Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Page 2 [Print without images]

Wednesday, October 1, 2003
Updated: October 2, 5:19 PM ET
100 Greatest Home Runs of All Time

By David Schoenfield & Jeff Merron
Page 2

Get all the home runs: 100-71 | 70-41 | 40-16 | 15-1 | Complete List

100 GREATEST HOME RUNS OF ALL TIME
70
Yogi Berra: Game 7, 1956 World Series
Oct. 10, 1956: Berra hits two-run homers in the 1st and 3rd innings, both off Don Newcombe, to stake the Yankees to a 4-0 lead over Brooklyn at Ebbets Field. Final score: 9-0.
69
Scott Hatteberg: 20 in a row for the A's
Sept. 4, 2002: The A's blow an 11-0 lead, but Hatteberg's walkoff HR in the 9th lifts Oakland to a 12-11 win over Kansas City -- its 20th straight victory.
68
Sammy Sosa's 66th, 1998
Sept. 25, 1998: With a 4th-inning blast off Houston's Jose Lima on the season's final Friday, Sosa momentarily passes Mark McGwire in the Great Home Run Race.
67
Mark McGwire's 70th, 1998
Sept. 27, 1998: McGwire caps his amazing season with a final home run off Montreal's Carl Pavano. He hits five home runs over the final three games to pass Sosa.
66
Casey Stengel's inside-the-parker wins World Series game
Casey Stengel
Oct,. 10, 1923: Stengel's game-winning, inside-the-park homer in Game 1 for the New York Giants both adds to and is fueled by Casey's legend. With the Giants and Yankees tied at 4-4 and two outs, Stengel hits a deep blast on a 3-2 count, and his awkward baserunning becomes something of a legend. Everyone assumes Stengel runs so strangely because he'd recently broken a leg and because he is getting old. Actually, he limps because one of his shoes is disintegrating as he circles the bases.
65
Tony Fernandez sends Cleveland to World Series
Oct. 15, 1997: Fernandez takes Armando Benitez deep in the 11th inning as the Indians beat the Orioles 1-0 in Game 6 of the ALCS.
64
Babe Ruth's final home run
May 25, 1935: Ruth, playing for the Boston Braves, hits the final three home runs of his career. The third homer is believed to be the longest in the history of Pittsburgh's Forbes Field.
63
Hank Blalock wins 2003 All-Star Game
July 15, 2003: Dodgers closer Eric Gagne is 55-for-55 in save chances in '03 -- not including the All-Star Game. The Rangers' Blalock gives the AL a 7-6 victory and home-field advantage for the World Series with a two-run, two-out HR in the 8th.

62
Eddie Mathews: Game 4, 1957 World Series
Oct. 6, 1957: Mathews caps a three-run rally in the bottom of the 10th with a two-run HR off Bob Grim in Milwaukee's 7-5 win over the Yankees.
61
Mel Ott: Game 5, 1933 World Series
Oct. 7, 1933: Ott's blast in the top of the 10th gives the Giants a 4-3, Series-clinching win over the Senators.

