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20 Most Memorable Play-by-Play Calls in MLB History

Mark MillerCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2017

20 Most Memorable Play-by-Play Calls in MLB History

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    Baseball is full of memorable moments. Whether it's a record-breaking hit, a walk-off home run or a World Series victory, there are plenty of moments we just won't forget.

    It also seems that behind every great play, there's a great play-by-play call, as these broadcasters can take a game from ordinary to extraordinary with the way they convey the heat of the moment.

    Here are some of the best play-by-play moments in MLB history.


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1985: Ozzie Smith Walk-off Home Run

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    Jack Buck's call of Ozzie Smith's walk-off home run during the 1985 NLCS is one of many memorable calls he made and a true testament to the excitement that he generated during his days as a broadcaster.

1993: Joe Carter's World Series-Winning Walk-off Home Run

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    Clinching the Toronto Blue Jays' second consecutive World Series title, Joe Carter's Game 6 walk off home run would put Canadians in a frenzy and make for one of the most memorable moments in World Series history.

1951: Bobby Thomson

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    Sixty years later, Russ Hodges' "Shot Heard 'Round The World" call is still one of the most memorable moments in baseball history and certainly one of the most recognizable moments in sports broadcast history.

1974: Hank Aaron Makes Home-Run History

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    Hank Aaron made history in overtaking Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list in 1974. He's since been eclipsed by Barry Bonds, but his record-setting blast is still remembered to this day.

1988: Kirk Gibson's Limp-off Home Run

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    Kirk Gibson's improbable Game 1 walk-off home run set the tone for the 1988 World Series, which the Dodgers would win in five games.

1991: Kirby Puckett's Late-Game Heroics

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    In what was one of the best World Series of all time, the Minnesota Twins were propelled to victory in Game 6 thanks to a walk-off home run from center-field star Kirby Puckett.

    Jack Buck's "And we'll see you tomorrow night" still resonates with fans all over Twins Territory.

1986: Bill Buckner

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    The words "It gets through Buckner" haunted Boston Red Sox fans for many years as they saw a World Series championship slip through their hands.

1954: Willie Mays Makes Clutch Play

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    Willie Mays' catch in deep center field during Game 1 of the 1954 World Series couldn't have come at a better time, as the score was tied 2-2 in the eighth inning and would've put the team in a deep hole had he not ranged as far as he did.

1971: Roberto Clemente's 3,000th Hit

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    Though his life was cut tragically short, Roberto Clemente did manage to reach a milestone few players have reached when he got his 3,000th hit during the last day of the regular season in 1971.

2011: David Freese

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    Joe Buck had a perfect chance to make a name for himself rather than live in his dad's shadow this fall, as David Freese hit the game-winning home run in Game 6 of the World Series.

    He didn't take that chance.

1985: Pete Rose Becomes All-Time Hit Leader

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    It's unclear as to whether Pete Rose will ever be allowed back in baseball and take a seat in the Hall of Fame, where many will argue he belongs.

    What is clear is that he's one of the most prolific offensive players in baseball history and it's doubtful that anyone will eclipse his all-time mark.

2007: Barry Bonds Hits Home Run No. 756

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    Barry Bonds' legacy may forever be tarnished, as the shroud of alleged steroid use hangs over him.

    His place in the history books isn't in question at this point, however, as his 756th home run put him past Hank Aaron on the all-time list.

1965: Sandy Koufax's Perfect Game

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    Vin Scully is unquestionably one of the most famous broadcasters in baseball history. His longevity has afforded us the opportunity to hear multiple generations of Dodgers greats as they made their mark on history, including Sandy Koufax's perfect game on Sept. 9, 1965.

1991: Nolan Ryan's Seventh No-Hitter

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    Having already broken Sandy Koufax's record for career no-hitters, Nolan Ryan was into his 40s when he would amazingly throw another no-hitter, his seventh career no-no and yet another record that likely won't be broken.

2009: Ruben Rivera

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    You really can't blame Jon Miller for having some difficulty in calling Ruben Rivera's horrific base running, as he was really running around like a chicken with his head cut off.

    He really isn't too far off in calling it the worst base running of all time, either.

2001: Jack Buck Brings Baseball Back

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    It may not be an in-game moment, but Jack Buck's speech marking the resumption of baseball after the 9/11 attacks struck a chord with anyone who was watching and is certainly one of the most memorable moments of his illustrious career.

1998: Mark McGwire Passes Roger Maris

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    In a summer that saw baseball fans more engaged than they had been in quite some time, Mark McGwire surpassed a record that was seemingly going to stand for all time as he ousted Roger Maris from the top spot for home runs in a season with a blast to left field.

1995: Cal Ripken Jr. Breaks Lou Gerhig's Record

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    Another record that likely won't ever be broken, Cal Ripken Jr. made history on Sept. 6, 1995 when he broke Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played, a record that has been voted the most memorable moment in baseball history.

1987: Mike Schmidt's 500th Home Run

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    One of the best ever to put on a Phillies jersey, Michael Jack Schmidt made history on April 18, 1987, when with legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas calling the game, he went deep for the 500th time in his career.

2004: Red Sox End the Curse

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    The best words fans in Boston could've possibly heard, "The Boston Red Sox are World Champions," were uttered by Joe Buck on October 27, 2004 as they swept the St. Louis Cardinals to lift their nearly century-long curse and head into the record books.

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