In honor of 4th July, Diamond Kinetics is taking a look at some of baseball’s most historic moments. Moments that changed the game forever and will be cemented in history. We’ve cataloged ten unforgettable events since the inception of America’s pastime.
A Walk Down Memory Lane
1839: Abner Doubleday is credited with inventing baseball in Cooperstown, New York.
1845: Alexander Joy Cartwright develops the rules for baseball. He’s famously remembered for creating the diamond shaped field.
1903: The first World Series is played between the Boston Americans of the American League and the Pittsburgh Pirates of The National League. The Boston Americans won the series 5 to 3.
1932: Babe Ruth calls his home run shot in Game 3 of the 1932 World Series. He pointed to the bleachers in centerfield and on the next pitch he hit a home run directly to centerfield.
1939: Lou Gehrig delivers his farewell speech. In spite of the horrible diagnosis he received from doctors, he stood amongst thousands of fans and proclaimed that he was the “luckiest man on the face of the earth”.
1947: Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier and becomes the first African-American to play in the major leagues.
1951: New York Giants outfielder Bobby Thompson hits the game winning home run to win the National League Pennant in what would become known as “The Shot Heard ‘Round The World”.
1956: Don Larsen of the New York Yankees throws a perfect game in Game 5 of the World Series. They go on to beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 4 to 3.
1989: Pete Rose is banned from baseball by commissioner Bart Giamatti for betting on games his own team played in.
1998: Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa battle to beat Roger Maris’s home run record of 61 in a season. They both break the record but McGwire beats out Sosa by hitting 70 home runs.
These moments are major staples in the game’s history. Diamond Kinetics has a deep appreciation for the history of baseball but we’re also extremely excited for its future. We’re creating technology to build the best hitters baseball has ever seen. Our SwingTracker which is a baseball swing analyzer, captures motion data and presents it in a way that understandable and accessible to players of all ages and skill levels. For updates on Diamond Kinetics follow us on Facebook and Twitter.