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Shot heard 'round the world: Bobby Thomson dies at 86

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bobby-thompson.jpgBobby 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.

Thomson moved to Staten Island from Glasgow, Scotland when he was two years old.

He hit .270 in his career with 264 homers, 1,705 hits and 1,026 RBI over 15 years of play.

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For a timely and engaging book that revolves around Bobby's blast, and if you are a true baseball fan, you might be interested in reading my novel ONE UPON A FASTBALL, available at or on my website, Happy reading! Cheers, Bob Mitchell

The Giants Win the Pennant!!!
With the passing of Bobby Thomson yesterday I started to think about the importance of his Great Homerun. Sure many others are just as much or more prominent for winning bigger prizes.
Like Mazeroski’s and Joe Carters both ended the World Series. And who could forget Kirk Gibsons painful but joyous romp around the bases after his bolt ended a World series game.
And then the infamous Babe Ruth called shot in Chicago. Or speaking of legendary how can anyone overlook Mr. October’s power and glory.
True as it is Thomson’s “Shot Heard round the World” only put the New York Giants in the World Series which they would eventually lose. But the scene that sticks in my mind from as long as I can remember is that grainy black and white film with the original radio call.
It still gives me goosebumps and almost brought me to tears last night as I played it over and over again. Why?? Because of the Passion and Glory of it all that will be forever etched in my mind.

I must note that I was born nearly 10 years after Bobby’s Blast and I’m from Philly not New York. But it doesn’t matter because that wild scene of Thompson being swarmed at home plate and carried around the field on that black and white film from another era is magic.
It can be repeated many times over and over but never replicated. And for that reason alone it will always be the Greatest Home run ever.

Baseball is really a very different game now,and with the passing of Bobby Thomson one of the true gentelmen of the game, it may never have the chance be the same. He was an example many of the players could and should look to see how "class" is done.
I have had the privilage of knowing Bobby for most of his career, not as a close friend but as a long time acquaintance,we actually played together in the town softball league. As mild a mannered and humble indivual as you will ever meet, with a swing a smooth as silk. Always amazed me to watch him at bat, poetry in motion.
Thanks Bobby for it all!!!! Always the gentleman!!!!!

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