Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Ten Pitchers Infamous for One Bad Pitch

These pitchers may have been great, they may even end up Hall-of-Famers, but, they will never forget that one bad pitch that will forever live in history - and neither will we!

1. Ralph Branca (L.A. Dodgers) - "The Shot Heard Round the World" Bobby Thomson's three-run, ninth-inning home run lifts the Giants over the Dodgers in their N.L. playoff series.
2. Pat Darcy (Cincinnati Reds) - "Fisk waves it fair" Carlton Fisk breaks a 6-6 tie in the 12th inning of Game 6 of the World Series against the Reds with a home run off the Fenway Park foul pole.
3. Al Downing (L.A. Dodgers) - "715" Henry Aaron passes Babe Ruth as the game's career home run leader when he hits No. 715 on a 1-0 pitch
4. Dennis Eckersley (Oakland A's) - The Dodgers' Kirk Gibson limps to the plate in the ninth inning of Game 1 of the World Series and, on a 3-2 count
5. Mike Bacsik (Washington Nationals) - "756" On August 7th, 2007 he gives up the 756th home run for Barry Bonds, moving him to No. 1 all-time in MLB history
6. Steve Trachsel (Chicago Cubs) - "62" Mark McGwire lights up Busch Stadium with his record-setting 62nd home run, a laser-like line drive over the left field fence
7. Eric Show (San Diego Padres) - Pete Rose, in his first at-bat of the night, drives a 2-1 pitch into left-center for his 4,192nd hit, breaking Ty Cobb's career record.
8. Mark Littell (Kansas City Royals) - New York wins its first A.L. pennant since 1964 when Chris Chambliss hits a ninth-inning homer in Game 5 of the ALCS, setting off a wild celebration at Yankee Stadium.
9. Rich Gossage (New York Yankees) - Winning a matchup made in baseball heaven, George Brett homers in Game 3 of the 1980 ALCS to propel the Royals to a stunning sweep.
10. Donnie Moore (California Angels) - Dave Henderson's stunning two-out, two-run, ninth-inning home run brings the Red Sox back to life in Game 5 of the 1986 American League Championship Series.

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