MLB Power Rankings: The 73 Greatest Home Runs of All Time
While pitching has nabbed most of the storylines over the past few seasons, home run hitters seem to be a dying breed in MLB.
It's a good thing that, for the sake of this list, none of it matters, because you don't have to be a great home run hitter to hit a great home run. With any given at-bat the unlikeliest of players can hit a home run, which has made for some of the greatest moments in baseball history.
The aura surrounding a particular home run and the effect it had on the game were heavily considered, so this isn't solely a list of walk-offs. That would have been way too easy.
Without further ado, here are the 73 greatest home runs of all time.
73. Hank Blalock: 2003 All-Star Game
To most people these days, including both fans and players, the MLB All-Star game means nothing.
The 2003 game was different, however, as commissioner Bud Selig had just implemented a rule where the winning league would be awarded home-field advantage in that year's World Series.
With the National League holding a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, Eric Gagne was sent to the mound to help secure victory for the NL. Gagne hadn't blown a save the entire season.
After two hits scored a run to make it a 6-5 game, Hank Blalock smashed a two-run homer to complete the AL's comeback.
They would win the game 7-6 and the Yanks were awarded home-field advantage in the World Series.
72. Mel Ott: 1933 World Series, Game 5
The Washington Senators appeared to be heavy favorites heading into a World Series matchup with the New York Giants after surprisingly dethroning the Yankees and Athletics for the AL pennant.
The Giants, however, held a 3-1 series lead after winning Game 4 in 11 innings.
Game 5 would prove to be quite similar, as the teams were locked at 3-3 through nine innings.
Mel Ott blasted a solo home run in the 10th to give the Giants a 4-3 lead, and three outs later, they were World Series champions.
71. Tommy Henrich: 1949 World Series, Game 1
The Dodgers and Yankees were all about pitching during Game 1 of the 1949 World Series, with Don Newcombe and Allie Reynolds allowing no runs through the first eight innings.
After Reynolds sent the Dodgers down in order in the top half of the ninth, Newcombe came to the mound in an attempt to do the same.
It didn't happen, as Tommy Henrich took Newcombe's first pitch and sent it out of the park to give the Yanks a 1-0 win and series lead.
70. Tony Fernandez: 1997 ALCS, Game 6
The 1997 ALCS was full of bizarre plays and noteworthy comebacks, with the Indians holding a 3-2 series lead over the Orioles entering Game 6.
The Orioles outhit the Indians 10-3, yet the game was scoreless through the first 10 innings after great performances from Mike Mussina and Charles Nagy.
With two down in the top of the 11th inning, Tony Fernandez hit an unlikely home run to give the Indians a 1-0 lead and a trip to the World Series.
69. Magglio Ordonez: 2006 ALCS, Game 4
The Tigers were the team to beat in the AL in 2006, with the Athletics being the last line of defense in getting to the World Series.
The Tigers won the first three games rather easily, but Game 4 was hard fought all the way through.
The teams were tied 3-3 in the ninth as closer Huston Street came back to the mound for his third inning of work.
Street gave up back-to-back two-out singles before Magglio Ordonez jacked a three-run bomb, sending the Tigers to the World Series.
68. Mike Scioscia: 1988 NLCS, Game 4
With the Mets clinging to a 2-1 series lead entering Game 4, the Dodgers somehow needed to pull out a victory at Shea Stadium to avoid falling in a 3-1 hole.
The Dodgers scored two quick runs off of Dwight Gooden in the first inning to take the lead, but by the sixth inning, the Mets were up 4-2 and Gooden had settled down.
With Gooden still on the mound in the ninth, the Dodgers got a leadoff walk before catcher Mike Scioscia sent a bomb into the Mets bullpen to tie the game.
The Dodgers won the game 5-4 and took the series in seven games.
67. Alex Gonzalez: 2003 World Series, Game 4
The 2003 World Series pitted the underdog Florida Marlins against the New York Yankees, with the Yanks pulling ahead 2-1 through the first three games.
Marlins closer Ugueth Urbina gave up two runs in the ninth to blow the save and send the game to extra innings, tied at three.
No runs were scored until the bottom of the 12th inning, when the struggling Alex Gonzalez hit an improbable game-ending home run to give the Marlins a 4-3 victory.
