Top 5 Moments in Baseball History

Major League Baseball dates back to the Civil War era and has continued to have a huge impact on sports history. Without a doubt, there have been many memorable moments in baseball history. Here are our top five picks.

1. Ruth’s Called Shot

In the 5th inning of Game 3 in the 1932 World Series, Babe Ruth made a pointing gesture indicating that he would hit a homerun to this part of the park. And, he did. There has been a lot of debate over this after watching the film, as some say that Ruth was pointing to the Cubs bench while others say he was clearly calling his shot. We may never know what the true intentions were, but this is one moment in baseball history we won’t forget.

2. Joe DiMaggio’s 56-Game Hitting Streak

Till this day, Joe DiMaggio holds the Major League Baseball record with 56 hits in consecutive games in 1941. DiMaggio was known for pulling his New York Yankees out of a slump that had started after Babe Ruth left. “The Streak” is something that people still talk about today because no others have been able to accomplish this. It wasn’t until his 57th game that two backhanded stops ended the streak.

3. Jackie Robinson Breaks the Color Barrier

In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African American player in Major League Baseball. It was a moment that not only shaped baseball but all sports. He stepped onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn and competed for the Brooklyn Dodgers after the sport had been segregated for more than 50 years. Robinson’s contributions to baseball led to him having the first-ever retired number.

4. Cal Ripken Breaks Lou Gehrig’s Record

Lou Gehrig had a 56-year-old record that seemed to be unbreakable at the time, that is until Cal Ripken played his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking the record in 1995. This moment has often been cited as the Most Memorable Moment in MLB history, and Ripken today is still considered one of the best shortstops and third basemen in history, with the nickname “The Iron Man.”

5. Boston Red Sox Win the World Series

When it comes to sports, there is no shortage of curses, but many are proven wrong right off the bat (no pun intended). However, the Curse of the Bambino was a superstition that lingered on as the Boston Red Sox went without a win for 86 long years. The Red Sox were one of the most successful franchises, but they became lackluster when Babe Ruth left. This curse ended in 2004 with the Red Sox win, and “Reverse the Curse” was then started.