60
Robin Ventura's grand-slam single, Game 5, 1999 NLCS
Oct. 17, 1999: In a 16-inning epic, the Braves score a run in the top of the 16th. But Ventura's bases-loaded blast wins it for the Mets. (Ventura never reaches second after getting mobbed by his teammates and is credited with a single).
59
Kent Hrbek's grand slam, Game 6, 1987 World Series
Oct. 24, 1987: Minnesota trails the Cardinals 5-2 before rallying, and Hrbek's 6th-inning, two-out slam gives the Twins a 10-5 lead. They win the Series the next day.
58
Roberto Clemente: Game 7, 1971 World Series
Roberto Clemente
Oct. 17, 1971: Clemente homers in the 4th off Mike Cueller for a 1-0 Pittsburgh lead. The Pirates go on to beat the Orioles 2-1 behind Steve Blass' complete-game four-hitter.
57
Lenny Dykstra: Game 3, 1986 NLCS
Oct. 11, 1986: Dykstra, who hit just eight homers all season, pokes a two-run shot in the bottom of the 9th for a 7-6 Mets win over the Astros.
56
George Brett: Game 3, 1980 ALCS
Oct. 10, 1980: The Royals erase their Yankee demons with a three-game sweep, capped by Brett's monster three-run upper-deck blast at Yankee Stadium off Goose Gossage in a 4-2 win.
55
Mike Scioscia: Game 4, 1988 NLCS
Oct. 9, 1988: Doc Gooden leads 4-2 in the 9th when Scioscia -- with just three HRs in '88 -- ties the game with a two-run shot. Dodgers win the game in 12 and the series in 7.
54
Bill Skowron: Game 7, 1958 World Series
Oct. 9, 1958: Tied 2-2 in the 8th, the Yankees score four runs to beat the Braves -- capped by Skowron's 3-run homer off Lew Burdette.
53
Dave Henderson: Game 6, 1986 World Series
Oct. 25, 1986: Henderson looks like the World Series hero after leading off the 10th with his homer off Rick Aguilera. Then comes the bottom of the inning ...
52
Dusty Rhodes: Game 1, 1954 World Series
Dusty Rhodes
Sept. 29, 1954: It is a surprise when Leo Durocher sends Rhodes up to pinch-hit for Monte Irvin in the bottom of the 10th with the score tied 2-2 and two Giants on base. But Rhodes hits the first pitch off Indians pitcher Bob Lemon just barely over the right-field wall at the Polo Grounds, a limp pop fly that travels all of 270 feet. Willie Mays also makes a nice catch and throw in the 8th inning of that game on a 450-foot Vic Wertz blast -- maybe you've seen the photo.
51
Mickey Mantle's titanic blast at Griffith Stadium, 1953
Mickey Mantle
April 17, 1953: Mantle takes Senators pitcher Chuck Stobbs 565 feet, rocketing a 5th-inning pitch over a 55-foot wall in left-center field and into the backyard of a house near the stadium. Yankees PR man Arthur "Red" Patterson measures the blast, which travels 460 feet in the air before caroming off a football scoreboard atop the back of the high, 69-foot-deep wall ... and the art of overestimating the true distances of home runs is invented.
50
Derek Jeter and Jeffrey Maier: Game 1, 1996 ALCS
Oct. 9, 1996: Jeter's flyball off Armando Benitez to right field becomes a game-tying HR in the 8th when 12-year-old Maier reaches over the wall to snag the ball. Ump Richie Garcia blows the call and the Yanks top the Orioles 5-4 on Bernie Williams' HR in the 11th.
49
Johnny Bench: Game 5, 1972 NLCS
Oct. 11, 1972: Trailing 3-2, Bench leads off the bottom of the 9th with a shot off Pittsburgh's Dave Giusti. The Reds score another run -- the winning run -- on a wild pitch to take the game and series.
48
Home Run Baker: Game 3, 1911 World Series
Oct. 11, 1911: The A's Frank Baker earns a nickname with a game-tying blast in the 9th off Christy Mathewson, his second homer in as many days (in an era of few home runs).
47
Gabby Hartnett, 1938 pennant race
Sept. 28, 1938: Hartnett's "Homer in the Gloaming" in the 9th lifts the Cubs to a crucial victory over the Pirates and into first place (on their way to the NL flag).
46
Steve Garvey: Game 4, 1984 NLCS
Steve Garvey
Oct. 6, 1984: Garvey's 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th lifts the Padres to a 7-5 win over Lee Smith and the Cubs.
45
Jack Clark: Game 6, 1985 NLCS
Oct. 16, 1985: For the second straight game, the Cardinals beat the Dodgers' Tom Niedenfuer with a 9th-inning HR. Clark's 3-run blast is the series clincher in a 7-5 victory.
44
Ken Keltner: 1948 playoff game
Oct. 4, 1948: In a one-game playoff for the AL pennant, Keltner gives the Indians a 4-1 lead in the 4th inning with a 3-run shot over the Green Monster off Boston's Denny Galehouse.
43
Hal Smith: Game 7, 1960 World Series
Oct. 13, 1960: The Pirates' backup catcher gives Pittsburgh a 9-7 lead over the Yankees with his two-out, 3-run HR in the 8th. The Yankees tie the game in the 9th and Bill Mazeroski wins it in the bottom of the 9th.
42
Bernie Carbo: Game 6, 1975 World Series
Oct. 21, 1975: Carbo's pinch-hit, two-out, two-strike, 3-run shot ties the game in the bottom of the 8th, setting the stage for Carlton Fisk's game-winner in the 12th.
41
Mark Whiten's 4th HR caps greatest one-man show
Sept. 7, 1993: The unheralded Cardinals outfielder ties major-league records with four home runs and 12 RBIs in one game, but is the only man to do both in the same game.

Click here to go on to Home Runs Nos. 40-16