66. Scott Podsednik: 2005 World Series, Game 2
After White Sox closer Bobby Jenks blew a 6-4 lead in the top of the ninth, the Astros sent their own closer to the mound in Brad Lidge, hoping to get the game to extra innings.
With one out, the anti-powerful Scott Podsednik stepped up to the plate. "Scotty Po" hadn't homered in over 500 regular-season at-bats so, at best, the White Sox were just hoping to get him on base.
Instead, Podsednik sent Lidge's 2-1 pitch into the right-center field bleachers for a walk-off win.
65. Eddie Mathews: 1957 World Series, Game 4
The Yankees jumped out to a quick 2-1 series lead over Eddie Mathews and the Braves in the 1957 World Series.
Warren Spahn was set to take the mound for the Braves in Game 4, and he pitched well before giving up three runs in the ninth, as the Yanks tied the game 4-4.
The Braves left him in for the 10th inning as well, where he gave up yet another run, as the Yanks took a 5-4 lead.
Luckily for Spahn, the Braves quickly tied the game in the bottom half before Mathews slugged a game-winning two-run shot to right field, tying the series 2-2.
64. Frank Robinson: April 8, 1974
The day of April 8, 1974, was an iconic moment for baseball.
Frank Robinson became the first African American to manage a game in MLB history when he took the field as a player-manager for the Cleveland Indians.
After stepping to the plate on this historic day for his first at-bat of the season, Robinson belted a home run to make it all the more memorable.
63. Gabby Hartnett: Homer in the Gloamin', September 28, 1938
With the Pittsburgh Pirates faltering during the season's final month, the Chicago Cubs were able to make up some ground in their run at the NL pennant.
With six games left in the season and trailing the Pirates by 1.5 games, the two teams squared off for a three-game set.
The Cubs won the first game to pull within a half-game of the NL lead, and the second game went into the ninth inning tied 5-5.
After the umps said the game would have to be replayed due to darkness if it went beyond nine innings, Gabby Hartnett hit a two-out, walk-off home run to vault the Cubbies into first place.
The Cubs went on to win the third game, and they clinched the NL pennant three days later.
61 and 62. Cal Ripken Jr.: Breaking Lou's Record and All-Star Farewell
On September 6, 1995, Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig's age-old record by playing in his 2,131st consecutive game.
Ripken breaking Gehrig's record was already an event in itself, with the game being watched all around the country and Orioles fans going insane at the ballpark.
When Ripken connected on a long home run to left field, the already raucous crowd went wild.
While wrapping up his career in 2001, Ripken was elected to his 19th All-Star game, where he was greeted to a standing ovation at Safeco Field in Seattle.
Ripken homered on Chan Ho Park's first pitch en route to winning the All-Star MVP award.
60. Dusty Rhodes: 1954 World Series, Game 1
The 1954 World Series between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians is perhaps best known for "The Catch" made by Willie Mays, yet Dusty Rhodes' Game 1 performance led the Giants to victory.
With the game tied 2-2 heading to the bottom half of the 10th inning, the Giants got two runners on base before Rhodes stepped up to the plate.
Rhodes took a Bob Lemon pitch and sent it into the bleachers to give the Giants a 5-2 victory and a 1-0 lead in the World Series.
59. Bernie Carbo: 1975 World Series, Game 6
The Red Sox entered Game 6 of the 1975 World Series trailing the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 in the series and needing a win to keep their championship hopes alive.
After taking a 3-0 first-inning lead, the Red Sox blew up before finding themselves trailing 6-3 with two outs in the bottom half of the eighth inning.
Bernie Carbo was called on to pinch-hit with two runners aboard, and he soon hit a 2-2 pitch out of the park to tie the game.
The Red Sox won the game in 12 innings.
58. Johnny Bench: 1972 NLCS, Game 5
With the series tied 2-2, Game 5 would decide whether the Reds or Pirates were heading to the World Series.
The Pirates led throughout the entire game and took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth.
Johnny Bench capitalized on a changeup that Pirates closer Dave Giusti left hanging in the zone, sending it out of the park and tying the game at 3-3.
The Reds would tack on another run to seal the victory and head to the World Series.
