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100 Greatest Home Runs of All-Time
I found this article and I thought it would be fun to debate.
I'm not going to give you the whole list at once, here is 71-100.
Before I give you the rest, give me your top HR list.
100 Greatest Home Runs of All Time
By David Schoenfield & Jeff Merron
ESPN Page 2
If you ask Red Sox and Yankees fans where they were on the afternoon of Oct. 2, 1978, they'll know. They were watching Bucky Dent hit a Mike Torrez pitch over the Green Monster at Fenway. The surprising hero -- it was only his fifth home run of the season -- lifted the Yankees to victory in the one-game playoff for the American League East championship.
On the 25th anniversary of Bucky's dramatic home run, Page 2 pauses to celebrate all the great home runs in major-league history -- the 100 greatest. And we dared to rank them, from No. 100 to No. 1.
100 GREATEST HOME RUNS OF ALL TIME
Carlos Martinez homers off Jose Canseco's head
May 26, 1993: The record books list Canseco with 462 career home runs. Add one more to the ledger, thanks to Cleveland's Martinez.
Dick Nen: 1963 pennant race
Sept. 18, 1963: Nen's 9th-inning, pinch-hit HR ties the game for the Dodgers against pennant-race rival St. Louis. The Dodgers go on to win in 13 innings. It is Nen's only hit of the season.
Harold Baines ends 25-inning game
May 8-9, 1984: In the second-longest game in major-league history, the White Sox beat the Brewers, 7-6, with Baines finally finishing it the following day (the game was suspended).
Rick Wise: Two home runs ... and a no-hitter
June 23, 1971: Wise pitches the second no-hitter against the Reds in three weeks, walking only one batter. Earlier in the year, Wise explained what you had to do as a starter to get a win for the last-place Phillies: "To win on this club you have to pitch a shutout and hit a homer." Wise's performance isn't just lucky -- in 1971 he had 6 HRs and a .237 batting average. Only four Phillies had more homers than he did, and his batting average was higher than the team's measly .233.
Joe Morgan knocks out L.A., 1982
Oct. 3, 1982: The Dodgers need to win to tie for the division title, but Morgan -- of the archrival Giants -- hits a 3-run HR in the 7th inning off Terry Forster for a 5-3 win.
Cal Ripken homers in final All-Star Game
July 10, 2001: Maybe Chan Ho Park grooves the pitch. Maybe he doesn't. Does it really matter? Ripken gives the fans at Seattle's Safeco Field a moment to remember.
Carl Yastrzemski, next-to-last day, 1967
Sept. 30, 1967: It's a wild, four-team scramble for the AL pennant, and Yaz's 7th-inning, 3-run homer is the difference in a 6-4 Red Sox win over the Twins. Boston clinches the next day -- with Yaz delivering the go-ahead hit.
Johnny Callison wins 1964 All-Star Game
July 7, 1964: The Phillies' right fielder hits a 3-run HR in the bottom of the 9th off Boston's Dick Radatz to give the NL a 7-4 win at Shea Stadium.
Willie Mays ends epic pitching duel, 1963
July 3, 1963: Hall of Famers Warren Spahn and Juan Marichal lock up in a 0-0 duel -- into the 16th inning! Mays finally homers off Spahn for the 1-0 win.
Mike Schmidt clinches 1980 pennant
Oct. 4, 1980: Battling the Expos for the 1980 NL East title, Schmidt's 11th-inning blast off Stan Bahnsen on the next-to-last day wraps up the division for the Phillies.
Mark McGwire hits two titanic shots in one inning
Sept. 22, 1996: Which Big Mac monster bash to choose? The second deck in Seattle's Kingdome had been reached only 10 times in 20 seasons ... and McGwire does it twice in one inning with 1,000 feet of home runs.
Reggie Jackson's mammoth All-Star Game blast
July 13, 1971: Estimated at 540 feet, Jackson's shot off Dock Ellis hits the light standard on the roof of Tiger Stadium.
Robin Yount's final day heroics, 1982
Oct. 3, 1982: With the Brewers and Orioles tied and playing each other for the AL East title, Yount hits solo homers off Jim Palmer in the 1st and 3rd innings to lead Milwaukee to a 10-2 win.
Hank Greenberg homers in first game back
July 1, 1945: The first star player to join the military in WWII, four years later Greenberg is the first to return. He homers in his first game back, in front of 47,000 at Tiger Stadium.
