Baseball's list of "most memorable moments" is missing a few.
There's not one home run by Babe Ruth. Nothing by Ty Cobb, Cy Young, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, Mickey Mantle, Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax, Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Roger Clemens.
The homer that Ted Williams hit in his last at-bat? Didn't make it.
The Miracle Mets winning the 1969 World Series? Ditto.
Pete Rose barreling into Ray Fosse to score in the 12th inning of the 1970 All-Star game. Not there.
Bucky Dent's homer in the one-game playoff for the 1978 AL East title? Nope.
Same for the Subway Series in 2000.
And forget about any plays and performances by the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves during their past decade of dominance. This list does.
According to the official list, released at the All-Star game and posted on MLB.com, Ichiro Suzuki's MVP and Rookie of the Year awards in 2001 ranks in the top 30 moments. That wasn't a moment. That was a season.
And it wasn't more exciting than Denny McLain's 30th win in 1968 or Bob Gibson's World Series record 17 strikeouts the same year or Steve Carlton's 19-strikeout game a year later.
Any short list of baseball's "memorable moments" is bound to skip some. There's no quibbling with most of the ones cited. But baseball should have expanded the list to the top 50. As it is, this list is top-heavy with the recent past -- 17 of the 30 happened since 1971, nine since 1990 -- and gives short shrift to the first half of the 20th century.
Babe Ruth's sale by Boston to New York is listed as the only memorable moment of the 1920s. Before that, the only one mentioned is Christy Mathewson's three complete-game shutouts in the 1905 World Series.
It's all ancient history now, but there was a game in 1917 when Ruth was pitching for Boston and was ejected after walking the first man on four pitches, complaining after each one, then punching the umpire in the face. Ernie Shore relieved Ruth and pitched a perfect game the rest of the way. Now that's a moment.
Then there was 1920, when Ruth broke his own record of 29 homers and finished with 54; 1926, when he hit three homers to lead the Yankees in the fourth game of the World Series; 1927, when his 60th homer set a record that lasted 34 years; and 1932, when legend has it he called his home run in Game 3 of the World Series.
There was Gabby Hartnett's "homer in the gloamin"' in 1938; Bob Feller's opening-day no-hitter in 1940; Ted Williams three-run, two-out homer in the ninth in the 1941 All-Star game; Mickey Owen's dropped third-strike in Game 4 of the '41 Series; Al Gionfriddo's catch in left robbing Joe DiMaggio of a game-tying homer in Game 6 of the 1947 World Series; Harvey Haddix's 12 perfect innings in 1959 before losing 1-0 in the 13th; Jim Bunning's perfect game on Father's Day in 1964.
There are plenty of other moments that fans should be able to consider in voting for the most memorable in ballots distributed at all parks.
Then, too, there are the moments baseball would most like to forget:
--Ty Cobb leaping into the stands and punching a heckler in 1912, earning a suspension from American League president Ban Johnson and leading to a brief strike by the Detroit Tigers.
--The Chicago "Black Sox" throwing the 1919 World Series.
--Eddie Gaedel, a 3-foot, 7-inch, midget drawing a walk in his only appearance for Bill Veeck's St. Louis Browns in 1951.
--Billy Martin, celebrating teammate Mickey Mantle's birthday in 1957, getting into a brawl at the Copacabana nightclub with a Bronx delicatessen owner who suffered a concussion and fractured jaw.
--The Giants' Juan Marichal whacking Dodgers catcher John Roseboro on the head with a bat in the heat of the 1965 pennant race.
--Curt Flood suing baseball in 1970 to eliminate the reserve clause.
--Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton writing "Ball Four," telling stories of sexism and high jinks among ballplayers, a book that commissioner Bowie Kuhn called "detrimental to baseball."
--Yankees pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich admitting in 1973 that they swapped dogs, children and wives.
--Yankees owner George Steinbrenner pleading guilty to charges of making illegal campaign contributions to Richard Nixon.
--Players filing three grievances in the 1980s claiming owners colluded against free agents. Arbitrators agreed and owners gave the union $280 million in 1991 to settle the cases.
--Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti banning Pete Rose in 1989 for betting on baseball.
--A players strike, the eighth work stoppage since 1972, wiping out the 1994 World Series.
--Roberto Alomar spitting in the face of umpire John Hirschbeck in 1996.
--Commissioner Bud Selig calling for contraction shortly after the 2001 World Series.
--The 2002 All-Star game ending in a tie.
On this ballot, fans can write in their own forgettable moments.
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