56 and 57. Mark Whiten and Shawn Green: 4 HR Games
While there have been 12 total players to hit four home runs in a game in MLB history, Mark Whiten and Shawn Green broke other records while accomplishing the feat.
On September 7, 1993, while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, Whiten slugged four homers in the second game of a doubleheader. Along with the home runs, Whiten tied the MLB record with 12 RBI in a single game.
Green accomplished the feat on May 23, 2002, while playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Green went 6-for-6 at the plate with four home runs and an MLB-record 19 total bases, breaking Joe Adcock's previous record of 16 set back in 1954.
55. Steve Garvey: 1984 NLCS, Game 4
With the Cubs holding a 2-0 series lead over Garvey and the Padres during the 1984 NLCS, the Padres needed some magic to get back in the series.
After winning Game 3, the Padres blew a late lead in Game 4 when the Cubs scored two runs to tie the game in the eighth inning.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth and Tony Gwynn on first base, Garvey blasted a home run to right-center field for a walk-off victory.
54. Casey Stengel: 1923 World Series, Game 1
Casey Stengel and the New York Giants faced Babe Ruth and the Yankees in the 1923 World Series, with the Yanks winning the series in six games.
Stengel, however, made the play of the series in Game 1.
With the score tied 4-4 in the ninth inning, Stengal lined an inside-the-park home run to give the Giants the lead and the victory.
52 and 53. Sr. and Jr.: September 14, 1990
As Ken Griffey Sr. (40) was winding down his respectable career and Ken Griffey Jr. (20) was a budding superstar, the father-son duo joined the record books together.
Playing for the Seattle Mariners on September 14, 1990, the pair hit back-to-back home runs off of Angels pitcher Kirk McCaskill.
They are the first and only father-son tandem to accomplish the feat in MLB history.
You can check it out here.
51. Mickey Mantle: April 17, 1953
While it remains highly disputed, Mickey Mantle is listed as hitting the longest home run in MLB history at a staggering 565 feet.
The shot came at Griffith Stadium in Washington on April 17, 1953, as Mantle and the Yankees were in town facing the Senators.
The lore surrounding the home run is so great that the massive bomb has become legendary. I, for one, am a believer.
50. Lenny Dykstra: 1986 NLCS, Game 3
With the series tied 1-1 heading into Game 3, the Astros took a 5-4 lead over the Mets on an unearned run in the top of the seventh inning.
Wally Backman led off the ninth with a bunt single in a controversial play where he appeared to run outside of the first-base line to avoid a tag by Glenn Davis.
Two batters later, with one out, Lenny Dykstra drilled a two-run homer to right field for a walk-off victory.
New York would win the series in six games.
49. Robin Ventura: 1999 NLCS, Game 5
The Mets entered Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS trailing the Braves 3-1 in the series and needing a win to keep their season alive.
Tied 2-2 through nine innings, the Braves finally put up a run in the top half of the 15th inning to take a 3-2 lead.
The Mets responded by loading the bases before Todd Pratt took a five-pitch walk to tie the game at three apiece.
With rain pouring down at Shea Stadium, Robin Ventura then lined a 2-1 pitch over the right field fence for a grand slam. However, he was tackled by teammates after rounding first base so the umps had to rule it as a single.
Ventura's "Grand Slam Single" gave the Mets a 4-3 victory.
Check out the historic slam here.
48. Ted Williams: 1941 All-Star Game
Believe it or not, long before Bud Selig became commissioner, the MLB All-Star game was enjoyable.
The game in 1941 marked only the ninth Midsummer Classic. Seeing as how there was no interleague play, it was fun to watch the best of the AL take on the best of the NL.
The NL held a 5-3 lead entering the bottom half of the ninth inning, but the AL quickly tied the game.
With two outs, Ted Williams hit a two-run, walk-off home run to lift the AL to victory.
46 and 47. Tino Martinez and Derek Jeter: 2001 World Series, Game 4
The Yankees entered Game 4 of the 2001 World Series trailing the Diamondbacks 2-1.
The D-Backs held a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth, with Byung-Hyun Kim heading to the mound to seal the victory.
With two outs and Paul O'Neill on first base, Tino Martinez took the first pitch and launched a game-tying, two-run homer to right-center field.
Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th, Derek Jeter hit a walk-off home run to the opposite field to tie the series at 2-2.
It was the first November home run in MLB history, turning Jeter into "Mr. November."
45. Joe DiMaggio: July 2, 1941
Willie Keeler's 44-game hit streak in 1897 seemed as if it would last forever. To this day, it is still tied for the second-longest hitting streak in MLB history.
On July 2, 1941, Joe DiMaggio entered a game against the Red Sox tied with Keeler's all-time mark. DiMaggio took a pitch from Dick Newsome and drove it into the bleachers, making the record his own.
It is the last pure record left in MLB, and if I had to guess, it'll never be broken.
44. Chris Burke: 2005 NLDS, Game 4
Game 4 of the 2005 NLDS between the Astros and Braves was one to remember. The Astros held a 2-1 series lead, needing a victory to advance to the NLCS.
The Braves held a 6-1 lead in the eighth inning before Lance Berkman connected on a grand slam to pull the Astros within one run.
Then, in the bottom of the ninth, Brad Ausmus connected on a solo shot to tie the game at 6-6 to force extra innings.
From that point on, there would be no scoring for three more hours and nine more innings.
In the bottom of the 18th inning, Chris Burke finally ended the game with a walk-off homer to win the series.
Watch Burke's shot here.
42 and 43. Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams: 1996 ALCS, Game 1
With the Yankees trailing the Orioles 4-3 through seven innings, Baltimore needed only six outs to steal Game 1 in New York and set the tone for the series.
In the bottom of the eighth, rookie Derek Jeter smacked a long fly ball to right field that appeared to be playable for Tony Tarasco. That is, until 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier reached over the fence and caught the ball before Tarasco could do so himself.
The umps controversially called it a home run, with the game now tied 4-4 and would later go to extra innings.
In the 11th inning, Bernie Williams launched a walk-off home run to left field off of Baltimore's Randy Myers to complete the comeback and take a 1-0 series lead.
You can watch the Jeter home run here.
41. Ted Williams: Final At-Bat, September 28, 1960
Ted Williams' final home run didn't win a World Series or even a playoff game, but it was a perfect ending to the career of one of MLB's greatest players of all time.
On September 28, 1960, Williams hit his 521st and final home run as a member of the Boston Red Sox.
40. Jack Clark: 1985 NLCS, Game 6
The Cardinals entered Game 6 of the 1985 NLCS holding a 3-2 series lead over the Dodgers.
Needing a victory to stay alive, the Dodgers' Mike Marshall hit a long ball in the bottom half of the eighth inning to take a 5-4 lead.
With two outs and runners on second and third base, Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda opted to pitch to Jack Clark rather than put him on first base.
Clark took the first fastball he was given and drove it 450 feet for a three-run, pennant-winning home run.
39. Ed Sprague: 1992 World Series, Game 2
After the Braves took Game 1 of the 1992 World Series, the Blue Jays were in dire need of a Game 2 victory to avoid falling in an 0-2 hole.
The Braves led the entire game and held a 4-3 lead when Jeff Reardon took the mound to close out the game in the ninth.
After a Derek Bell walk, reserve infielder Ed Sprague drilled a two-run, pinch-hit home run to give the Jays a 5-4 lead.
The Jays took the World Series in six games.
38. George Brett: 1980 ALCS, Game 3
Facing the Yankees in the ALCS, George Brett and the Royals quickly jumped out to a 2-0 series lead.
Up 2-1 in the seventh, the Yankees had hoped Goose Gossage would be able to preserve the lead to keep them alive in the playoffs.
With two on and two out, Brett took a 98-mph fastball and launched it way up to the third deck of Yankee Stadium.
The Royals would win the game 4-2 en route to a World Series matchup with the Phillies.
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37. Ken Boyer: 1964 World Series, Game 4
The 1964 World Series was an epic battle between the Yankees and Cardinals.
The Yanks appeared to be well on their way to another title, holding a 2-1 series lead and a 3-0 lead in Game 4.
Ken Boyer came to the plate in the sixth inning with the bases juiced, and all it took was one swing of the bat to give the Cardinals a 4-3 lead.
The Cards would win the game 4-3 before winning the World Series in a hard-fought seven games.
