The world of sports has always been a mix of outstanding athletic ability and celebrity star power. There is a certain amount of showmanship that goes along with the athletes, and oftentimes this can lead to time in the limelight. Ever since the time of Babe Ruth pointing to the outfield while at bat or Muhammad Ali’s famous “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” speech, it’s not just movie stars that become famous.
Since baseball is thought of as America’s pastime, many of the most iconic moments in American history have happened on the field. Millions of Americans flock to baseball stadiums every season, and there are even die-hard fans that go to exhibition games. While Hollywood celebrities and music artists are allowed some leeway when it comes to partying or outlandish behavior, athletes are held to a much higher standard. Baseball contracts often include a morality clause, which only furthers the wholesome “apple pie” element of the sport.
However, not all the events that have happened at a baseball stadium have been positive. Whether it’s been a single player, an entire team, or one of the millions of fans that visit every game, there have been a number of incidents that have changed the way we view baseball stadiums and the sport altogether. Check out our list of 15 of the most shocking events that happened at a baseball stadium, and test your knowledge on how well you know about some of these headline making events in baseball.
15 Randy Johnson Throws A Pitch And Explodes A Bird
14 Man Catches Foul Ball Holding A Baby
13 George Brett Pine Tar Incident
12 Blue Jays and Rangers Brawl In Texas
11 Cowgill Hit In The Face At Bat
10 Ty Cobb Beats Up A Fan
9 Steve Bartman Catches Cubs Ball And Spoils World Series Chances
8 Boston Red Sox Beat The Curse And Win World Series
7 Black Sox Throw The World Series
6 1989 World Series Earthquake
5 Mother Goes Missing At Baseball Stadium
4 Father Dies While Trying To Catch A Ball
3 Ray Chapman Killed By Carl Mays
2 Bat Boy Dies During Swinging Practice
1 Lou Gehrig Publicly Announces His Disease
When Lou Gehrig benched himself due to illness in 1939, no one thought it would be the last game he ever played. Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, this rare disease would later become known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Yankee Stadium hosted Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day, and Gehrig gave a now-infamous speech that has become part of baseball and American history. “For the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth,” he said. Lou Gehrig ultimately succumbed to the disease and passed June 2, 1941.
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