October 22, 1975 at Fenway Park
Joe Morgan, top of the 9th inning against Jim Burton. Morgan muscled out a bloop single to score the original Ken Griffey (SR) to send the Reds to a 4-3 lead, and eventual victory against the BoSox in the 75 WS.
Had to have a hit, not a walk and Joe delivered.
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Thanks for finding it, it's just ridiculous, by the end there, Cora actually looks like he's getting bored, Clement looks miserable, and most everyone else is just giddy.
Sorry, meant to quote reds44's post.
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Hard to pick ONE. But the one at the end of our season last year Bruce vs. Romo was one of the greatest I have ever seen.
Didn't Pujols have a great AB against Lidge before he hit that Granny in Houston?
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Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
It's the Warren Morris walk-off to win the CWS. Man, I know this doesn't apply in the same sense you guys are talking about (he hit it on the first pitch) but it's the ONE SINGLE AT BAT that I always remember exactly where I was when it happened.
Very cool play by play interview with the participants here.
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I know this isn't that high on the list of great at bats and there really wasn't much at stake, but I was at a game where Joe Oliver got deep in the count, got one to drive, and pulled it just foul into the green seats. The next pitch he hit fair, on almost the same exact trajectory. How often do you see a guy hit a foul homer and then get one fair on the next pitch?
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I don't remember much about single ABs, but for recent history I'll go the other way from the type of ABs most guys choose, and pick Choo's first pitch of the game HR last week. I like aggressive ABs that jump right on a pitcher and don't involve fouling off about eleventy-billion pitches.
1967 Don Pavletich ...pinch hitting...kept fouling off pitches and fooled on a curveball his hand slipped off the bat but he connected ... homer...one handed...Marichal pitching...I was there with my Dad and Grandma. I loved Pavletich and Art Shamsky. Go figure...Rose Pinson D Johnson Alex Johnson Cardenas Perez and May....and my 14 y/o heroes were instead a couple of backup players.
The fanfare for Broxton coming in was akin to GABP when Chapman comes on in the 9th. That battle was an amazing thing to see in person.
Here is the Cora/Clement ab. The mlb link doesn't work.