Can you believe it? Today marks the 25th anniversary of the start of Interleague Play in MLB. There have been some incredible moments over the past quarter century in games that involved clubs from both the National League and the American League. There have been milestones reached, rare feats achieved and some moments of levity we’ll never forget. Here’s a look at some of the great moments in Interleague history as we celebrate 25 years since it all began:
The first Interleague game: June 12, 1997
It felt weird, until it didn’t — the Giants and Rangers met for the first Interleague game in MLB history at the Ballpark in Arlington, with San Francisco prevailing, 4-3. For your trivia knowledge bank: The first Interleague pitch was thrown by Texas starter Darren Oliver, the first hit came off the bat of Darryl Hamilton, the first strikeout was recorded by Mark Gardner (a strikeout of Ivan Rodriguez in the bottom of the first inning), the first RBI came on a Billy Ripken single, Stan Javier hit the first Interleague home run and Damon Buford stole the first base in Interleague play.
David Cone throws a perfect game: July 18, 1999
On a sweltering Sunday afternoon in the Bronx — and on Yogi Berra Day, no less — Cone threw the 16th perfect game in AL/NL history, blanking the Expos in a 6-0 victory at Yankee Stadium. Don Larsen, the only pitcher to throw a perfect game in the postseason (Game 5 of the 1956 World Series) was in attendance as Cone struck out 10 and needed only 88 pitches to achieve perfection.
Robin Ventura impersonates Mike Piazza at Yankee Stadium: June 11, 2000
This is one of the great moments in Interleague history for its sheer hilarity. During a rain delay at Yankee Stadium, Mets third baseman Robin Ventura did his best — and it was really good — impression of Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza, then Ventura’s teammate. From the handlebar mustache to the batting stance to the baserunning, it was truly unforgettable.
Six Astros pitchers combine…