You can check out the slam here.
35 and 36. Babe Ruth: Three HR in a Game, 1926 and 1928 World Series
Babe Ruth earns two spots on this list with his equally impressive performances in the 1926 and 1928 Fall Classics.
Ruth slugged three home runs during Game 4 of the 1926 World Series, propelling the Yankees to a 10-5 victory. They eventually lost to the Cardinals in seven games.
Matched up against the Cards again in the 1928 World Series, Ruth belted three more home runs in Game 4 to lead the Yanks to a 7-3 victory and a four-game sweep for the title.
34. Rick Monday: 1981 NLCS, Game 5
Rick Monday ruined the only chance the Montreal Expos ever had at a World Series.
During the deciding Game 5 of the 1981 NLCS, Monday launched a ninth-inning home run to propel his Dodgers to victory.
Ever since, Expos fans have referred to that moment as "Blue Monday."
33. Jim Leyritz: 1996 World Series, Game 4
The 1996 World Series matched the defending champion Atlanta Braves against the New York Yankees.
The Braves led the series 2-1 entering Game 4 and they quickly jumped out to a 6-0 lead. The Yanks notched three runs in the sixth inning to get within 6-3.
With two men on base, Jim Leyritz slugged a home run to left field to tie the ballgame.
The Yanks went on to win the game in 10 innings, and soon after, they captured their first World Series title since 1978.
You can watch it here.
32. Willie Stargell: 1979 World Series, Game 7
Willie Stargell stole the show during the 1979 World Series, compiling three home runs and seven extra-base hits en route to an MVP award.
No hit was bigger than his Game 7 long ball that turned an 0-1 deficit into a 2-1 Pirates lead over the Orioles in the sixth inning.
The Pirates would go on to win the game 4-1 to become World Series champions.
You can watch it here.
31. Tony Perez: 1975 World Series, Game 7
The 1975 World Series between the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox is widely regarded as one of the best in MLB history.
After Carlton Fisk's dramatic home run to end Game 6, it was the Reds' turn for some magic.
The Sox held a 3-0 lead entering the sixth inning before Tony Perez hit a two-run bomb to get the Reds on the board and within one run.
The Reds won the game 4-3 to capture the World Series title.
30. Scott Spiezio: 2002 World Series, Game 6
I don't even know if the Giants' 2010 championship makes up for the bitter taste fans were left with after the 2002 World Series against the Angels.
Up 3-2 in the series heading into Game 6, the Giants jumped out in front and led 5-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
With two runners aboard, the Angels' Scott Spiezio hit a three-run shot to right field that narrowly cleared the wall and cut the deficit to 5-3.
The Angels would score three more runs in the eighth secure a victory and would also take Game 7 to win the World Series.
Overcoming a five-run deficit in an elimination game was the largest in World Series history.
29. Babe Ruth: The Called Shot, October 1, 1932
Whether or not Babe Ruth called his shot doesn't matter. The mystery behind this home run is what makes it so great in the first place.
The called shot was during the fifth inning of Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, where video footage confirms Ruth pointed to the center field bleachers.
On the next pitch, Ruth hit a home run to deep center field that has been estimated at 440-490 feet.
28. Jimmie Foxx: 1930 World Series, Game 5
The 1930 World Series pitted the Philadelphia Athletics against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Notched at 2-2 in the series heading into a pivotal Game 5 in St. Louis, the game would enter the ninth inning in a scoreless tie.
After Mickey Cochrane took a walk, Jimmie Foxx blasted the ball out of Sportsman's Park to give the Athletics a 2-0 lead and, ultimately, a victory.
27. David Justice: 1995 World Series, Game 6
In the 1995 World Series, the Atlanta Braves faced one of the most powerful lineups in MLB history in the Cleveland Indians.
With the Braves holding on to a 3-2 series lead, Game 6 would come down to great pitching and one stroke of the bat.
The game sat tied at 0-0 through the first five frames before David Justice connected on a home run during the bottom half of the sixth inning.
The Braves won the game 1-0 to become World Series champions.
25 and 26. Mickey Mantle: 1952 World Series, Games 6 and 7
Mickey Mantle makes the list twice for his play during the 1952 World Series as his Yanks battled the crosstown Brooklyn Dodgers, and for obvious reasons.
