Yearbook, Oct. 3: The Shot Heard ’Round ...

October, 3, 2012
Oct. 3, 1951: The Shot was Heard 'Round the World and it still echoes, heard even by those born long after this day 61 years ago -- when radio man Russ Hodges shouted: "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!"

Why that famous call happened: Because New York Giants third baseman Bobby Thomson hit what remains one of Major League Baseball's most famous home runs, a one-out, two-on, walk-off blast at the Polo Grounds that sent the New York Giants to the World Series with a 5-4 victory (and a 2-1 best-of-three playoff series win) over the Brooklyn Dodgers -- the team they had trailed by 13.5 games in August.

The Giants lost the World Series to the New York Yankees, but that call -- and these images -- remain memorable.

Bobby Thomson hits the Shot Heard 'Round the World AP Photo
Bobby Thomson after the Shot Heard Round the WorldAP photo
The New York Giants crowd the plate after the Shot Heard Round the WorldAP Photo/File
Bobby Thomson after the Shot Heard Round the WorldAP Photo
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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