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100 Greatest Home Runs of All Time

By David Schoenfield & Jeff Merron
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100 GREATEST HOME RUNS OF ALL TIME
40
George Brett's pine-tar homer, 1983
George Brett
July 24, 1983: Brett's go-ahead homer off Goose Gossage in the 9th is originally ruled an out due to excessive pine tar on his bat -- and sets off a memorable Brett firestorm. The home run is later allowed and the game continued.
39
Ken Griffey Sr. homers, 1990
Sept. 14, 1990: And then ...
38
Ken Griffey Jr. homers
Sept. 14, 1990: The back-to-back homers for the Mariner teammates -- and father and son -- come off the Angels' Kirk McCaskill.
37
Ted Williams wins 1941 All-Star Game
July 8, 1941: In his year of .400, Williams wins the Midsummer Classic for the AL, 7-5, with a two-out, 3-run blast off Claude Passeau.
36
Jimmie Foxx: Game 5, 1930 World Series
Oct. 6, 1930: With the series tied 2-2 and the game tied 0-0, Foxx delivers a 2-run homer in the 9th to give the A's the win over the Cardinals.
35
Babe Ruth's third HR, Game 4, 1928 World Series
Babe Ruth
Oct. 8, 1928: The Bronx Bombers complete a series sweep, with Ruth's 8th-inning blast onto the right-field pavilion putting the nail in the coffin of the Cardinals.
34
Babe Ruth's third HR, Game 4, 1926 World Series
Oct. 6, 1926: Ruth powers the Yankees to a 10-5 victory with the first three-homer game in World Series history.
33
Ken Boyer's grand slam, Game 3, 1964 World Series
Oct. 11, 1964: The Yankees lead the series 2-1 and the game 3-0 when Boyer deposits an Al Downing 6th-inning pitch into the left-field stands at Yankee Stadium. Cards win the game 4-3 and take the series in 7.
32
Ed Sprague: Game 2, 1992 World Series
Oct. 18, 1992: Atlanta is on the verge of a 2-0 series lead when Toronto's Ed Sprague smacks a pinch-hit 2-run HR off Jeff Reardon for a 5-4 victory. Toronto in 6.
31
Fernando Tatis: second grand slam in one inning
April 23, 1999: Tatis pulls off one of the most amazing feats in major-league history; both homers for the Cardinals' third baseman come off the Dodgers' Chan Ho Park.
30
Joe DiMaggio extends hitting streak to 45 games
July 2, 1941: DiMaggio breaks Willie Keeler's record of 44 straight games with a hit by knocking a 6th-inning homer off Boston's Dick Newsome -- his only hit of the game.
29
Cal Ripken homers while breaking Gehrig's record
Cal Ripken
Sept. 6, 1995: In one of baseball's most memorable moments, Ripken plays in his 2,131st consecutive game -- and homers in the 4th inning of the Angels' Shawn Boskie.
28
David Justice: Game 6, 1995 World Series
Oct. 28, 1995: In a tightly-fought series between Atlanta and Cleveland, the Braves win the clincher 1-0. Justice's 6th-inning blast off Jim Poole is the only run.
27
Rick Monday: Game 5, 1981 NLCS
Oct. 19, 1981: Monday sends the Dodgers to the World Series with his ninth-inning solo shot off Montreal's Steve Rogers for a 2-1 win.
26
Jim Leyritz: Game 4, 1996 World Series
Oct. 23, 1996: The new Yankee dynasty is jump-started when Leyritz rescues the Yankees from a potential 3-1 series deficit with a 3-run, game-tying HR off Atlanta's Mark Wohlers in the 8th. The Yanks win the game in the 10th.
25
Babe Ruth's 60th, 1927
Sept. 30, 1927: Ruth's record -- breaking his own mark of 59 -- holds up for 34 years.
24
Scott Spiezio: Game 6, 2002 World Series
Scott Spiezio
Oct. 26, 2002: With the Giants leading 5-0 and eight outs from winning their first World Series in San Francisco, Spiezio has a memorable duel with Felix Rodriguez, fouling off two pitches with two strikes before hitting a 3-run HR to right. The Angels rally for the win and then take Game 7 as well.
23
Tony Perez: Game 7, 1975 World Series
Oct. 22, 1975: After winning a classic Game 6, the Red Sox lead Game 7 by a 3-0 score. But Perez's 2-run homer off Bill Lee's slow curve in the 6th makes it 3-2. The Reds add runs in the 7th and 9th to win 4-3.
22
Willie Stargell: Game 7, 1979 World Series
Oct. 17, 1979: The Orioles lead 1-0 when the Pirates' elder statesman drills a 2-run homer off Scott McGregor for a 2-1 lead en route to a 4-1 win.
21
Mickey Mantle: Game 7, 1952 World Series
Oct. 7, 1952: Mantle breaks a 2-2 tie in the 6th with a homer off Brooklyn's Joe Black, over the right-field scoreboard at Ebbets Field.
20
Babe Ruth's called shot, 1932 World Series
Babe Ruth
Oct. 1, 1932: Does the Babe really "call" his homer? Well ... maybe. Ruth is being ridden hard by both the Cubs bench and Chicago fans, who toss lemons at Ruth while booing him thoroughly. It is Ruth's nature to give as good as he gets, so when he faces Charlie Root in the 5th inning of the third game, he is ready to answer. Cubs fans can only muster a single lemon rolled out to home plate.

Here's how the next day's New York Times described the scene: "In no mistaken motions the Babe notified the crowd that the nature of his retaliation would be a wallop right out of the confines of the park. Root pitched two balls and two strikes, while Ruth signaled with his fingers after each pitch to let the spectators know exactly how the situation stood. Then the mightiest blow of all fell. It was a tremendous smash that bore straight down the centre [sic] of the field in a tremendous arc, came down alongside the flagpole, and disappeared behind the corner formed by the scoreboard and the end of the right-field bleachers."
19
Ted Williams homers in final at-bat
Sept. 28, 1960: Only 10,454 fans witness the grand exit, at least, in part, because nobody knows it is Williams' last game. The Sox still have three games left to play in New York; but after the Baltimore game, Williams announces he is retiring four days earlier than expected.
18
Hank Greenberg's 9th-inning grand slam wins pennant
Sept. 30, 1945: On a dark, misty, rainy afternoon at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Greenberg, who returned to the Tigers after 3 1/2 years in the Army just a few months earlier, clears the bases to give the Tigers a 6-3, pennant-winning victory over the Browns. The Browns had intentionally walked Roger Cramer with men on second and third and one out to load the bases for Greenberg. Nelson Potter tries to sneak a screwball past the slugger, who sneaks a booming shot just inside the left-field foul pole.
17
Dave Henderson: Game 5, 1986 ALCS
Oct. 12, 1986: The Angels are one out -- and strike -- from the World Series when Henderson hits a 2-run homer off Donnie Moore to give the Red Sox a lead (the Angels tie the game before Boston wins in 11 innings). The Red Sox take the next two as well.
16
Ozzie Smith: Game 5, 1985 NLCS
Oct. 14, 1985: The Wizard shocks the Dodgers with his game-ending homer off Tom Niedenfuer -- Ozzie's first career homer batting left-handed.

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