The shot herd ’round the world

On October 3, 1951, Bobby Thomson hit a home run off of Dodger’s pitcher Ralph Branca in the bottom of the ninth inning. It became known as the shot heard round the world.

The three run home run gave the New York Giants the 5-4 edge over the Brooklyn Dodgers. It also gave the Giants the National League Pennant. Fans ran onto the field to celebrate with the team after the “Cinderella story” come from behind season. ‘

Here is a video of one of baseball’s most memorable home runs.

The Giants 13 1/2 games behind the Dodgers in mid-August. No one predicted the come from behind victory. By October the Giants were tied for first in the division and on their way to their first National League playoff game. They were in that position because they won 37 of their last 44 games.

The Giants rode the wave of victory to beat the New York Yankees 5-1. The Yankees took the series four games to two.

The Giants went back to the World Series in 1942 to sweep the Cleveland Indians in four games.

“In New York, after that famous home run, they expected me to be up there every year. That homer raised me to a high level, with the top guys in the game.” -Bobby Thomson


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