- Patrick Dorsey, Editor, ESPN.com
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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.