With the Postseason coming to an end and the historic World Series between the Cubs and the Indians up and running, I would like add to the postseason drama. Will the Cubs and Indians create a historic postseason moment that we will all remember? I sure hope so. Let’s take a look at the top 5 greatest moments in postseason history. So let’s get started!
#5. Sid Bream Beats the Throw
In the bottom of the 9th with two outs and two runners on base, in-game 7 of the NLCS, losing 2-1 to the Pirates. Francisco Cabrera came up to replace the pitcher. On a 2-1 count Cabrera hit a line drive past the shortstop. Dave Justice came around to score the tying run, then suddenly without warning, Sid Bream hobbled by knee injuries, made an attempt to score. The young Barry Bonds made a one hop throw to the plate, and Sid Bream slid in to home and was safe! The Braves went on to the World Series, but lost in six games to the Toronto Blue Jays.
#4. Bobby Thomson’s Shot
In the baseball season of 1951 it looked like the Postseason race was over when the Brooklyn Dodgers had a 13 game lead over the second place New York Giants. But as the season went on, the Giants got closer and closer and closer until they ended in a dead tie with the Dodgers for first place in the National League West Division. There was going to be a three game series to decide who would go to the Postseason, the Dodgers and the Giants.
With the Series tied, Thomson came to the plate against Ralph Branca, losing by two with two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth. With a young Willie Mays on deck, Bobby Thomson hit a long fly ball that landed in the left-field lower decks, to walk-off the game. The home run inspired one of the most famous calls in history, when Russ Hodges yelled into the mic, “The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!”. The Giant would go on to the World Series but like the 1992 Braves, lost in six games.
#3. Babe Ruth Calls His Shot
In the fifth inning of game 3 of the 1932 World Series, the legendary Babe Ruth stepped up to the plate. He then did something that no one had done before and no one has done since, he pointed to the center field bleachers at Wrigley Field and on the next pitch hit a home run to center field exactly where he pointed. This is one of the most controversial home runs in baseball history. Many people say that he was pointing to the fans, others say he was pointing at the pitcher, but The Sultan of Swat claims that he called his shot, and I don’t feel like disagreeing with the guy that caused the Red Sox to not win a World Series for 86 years.
#2. Carlton Fisk Waves It Fair
After approximately a three hour battle between the Cincinnati Reds and the Boston Red Sox in-game 6 of the 1975 World Series, Carlton Fisk lead-off the bottom of the 12th inning against Pat Darcy. With the game tied at 6 a piece, he battled Darcy and then hit a mammoth home run over the Green Monster that hit the top of the foul pole. Dramatically, Carlton Fisk along with the rest of the crowd seemed to “Will” the ball…Fisk himself waiving his hands for the ball to leave the park as the ball hit the top of the foul pole and gave the Red Sox the victory. Time seemed to stand still as everyone watched the ball, including Carlton Fisk. The Red Sox were going on to game 7. Despite Fisk’s efforts, the Red Sox could not follow through as The Big Red Machine won the deciding game 7 of the 1975 World Series.
#1. Kirk Gibson’s Walk-off
The 1988 World Series will be a World Series long remembered by Dodger fans, but even more so by the Oakland A’s fans. Why? Because this home run destroyed the World Series for the A’s and ended their run as one of the best teams in baseball. It seemed like the A’s with one of the best teams assembled, and the “Bash Brothers” would have little trouble beating the Dodgers.
Things seemed to go as planned for the A’s until the bottom of the 9th of the the first game, with the Dodgers losing 3-4, pinch hitter Kirk Gibson stepped up with two outs in-game 1 of the World Series. Kirk Gibson stepped to the plate against the A’s future Hall of Fame closer Dennis Eckersley and a runner Mike Davis on first base. Gibson, who was not expected to play, was so hobbled from leg injuries, he could Barely walk. Gibson was so hurt before the game, he didn’t even come out for the pre-game ceremony. Battling Eckersley, Gibson worked a full count, grunting with pain during each swing. Gibson worked a full count as Mike Davis stole second. Then with a full count Gibson clobbered the next pitch into the right field bleachers.
The only question was whether he would make it around the bases without assistance. Gibson not only made it around, he did, doing his famous double fist pump rounding second base. The A’s were completely shut down after game one and the Dodgers Won the 1988 World Series in five games. Although the A’s had the rest of the World Series Games in front of them, and the same players, including the Bash Brothers, they seemed to be beaten by the Kirk Gibson home run in the first game of the series.
There it is folks, the top five greatest moments in MLB Postseason history. Ever since the first World Series in 1903, there have been countless players that have stepped up for their team in the postseason. It is almost impossible to narrow them all down to five moments, but I did my best. I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading.