Can You Identify These Famous Moments in Baseball History?

By: Olivia Cantor

Can You Identify These Famous Moments in Baseball History?
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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?

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Babe Ruth calls the shot (1932) Can you identify this legendary moment?
Pumpsie Green plays in the minors
Babe Ruth calls the shot
The legendary Babe Ruth pointed towards the direction as to where he will hit the ball for his next home run, which he achieved. He did this during the 1932 World Series.
Larry Doby gets fired
Roy Campanella turns professional

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Willie Mays makes a great catch (1954) Can you guess what happened in this moment?
Wrigley Field closes down
Fred Merkle doesn't touch second base
Miguel Cabrera becomes the best hitter of the season
Willie Mays makes a great catch
During the 1954 World Series, Willie Mays made one of the greatest catches of all time. He played for the New York Giants.

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First US President to throw first pitch (1910) How about this legendary moment?
Luis Castillo walks
First U.S. President to throw first pitch
It was U.S. President William Howard Taft who started the tradition of a president throwing the first pitch. He did it first in 1910.
Steve Bartman gets ostracized
John Tudor pitches a no-hitter

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Jackie Robinson becomes the first black player (1947) And this moment was about what?
The first baseball card gets sold
The games are halted due to war
Jackie Robinson becomes the first black player
The Los Angeles Dodgers helped break the color barrier in the U.S. when they signed up Jackie Robinson. He started playing in 1947 and became a legend for his overall sportsmanship.
Fans storm out into the field

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Mickey Mantle injures his knee (1951) What about this moment?
Don Denkinger errs in blowing a call
Joaquin Andujar walks
Mickey Mantle injures his knee
This was the time when legendary Mickey Mantle injured his knee while still a rookie. It was during the 1951 World Series.
Ron Blomberg is promoted to be a designated hitter

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Bobby Thompson The Shot Heard Round The World (1951) Can you tell what happened here?
"The Shot Heard Round The World"
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.
"The Bloody Sock Game"
"The Curse of the Bambino"
"The Throw-Offs"

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Yogi Berra marks his 10th Word Series Win (1962) How about here?
Frank Robinson wins a Triple Crown
Roger Clemens makes a record of many strikeouts
Carl Yastrzemski scores a perfect game
Yogi Berra marks his 10th Word Series Win
The New York Yankees' Yogi Berra marked his 10th World Series win in this historic 1962 game. They defeated the San Francisco Giants back then.

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Farewell speech by Lou Gehrig (1939) This tearful moment was about what?
Tris Speaker is inducted into the Hall of Fame
Farewell speech by Lou Gehrig
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.
Smokey Joe Wood hurts his finger
Shoeless Joe Jackson gets banned for life

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NY Yankees win the World Series (1923) How about this very victorious moment?
George Brett goes berserk
Jack Morris wins the 1991 World Series
NY Yankees win the 1923 World Series
This moment marked the very first time the New York Yankees won the World Series. It was in 1923.
Dennis Eckerlsey closes one inning

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Joe DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak (1941) And this record-breaking moment was about what?
Joe DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak
It was in 1941 when legendary player Joe DiMaggio made a flawless hitting record. He had a hitting streak in 56 consecutive games.
Demolishing of Yankee Stadium
Roy Halladay records a no hitter
Jim Fregosi gets traded

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Hank Aaron hits 715th home run (1974) How about this record-breaking moment?
Steve Carlton pitches a good game
The Pine Tar Game ensues
Fernando Valenzuela gains fans
Hank Aaron hits 715th home run
Hammerin' Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run in 1974. By doing so, he broke Babe Ruth's previously unbreakable 714 home runs until that moment.

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Bill Mazeroski's home run wins the World Series (1960) And this moment?
Bill Mazeroski's home run wins the World Series
Bill Mazeroski's legendary Game 79th inning walk-off home run won the World Series for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1960. They defeated the New York Yankees.
Sammy Sosa blunders many home runs
Bob Gibson wins Pitcher of the Year
Pedro Martinez escapes steroids

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NY Mets wins World Series (1969) What happened here?
Carl Hubbell creates strikeout history
NY Mets wins 1969 World Series
The New York Mets dramatically won their very first World Series title back in 1969. They defeated the Baltimore Orioles that year.
Christy Mathewson wins a pitching duel
Rennie Stennett breaks hits records

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Reggie Jackson becomes Mr. October (1977) Can you tell what transpired here?
Lee Elia mouths off
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.

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Cal Ripken Jr. breaks Lou Gehrig's record (Sept 1995) What legendary thing happened here?
Cal Ripken Jr. breaks Lou Gehrig's record
The Baltimore Orioles' Cal Ripken Jr. was the one who broke New York Yankees Lou Gehrig's record of playing in consecutive games. Gehrig's record was 2,130, which Ripken surpassed on September 1995.
Gabby Hartnett does a walk-off home run
Armando Galarraga's game is ruined
Ray Fosse gets injured permanently

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Bill Buckner's booboo (Oct 1986) And this one was known as what?
Boston Red Sox wins the 2004 World Series
Bill Buckner's booboo
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.
MLB retired number 42
Gil Hodges suffers a heart attack

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Roberto Clemente makes 3000th hit (1972) How about this one?
Roberto Clemente makes his 3,000th hit
The Pittsburgh Pirates' Robert Clemente set an all-time record when he made his 3,000th hit back in 1972. It's just too bad that he died months later in a plane crash.
Juan Marichal hits Johnny Roseboro with a bat on the head
Sandy Koufax got hit on the head
David Ortiz hits a winning home run

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Don Larsen's perfect game (1956) What do you think happened here?
Ray Chapman gets hit on the head and dies
Don Larsen's perfect game
New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen pitched a perfect game during the 1956 World Series. This was, and still is, a rare feat, that's why he is such a legend in this sport.
Ted Williams becomes the oldest batter ever
Umpire John McSherry dies on the field

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Black Sox Scandal (1919) copy What was this strange moment in baseball history?
Ozzie Smith hits a fly ball
Crackerjacks gets banned from the games
World Series gets called off due to darkness
Black Sox Scandal
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.

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Cy Young wins his 511th game (1911) How about this historic moment?
Cy Young wins his 511th game
Cy Young, pitching for the Boston Rustlers, won his 511th game in 1911. An award is actually named after him - that's how great he became!
Leon Cadore pitches a no-hitter
Ron Swoboda makes a monumental catch
Carlos Hernandez makes a great catch

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Carlton Fisk hits a home run in World Series game (Oct 1975) And this historic moment was about what?
Joe McCarthy gets inducted into the Hall of Fame
Joe Gordon retires
Carlton Fisk hits a home run in World Series game
Boston Red Sox's Carlton Fisk hit a legendary home here during the World Series games of 1975. It became one of the most famous home runs in the history of the sport.
Lefty Grove makes a monumental pitch

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Jim Edmonds dives for the catch (1997) This great even was about what?
Jim Edmonds dives for the catch
Oh, the things players have to do to clinch a win. This was what Jim Edmonds did in 1997 - he made a legendary dive for that great catch.
Joe Nuxhall becomes youngest player ever
Tony Conigliaro is hit in the eye
Mel Ott hits his 400th home run

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Derek Jeter makes 3,000th hit (2011) What about this great event?
Bucky Dent hits a home run
Hugh Duffy performs a great catch
Joe Quinn scores high
Derek Jeter makes 3,000th hit
The New York Yankees' Derek Jeter is one of the modern legends of this sport. He cemented this claim when he made his 3,000th hit back in 2011.

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Pete Rose surpasses Ty Cobb's record (1985) This momentous moment was about what?
Tom Seaver bats off
Pete Rose surpasses Ty Cobb's record
Legendary baseball man Ty Cobb held the record of having 4,192 career hits. But Pete Rose surpassed that in 1985, and ended up having 4,256 career hits.
Brooklyn Braves wins the 1818 World Series
The Cincinnati Redstockings plays for the last time

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Satchel Paige becomes the first black pitcher (1948) What about this momentous event?
Mookie Wilson hits a ground ball
Eddie Gaedel becomes the shortest player ever
Satchel Paige becomes the first black pitcher
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.
San Diego Padres debuts

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The first MLB all-star game happened (1933) This pioneering moment was about what?
Harry Hooper hits a home run
Fred Snodgrass catches a fly ball
Harvey Haddix pitches a perfect game
The first MLB all-star game happened
All-star games were unheard of prior to 1933. So this very first of its kind happened in 1933, and became a tradition ever since.

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Randy Johnson's pitch hits a bird (March 2001) What about this odd moment?
Randy Johnson's pitch hits a bird
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.
The Brooklyn Bridegrooms gets discontinued
Roger Connor hits a hard pitch
The Father's Day game happens in Shea Stadium

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The very first nighttime baseball game (1935) This one is not odd, but great! What’s it about?
The very first nighttime baseball game
A 1935 game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies became the first night game ever played in the league. It's interesting how such moves are common these days already.
The very first league was played
The first time hotdogs were sold at the bleachers
The first and last time cheerleaders were there

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Brawl between Robin Ventura and Nolan Ryan (Aug 1993) Can you tell what happened here?
An earthquake hit California
Al Gionfriddo catches Joe DiMaggio's supposed home run hit
Brawl between Robin Ventura and Nolan Ryan
Even sportsmen behave without sportsmanlike qualities sometimes. This is what happened when a brawl between Chicago White Sox's Robin Ventura and Texas Rangers' Nolan Ryan took place in 1993.
Fred Merkle fumbles on second base

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Dave Roberts stole second base (Oct 17, 2004) Can you guess what this moment was about?
Baltimore Orioles wins the 1970 World Series
Dave Roberts stole second base
While playing for the Boston Red Sox, Dave Roberts was tagged as a hero of 2004 when he stole second base during the American League Championship Series. That monumental move happened during Game 4.
Billy Martin fights with Reggie Jackson
Chris Chambliss wins with a home run

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Kirby Puckett's World Series achievements (Oct 1991) Can you remember what happened in this moment?
Mariano Rivera creates a record for saves
Barry Bonds' 668th intentional walk
Kirby Puckett's 1991 World Series achievements
The Minnesota Twins' Kirby Puckett performed so well in the 1991 World Series that he became unforgettable for fans that year. He made an incredible catch and also hit an incredible home run.
Free agents go on strike

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MLB goes on strike (1994) Do you remember this controversial one?
MLB goes on strike
Baseball fans were saddened when a work stoppage hit the MLB during the third quarter of 1994. The workers' strike suspended the games well until the early part of the second quarter of 1995.
Demolishing of Ebbets Field
Jim Bunning's perfect game
Wyne Gretzky joins MLB

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Rick Monday saves US flag from burning (1976) This great moment was about what?
Players are caught using steroids
The Mitchell Report gets publicized
Rick Monday saves the U.S. flag from burning
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.
SkyDome opens to the public

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Jose Canseco’s 40-40 record (1988) And this historic event was about what?
Jose Canseco’s 40-40 Club record
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.
Commissioner Bart Giamatti's death
Jim Bunning calls the shot again
Jack Buck airs his poem

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Luis Gonzales wins the World Series for Arizona Diamondbacks (Nov 4, 2001) What do you think transpired in this event?
Kendall slides for the home run
Luis Gonzales wins the 2001 World Series for Arizona Diamondbacks
The Arizona Diamondbacks won the 2001 World Series against the New York Yankees. AZ's Luis Gonzalez was the one who made the game-changing hit that won for them their very first World Series title.
Pittsburgh players suspended for doing cocaine
Fenway Park closed down

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Joe Carter's 1993 World Series home run How about this much talked-about moment?
Joe Carter's 1993 World Series home run
Toronto Blue Jays player Joe Carter hit the defining home run in 1993. That clinched for them the World Series title of the year.
Brooks Robinson plays in 1970 World Series
Catfish Hunter throws a perfect game
Lyman Bostock dies

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Aaron Boone's home run (2003) What about this other moment?
Luis Aparicio steals base
Enos Slaughter makes a mad home base dash
Aaron Boone's 2003 home run
New York Yankees player Aaron Boone made a great home run in the American League Championship Series of 2003. The feat is recorded as one of baseball's great moments.
Arizona Diamondbacks goes on strike

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Kevin Mitchell catches ball with bare hand (April 1989) How about this interesting moment in baseball history?
Ichiro Suzuki joins MLB
Kevin Mitchell catches ball with bare hand
When Kevin Mitchell caught a ball using his bare hand instead of the gloved one, that made a mark in baseball history. This feat happened in April 1989.
Mark Fidrych throws a shutout
The first ever Ford Frick Awards happens

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The first and last woman to play baseball (1931) And this not-so-trivial moment was about what?
Milwaukee Brewers first joins MLB
Tampa Bay Devil Rays debuts
The first and last woman to play baseball
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.
Mark McGwire hits a home run

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First time to air a baseball game on TV (1939) Finally, what transpired here?
First time to air a baseball game on TV
The year 1939 is marked as the first time that a baseball game was televised on American airwaves. Nowadays, that looks so ordinary, so let's pay our respects to this monumental event!
Lightning strikes Forbes Field
The hinged catcher's glove was invented
First time for jerseys to have numbers

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