8. Mickey Owen's Dropped Third Strike
Mickey Owen's Dropped Third Strike, Game 4, 1941 World Series
Mickey Owen was one of the best defensive catchers in the history of baseball, but he is best known for a blunder of epic proportions. During the 1941 season, Owen set a record for most errorless fielding chances by a catcher and finished with a fielding percentage of .995. He was a key player in the Brooklyn Dodgers making the World Series that year. But in Game 4 of the Fall Classic against the Yankees, he committed one of the most costly errors ever.
Leading 4-3 in the top of the 9th inning, Hugh Casey had already retired the first two batters and had pitched Tommy Henrich to a 3-2 count. Casey threw a curve ball that Henrich swung and missed, but the ball bounced off Owen’s glove and allowed Henrich to reach base. This sparked a four-run rally from the Yankees and gave them a 3-1 edge in the Series. The Yanks would finish off the Dodgers the next night to win the Series. Despite the error, Owen was still able to open the “Mickey Owen Baseball School” in 1959, and it still exists to this day.