October 3rd, 1951

I was only three weeks old when one of baseball’s great moments occurred.

October 3rd, 1951. The New York Giants had erased the Brooklyn Dodgers’ 13 1/2-game lead in the National League and finished the season in a tie with the Bums and forcing a 3-game playoff series. That, too, tied a 1 apiece, and the teams took the field on October 3rd for the rubber game, and the pennant. The Dodgers went up, 4 – 1, but in the 9th, the Giants got a run across and had runners on second and third with one out, when Bobby Thomson came up. Dodger manager Charlie Dressen summoned Ralph Branca from the bullpen, even though Branca had given up a game-winning home run to Thomson in Game 1 of the series.

On an 0-1 count, Branca threw Thomson a fastball up and in, and Thomson turned on it and launched it into the left-field seats for a walk-off 3-run homer.

The Shot Heard `Round the World



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