Top 300 Moments that Shaped Major League Baseball: 1-150 Recap

by Rocco Constantino | Posted on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016
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  1. Babe Ruth sold to the Yankees
  2. Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier
  3. Hank Aaron passes Babe Ruth
  4. The Shot Heard ‘Round the World
  5. Ban Johnson organizes the American League
  6. Giants and Dodgers move to California
  7. Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” speech
  8. Joe DiMaggio‘s 56-game hitting streak
  9. Marvin Miller beats the reserve clause
  10. Roger Maris passes Babe Ruth
  11. Pete Rose passes Ty Cobb
  12. Tommy John has his surgery
  13. FDR pens the Green Light Letter during WWII
  14. Bill Mazeroski‘s walk-off World Series home run
  15. Reds vs. Red Sox 1975 World Series Game 6
  16. Joe Carter‘s 1993 World Series walk off home run
  17. Black Sox Scandal
  18. 1926 World Series
  19. Ted Williams hits .406
  20. Babe Ruth converted to an outfielder
  21. Red Sox vs Mets 1986 World Seris Game 6
  22. Roberto Clemente‘s plane crash
  23. Kirk Gibson‘s 1988 World Series home run
  24. Sporst IIllustrated Steroids in Baseball article
  25. George Steinbrenner buys the Yankees
  26. Cal Ripken passes Lou Gehrig
  27. Bucky Dent‘s one-game playoff home run
  28. 1969 expansion and divisional play
  29. 1998 Home Run race
  30. Babe Ruth’s called shot
  31. Pete Rose banned
  32. Pitchers mound lowered in 1969
  33. Johnny Vander Meer‘s back-to-back no-hitters
  34. MLB’s first Hall of Fame class
  35. Don Larsen’s World Series perfect game
  36. MLB adds Wild card round
  37. Sandy Koufax‘s 4th no hitter and first perfect game
  38. Mike Piazza‘s home run after 9/11
  39. Curt Flood refuses his trade
  40. Larry Doby integrates the AL
  41. Oakland A’s fire sale reversed
  42. Satchel Paige integrates the Hall of Fame
  43. 1994 players’ strike
  44. Yogi Berra‘s D-Day service
  45. Interleague play starts
  46. Yankees hire Casey Stengel
  47. Tom Seaver traded to the Reds
  48. Camden Yards is built
  49. Barry Bonds passes Hank Aaron
  50. Wally Pipp replaced by Lou Gehrig
  51.  Jim Bouton writes Ball Four
  52.  Dodgers win 1955 World Series
  53. Enos Slaughter‘s Mad Dash for Home
  54. Reggie Jackson‘s three straight World Series home runs
  55. Carl Hubbell strikes out five straight Hall of Famers in All Star Game
  56. Red Sox win 2004 World Series
  57. Nolan Ryan‘s 7th no-hitter
  58. Barry Bonds 73 home run season
  59. Bob Gibson‘s 1968 season
  60. Ken Burns’ Baseball
  61. Ichiro Suzuki debuts
  62. Mets win 1969 World Series
  63. Ray Chapman dies after beaning
  64. Steve Carlton‘s 1972 season
  65. Fernandomania
  66. The Pine tar game
  67. Jose Canseco writes Juiced
  68. The Astrodome is built
  69. The Mets trade Nolan Ryan
  70. Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th hit
  71. Roy Halladay‘s NLDS no hitter
  72. Yankee Stadium gets demolished
  73. Jack Morris 1991 World Series Game 7 performance
  74. Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe, Roy Campanella make the All-Star Game
  75. The 1971 World Series
  76. Smoky Joe Wood breaks his thumb
  77. Carl Yastrzemski‘s Triple Crown
  78. Christy Mathewson learns the fadeaway
  79. Roger Clemens strikes out 20 Mariners
  80. Willie Mays makes “The Catch”
  81. Ron Blomberg is the first designated hitter
  82. Rickey Henderson tops Lou Brock
  83. Don Dekinger’s blown call in the 1985 World Series
  84. The Bartman Game
  85. Miguel Cabrera‘s Triple Crown
  86. Merkle’s Boner
  87. Pumpsie Green integrates the Red Sox
  88. Pedro Martinez‘s 2000 season
  89. Juan Marichal/Johnny Roseboro fight
  90. John McSherry’s Opening Day death
  91. Ted Williams homers in his final at bat
  92. Willie Mays 600th home run
  93. Hack Wilson‘s 191 RBI season
  94. Wrigley Field’s first night game
  95. Thurman Munson dies in a plane crash
  96. Amphetamines are banned
  97. Harvey Haddix‘s 12 perfect innings
  98. Hideo Nomo‘s debut
  99. Connie Mack retires
  100. Orel Hershiser‘s 59 straight scoreless innings
  101. Eddie Gaedel‘s at bat
  102. Roy Campanella paralyzed in an accident
  103. Phil Niekro‘s 300th win
  104. Ty Cobb is the quickest to 3,000 hits
  105. Mickey Mantle‘s Triple Crown
  106. Joe Sewell strikes out three times in an entire season
  107. Murderers’ Row 1927 season
  108. 1933 MLB All-Star Game
  109. Mel Ott‘s 511th home run
  110. The 1968 World Series
  111. Loma Prieto earthquake during the World Series
  112. Tony Conigliaro gets beaned in the face
  113. Jackie Robinson steals home in the 1955 World Series
  114. Joe Nuxhall debuts at 15 years old
  115. Mickey Mantle injures his knee
  116. The Cuban Defection of 1993
  117. Chris Chambliss‘ 1976 ALCS walk off home run
  118. Game 162 of the 2011 season
  119. Reggie Jackson vs. Billy Martin in Detroit
  120. Orioles four 20 game winners
  121. Mariano Rivera sets the saves record
  122. Barry Bonds sets the walks record
  123. Wayne Gretzky buys the Honus Wagner T206 card
  124. Bob Feller joins the Navy
  125. Roger Breshnahan wears catcher shin guards
  126. Owners collusion of 1985
  127. Satchel Paige becomes the oldest MLB rookie
  128. Yogi Berra’s 10th World Series ring
  129. The Skydome is built
  130. MLB’s first night game
  131. Kirby Puckett‘s 1991 Game 6 heroics
  132. The Mitchell Report
  133. Jim Bunning throws the first NL perfect game
  134. Bart Giamatti dies
  135. Ted Williams honores at 1999 All-Star Game
  136. The 1984 strikeout chase
  137. The Pittsburgh drug trials
  138. The Yankees release Babe Ruth
  139. MLB draft started in 1965
  140. Bill Klem revolutionizes umpiring
  141. Scott Boras represents Mike Fischlin and Bill Caudill
  142. Diamondbacks beat the Yankees in 2001 World Series
  143. First televised MLB game
  144. Lyman Bostock murdered
  145. Basebal’s Sad Lexicon (Tinker to Evers to Chance) published
  146. Mets lose 120 games in 1962
  147. William Howard Taft throws out the first presidential first pitch
  148. Catfish Hunter‘s perfect game
  149. Brooks Robinson dominates the postseason
  150. Rotisserie baseball invented

Numbers 150-300

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For a more in depth look at some of these moments, as well as interviews with 50 former Major League players, you can read Constantino’s book 50 Moments that Defined Major League Baseball.

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Rocco Constantino
About the Author

Rocco is the author of 50 Moments That Defined Major League Baseball (Available on Amazon now!) and former Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report. He is also a die hard Mets fan going back to the awful early 80's and ready for the revival. D2 NCAA softball coach and athletics administrator. Follow Rocco on Twitter @mlb100years.

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