been amazing to see in person

  128. @126 ... Games 7 of '91 and '01 were both incredible games. '11 now... maybe the pattern will continue and we're actually in for a quality World Series for a change.

  129. @ 86
    That is mine as well. The next game must have been a ton of fun, too. Trailing 2-0 in the 9th then scoring 3 to walk off AND win the series. It's a shame the technology wasn't around at the time to preserve these games.

  130. Game 6 of the '75 Series, as obvious as that might be. I was in high school, watching on TV, and--I wish it had been otherwise--rooting for the Reds. I would love to have been there as much for Carbo's home run, Foster's throw from left field, and (especially) Evans's catch as for Fisk.

  131. Robby Bonfire Says:

    1. Bobby Thomson's shot is still unmatched for emotion-ringing drama.

    2. The classic match-up in 1912 at Fenway Park between Smokey Joe
    Wood and Walter Johnson.

    3. All W.S. clinching wins by the Philadelphia Athletics in 1910, 1911, 1913,1929, and 1930.

    4. Got to see Babe Ruth in any Red Sox game in which he hit a home run in 1919.

    5. Final game at Ebbets Field between the NY Giants and Brkl Dodgers, on Sept. 1, 1957, won by the Giants, 7-5. In fact, I was there. Last out was Roy Campanella being called out on strikes on a pitch a foot off the plate with two runners on. Ouch!

  132. JP Caillault Says:

    June 14, 1870, Capitoline Grounds, Brooklyn - The end of the Cincinnati Red Stockings 1.5 season, 84 game winning streak, when they lost 8-7 in the 11th inning on a come-from-behind rally by the Brooklyn Atlantics. 20,000 people saw it and "there can be no question that the game was the finest ever played."

    Among the many interesting aspects of the game was this one: bottom of the 10th inning, game tied 5-5, Atlantics get men on 1st and 2nd with one out. Winning streak clearly on the line. Then "Smith sent a fly to George Wright, who dropped it purposely, and throwing it to Waterman at third put McDonald out. Waterman threw to Sweasy and he put Pearce out. So the side was disposed of for no runs, and by the coolest and best play probably ever seen on ball grounds." Winning streak preserved (for one more inning, anyway). It'd be another 25 years before the infield fly rule was implemented.

  133. Well as #77 suggested, here's my little ditty on Aaron's 715th homer:

    With all the hoopla about Aaron inevitably breaking Ruth's record, Atlanta was abuzz before the season started. I envisioned being in a "good" seat, no matter what it cost, behind the Brave's dugout, on opening day in Atlanta. The only trouble was, my bowling night was on Monday, opening night, so figuring it was a crap shoot to guestimate which game the record would fall, I wouldn't miss my bowling night, and could still possibly see the record fall on Tuesday. So I mail-ordered my tickets for the princely sum of $6 each.

    When the tickets came, I immediately saw there was a mistake. I wanted Tuesday night, and these tickets were for Monday night! So I ripped off a steamy diatribe to the Braves ticket office and returned the tickets. The Tuesday night tickets soon arrived in the mail.

    So now the reasons I would like to see that Monday night Opening Night game in which Aaron send #715 flying:
    1) I was so close - I had the tickets in my hands and returned them
    2) I had a hot date scheduled on Tuesday who would have just as soon agreed to Monday for the chance to see the record broken.
    3) You remember that endlessly replayed shot of Aaron hitting the ball? That was the exact view I would have had from my dugout seats.

    So where was I when the shot was fired? In the bowling alley, listening to some guys squawky transistor radio that alternately came and went. We figured the record had been shattered when all we could hear through the static was what sounded like cheering; never did hear Milo Hamilton's live broadcast.

    Any now, what you've all been dying to know - what REALLY happened on the following night in Atlanta? I am an eyewitness to the least remembered game of all time, which I'm sure was overlooked in the above entries:

    1) My date cancelled.
    2) It was cold as Hell.
    3) The Braves lost, and
    4) Aaron didn't even play!

  134. Dock Ellis's no-hitter, thrown while under the effects of LSD. That has got to be something to see.

  135. A game where Denkinger's skull gets crushed by angry Cardinals players,blood coming out from all of his holes in his face.

  136. Johnny Dunce Says:

    Obligatory: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vUhSYLRw14

    Ken/133, great story.

  137. Johnny Dunce Says:

    Cabriael, yes! The man comes through for me.

  138. @128 I thought about suggesting that continuation.is nice, especially because the Dbacks are looking likely for playoffs with no obvious greats. Following the tack, 1981 was strike season, but 1971 was a spectacular seven games.

  139. Great thread. My choice is Game 4, 1947 World Series, the Bill Bevens no-no that wasn't:

    "Wait a minute; they're calling Stanky back to the dugout and Lavagetto is gonna hit ..."

  140. Game 7 of the 1985 World Series...by the time this Royal fan got home from church, it was all over but the shouting.

    The first Royals game ever in 1969, won by KC in extra innings.

    The game Brett got his 3000th hit.

    I'd like to see Chief Bender and Satchel Paige pitch.

