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Bobby Thomson, who hit baseball's 'Shot Heard 'Round the World,' dies

August 17, 2010
  • Bobby Thomson of the New York Giants hits a home run to win the National League pennant in the ninth inning of the third game of a playoff series against the Brooklyn Dodgers at the Polo Grounds in New York on Oct. 3, 1951. Thomson died Monday night, Aug. 16, at age 86.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Bobby Thomson, who hit the famed "Shot Heard 'Round the World" that won the 1951 National League pennant for the New York Giants, has died. He was 86.

Thomson's death was confirmed Tuesday by the funeral home in Savannah, Ga., that is handling the arrangements. He had been in failing health for several years and died at home nearby Monday night, funeral director Joe Wall said.

Thomson connected off Brooklyn ace Ralph Branca for a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning at Polo Grounds in the decisive game of a best-of-three playoff.

The homer and broadcaster Russ Hodges' ecstatic call of "The Giants win the pennant!" remain one of the signature moments in major league history.

A three-time All-Star as an infielder and outfielder, Thomson hit .270 with 264 career home runs and 1,026 RBIs from 1946-60 with several teams.

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