I believe, outside of numbers, that the best games involve a tight low-scoring pitching battle between 2 pitchers, maybe a 1-0 game or 4-3, extra-innings, tough to gather a lot of power. There may well be a comeback by one team, and lots of scoring chances thwarted, dazzling defense, and maybe a bit of the unusual. A game where the outcome is highly in doubt for much of the way.
My tool here is Baseball-Reference.com’s Play Index, an amazing device for picking out games, events and streaks, and even splits, in the game’s history, as far back as the dead-ball era.
After this I’ll explore all 1-0 games as well as close games that involved a no-hitter.
I’ll build separate lists for postseason, WS, and series-clinching games.
For all games I’m first looking at the descriptions on Wiki and lists from the Play Index, initially ignoring the aLi and Game Score stats. I’m doing this just to see if I guess correct on this stat or if there were more dramatic games that I missed out on.
Here’s the baseballgreatest spreadsheet with the games I selected for the years 1914-1949. 1950s to 1968 will arrive soon.