Baseball is a game loved by millions. It resides firmly in the hearts – and memories – of countless people. The sport is a delight to play and exciting to watch, making it a fun overall pastime. Often, it’s a sport we’re introduced to at a young age, giving us even more opportunities to form fond memories.
What about the collective memories of the sport? The truth is that baseball is full of iconic and historical moments. People today may not have been alive to see all these iconic moments, yet they’re still aware of them. Let’s take a minute to talk about some of these iconic moments in baseball history.
Pete Rose Hitting Number 4192
On September 11, 1985, Pete Rose broke a record. One that went on to hold for over fifty-seven years. This was the day he completed his 4192nd hit in Major League Baseball. This record let him surpass Ty Cobb, who had held the record since 1928. It shows how long these records can keep – and how much effort goes into breaking them.
This moment in baseball history is iconic, not only because Pete Rose broke a record but because of how those around him reacted. Teammates and rivals alike stopped to celebrate the momentous occasion.
Ruth Calling the Shot
Ask any fan to list their top five baseball moments, and they’ll almost certainly include Babe Ruth’s called shot. On October 1, 1932, Babe Ruth, a member of the Yankees, played for a stadium of thousands. During the fifth inning, it was Babe Ruth’s turn to hit the plates again.
Only – something amazing happened this time around. After getting a strike, Babe Ruth pointed into the stands. Seconds later, he hit the ball over the center field and the wall, earning himself a home run. To this day, fans still argue over whether he pointed the ball in the same direction.
Lou Gehrig’s Retirement
Lou Gehrig is an icon, and not just in baseball. Unfortunately, most of us never got the chance to see him play live. He announced his retirement on July 4, 1939. Yes, that’s how long this moment has stayed in our history. To this day, fans will call his announcement speech the baseball equivalent of the Gettysburg address.
During his announcement, Lou Gehrig made it known that he was something from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). This is why ALS is so commonly called Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He ended the speech positively, trying to inspire future generations.