As a 20-year-old stepping into the shoes of a retired Joe DiMaggio, Mick hit the first of his record 18 career home runs in the World Series. The home run came in the eighth inning of Game 6, a game the Yankees would win 3-2 to tie the series at 3-3.
For an encore in Game 7, Mantle hit what proved to be the game-winning home run in the sixth inning. The home run broke a 2-2 tie and the Yanks would go on to win the World Series.
24. Fernando Tatis: Two Grand Slams in One Inning, April 23, 1999
Fernando Tatis entered the 1999 season with just over 100 career home runs and zero grand slams.
One inning against Chan Ho Park and the Dodgers on April 23, 1999, changed all that.
After hitting his first slam in the third inning, the Cards batted around until Tatis came to bat for a second time with the bases loaded.
Tatis is the only player in MLB history to hit two grand slams in one inning, and his eight RBI in an inning are a record as well.
You can watch it here.
23. Scott Brosius: 2001 World Series, Game 5
Scott Brosius became a fan favorite in New York after winning the World Series MVP award in 1998, but his greatest moment in pinstripes came three years later.
With the series locked at 2-2, the Yanks trailed the Diamondbacks 2-0 entering the bottom half of the ninth inning.
With a man on second and two outs, Brosius launched a game-tying home run to left field in what may have been the most electric moment ever at Yankee Stadium. If you don't believe me, just watch the video.
The Yankees would win the game in extra innings before losing the next two games.
22. Hank Greenberg: Slam To Clinch Pennant, 1945
Hank Greenberg was one of the best sluggers of his era, and he was the first MLB player to enter the military during World War II.
During his first season back in baseball after serving, Greenberg provided the Tigers with one of their most dramatic moments in team history.
On the final day of the season, the Tigers trailed 3-2 and needed a win to clinch the AL pennant. With the bases juiced in the top half of the ninth, Greenberg hit a towering home run to win the game.
21. Ozzie Smith: 1985 NLCS, Game 5
Ozzie Smith is arguably the greatest defensive player in MLB history, but "The Wizard's" most iconic contribution came with a bat in his hands during the 1985 NLCS.
After clawing back from an 0-2 series deficit, the Dodgers and Cardinals were tied 2-2 in the game and the series when Ozzie walked up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Smith golfed a low fastball over the right field fence to win the game. It was his first-ever home run while batting left-handed.
You can watch it here.
20. David Ortiz: 2004 ALCS, Game 4
After the Yankees downed the Red Sox 19-8 in Game 3 to take a commanding 3-0 series lead, there wasn't much hope left in Beantown.
With the Yankees leading 4-3 in the ninth, Mariano Rivera blew the save after a Dave Roberts steal and a Bill Mueller RBI single. The game would go to extra innings.
Still tied 4-4 in the bottom half of the 12th inning, Manny Ramirez singled off of Paul Quantrill to bring David Ortiz to the plate.
Big Papi launched a game-winning two-run shot to keep the Red Sox alive, and they later became the first team to overcome a 3-0 deficit to win the series.
19. Babe Ruth: 60, September 30, 1927
The 1927 New York Yankees get my vote as the greatest team in MLB history, with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig headlining Murderer's Row.
Ruth's season was magical for another reason, as on September 30 he became the first player in MLB history to hit 60 home runs in a season. He accomplished the feat in only 151 games.
The record would stand for 34 years.
18. George Brett: Pine Tar, July 24, 1983
It's hard to believe that a home run in the middle of July could be this dramatic, but the "Pine Tar Home Run" has gone down in infamy.
With the Yankees holding a 4-3 lead in the ninth, a Royals' two-out single led them to bring out closer Goose Gossage to face George Brett.
Brett launched the go-ahead home run, where upon Yankees manager Billy Martin immediately complained to the umpire regarding the amount of pine tar on Brett's bat.
The umpire ruled in Martin's favor and disallowed the home run, which led Brett into one of the most furious tirades baseball has ever seen.
The ruling was later overturned by MLB.
17. Dave Henderson: 1986 ALCS, Game 5
We all know what happened to the Boston Red Sox in the 1986 World Series (E3), yet how they reached that point was just as dramatic.
