As a little boy, I decided that the most exciting way for a baseball game to end would be for the hometeam to be down 3 runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded, and then the batter hits a long drive that gets away from the outfielders so he tries to round the bases and is safe on a tag play at the plate to win the game.
The came pretty close to happening in the Minnesota Twins- California Angels game on Saturday night. The Angels were down by two runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth:
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Has there ever been a two out in the bottom of the ninth game-winning inside the park grand slam in big league baseball history?
The closest thing I can find is on July 25, 1956, the 21 year old Roberto Clemente came up in the bottom of the ninth down by three with the bases loaded at spacious Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Clemente hit it over the left fielder’s head and rounded the bases for a 9-8 win.
But that was with no outs. Indeed that caused a controversy because Clemente’s manager was coaching third base when the future legend ran through his stop sign to score the winning run.