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    Single Greatest Play

    I did a search and didn't come up anything on this.

    In your opinion, what is the greatest single play in baseball history? Not serries, not game, but individual play. More importantly, why is it the greatest? There's been a lot of plays made in all these many years, so there's a lot to pick from. Willy Maye's catch? Ruth calling his HR shot? Maybe a world series moment?

    Conversely, what is the worst single play in baseball history? Again, why? Buckner letting the ball go thru his legs perhaps? There's been a lot of bummers so there's a lot to choose from here also.
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    Re: Single Greatest Play

    One nominee for the best play is the unassisted triple play by Cleveland SS Bill Wambsganss in the 5th inning of Game Five in the 1920 World Series. It's the only unassisted triple play in World Series history. Unfortunately, the game situation wasn't too crucial as Cleveland was already winning 7-0 when the triple play occurred.
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    Re: Single Greatest Play

    Quote Originally Posted by Ltlabner
    I did a search and didn't come up anything on this.

    In your opinion, what is the greatest single play in baseball history? Not serries, not game, but individual play. More importantly, why is it the greatest? There's been a lot of plays made in all these many years, so there's a lot to pick from. Willy Maye's catch? Ruth calling his HR shot? Maybe a world series moment?

    Conversely, what is the worst single play in baseball history? Again, why? Buckner letting the ball go thru his legs perhaps? There's been a lot of bummers so there's a lot to choose from here also.

    Greatest?

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    In the biggest race in the peak of the season involving 2 teams fighting for the title.

    The call and the aftermath gripped the nation and caused perhaps the first national examination of baseballs rules.

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    Re: Single Greatest Play

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    Greatest?

    Merkles Boner

    In the biggest race in the peak of the season involving 2 teams fighting for the title.

    The call and the aftermath gripped the nation and caused perhaps the first national examination of baseballs rules.

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    Re: Single Greatest Play

    Mays catch has to be up there IMO.
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    Re: Single Greatest Play

    I'm going to go with Bobby Thomson's "shot heard round the world". Two NY teams battling for the pennant, ninth inning comeback and a huge late season comeback for the Giants, and a dramatic radio call that we are very fortunate to be able to have a record of.
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    Re: Single Greatest Play

    and a dramatic radio call that we are very fortunate to be able to have a record of.
    So true, the recording we all hear is a recording made by a Dodger fan at home, he was preparing to "gloat" with the announcment of the Dodgers win.

    However they lost, and because they lost he decided to deliver it to Russ Hodges. I find it odd that he was recording the feed from the Giants broadcast, there were 3 broadcasts that day, The Giants, Dodgers and a Universal feed.

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    Re: Single Greatest Play

    You mean no one has voted for this yet



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    I was at the game for the top one.

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    Re: Single Greatest Play

    It's not the greatest play ever, but I'm very fond of Gabby Hartnett's Homer in the Gloaming. Do home runs count?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaticanplum
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    As it gets some Jayson Stark love:
    http://espn.go.com/mlb/columns/stark/648720.html

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    Jeter's play in the WS.

    Worst- The homerun off the top of Canseco's head.

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    Re: Single Greatest Play

    Ozzie Smith's tough hop barehanded play was a very nice one!
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    Re: Single Greatest Play

    Any play that involves a flyball hitting an OF's head and becoming a HR.

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    Re: Single Greatest Play

    Quote Originally Posted by BaseballBum
    Jeter's play in the WS.
    Which one do you mean, the flip play against Oakland and Jeremy Giambi? That was the ALDS...or do you mean another one? I'm blanking on a historic WS play from him apart from the Diamondbacks homer.
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