The Red Sox trailed the California Angels 3-1 in the series and found themselves down 5-2 in the ninth inning of Game 5. Clearly, their backs were against the wall and they were playing in front of the Angels home crowd.
Don Baylor hit a huge two-run homer to cut the deficit to 5-4. Henderson, who earlier had entered the game as an injury replacement for Tony Armas, came to the plate with two outs and a man on first base.
On a 2-2 count with the Red Sox one strike away from their season ending, Henderson drove the ball deep into the left field seats to give the Red Sox a 6-5 lead. They would go on to win the ALCS.
You can watch the video here.
16. Chris Chambliss: 1976 ALCS, Game 5
The 1976 ALCS between the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals was fought tooth and nail to the very end.
With the series tied 2-2, Game 5 would decide the AL champion. It was another hard-fought contest, as the Yankees gave up a three-run lead in the eighth inning before entering the bottom of the ninth, stuck in a 6-6 tie.
Chris Chambliss stepped up to the plate to face the Royals' Mark Littell, where he took the first pitch and drove it deep over the right-center field wall to send the Yankees to the World Series.
15. Aaron Boone: 2003 ALCS, Game 7
The Red Sox were so, so close.
Up 5-3 in the eighth inning, Red Sox manager Grady Little decided to keep Pedro Martinez in the game regardless of his high pitch count.
The Yankees blitzed Martinez for four hits while tying the game at 5-5, and it would stay that way until the 11th inning.
With Tim Wakefield on the mound, Aaron Boone sent the first pitch into orbit for a walk-off home run, sending the Yankees to the World Series.
14. Barry Bonds: The "New" Home Run King, August 7, 2007
On August 7, 2007, Barry Lamar Bonds became MLB's new home run king by breaking Hank Aaron's 33-year-old record with his 756th long ball.
It would be Bonds' last season in baseball, as after the season he was unofficially banished from the league.
Bonds ended his career with 762 home runs.
13. Barry Bonds: 71, October 5, 2001
Roger Maris' record of 61 home runs in a single season lasted 37 years, but Mark McGwire's record of 70 would prove to last only three seasons.
Bonds connected on the record-breaking home run during the Giants' 160th game of the season. He added No. 72 later in the game.
Bonds ended the 2001 season with 73 home runs—a record that will never be matched in the post-steroid era of baseball.
12. Mark McGwire: 62, September 8, 1998
The reason Mark McGwire's 62nd home run holds more weight than Barry Bonds' 71st is simply because, up until 1998, Maris' record was considered almost unbreakable.
It can be argued that the McGwire-Sammy Sosa home run chase of 1998 saved baseball, and at that point, no one would have been surprised to see the record fall once again (which it did three years later).
McGwire went on to hit eight more homers to finish the season with 70.
11. Dick Sisler: Wins the 1950 NL Pennant
Entering the final game of the 1950 season, the Philadelphia Phillies needed a victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers to win the NL pennant. A loss would set up a three-game playoff against the same Dodgers squad.
The first nine innings of the game were a pitching duel, with Don Newcombe and Robin Roberts going the distance while locked in a 1-1 tie.
With two runners on in the top half of the 10th inning, Dick Sisler stepped to the plate with one out. Sisler, who hit only 55 home runs during his entire MLB career, sent a 1-2 pitch out of the park for a three-run homer.
The Phillies won the game 4-1 to capture the NL pennant.
10. Reggie Jackson: Three Home Runs, 1977 World Series, Game 6
The Billy Martin-led New York Yankees met the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1977 World Series during Reggie Jackson's first season in the Bronx.
With a 3-2 series lead heading into Game 6, Jackson began his transformation into "Mr. October."
After taking a four-pitch walk in his first at-bat, Jackson hit two run home runs on the first pitches of his next two at-bats.
With fans chanting "Reg-GIE, Reg-GIE, Reg-GIE," as he walked up to the plate for the fourth time, Jackson took a knuckleball from Charlie Hough and hit it 475 feet for his third home run of the game.
The Yankees won the game and the World Series, with Jackson earning MVP honors by hitting five home runs in the six games.
9. Kirby Puckett: 1991 World Series, Game 6
The 1991 World Series is widely considered the greatest of all time, with each game going down to the wire.
