Baseball giant Bobby Thompson dies at 86
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Bobby Thompson was a good baseball player, if not a Hall of Famer until a momentous home run in 1951. It was called the "Shot heard 'round the world." Thompson has died at his Savannah, Georgia home at the age of 86.
A three-time All-Star as an infielder and outfielder, Bobby Thomson hit .270 with 264 career home runs and 1,026 RBIs from 1946-60 with several teams.
P>LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Thompson was behind baseball's most famous home runs ever. Thompson connected off Ralph Branca for a three-run drive in the bottom of the ninth inning that sent the New York Giants over the Brooklyn Dodgers in the decisive Game 3 of their National League playoff.
The drive into the left-field stands at the Polo Grounds led broadcaster Russ Hodges to shout four times "the Giants win the pennant!" The event remains one of the signature moments in major league history.
A three-time All-Star as an infielder and outfielder, Thomson hit .270 with 264 career home runs and 1,026 RBIs from 1946-60 with several teams.
But the fly ball that flew over the wall vaulted "The Flying Scot" to a place of almost mythological proportions. There have been plenty of historic home runs over the years, but Thomson's shot stands as the giant among them all.
The tall, lanky and self-effacing Thomson was stunned that in a lineup that included future Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Monte Irvin, he would hit the pennant-winning homer. He called himself "the accidental hero."
Thomson never quite understood what all the fuss the homer created. In 1991, on its 40th anniversary in 1991, he said, "I can't believe we're still talking about it."
"Bobby Thomson will always hold a special place in our game for hitting one of the signature home runs in baseball history.' The Shot Heard 'Round the World' will always remain a defining moment for our game, illustrating the timeless quality of the national pastime," commissioner Bud Selig said.
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