The quarantine and shutdown would be much more tolerable for baseball fans if they could pass the time watching ballgames. Sadly, the MLB season has been postponed, and America’s pastime has become yet another victim of the coronavirus. Fortunately, there are hundreds of great games available on YouTube, where anyone can relive the glory of victories past or finally catch a great game that they missed the first time around. Here are 30 classic games, along with some honorable mentions, for every team in baseball — just check these out on YouTube searching the given titles and enjoy a new classic while most major sports are either canceled or on hold.
- What you should watch: 2001 World Series, Game 7: Yankees @ Diamondbacks
Bases jammed in the bottom of the ninth in Game 7 of the World Series always makes for high drama, but with the then-three-year-old Diamondbacks a pitch away from becoming the youngest team ever to win the Commissioners Trophy, emotions were bubbling over. The game featured an epic showdown between the Yankees’ Roger Clemens and the Diamondbacks’ Curt Schilling — until postseason magician Mariano Rivera came out of the Yankees bullpen. Rain literally fell from the desert sky before Louis Gonzalez hit a walk-off line drive that put the Diamondbacks in the history books.
Honorable mention: 5/18/04: Randy Johnson’s Perfect Game
- What you should watch: 1992 NLCS, Game 7: Pirates @ Braves
The Braves rallied from behind to overcome a 2-0 deficit in the bottom of the ninth in Game 7 of the 1992 NLCS to defeat the Pirates in thrilling fashion. A benchwarmer with just 10 at-bats the entire season knocked in the winning run and secured Atlanta its second straight National League pennant.
Honorable mention: 1995 World Series, Game 6: Braves @ Indians
- What you should watch: 1983 World Series, Game 5: Orioles @ Phillies
In 1983, the Orioles sealed the deal on their third World Series in 30 years. Baltimore dominated Philly, Scott McGregor pitched a five-hit shutout and big, exciting home runs broke the game open early.
Honorable mentions: 2014 ALDS Game 2 (Tigers vs. Orioles) and 1970 World Series, Game 5: Reds @ Orioles
Boston Red Sox
- What you should watch: 2004 World Series, Game 4: Red Sox at Cardinals
In Game 4 of the 2004 World Series, Boston finally got what they had wanted for 86 years — the reverse of the curse. For the first time since 1918, the Sox won a championship and finally broke the Bambino’s spell — and they did it in a sweep.
Honorable mention: 2004 ALCS, Game 5: Yankees @ Red Sox
- What you should watch: 2016 World Series Game 7 (Cubs win World Series for the first time in over 100 years!)
Even the generational pain endured by the Red Sox and that other Chicago team have nothing on the misery Cubs fans swallowed for more than a century. Coming into 2016, the Cubs had been without a World Series victory since 1908, but that sad era ended in a historic nail-biter Game 7.
Honorable mentions: Nationals vs. Cubs, 8/12/18 (David Bote’s Walk-Off Grand Slam Game) and 5/6/98: Kerry Wood Strikes Out 20
Chicago White Sox
- What you should watch: 2005 World Series, Game 4: White Sox @ Astros
The year after the Red Sox ended their own generational agony, the White Sox snapped a historic World Series drought of their own — their last championship was in 1917. Also like the Red Sox, the 2005 White Sox — one of the greatest teams ever assembled in modern baseball — swept their way to rewriting history.
Honorable mention: 8/18/08: Mariners 5 @ White Sox 13
- What you should watch: 9/11/85: Pete Rose’s 4,192nd Hit
Reds fan or not, it’s impossible not to revel in the magic of the game that enshrined Pete Rose — Chalie Hustle himself — as the greatest hitter in the history of baseball. After going 0-4 the game before, anticipation was in the air as Rose snatched the record from Ty Cobb, who remains the only other player in history to retire with more than 4,000 hits.
Honorable mention: 1976 World Series, Game 4: Reds @ Yankees
- What you should watch: 1997 ALCS, Game 3: Orioles @ Indians
Mike Mussina put on a clinic, setting an LCS record with 15 strikeouts through seven innings. By the 12th inning, however, both bullpens were spent in this epic extra-innings marathon.
Honorable mention: 2007 ALCS, Game 1: Indians @ Red Sox
- What you should watch: SDN at COL — June 08, 2013
This game is an exciting one for many reasons, but one big reason is because of the first career walk-off homer Nolan Arenado achieves in this game about a month after he joined the league.
