August 17, 2010

Shot heard 'round the world; Bobby Thomson dies at 86: Bobby Thomson, the New York Giants hero who hit what is arguably the most famous home run of all time, died Monday night at the age of 86 in his Savannah, Georgia home.

Thomson's "shot heard 'round the world" won the 1951 National League pennant for the Giants in a best-of-three playoff against their crosstown rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers.

posted by BornIcon to baseball at 03:42 PM - 5 comments

I was 10 years old that summer, and while I was a Boston Braves fan, I favored the Giants in the playoff. I don't know why that was, but it was so. The game was broadcast on radio in the Boston area, and I was glued to it that afternoon. I went nuts when Thompson hit the home run, as did my mom. I remember she broke out the bottle of Four Roses and poured each of us a shot, but mine was very tiny. I don't know why the memory has stuck with me so vividly for so long, but I guess it is one of the things that has made me a sports fan and closet alcoholic) for life.

posted by Howard_T at 05:13 PM on August 17, 2010

St. Peter will usher him in through the Pearly Gates in a solid gold limo just for winning the pennant against the Dodgers alone.


posted by irunfromclones at 07:29 PM on August 17, 2010


posted by tommybiden at 08:16 PM on August 17, 2010

"The Giants Win The pennent..The Giants Win The Pennent"...who can forget that and seeing the replays over and over. Truly in that day a shot heard round the world. RIP Bobby.

posted by wildbill1 at 07:02 AM on August 18, 2010


posted by yzelda4045 at 10:02 AM on August 18, 2010

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