The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!
August 18, 2010 10:24 AM Subscribe
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'In 1951, there wasn't a more passionate rivalry in sports than the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants. Giants fans hated Dodger fans. Dodger fans hated Giants fans. Fathers passed it on to sons. In August, the Giants were thirteen and a half games out of first place. That's insurmountable. Your season's over. But mnh-mnh. Giants come back from thirteen and a half games, fall into a first-place tie with, guess who -- the Brooklyn Dodgers. Now, they play a playoff game to see who gets to go to the World Series and the Dodgers have it won, right? Until a guy named Bobby Thomson hit what they called "the shot heard 'round the world
."' -- Sports Night
Bobby Thomson, who hit the possibly the most famous home run in baseball history
, has died
at age 86
His game-ending home run on October 3, 1951 (previously
) won the National League pennant for the New York Giants and was a crucial moment in one of the most enduring sports rivalries of the last century. The rivalry would not survive the famous moment by even a a decade, though: by the late fifties, both teams
had left New York.
Thomson himself went to the Milwaukee Braves some three years after his moment of glory, where a mishap during spring training left him with a broken ankle and allowed a rookie named Hank Aaron
to earn a place in the starting lineup. To date, Thomson is not
in the Baseball Hall of Fame.