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Famous Home Run Hitter Bobby Thomson Dies

Bobby Thomson, he man who hit "The Shot Heard 'Round The World" to win the 1951 NL pennant, died at the age of 86 "peacefully" at his Georgia home on Monday night, the New York Daily News reported.


The famous baseball player played for five teams over 15 seasons, hit 264 career home runs and was a three-time All-Star. On October 3, 1951, he hit his dramatic home run off Brooklyn's Ralph Branca to send the Giants to a 5-4 victory that earned them entry into the 1951 World Series. This hit has been called the greatest home run of all time.


Thomson’s hit landed in the left-field stands at the Polo Grounds and gave a four-run ninth-inning rally that was emblematic of the Giants' season. The team was trailing the Dodgers by 13 1/2 games on August 11, but went 37-7 to finish the season and force a three-game tiebreaker series with their rivals. The home run by Thomson to win the decisive third game was so big that it basically made the ensuing World Series a historical footnote.


In a 2001 Wall Street Journal story, the memorable hit was alleged to be a product of stolen signs. But Thomson never admitted to knowing what was coming from Branca.


You can read more about the famous baseball legend at: http://blog.newsok.com/berrytramel/2010/08/18/home-ru-n-list-bobby-thomsons-death-doesnt-change-his-ranking/


 

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