Bobby Thomson always seemed more embarrassed than proud of what he did on Oct. 3, 1951, at the Polo Grounds.
Bobby Thomson celebrated with Giants owner Horace Stoneham, left, and manager Leo Durocher after hitting his famous home run against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
“It was just a home run,” he would often say in his shy, soft voice.
Just a home run that won the National League pennant for the New York Giants in the ninth inning of the decisive third game of their playoff with the Brooklyn Dodgers, the “shot heard round the world.”
Just a home run that has endured for more than half a century as a reminder of the teams’ rivalry, six years before both franchises skipped town for California.
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