The selections of some other cities are indicative of the bathos that has engulfed their franchises. Houston's most memorable moment was not the knifing of Jimmy Wynn by his wife but the opening of the Astrodome. Even if President and Lady Bird Johnson were there, it was still only an exhibition game with the Yankees. Of the expansion teams, Montreal's first game at home was that city's most titillating moment, and San Diego fans put aside a comparable choice to choose Nate Colbert's five homers and 13 RBIs in a road doubleheader. What Milwaukee's 6-year-old American League supporters remember most is the Brewers' first game. Manager Dave Bristol would like to forget it, since his team lost 12-0.
A perfect game is usually a perfect choice, but A's fans should have overlooked Catfish Hunter's perfecto and voted for Gene Tenace's blitz of the Reds in the 1972 World Series. And why did Kansas City fans zero in on the first no-hitter by the Royals' Steve Busby, when his second no-hit game a year later was twice as noteworthy?
Fans in other cities were hit between the eyes with historic moments they could not ignore, possibly because most of them occurred fairly recently. They include the Mets' 1969 crushing of the Orioles, Henry Aaron's 715th home run, Pirate Bill Mazeroski's climactic 1960 Series homer and the White Sox' 1959 pennant, which came after a 40-year wait.
Fans whom the carpetbaggers left behind should not fret. Most memorable moments for teams such as the Brooklyn Dodgers, the New York Giants, the Washington Senators and the St. Louis Browns will be selected by a committee of baseball experts and added to a nationwide ballot that will be used to determine the game's most memorable moment. If Bobby Thomson and his home run don't finish first in that election, then the next voice you'll hear will belong to Russ Hodges, screaming in resurrection about the injustice of it all.