Steve Yeager: Game 5, 1981 World Series
Oct. 25, 1981: With the series tied 2-2, Dodgers Pedro Guerrero and Yeager hit back-to-back homers off the Yankees' Ron Guidry for a 2-1 victory. The Dodgers win the series in six games.
Al Weis: Game 5, 1969 World Series
Oct. 16, 1969: Weis hit only .215 in 1969 with 2 HRs and 23 RBIs, and came to the plate just once in the Mets' NLCS win. But in the World Series against the Orioles, he is spectacular, getting on base nine times in 15 plate appearances. And in Game 5, he hits a game-tying homer off Dave McNally in the 7th at Shea to set up the Mets' improbable victory (they score two more in the 8th). In Weis' entire career -- 800 games and 1,578 at-bats -- he hit only seven home runs.
Frank Robinson homers in first game as manager
April 8, 1975: Still a player, too, Robinson hits one out in his first at-bat as the first black manager in MLB history, leading Cleveland to a 5-3 win over the visiting Yankees.
Bert Campaneris: Game 7, 1973 World Series
Oct. 21, 1973: Oakland's leadoff man gives the A's a 2-0 lead over the Mets with a two-run shot off Jon Matlack in the fourth inning. Oakland goes on to win the game, 5-2.
Babe Ruth, first game at Yankee Stadium
April 18, 1923: Ruth's 3-run HR is the difference as the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 4-1. It is a sign of things to come: The Yankees go on to win their first World Series.
Billy Hatcher: Game 6, 1986 NLCS
Oct. 15, 1986: In one of the greatest games ever played, Hatcher's HR in the bottom of the 14th inning ties the score 4-4. Alas, the Astros lose the game -- and the pennant -- to the Mets, 7-6 in 16 innings.
Johnny Lindell: 1949 pennant race
Oct. 1, 1949: The Red Sox need to win one of the final two games against the Yankees to take the pennant. But Lindell's 8th-inning poke gives the Yankees a 5-4 win on the next-to-last day, and Red Sox lose again the next day as well.
Shawn Green's 4th HR in one day
May 23, 2002: Green's HR in the 9th at Miller Park caps a 6-for-6 day, sets a record with 19 total bases (he also doubles and singles) and ties.a record with six runs scored.
Stan Musial wins 1955 All-Star Game
July 12, 1955: Stan the Man's bottom-of-the-12th shot off Boston's Frank Sullivan wows the crowd in Milwaukee.
Tino Martinez: Game 4, 2001 World Series
Oct. 31, 2001: Martinez's two-run HR in the bottom of the 9th off Arizona's Byung-Hyun Kim dramatically ties the game, which the Yankees win on Derek Jeter's HR the next inning.
Willie Mays: Clutch HR ties pennant, 1962
Sept. 30, 1962: Mays' 8th-inning HR gives the Giants a 2-1 win over the Astros on the season's final day, and a first-place tie with the Dodgers.
Tommy Henrich: Game 1, 1949 World Series
Oct. 5, 1949: The Yankees beat the Dodgers 1-0 on Henrich's bottom-of-the-9th shot off Don Newcombe. Yankees take the Series in 5.
Joe Adcock ruins Harvey Haddix's day
May 26, 1959: The Pirates' Harvey Haddix is perfect for 12 innings, but the Braves win in the 13th on an error, an intentional walk to Hank Aaron and Adcock's 3-run shot to right-center (later ruled a 1-0 victory due to Aaron leaving the basepaths).
Mickey Mantle: Game 3, 1964 World Series
Oct. 10, 1964: Mantle homers deep into the right-field seats in the bottom of the 9th to give the Yankees a 2-1 victory over St. Louis -- and he passes Babe Ruth on the all-time World Series home-run list.
Edgar Martinez: Game 4, 1995 ALDS
Oct. 7, 1995: Martinez crushes an 8th-inning grand slam to center off the Yankees' John Wetteland to break a 6-6 tie. The Mariners win a dramatic series the next day in extra innings.
Alfonso Soriano: Game 7, 2001 World Series
Nov. 4, 2001: Soriano's homer on an 0-2 pitch from Curt Schilling in the 8th inning gives the Yankees a 2-1 lead, which looks safe in the hands of Mariano Rivera ...
You've been missed!
Here are my top five picks from memory, no books or websites for this:
!. Bobby Thomson's infamous 1951 "Shot Heard Round The World" I'll never recover.
