We asked each of these baseball luminaries to tell us about the greatest game he ever saw.
George Brett, Kansas City Royals
OCT. 26, 1985; WORLD SERIES GAME 6 ROYALS 2, CARDINALS 1
"Bottom of the ninth inning, we're trailing 1-0, man on third, Jim Sundberg on second. Dane Iorg singles to right to score one run. Then Andy Van Slyke throws a one-hop rocket to the plate, but Sundberg slides headfirst around the tag and scores. We get to play another day. The next day we win 11-0 and we're the champs."
Bob Costas, broadcaster, NBC Sports
JUNE 23, 1984; CUBS 12, CARDINALS 11
"It was the Game of the Week telecast, from Wrigley Field. The Cardinals took a 9-3 lead, but the Cubs came back, and in the ninth, Chicago's Ryne Sandberg tied the game with a home run off Bruce Sutter. In the top of the 10th, Willie McGee of St. Louis doubled in a run, and, in the process, hit for the cycle. The Cardinals got another to make it 11-9. Bottom of the 10th, the Cubs had two out, nobody on. As we bestowed Player of the Game honors on McGee, Bob Dernier walked, bringing Sandberg back to the plate. Sandberg hit his second game-tying homer of the day. The Cubs wound up winning in the 11th, 12-11."
Roger Angell, writer, The New Yorker
OCT. 7, 1968; WORLD SERIES GAME 5; TIGERS 5, CARDINALS 3
"The Cards were up three games to one, and winning this one 3-2 in the fifth. Lou Brock, who already had seven stolen bases in the Series, tried to score from second on a single to left, but he failed to slide. His foot hit Detroit catcher Bill Freehan's foot. Tim Harvey makes the call: Brock is out. It turned the tide of the Series. The Tigers win this game and then the next two."
Ernie Harwell, announcer, Detroit Tigers
OCT. 3, 1951; GIANTS 5, DODGERS 4
" Bobby Thomson's home run. I was on NBC-TV, which was a big kick for me. I was usually a Giants' radio announcer along with Russ Hodges. His radio call of that homer is the most famous sports call of all time. Only Mrs. Harwell knows my call."
Roland Hemond, G.M., Baltimore Orioles
MAY 26, 1959; BRAVES 1, PIRATES 0
" Harvey Haddix of the Pirates had a perfect game going for 12 innings, then Felix Mantilla reached on an error leading off the Braves' half of the 13th. After a sacrifice, Hank Aaron was intentionally walked. Still no hits. Then Joe Adcock hit a home run. Aaron didn't realize the ball had gone out, so he stopped running. That's why the score was 1-0."
Marvin Miller, former exec, dir., Major League Baseball Players Assoc.
OCT. 13, 1960; WORLD SERIES GAME 7; PIRATES 10, YANKEES 9
"Mazeroski's home run. A finish as dramatic as anything I can remember. I was sitting in the Steelworkers' union's private box at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. The most exciting moment of the entire 16 years that I lived in that town."
Tim McCarver, former catcher
MAY 30, 1967; REDS 2, CARDINALS 1
"Crosley Field. Dick Hughes retires the first 22 Reds batters. Then there's a rain delay. With two out in the eighth, Tony Perez breaks up Hughes's perfect game, and Cincy scores two to take a 2-1 lead into the ninth. Orlando Cepeda leads off for us with a single, and then I get on. First and third, no outs. Phil Gagliano comes up to bat. First pitch, he grounds to shortstop Chico Cardenas, who looks off Cepeda and throws to second. Tommy Helms throws to the first baseman, who throws to the catcher, who tags out Cepeda. A 6-4-3-2 triple play to end the game."