The Top 200 Moments That Shaped MLB's History

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The Top 200 Moments That Shaped MLB's History

In 1994, PBS aired the documentary Baseball by Ken Burns.  Right at the start, it offered one of the best introductions that anyone could give about the sport.  It opened by saying the following:

It is played everywhere: in parks and playgrounds, prison yards, in back alleys and farmers’ fields; by small boys and old men, raw amateurs and millionaire professionals. It is a leisurely game that demands blinding speed; the only game in which the defense has the ball. It follows the seasons, beginning each year with the fond expectancy of springtime and ending with the hard facts of autumn.

Major League Baseball dates almost as far back as the Civil War and has had so many incredible moments and characters that it's nearly impossible to keep track of them all.

Despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of games have been played over the years, you can still go to the ballpark and expect to see something that has never been accomplished before.

This slideshow attempts to rank the 200 events that shaped the game into what it is today.  It's topics include on-field events, immortal players, baseball in popular culture, legendary managers, umpires, announcers and events that transcended the sport and impacted society.

Events range from the tragic to the absurd, from the historically significant to the sublime.

Perhaps the best thing about this list is that there are hundreds of other players and incidents that were left off and are open for debate.  That's another thing great about this sport.

Here's the list of the 200 events that defined, shaped and changed Major League Baseball, starting right at the top.

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