Honorable mention: SFN at COL — June 18, 2017
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- What you should watch: 1984 World Series, Game 5: Padres @ Tigers
Detroit’s Sparky Anderson became the first manager in baseball history to win the World Series in both the National League and the American League. A thrilling game started with the Tigers strong out of the box, only to see their lead dwindle away before Kirk Gibson roped Goose Gossage for a three-run homer that remains a key piece of Tigers franchise lore.
Honorable mention: 2014 ALDS Game 2 (Tigers vs. Orioles)
- What you should watch: 2005 NLDS Game 4: Braves @ Astros
Not only was this 18-inning slugfest the longest postseason game in MLB history, but it’s also the only playoff game that featured two grand slams. Both teams had to dig deep into their rosters — the Astros literally ran out of pitchers. Exactly twice as long as a regular ballgame, make sure you’ve got around five hours to dedicate to this gem.
Honorable mention: 2004 NLCS, Game 7: Astros at Cardinals
Kansas City Royals
- What you should watch: 2014 AL Wild Card Game (Athletics vs. Royals)
Whether the A’s choked or the Royals persevered is a discussion that still rages today. One thing, however, is certain. This postseason classic goes down as one of the greatest comebacks of all time in Wild Card history.
Honorable mentions: 1985 World Series, Game 7: Cardinals @ Royals and 7/24/83: The Pine Tar Game
Los Angeles Angels
- What you should watch: 2002 World Series, Game 7: Giants @ Angels
The Rally Monkey was the unofficial star of the Angels during the team’s magical World Series run in 2002. Inspired hitting by Series MVP Troy Glaus led the franchise to its first-ever championship in front of a packed and rowdy home-field crowd.
Honorable mention: 1986 ALCS, Game 5: Red Sox @ Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers
- What you should watch: 1988 World Series, Game 1: A’s @ Dodgers
The Dodgers pulled out an exciting victory despite being serious underdogs. Not only was Kirk Gibson out with an injury, but Los Angeles was going head to head with none other than the Bash Brothers — Mark McGuire and Jose Conseco, the latter of whom tallied a grand slam during the game.
Honorable mentions: 1981 World Series, Game 6 and 1988 NLCS, Game 4: Dodgers @ Mets
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- What you should watch: 4/5/93: The Florida Marlins’ First Game
See the dawn of Marlins history with the franchise’s first-ever season opener. “Mr. Marlin” Jeff Conine swept the crowd’s heart by going four for four and establishing himself as an instant fan favorite.
Honorable mentions: 2003 World Series, Game 6: Marlins @ Yankees and 1997 World Series, Game 7: Indians @ Marlins
- What you should watch: 4/15/87: Juan Nieves’s No-Hitter
Juan Nieves became not only the first Brewer ever to pitch a no-hitter but also the first Puerto Rico-born player to do so. Robin Yount saved the day with a legendary line-drive catch in the outfield.
Honorable mention: 1982 World Series, Game 7: Brewers @ Cardinals
- What you should watch: 1987 World Series, Game 7: Cardinals @ Twins
This exciting series was a game-changer for two reasons. Not only was it the first time a World Series was played indoors — to absolutely deafening crowds — but it was also the first time that the home team won all four home games.
Honorable mentions: 1991 World Series, Game 7: Braves @ Twins and 2002 ALDS, Game 5: Twins @ Athletics
New York Mets
- What you should watch: 1986 World Series, Game 7: Red Sox @ Mets
The Red Sox had not yet shaken off the curse when they ran into the brick wall that was the 1986 New York Mets. The capstone on one of history’s most dramatic postseasons, both teams were under intense pressure to win — pressure that built to a crescendo thanks to a rainout of the originally scheduled game.
Honorable mention: 1969 World Series, Game 5: Orioles @ Mets
New York Yankees
- What you should watch: 1952 World Series, Game 7: Yankees @ Dodgers
The winningest team in baseball history has so many classics to choose from that you could watch only historic Yankees games during the lockdown and likely never run out of material. This gem, however, includes homers by Mickey Mantle and Gene Woodling and a game-saving catch by none other than Billy Martin. It would lead to the Bronx Bombers winning their fourth of five straight World Series.
Honorable mentions: 1996 World Series, Game 6: Braves @ Yankees and 2001 World Series, Game 4: Diamondbacks @ Yankees
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- What you should watch: 1992 ALCS, Game 5: Blue Jays @ Athletics
Dave Stewart was the star of Game 5 of the 1992 ALCS. The pitcher let up just two runs and pitched a complete-game victory.
Honorable mention: 1989 World Series, Game 3: Athletics @ Giants
- What you should watch: 1980 World Series, Game 6: Royals @ Phillies
Relive the glory of Philly’s first championship in this Game 6 classic. Pitcher Tug McGraw brought the win home with a dazzling 1-2 fastball strikeout to close out the ninth inning.
Honorable mention: 1993 NLCS, Game 6: Braves @ Phillies
- What you should watch: 1971 World Series, Game 7: Pirates @ Orioles
The Orioles — with their deep roster that included four 20-game winners — were expected to blow Pittsburgh out of the park, but it didn’t happen that way. A soaring home run compliments of Roberto Clemente paved the way for an unlikely but glorious Pirates World Series win.
Honorable mention: 2019 Opening Day: Pirates vs. Reds
San Diego Padres
- What you should watch: 1984 NLCS, Game 5: Cubs @ Padres
The Cubs were the best team in the National League in 1984 and marching toward their first post-1908 World Series win, but the Padres were not willing to play that role in baseball history. The front-runner Cubs opened the NLCS with a 2-0 lead, but by the end of Game 5, it was clear that the Padres weren’t going away.
Honorable mention: 1998 NLCS, Game 2: Padres @ Braves
San Francisco Giants
- What you should watch: 1989 NLCS, Game 1: Giants @ Cubs
The Giants took the Cubs to school and back in the ’89 NLCS opener. Will “The Thrill” Clark put on a clinic at the plate, going four for four with six RBIs and two home runs, including a grand slam.
Honorable mention: 2003 NLDS, Game 4: Giants @ Marlins
- What you should watch: 1995 ALDS, Game 5: Yankees @ Mariners
The Mariners forced a Game 5 at the 1995 ALDS after initially falling 0-2 to the Yanks. They trailed at first, but Ken Griffey Jr. took care of that with a tying home run that paved the way for a thrilling comeback.
Honorable mention: 8/24/07: Mariners 4 @ Rangers 2
St. Louis Cardinals
- What you should watch: 2006 World Series, Game 5: Tigers @ Cardinals
The Cardinals brought the trophy to St. Louis in 1996, the first year in their new stadium. Jeff Weaver was in prime form at the plate and MVP David Eckstein scored a run and batted in two more.
Honorable mention: 1982 World Series, Game 7: Brewers @ Cardinals
Tampa Bay Rays
- What you should watch: 2008 ALCS, Game 7: Red Sox @ Rays
The Rays moved on to the World Series in thrilling fashion in 2008, taking the Red Sox all the way to Game 7 of the ALCS. The outrageous and lengthy celebration after the game is almost as memorable as the win itself.
Honorable mention: 2008 ALCS, Game 1: Red Sox at Rays
- What you should watch: 5/1/91: Nolan Ryan’s 7th No-Hitter
On May 1, 1991, 44-year-old Nolan Ryan pitched his seventh no-hitter. For context on just how remarkable that record is, No. 2 Sandy Koufax had four. The King of Ks struck out 16 batters.
Honorable mention: 7/30/08: Mariners 3 @ Rangers 4, F
Toronto Blue Jays
- What you should watch: 1993 World Series, Game 6: Phillies @ Blue Jays
Oct. 23, 1993, is a dark day in Philadelphia baseball history. A Lenny Dykstra three-run homer anchored a five-run Phillies rally back from a four-point deficit. With Philly looking forward to Game 7, Toronto shattered their hopes when Joe Carter tagged history’s first series-winning, come-from-behind home run in the bottom of the ninth.
Honorable mention: 1992 World Series, Game 6: Blue Jays @ Braves
- What you should watch: MIA at WAS – September 28, 2014
This memorable game took place on the last day of the regular season, and it did not disappoint. The drama that included Jordan Zimmermann’s no-hitter didn’t stop even up to the final out of the game.
Honorable mention: PIT at WAS — June 20, 2015
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