1932 World Series Game 3 vs Chicago - The Called Shot
1941 Regular Season vs Cleveland - DiMaggio's streak
1956 World Series Game 5 vs Brooklyn - Larsen's perfect game
1961 Regular Season vs Boston - Maris hits 61
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1932 World Series Game 3
The Called Shot
New York vs Chicago
7 - 5
1 October, 1932
In Babe Ruth's final World Series for New York, he had perhaps the most iconic moment in baseball. It was Game 3 of the World Series against Chicago, and Ruth had already homered in the game, a 3 run shot in the first. But by the 5th inning, Chicago had rallied back and tied the score at 4s and the Chicago dugout was riding Ruth mercilessly. After taking strike one Babe Ruth pointed to the center bleachers. Then after taking strike two, he again pointed. Some believe he was pointing at the pitcher Charlie Root or indicating he still had one more strike to Chicago's dugout, but Lou Gehrig maintained that Ruth had called his shot and that is how it would go down in history. On the next pitch Ruth literally swung for the bleachers and hit the ball into the center field bleachers for a homerun. New York went on to win the game and the Championship for their 4th World Series.
1941 Regular Season
New York vs Cleveland
10 - 3
16 July, 1941
In 1941 America was captivated by Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak. Starting on May 15, 1941 DiMaggio hit safely in 56 straight games, garnering 91 hits in 223 at bats, hitting .409. The 56th game came against Cleveland, where DiMaggio started off in the first with a single up the center and ended the night having hit 3 for 4 with 2 singles and a double. Joe's streak would end the next day but he would then go on to hit safely in the following 17 games - meaning he hit in 73 out of 74 total. It is perhaps the greatest record in baseball and one that stands to this day.
1956 World Series Game 5
Larsen's perfect game
New York vs Brooklyn
2 - 0
8 October, 1956
Only 23 pitchers have tossed a perfect game in MLB history and only one pitcher has ever done it in a World Series: Don Larsen. The 1956 World Series was a repeat of the 1955 World Series between New York and Los Angeles. It would be the last all New York World Series for 44 years. Brooklyn started strong winning the first two games, but New York pitchers threw 5 complete games in games 3 - 7 to cap off a comeback and win their 17th Championship. The crowning pitching achievement came in Game 5 when Don Larsen threw a perfect game. His last pitch was a strike to pinch-hitter Dale Mitchell, which gave Larsen his 7th strikeout of the game and of course, perfection.
1961 Regular Season
Maris hits 61
New York vs Boston
1 - 0
1 October, 1961
Though Roger Maris is now lauded as one of New York's greats, many forget that he was not the favorite to pass Babe Ruth's single-season HR mark. Most of the world wanted to see Mickey Mantle take over the title. In fact, Maris' teammates said the season of 61 was so stressful for Maris that his hair was literally falling out. It came down to the final 3 games of the season for Maris to set a new record and he did it against Chicago on October 1, 1961. At his second at bat he took two balls, waiting for his pitch, and then took a fastball deep to right, 360 feet for the record. (History note: Back when Ruth set the record with 60, he was playing in a 154 game season. Maris was playing in a 162 game schedule.)