The 10 Best Moments in MLB Playoff History
The MLB Playoffs are here. Every year there are intense moments that make watching playoff baseball a must for any sports enthusiast. If you're looking for the best MLB playoff moments, then this article is for you.
10. Chris Chambliss, Walk-off HR Game 5 ALCS - 1976
George Brett's 8th inning homer tied the score at 6-6, shifting momentum to the Royals. Then, leading off the bottom of the ninth, Yankee Chris Chambliss sent Mark Littell's first pitch over the wall in right-center field, punching the Yankees ticket to the 1976 World Series.
9. Derek Jeter, Barehand Flip Game 3 ALDS - 2001
Not all of baseball's best moments involved batting heroics. Down two-games-to-none and facing elimination to Oakland, the Yankees were clinging to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning. With two outs and a runner (Jeremy Giambi) on first, Terrence Long of the A's hit a line drive to RF Shane Spencer. Spencer's throw was offline, but Derek Jeter raced into foul territory to barehand the baseball, flipping it backhanded to Jorge Posada who tagged Giambi, saving the game.
8. Curt Schilling, Game 6 ALCS - 2004
Even with Curt Schilling not performing well during game 1 of the 2004 ALCS series, giving up six runs in three innings. Schilling came back strong in game 6, with a masterful seven innings where he only gave up four hits. What makes this game great, was Schilling injured his right ankle and it bled all over his sock. This game is referred to as the Bloody Sock Game.
7. Francisco Cabrera Walk-off Single, Game 7 NLCS - 1992
Cabrera was an unsung hero in game 7 of the 1992 NLCS. With only ten at-bats in 12 games during the regular season, he wasn't supposed to contribute much during the post-season. He came through, though, with the help of the infield's left side, giving the Braves its remarkable World Series slot.
6. David Ortiz Walk-off HR, Game 4 ALCS - 2004
The 2004 ALCS provided it's second moment to our list. David Ortiz' walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th inning made history as the Red Sox were the only team ever to come back from an 0-3 hole.
5. Edgar Martinez Walk-off Double, Game 5 ALDS - 1995
It took the full five games plus two extra innings to come away with a winner in the 1995 ALDS. Edgar Martinez' signature double to left field brought in Cora then Griffey, who scored the winner just before the tag, the victory advanced the Mariners to the ALCS vs the Indians.
4. Aaron Boone's Walk-off HR, Game 7 ALCS - 2003
Another extra-inning home run in a decisive game 7. The Yankees and Red Sox had some great games in the 2000's. This game had Pedro Martinez pitching considerably well for the Red Zox, with the Sox leading 5-2 in the 8th inning. Aaron Boone entered the game as a pinch-runner and was the man responsible for bringing the Yankees to the World Series in the 11th inning.
3. Ozzie Smith Walk-off HR, Game 6 NLCS - 1985
Tied at 2-2 in the ninth, Tom Niedenfuer was on the mound for LA, facing future Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith. A notoriously light hitter, the switch-hitting Cardinal was batting left-handed against the righty Niedenfuer, having never connected for a HR swinging lefty. On an inside fastball however, Smith golfed the ball into the bleachers, sending the home crowd into a frenzy and forcing a Game Six.
2. Roy Halladay No-hitter Game, Game 1 NLDS - 2010
This list has mostly been about the great hits that define a series. But the number two spot on our list is a pitcher doing his thing. Roy Halladay threw only the second no-hitter in MLB playoff history. His quest for perfection was thwarted in the 5th inning as Jay Bruce drew a walk, the only blemish in this game. This gem helped the Phillies sweep the Reds.
1. Game 3 NL tiebreaker series 1951
Identical 96-58 W-L records forced a best-of-three series between the Dodgers and Giants to decide the NL champion. Brooklyn's Don Newcombe held a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth, but a pair of singles and a double made the score 4-2 and sent Newcombe to the showers, replaced by Ralph Branca. With runners on second and third, lightly-regarded outfielder Bobby Thomson connected with the 'Shot Heard 'Round the World, ' depositing Branca's second pitch into the left field bleachers, advancing the Giants to the World Series.