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PROGRAMMING NOTE: NBC Sports California is looking back at the A's 50 Memorable Moments since the franchise relocated to Oakland in 1968. Below are the next two moments you can vote on. Tune into A's Pregame Live tonight at 6:30pm to watch highlights of the two moments. After the A's and Dodgers conclude, tune into A's Postgame Live to see which moment will move on to the next round!

1. Brandon Moss 2-run walk-off HR in 19th inning against Angels in 2013 (Two-time winner -- Defeated Mark Kotsay's inside-the-park home in Game 2 of the 2006 ALDS against the Twins on Friday)

It started out like any other game on a Monday night. Dan Straily threw the first pitch to Peter Bourjos at 7:09 p.m. The game's final pitch would not be hurled for another six hours and 32 minutes.

At 1:41 a.m. Tuesday, Brandon Moss blasted a two-run home run off Barry Enright in the bottom of the 19th inning, ending the longest game in A's history, a 10-8 victory over the Angels. The game featured 16 different pitchers and 597 pitches.

The Angels took a 7-2 lead into the eighth inning, but the A's rallied for four runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to force extra innings. The teams exchanged runs in the 15th inning to make it 8-8. It would stay that way until the bottom of the 19th, when Moss belted his second home run of the game to finally send everyone home.

 

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2. Reggie Jackson's titanic home run during the 1971 All-Star Game in Detroit

On July 13, 1971, 25-year-old A's outfielder Reggie Jackson hit the longest home run in All-Star Game history. It may very well be the longest homer ever hit in any game.

In the third inning of his second Midsummer Classic, Jackson demolished a Dock Ellis pitch to right-center field, off the base of the light tower on the roof of Detroit's Tiger Stadium. The home run was estimated at over 530 feet.

Longtime Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell called it the hardest hit ball he ever saw. The gargantuan blast would help the American League rally to a 6-4 win, its first All-Star Game victory since 1962. Jackson finished his career as a 14-time All-Star, with six of those appearances coming as an Oakland Athletic.

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