On This Date in Sports History…The Shot Heard ‘Round the World

The Shot Heard ‘Round the World has been considered by many to be the most famous HR of all time. In 1951 the Giants and Dodgers were arch-rivals and were in a tie-breaker series to decide who would win the NL pennant. After the first two games the series was tied 1-1 and then history was made in game 3.

On October 3rd 1951 Bobby Thomson hit a 3-run HR off of Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca to win the pennant for the Giants leading to one of the most famous broadcasting calls of all time in any sport. “THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT!”

Now I have a special connection to this moment in history because Bobby Thomson is referred to in my house as Uncle Bobby. He was my mom’s uncle and my great uncle. He was also know to many by his awesome fucking nickname, ‘The Staten Island Scot’ as he came from Scotland when he was a baby.

Now the reason this HR is known as the Shot Heard ‘Round the World is due to the fact that this game was one of the first ever nationally televised baseball games. It was also streamed over radio to millions of listeners including members of the Armed Forces in Korea. It quite literally was heard all around the world!

Jackie Robinson famously stayed on the field behind 2nd base to make sure everyone touched all the bases. They all did and Robinson eventually left the field disappointed.

Now the Giants would go on to lose the World Series to the Yankees in 6 games, but the most remembered moment from that year will always be this HR.

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