The Twins trailed 3-2 in the series and, after giving up a couple of early leads in Game 6, they found themselves tied 3-3 heading into the bottom of the 11th inning.
Twins legend Kirby Puckett led off the frame, taking a 2-1 pitch over the fence to win the game. The Twins would go on to win Game 7 1-0 to capture the World Series title.
8. Roger Maris: 61, October 1, 1961
To this day, Roger Maris doesn't get enough credit for his accomplishments in baseball. The man isn't even in the Hall of Fame!
During the 1961 season, Maris and teammate Mickey Mantle were both making a run at Babe Ruth's record of 60 in a season. Yanks fans never took a liking to Maris and would rather have seen Mickey get the record.
Amid hate mail and death threats, and long before steroids were being used in MLB, Maris connected for his 61st home run on the final day of the 1961 season to break Ruth's "unbreakable" record.
7. Bucky "(Bleeping)" Dent: One-Game Playoff, 1978
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have been hated rivals through most of MLB's 100-year history. Bucky Dent took that hatred to a whole new level in 1978.
In a one-game tiebreaker to decide the AL East champion, the Red Sox held a 2-0 lead when Bucky Dent stepped up to the plate with two Yanks aboard.
Dent, who batted ninth in the order and hit 40 total home runs in his career, sent a pitch over the Green Monster for a three-run home run.
The Yanks would win the game 5-4, before eventually beating the Dodgers in the World Series, where Dent earned honors as MVP.
6. Kirk Gibson: 1988 World Series, Game 1
The Los Angeles Dodgers met the Oakland Athletics in the 1988 World Series, with the A's clinging to a 4-3 lead in Game 1, as Dennis Eckersley came to the mound to close out the ninth inning.
Eckersley, who had 45 saves during the season, made quick work out of the first two batters before walking Mike Davis.
With two bum knees keeping him out of the game, Kirk Gibson was called on to pinch-hit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Gibson took a 3-2 slider and knocked it out of the park, bringing victory to the Dodgers. Gibson's fist-pumping while hobbling around the bases is one of the most memorable moments in baseball history.
5. Hank Aaron: The Home Run King, April 8, 1974
Not to take anything away from Barry Bonds, but there is no doubt that Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's age-old home run record was a greater moment in MLB's history.
Hank Aaron entered the 1974 season two home runs shy of the record. After tying the record with a long ball on Opening Day, Aaron needed just two more games to mark his name in history.
"Hammerin' Hank" Aaron would end his career with an incredible 755 home runs.
4. Carlton Fisk: 1975 World Series, Game 6
With baseball losing its glamour around America, the Boston Red Sox entered Game 6 of the World Series down 3-2 and needing a win to stay alive.
After a long, hard-fought game, Carlton Fisk stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the 12th inning.
Fisk connected on a liner that appeared to be heading foul, while he jumped and waved the ball fair on his way to first base.
The ball struck the foul pole to give the Red Sox a 7-6 victory, and America was once again in love with baseball.
3. Joe Carter: 1993 World Series, Game 6
Leading 6-5 and trying to extend the World Series to a seventh game, the Philadelphia Phillies sent Mitch Williams and his mullet to the mound in an attempt to close out the Toronto Blue Jays.
Joe Carter had different plans.
With Paul Molitor and Rickey Henderson on base, Carter hit a lining homer to left field to give the Blue Jays their second consecutive World Series championship.
2. Bobby Thomson: "Shot Heard 'Round the World," 1951 NL Pennant
With only a few weeks left in the 1951 season, the San Francisco Giants found themselves with a double-digit deficit in the standings behind their archrivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Playing a three-game series for the NL pennant, the Giants trailed 4-3 in the ninth inning of Game 3.
With a runner on second base, Bobby Thomson hit a walk-off home run to win the series and the pennant.
1. Bill Mazeroski: 1960 World Series, Game 7
The Pittsburgh Pirates' Bill Mazeroski—known for his stellar glove and not his batting prowess—hit only 138 home runs throughout his career.
During Game 7 of the 1960 World Series, Maz hit a walk-off home run to lead his Pirates to victory.
It is the only time in MLB history that Game 7 of a World Series has ended with a walk-off home run.