2. Babe Ruth's "called shot" 1932?
3. Ted Williams final at bat 19??
4. Roger Maris' record breaker
5. Bucky Dent's 1978 surprise
Remembered 11:50PM: Bill Mazerowski's blast- early60s
In no particular order:
Bobby Thompson's blast
Bucky Dent's HR
Reggie's 3rd of the game (World Series)
Joe Carter's WS winning HR
Kirk Gibson's pinch hit HR in WS (limping around bases)
McGwire's 62nd to break Maris' record
Mantle's HR off facade of upper deck in Yankee Stadium
Babe's "called shot" 1932 WS
That's all I could come up with, off the top of my head.
Great lists Bobby & Jim!
Here are the greatest HR's from the list, #41-70.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Casey Stengel's inside-the-parker wins World Series game
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Roberto Clemente: Game 7, 1971 World Series
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
Dusty Rhodes: Game 1, 1954 World Series
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.
Mickey Mantle's titanic blast at Griffith Stadium, 1953
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
Steve Garvey: Game 4, 1984 NLCS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Must be near the top!
23 April 1999 - Fernando Tatis, of the Saint Louis Cardinals, hits TWO grand slam homeruns off the same pitcher (Dodgers' Chan Ho Park) in the same inning!
This is the only time this has ever been done, and he also sets a record for eight RBI in a single inning.
Painful to watch if you were a Dodgers fan, but incredible nonetheless.
Tatis was not with a major league team in 2003.
Mike, see #31.
Jim, see #20 & #19.
Nancy, you know Gibson's HR is in the top 15, the only question is where? (to bad Canseco's grand slam earlier in that game wasn't the HR we remember!) - Attn. Dodger fans, that game will be replayed on ESPN Classic next week, I won't be watching.
Here is #16-40
Now it is getting very interesting.
100 GREATEST HOME RUNS OF ALL TIME
George Brett's pine-tar homer, 1983
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.
Ken Griffey Sr. homers, 1990
Sept. 14, 1990: And then ...
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.
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.
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.
Babe Ruth's third HR, Game 4, 1928 World Series
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cal Ripken homers while breaking Gehrig's record
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.
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.
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.
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.
Babe Ruth's 60th, 1927
Sept. 30, 1927: Ruth's record -- breaking his own mark of 59 -- holds up for 34 years.
Scott Spiezio: Game 6, 2002 World Series
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.
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.
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.
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.
Babe Ruth's called shot, 1932 World Series
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remember that this list is very subjective.
All-Star game winner
There are a couple of other All-Star game winning HRs already on the list, so here's one I remember.
In 1950, playing in Comiskey Park, the American League was leading 3-2 going into the top of the 9th.
Ralph Kiner blasted a solo HR to tie the game. Cardinals' infielder Red Schoendienst came into the game as a defensive replacement in the 11th inning, and when he came to bat in the 14th, hit a solo shot to give the NL the lead and the win.
This is my claim to fame.............
I REALLY was one of the 23,000+ who was at Yankee Stadium when Roger Maris hit his 61st. I was only eight years old, and didn't fully grasp what had happened, but I knew it was BIG. I was even sitting in the right field stands, but in the upper deck..his shot, as so many he hit that year, fell into the lower deck of the "short porch" in right field. I still have the scorecard, however worn, torn, and yellowed with age it is. Surely, I should have put it in plastic, and preserved it as the piece of baseball history it truly is, but....who knew about the nostalgia craze that would soon turn the baseball memorabilia industry into a multi-billion dollar business.
Yeah, and Maz's "walk off" homer vs. the Yanks in 1960
and #1 has GOT to be Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard Round the World"......."THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT......THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT.......THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT"
Me, too. Bobby Thomson's shot has to be number ONE, with Kirk Gibson in the top five, maybe even number TWO.
Thank you for spelling "Thomson" correctly. I was a Giants fan in those days, and between him and Hank Thompson, the third baseman, us kids made a point of pronouncing them different.
Now - Thomson and Thompson are gone and they are just the Hated Giants and thank you, Jesus, they aren't going to the World Series this year!
Mmmm. Turned into a tirade. Oh, well. That happens a lot here.
"Now - Thomson and Thompson are gone".....if you're implying that Bobby Thomson has joined that great ballclub in the sky, I beg to differ with you. He's still very much alive, living in Joisey, sending out autographs to whomever asks for them...like my son.
