Major League Baseball (MLB) is a sport synonymous with summer, but occasionally, Mother Nature has other plans. While rain delays are common in baseball, snow is a less frequent visitor to the diamond. However, it has happened, and when it does, it creates some of the most memorable moments in MLB history.
The Snow Globe Game
One of the most iconic instances of snow impacting an MLB game was during the 1997 World Series. Known as the "Snow Globe Game," the Cleveland Indians faced off against the Florida Marlins in Game 4 amidst flurries and unseasonably cold temperatures.
This game is remembered as the coldest in World Series history, with media outlets reporting wind chill readings of 18 degrees at Jacobs Field. Despite the frigid conditions, the game went on, resulting in a 10-3 victory for the Indians.
The Only Snow Cancellation in World Series History
While the 1997 World Series game continued despite the snow, there has been one instance where snow led to the cancellation of a World Series game. This occurred during the 1979 Fall Classic between the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Game 1, originally scheduled for Tuesday, October 9, was postponed due to snow and freezing rain in Baltimore. When the game finally took place the following night, the first-pitch temperature set a record for the coldest in history, a record that would stand until the aforementioned 1997 World Series game.
MLB's Weather Rules
The MLB has specific rules regarding games impacted by unfavorable weather conditions. Games can be postponed, cancelled, or suspended due to heavy rain, extreme temperatures, thunder and lightning, and yes, snow. The decision to delay or cancel a game is made with the safety of both players and spectators in mind.