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Our sports stadiums have hosted near-religious experiences -- e.g., the Immaculate Reception -- as well as actual religious events, such as the three papal masses at Yankee Stadium. Now it's time for us to celebrate the latter type, ranking the most significant noncompetition moments at North American sports venues.

What is noncompetition? Basically: Roy Halladay's many strikes in his 2010 playoff no-hitter are not eligible. President George W. Bush's single, inspiring strike at the 2001 World Series is. (More on the rules here.)

Got it? Then read on, and react. -- Jim Caple