Can You Identify These Famous Moments in Baseball History?
By: Olivia Cantor
About This Quiz
Baseball is indeed still America's pastime. The classic ballgame has been a part of the American culture for many decades now. And perhaps it will remain as well-liked in the future like how it was so well-liked in the past.
What's not to love with this game? There are so many moments in an American's life that can be connected to baseball. Both little boys and girls play this sport in the sandlots of their youth. There were even so many movies made about the sport, the players, the dreaming of playing it, or the accidental heroes that play this sport. Hollywood has practically immortalized every aspect there is about this sport on the silver screen. And they continue to do so, since this sport is still so well-loved and appreciated by North American culture, and the global pop culture as well.
But of course, there are so many historical moments in this sport that remains unforgettable for one reason or another. Think you can recall a lot of these moments that happened over the decades? Try to guess based on these images, okay?
The 1951 home run made by New York Giants' Bobby Thomson was labeled as "The Shot Heard Round The World" because of its highly dramatic impact on the game. Because of this home run, their team won the National League pennant against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
This farewell speech made by Lou Gehrig in 1939 became one of the most emotional moments in baseball history. The legend announced his early retirement because of being diagnosed with a disease called ALS, later renamed as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Rogers Hornsby becomes the star of the Deadball Era
Brooklyn Dodgers wins the World Series in 1955
Reggie Jackson becomes Mr. October
It was in 1977 that Reggie Jackson became known as Mr. October of baseball history. That was due to his great game that year, culminating in that fateful October when he won the World Series for his team, the New York Yankees.
The 1986 World Series win was clinched by the New York Mets, and the loss of the Boston Red Sox was unfortunately attributed to Bill Buckner's booboo of not being able to stop a ground ball, which cost his team the game. Despite this one mishap, the man played a great game overall in his career.
The unforgettable Black Sox Scandal of 1919 involved eight Chicago White Sox players throwing the World Series so their opponent could win. In return, the game fixer would pay them money for losing the game on purpose, resulting in a huge controversy and the banishment of the players involved from professional baseball.
If Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier for African-Americans to become the first black baseball player in the Major Leagues, Satchel Paige also did that by becoming the first black pitcher to join the leagues. He was also the oldest rookie then, clocking in at age 42 when he joined.
While pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks back in 2001, Randy Johnson got accidentally immortalized for hitting a bird with his fast pitch. Feathers flew out, and of course, the unfortunate bird died - and it's all recorded in TV glory.
Rick Monday, playing for the Chicago Cubs in 1976, did a non-game-related action at the stadium during this moment - he stopped protesters from burning the American flag. It was a tense time for American politics, and it spilled over American sports, of course.
Jose Canseco was the first player ever to enter the 40-40 Club of baseball history. This means a batter must have had 40 home runs achieved and must have stolen 40 bases in one season alone. He accomplished this feat in 1988.
Did you know that a woman tried to play major league baseball back in 1931? That feat was earned by minor league pitcher Jackie Mitchell, sadly the first and the last time a woman was allowed to play with the men - just because she struck out the likes of Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth.