Ozzie's homer tops in Busch history
Fans choose long ball in '85 NLCS as favorite moment
ST. LOUIS -- It was the perfect combination of two of the greatest icons of modern Cardinals history. It was a player best known for his defense coming up with the biggest hit of his career. It was also perhaps the defining call of a legendary broadcaster's career.
It's Ozzie Smith's home run in Game 5 of the 1985 National League Championship Series, and you the fans voted it as the greatest moment in the history of Busch Stadium. In balloting on StLCardinals.com from Sept. 9-19, fans chose their top 10 moments from a list of 25.
The list also contains another Jack Buck moment. Fittingly, Cardinals fans remember the man who occupied the broadcast booth at the old park for so long. Moment No. 5 is Buck's reading of his poem, "For America," as baseball returned to the field after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The winning list includes regular-season milestones, like Mark McGwire's 62nd homer and his 70th in 1998, and great postseason moments, like Bob Gibson's brilliant showing in Game 1 of the 1968 World Series. Of course, the 1982 World Series championship came in with a strong showing, as did Games 6 and 7 of last year's NL Championship Series.
There is, of course, only one fault with the list: It doesn't include the memorable moments the Cardinals will create as this postseason goes along. You'll just have to enjoy them as they happen.
The great run of the current park comes to an end after this year's postseason, and the weekend of Sept. 30-Oct. 2 is scheduled to be one big celebration of the old stadium. Next spring, the Cardinals move into a new stadium next door, which will also be called Busch Stadium.
On Friday, the Cardinals revealed the top 10 greatest moments throughout their game against the Reds, kicking off the festivities in style.
Fans in attendance at Friday's game received DVDs featuring the top 10 moments, courtesy of MasterCard. The DVD sampler will promote the Cardinals' feature-length DVD covering the full history of Busch Stadium, which will be available after the season.
Here are the moments you chose:
10. Sept. 27, 1998: McGwire caps a mesmerizing season with his 70th and final home run of the campaign.
9. Aug. 13, 1979: Lou Brock becomes the 14th player in Major League history to reach 3,000 career base hits.
8. Oct. 21, 2004: The Cardinals beat Roger Clemens and the Astros, 5-2, in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series, advancing to the World Series for the first time in 17 years.
7. Sept. 10, 1974: Brock racks up stolen bases 104 and 105 of the '74 season, tying and then breaking Maury Wills' 12-year-old record.
6. Oct. 20, 2004: Jim Edmonds hits the biggest home run of his career, a 12th-inning walk-off shot off Houston's Dan Miceli in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series.
5. Sept. 17, 2001: Baseball returns to the field after a week away because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Jack Buck welcomes the game and the country back with a reading of his original poem, "For America."
4. Oct. 2, 1968: Gibson strikes out 17, setting a Fall Classic record, in a win over the Tigers in Game 1 of the World Series.
3. Oct. 20, 1982: Bruce Sutter closes out Game 7 of the World Series, a 6-3 win over the Brewers, as St. Louis wins its first world title since 1967.
2. Sept. 8, 1998: McGwire breaks Roger Maris' single-season home run record, clouting No. 62 and bringing his season-long race with Sammy Sosa to a head.
1. Oct. 14, 1985: Ozzie Smith socks the first left-handed home run of his career, off Tom Niedenfuer of the Dodgers, in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. ... "Go crazy, folks! Go crazy!"
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.