Baseball's postseason history is chock-full of legendary performances, mysterious happenings, amazing plays and epic failures. Now, for the first time, fans can vote on the players, coaches, teams and moments that have stood out the most over countless Octobers as part of ESPN.com's Hall of Fall.
With 46 percent of the vote, Steve Bartman is our first inductee into The Twilight Zone. Bartman's supposed interference beat out both Roger Clemens' bat-throwing antics and Pedro Martinez's brief scuffle with Don Zimmer as the weirdest event to have occurred in Major League Baseball's postseason. Bartman unsurprisingly received 67 percent of the vote in Illinois and carried 45 states. Only Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Delaware picked Pedro and Zimmer's donnybrook.
Make sure to check back Wednesday to vote on the greatest postseason artifacts of all time in the Hall of Fall's museum!
Note: The ESPN research team of Mark Simon, Mike Lynch, Dan Braunstein, Greg Dohmann, Gregg Found, Jeremy Lundblad, Justin Havens, David Schoenfield and Rob Neyer contributed to this project.
Joe Medwick gets pelted: Perhaps the ugliest scene in World Series history (aside from Pete Rose's mid-'70s bowl haircut): Star player (Medwick, the Cardinals' left fielder, was a future Hall of Famer) gets into a scuffle with an opponent (he had slid hard into Tigers third baseman Marv Owen in the sixth inning of Game 7 of the 1934 World Series), and when he heads out to left field in the bottom of the frame, Detroit fans bombard him with broken bottles, fruit and other garbage.
Charley Finley's shenanigans: It's really a shame "SportsCenter" didn't exist when Finley owned the A's. After Mike Andrews made two errors to help the Mets score four runs in the 12th inning of Game 2 of the 1973 World Series, Finley forced the Oakland second baseman into signing an affidavit that he had an injured shoulder, thus allowing Finley to replace him on the roster. MLB commissioner Bowie Kuhn was outraged at Finley's antics, and the story became a national headliner.
Clemens throws at Piazza: The Clemens-Piazza feud was the major storyline heading into the 2000 World Series. Clemens had beaned Piazza earlier in the season, a month after Piazza had belted a grand slam off him. After Piazza broke his bat fouling a ball away, a piece of wood came Clemens' way. The Yankees pitcher chucked the shard in Piazza's direction, greatly puzzling the Mets catcher. Both benches cleared, but the incident didn't go any further. Clemens' explanation afterward? He claimed to think the piece of wood was a baseball.
Pedro throws Zimmer: It wasn't exactly Carlton Fisk brawling with Thurman Munson, but the bitter Red Sox-Yankees rivalry reached a new high (low?) in the 2003 ALCS when a bench-clearing melee -- sparked when Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez threw near Karim Garcia's head and Roger Clemens later retaliated by throwing at Manny Ramirez -- led to 72-year-old Yankees coach Don Zimmer charging Martinez, who grabbed the coach by the head with two hands and shoved him to the ground.
Steve Bartman's fateful interference (WINNER): The Cubs were on the verge of going to their first World Series since 1945 when Marlins second baseman Luis Castillo hit an innocuous foul fly ball down the left-field line. Moises Alou appeared poised to make the catch, but the ball hit the outstretched hands of a certain headphones-wearing Cubs fan and bounced away. The Cubs became unglued, as seven of the next eight Marlins reached base. The Marlins won 8-3, then won the next day to clinch the 2003 National League Championship Series.