    Kenny Rogers perfect game in Texas...My niece was taken to that game by her summer league softball coach. It was her first major league game she'd ever seen.....

  141. I was at it, October 8th,1995, game 5; Mariners-Yankees, Junior's smiling face after Edgar drove him in in the 11th inning, the link with my late mother, both of us there, our favourite players and that short window of Mariners' glory.

  142. some other good ones:
    *Game 4 of the 1993 WS: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PHI/PHI199310200.shtml
    *Game 7 of the 1991 WS: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MIN/MIN199110270.shtml
    *Game 4 of the 1959 WS (with 92,000 other people! And Gil Hodges hitting the winning homer): http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/LAN/LAN195910050.shtml
    *Game 2 of the 1916 WS (Ruth wins a 14 inning pitcher's duel): http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BOS/BOS191610090.shtml
    *Gehrig's 4 HR game: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PHA/PHA193206030.shtml
    *1986 NLCS Game 6: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/HOU/HOU198610150.shtml

  143. Honolulu Blue Says:

    Like Fred M. above @ 47, I would like to see any of the Negro League-MLB All-Star clashes. The game was mostly the same, but the players and the country's attitudes were far different.

    I guess I'm unusual in that I would favor seeing almost any random game (like, oh, this one -> http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/DET/DET201006020.shtml ) over a game where I know what's going to happen. But it's been interesting to read other people's responses.

  144. Lawrence Azrin Says:

    @143/ Honolulu Blue - "...I guess I'm unusual in that I would favor seeing almost any random game..."

    HB, I agree with you; in particular I'd like to see any random game of the deadball era (1904-19) with a HOFer playing. It would be fascinating just to note all the differences between then and the game now.

  145. Game 7 of the World Series where Grover Cleveland Alexander was brought in to relieve against the Yankess.

  146. Twins-Tigers playoff... man, I was at a dinner meeting and it was on in the background. Caught the last few innings on radio and TV afterward. Wow. Just awesome.

  147. I'm sorry, but I couldn't go to any game before Robinson broke the color barrier or, more accurately, before baseball was fully integrated. Don't think I could enjoy watching a game that certain players were barred from participating in because of their race.

  148. I'd like to ask a question of the readers here at b-r too:

    I work with a lot of people who weren't born in the USA, and aren't familiar with baseball at all. If you could show them one game to give them the "essence" of baseball - not necessarily a record-breaking moment, or a famous player, but a game that shows off everything baseball has to offer, what would it be?

    A youtube trek leading to a video of Endy Chavez and Adam Wainwright led me to this question, and you can guess my answer.

  149. Ryan, for me, it would be this game:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PIT/PIT199707120.shtml

    It's a combined no-hitter ending on a walk-off homer in the 10th inning....the game has everything. Great pitching, tough manager decisions, clutch hitting, etc.

    Good luck trying to find a video of it, though...!

  150. The game at Baker Bowl in 1920 in which Casey Stengel tipped his cap after catching a fly ball and a sparrow flew out.
    Any Game at Dexter Park to see the lengendary Bushwicks play.

  151. Bob Feller's Opening Day no-hitter against the White Sox in 1940

    The 1917 game in which Boston pitcher Ernie Shore retired 27 straight Senators in relief of starter Babe Ruth, who was thrown out for throwing a punch at umpire Brick Owens after arguing a ball four call on the lead-off hitter.

    Nearly any game during the Great Depression, when arguably the greatest players and some of the greatest teams played before precious few fans with no radio or TV to record their feats.

  152. Phil Haberkorn in Indiana Says:

    MEGA-DITTO's to MLS post #98 ! ! ! !
    My Dad could afford to take a VW MicroBus full of our family or neighborhood kids to a Cubs or Tigers game in the 60s - gas, tickets, ballpark food, and a snack at a restaurant on the way back..
    We lived in a little town in northeast Indiana, so it was a four-drive for him each way.
    And he didn't have to ask other parents to help pay for anything.

  153. Phil Haberkorn in Indiana Says:

    DaveZ @ post 41.....I have watched that Cubs-Phillies 23-22 game several times, having taped the replay of it on WGN (back in those days, they would re-run a Cubs game on Sundays during the winter just for fun).
    The part I like most is when Ernie Banks steps to the plate in the bottom of the 9th and hits a game-winning grand slam.
    The WGN crew was even gracious enough to send a copy to a Philly TV station so they could show it . .

  154. Phil Haberkorn in Indiana Says:

    One game I should have attended with my movie camera and a bag full of film: Mark "The Bird" Fydrych pitching for the Tigers.
    Why didn't I go? Because I was young and stupid and thought he'd pitch for years.

  155. Phil Haberkorn in Indiana Says:

    Brendan @74.....lay off Steve Bartman.
    Look at the pictures of that play, he wasn't the only one reaching for that foul fly.
    The Cubs got a chance to win the next night, and Bartman wasn't even in the ballpark.

  156. My daughter had a couple of good choices I had not considered: 1) The game where Ted Williams hit "The Red Seat" (yes, we are Sox fans) & 2) any game with Steve Dalkowski. (She would bring a radar gun in under her jacket.)