Top 10 Most Bizarre Events To Ever Occur During A Baseball Game

While many people celebrate professional baseball’s
greatest home runs, or its best players, we choose to honor the wackiest, most ridiculous,
or downright embarrassing things to happen during a game. Some of these, many would like to forget,
but we won’t let them. 10. Plague of Midges The Cleveland Indians baseball stadium, and
much of Cleveland itself, is built by a lake, which often leads to some strange problems. In a playoff game between the New York Yankees
and the Cleveland Indians, thousands of midges came out of the lake in huge numbers and affected
the course of the game. Though they’re generally harmless, the sheer
swarm seriously tweaked Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain to the point that he could not
concentrate. The bugs ended up swinging the game for the
Indians, who ended up winning their series against the Yankees. Talk about home field advantage. 9. A No-Hitter Pitched While On LSD Dock Ellis was having a normal day, hanging
out with a friend of his and doing all the drugs, especially LSD. Suddenly, his girlfriend read in the newspaper
that Ellis was supposed to be pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates that day. Despite needing to catch an afternoon flight,
and running late, Ellis made it to the stadium, and proceeded to light up the opposition. While lit up himself. Ellis became the first (and, as far as we
know, only) pitcher to pull off a no-hitter while tripping the light fantastic. In fact, Ellis was so high, he didn’t even
know he was pitching a no-hitter, and interpreted his teammates’ silence as disapproval for
his druggie life. In fact, they were simply observing an age-old
tradition of not speaking to a pitcher during a no-hit bid, so as not to break the pitcher’s
concentration. 8. Potato Baseball Dave Bresnahan played for a minor league team,
and was a bit of a practical joker. He stayed up all night, slowly and intricately
carving a potato into a perfect replica of a baseball. Then the next day he put his plan into play;
there was a runner on third, and he threw the fake ball into the outfield. The runner came home, and was tagged out with
the real ball that Bresnahan still had in his hand. The umpire quickly figured out what happened,
and was not at all pleased. He ruled the runner safe at home, and Bresnahan
was fired from the team shortly after. While he may have lost his job as a baseball
player, he still regularly gets mail from fans of his admittedly-clever potato gag. 7. Bird Interference Legendary player Randy Johnson was pitching
a preseason game, and what had to have been the unluckiest bird in history decided to
get right in front of a pitch. If you see it right in front of you it’s
astounding; the ball releases, and then a puff of feathers fills the air. But in the video below you can see it in slow
motion, as the bird flies across the plate and then turns into a shower of feathers: 6. Player Starts A Riot With Heckling Fans Normally, it’s the fans that start a riot
with each other, or with the players. In this case, however, things took a turn
for the bizarre. The Texas Rangers were playing against the
Oakland A’s, whose fans are known for being extremely belligerent. The heckling from the A’s fans got so bad,
that a Ranger pitcher completely lost his temper and went on the attack, throwing a
metal folding chair into the stands, and launching himself at the fans. The unrest between the fans and the players
was so bad, that the umpires were considering calling the game as a forfeit, and just clearing
out the whole stadium to avoid any further trouble. The fan who was hit with the chair got a broken
nose and an out-of-court settlement out of the deal. 5. Back-To-Back Home Runs Off The Same Foul Pole In the same game, back in July 2012, so many
odds were defied, that it is hard to calculate. First, one home run was hit off of a foul
pole. And then later on in the game, another home
run hit the exact same foul pole. Apparently the last time this happened was
in the year 2000, which was when they first started recording home runs that were hit
off foul poles. The odds boggle the mind; perhaps baseball
is actually played by wizards. 4. Playing A Useless Game Through Serious Injury It’s one thing to play through injury during
an important game, but how about when it truly could not matter less if you played or not? Such was the case during an all-star game
played by Red Sox legend Ted Williams. Being an all-star game, the outcome, and who
contributed to it, didn’t matter in the least. Yet Williams, after breaking his left elbow
during a catch early on in the game, still continued playing for seven innings after. Not only that but, even after he broke his
elbow, he made an important catch, and hit a single that put his team ahead. 3. Rain Delay In A Domed Stadium It doesn’t make sense that you should have
a rain delay in a stadium with a retractable dome, but that actually ended up happening
in Toronto, in the middle of a Blue Jays game, back in 1989. The stadium management was not prepared for
the weather, expecting a mere light drizzle, and so they didn’t close the roof of the
stadium. Then the drizzle turned into a torrential
downpour, and they were left with a delayed game and a lot of angry fans who were not
exactly expecting such an utterly avoidable snafu. It turns out that the dome cannot close safely
if there are high winds, which happens to be a common thing during storms. Perhaps they should have closed it anyway,
since they expected rain and all, but that probably would have been too simple. 2. Manager In Disguise Bobby Valentine has been involved in baseball
for a long time, and has always been a little eccentric, but during one game, whie he was
manager of the New York Mets, he took it to the next level. It started with him getting ejected from a
game for arguing with an umpire, which is a pretty normal occurrence in baseball. However, Valentine was not content sitting
this game out, and decided that he still needed to be around to keep things going properly. While a sane manager might have tried to coach
things using a phone, or perhaps some other clever trick, he had other ideas. Valentine put on a fake mustache, and returned
to the dugout, which can be seen in the video below: He was suspended and fined for his joke, but
it definitely goes down as one of the goofiest moments in sports history. We can’t help but feel that he could have
come up with a better disguise than a fake mustache. Like just about anything else. 1. Bill Veeck’s Entire Career Bill Veeck was, by far, the most insane owner
in the history of baseball, and was better than anyone at getting people out to the park. Among his antics, he brought midgets in as
a gimmick, and sometimes held weddings on the field. He offered prizes of live animals, and once
awarded a 200-pound block of ice, which hopefully the recipient had a use for. He also once gave his team manager a gigantic
birthday cake except, instead of the usual pretty lady you would expect to pop out, a
new player made an appearance instead. Thankfully, said new player was not wearing
a sexy bikini.

100 thoughts on “Top 10 Most Bizarre Events To Ever Occur During A Baseball Game

  1. Oh you guys! Wrong euphemism. " tripping the light fantastic", is a dancing reference NOT a drug reference. ???

  2. Simon sir, you left a bit of your lunch in your beard. I call it my flavour saver. Lick your beard and taste that sandwich later

  3. #10-In Cleveland,we don't call the midges bizarre, we call the normal. When they screw up the Yankees, we call it funny. #1 That's Veeck as is wreck,(It's the title of his autobiography).

  4. I saw that Randy Johnson pitch on tv. That was the closest thing to a live action cartoon that I have ever seen.

  5. To me a bizarre event would be a full stadium at a baseball game. Really, when a camera pans the stands there are always vast open spaces of empty seats with, like, a thousand people scattered about. I wonder how they pay everybody, but I guess as long as sponsers are willing to pay for ads they'll keep putting them on TV. Maybe the premise is that millions of people are watching at home, but I don't think so. I have no interest in sports and never willingly attended any type of game unless someone to whom I gave birth was playing, but when I hear people talking about a game they viewed or players, etc. it's always about football or basketball, never, ever baseball. In old WWII movies they sometimes try to trip up hiding enemy soldiers by asking some baseball trivia question. I would be shot dead, unless I could make a deal, like I don't know, but don't shoot me and I'll perform a sexual act for you. I'll leave the act to your imagination.

  6. Enjoyed this very much. To Veek's credit, it was he who suggested planting the ivy in Wrigley Field. When you do the second installment of this (and you will) you might want to include an account of the September 23rd, 1908 game between the Cubs and the Giants at the Polo Grounds.

  7. To any Europeans making fun of my south of the border neighbors. Just imagine anything similar in a Snooker or Darts game..

  8. Top 10 worst injuries athletes played through.

    Jack Youngblood once played through an NFL Pro Bowl with a fractured leg.

    (In case you're unfamiliar with American football the pro bowl is an exhibition all star game that doesn't count for anything.)

  9. Bill Veeck wrote a book,
    entitled, "Veeck-as in

    There is the story of him
    carrying around an ice pick.
    He would stab it into his
    leg, at times. Yep, a wooden
    leg. He also carved a notch
    in it, to use as an ash tray.


  10. I can't believe how that bird exploded! I don't know anything about baseball, so have pitches ever knocked people out or killed them or something?

  11. Hey Simon, a friendly FYI. Although Bill Veeck's name looks like it should be pronounced with a long "ee" sound, he said it with a short "e" sound, as if it were spelled "Veck." Sorry for being pedantic. I love all of your shows and hope I have been gentle in adding to your vast knowledge. All the best and a Joyous and Prosperous New Year to you.

  12. Disco Demolition Night or Free Beer Night both could have easily qualified for this list – but either one of those are worthy of their own closer examination. Both mind-blowing and hilarious.

  13. You didn't have 10¢ Beer Night in Cleveland in 1974. I know what you're thinking, it didn't end as well as you think.

  14. Whoever wrote this is obviously not a student of baseball history. There are a number of things wrong that I've neither the time nor patience …

    There are two things though, about Bill Veeck.

    1) His name rhymes with "wreck." (The title of his autobiography is "Veeck as in Wreck.")

    2) He didn't hire midgets. He signed one – Eddie Gaedel – between games of a double-header. His uniform number was 1/8 and he drew a walk on four pitches. The practice was immediately outlawed and a new rule called "making a travesty of the game" was enacted.

    Bill Veeck was a visionary.

  15. OMG! THAT POOR BIRD! That was hilarious! (Please tell me I’m not the only one that watched that like half a dozen times) ?

  16. 0:28 seriously thought you said "thousands of ninjas came out of the lake" which im like, yea that would certainly affect the game xD

  17. A few notes in this:

    1. Ty Cobb also assaulted a fan in the early 1900s who was heckling him in the stands.

    2. Bill Veeck was owner of the Chicago White Sox when Disco Demolition Night occurred.

    3. Dock Ellis is a legend, just because he threw a no-hitter on LSD and possibly greenies as well.

    4. During a no-hitter by Nolan Ryan when he was pitching for the Angels in the 1970s, Detroit Tiger Norm Cash attempted to use a table leg for a bat.

  18. Foul pole thing is not that unlikely. Playing while seriously injured was very common back in those days. You and your team don't know this because you don't know baseball. A Retractable stadium is not a dome and this is actually understandable and has happened more than a few times

  19. Sir, this must have been a fun video to make. I've heard you on "BrainFood" talking about how little you know about Baseball. 😀

  20. You forgot Steve Lyons forgetting he was in front of tens of thousands of people, taking his pants off and then pulling them up so fast when he realized it gave him back spasms and a video that will live on forever!

  21. As a fan of Bill Veeck who did whatever he could to put butts in the seats of the teams he owned. I will explain how he pronounced his name by using his explanation. "It's Veeck as in wreck!"

  22. How does Jose Cruz blowing a ball over the foul line not out rate 2 down the line homers?

  23. I lived in Oakland for almost 20 years and I have never heard that A's fans are belligerent …. This is probably because the A's share a stadium with the Raiders

  24. 5:43, Veeck is pronounced like Veck… he wrote a biography called 'Veeck as in Wreck' in 1962 to point out this pronunciation.

  25. To all the comments about a crumb in Simon ‘s beard…. leave him alone, sometimes a guy needs a snack. Or he’s starting a bird conservation in there to protect them from baseball pitchers, either way, both need snacks.

  26. as a fellow beard wearer i understand sometimes its difficult to keep our beards clean at all times, but surely you check your self in the mirror before shooting? that, Im guessing; bread crumb in there is vary distracting.

  27. Midget I understand has fallen out of favour; little people refers to the culture and dwarfism to the physiological state.

  28. What about the White Sox-Orioles game played with no one in the stadium a few years ago because of the recent riots? That had to be bizarre.

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