Not only is he alive and well, but he hangs out with Ralph Branca at baseball shows and ball signings. No, I wouldn't give him a cent - but I have a strong hunch his homer will be in the top five if not #1.
Otherwise I think we've got the biggies - so where's Bill with his list!
While Bill slept
Dick Sisler wins 1950 pennant for Phillies
Oct. 1, 1950: Tied on the season's final day, the Phillies and Dodgers play a memorable game for the pennant: Richie Ashburn throws out the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the 9th, setting the stage for Sisler's 3-run homer off Don Newcombe in the 10th.
Chris Chambliss: Game 5, 1976 ALCS
Oct. 14, 1976: After George Brett's 3-run HR ties the game in the 8th, Chambliss leads off the bottom of the 9th with the series-winner off the Royals' Mark Littell -- sending Chambliss into a rumbling trip around the bases as Yankee fans rush the field.
Reggie Jackson's third HR, Game 6, 1977 World Series
Oct. 18, 1977: Mr. October leads the Yankees to an 8-4, series-clinching victory by pounding three home runs, the final shot a deep blast to center off Charlie Hough in the 8th.
Scott Brosius: Game 5, 2001 World Series
Nov. 1, 2001: Amazingly, for the second night in a row, a Yankee hits a game-tying, 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th off Arizona reliever Byung-Hyun Kim. New York wins the game 3-2 in 12 innings.
Kirby Puckett: Game 6, 1991 World Series
Oct. 26, 1991: Puckett caps a terrific individual effort -- three hits, two runs, three RBIs, one spectacular catch -- by leading off the bottom of the 11th with a home run off Charlie Leibrandt for a 4-3 Twins victory over the Braves.
Bucky Dent: 1978 playoff
Oct. 2, 1978: The light-hitting Dent -- four homers on the season -- adds another stake to Boston's history of misery with a stunning 3-run, two-out flyball over the Green Monster off Mike Torrez in the 7th inning. The Yankees take a 3-2 lead and take the division title with a 5-4 victory.
Barry Bonds' 71st home run, 2001
Oct. 5, 2001: The most amazing hitting season in history culminates with a record 71st home run off the Dodgers' Chan Ho Park, a 1st-inning blast at Pac Bell Park. Bonds adds No. 72 in the 3rd inning and No. 73 two days later in the season finale.
Kirk Gibson: Game 1, 1988 World Series
Oct. 15, 1988: The great Vin Scully: "All year long they looked to him (Kirk Gibson) to light the fire and all year long he answered the demands. High flyball into right field. She is gone! [pause] In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened." Indeed. A 4-3 A's lead turns into a 5-4 Dodgers stunner.
Roger Maris' 61st, 1961
Oct. 1, 1961: Imagine the pressue of trying to beat a record that nobody wants you to beat. On the season's final day, Maris hits No. 61 in the 4th inning off Boston's Tracy Stallard. His record lasts 37 years -- longer than Ruth's.
Carlton Fisk: Game 6, 1975 World Series
Oct. 21, 1975: Fisk ends one of baseball's greatest games in the bottom of the 12th at Fenway Park. He waves his home run fair as it hits the foul pole. But the Red Sox lose Game 7.
Mark McGwire's 62nd, 1998
Sept. 7, 1998: The Great Home Run Chase between McGwire and Sammy Sosa goes to McGwire when he sends a low, screaming liner over the left-field fence in St. Louis -- with Sosa looking on from right field. Steve Trachsel is the victim. Sosa later takes a 66-65 lead, but McGwire hits five homers over his final three games to finish with 70.
Joe Carter: Game 6, 1993 World Series
Oct. 23, 1993: Carter hits the only World Series-ending home run to come when his team was trailing at the time. The Phillies lead the Blue Jays 6-5 with Mitch Williams on to force a Game 7. But Carter deposits a 2-2 pitch into the left-field stands in Toronto for an 8-6 victory and ecstatic romp around the bases.
Hank Aaron breaks Ruth's career record
April 8, 1974: Aaron homers in his first at-bat of the season in Cincinnati to tie the Babe at 714. Then in the Braves' home opener at Fulton County Stadium, he slams No. 715 off Al Downing into the left-center bullpen. 53,775 fans were there to see the historic moment, but baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn didn't think it worth his time. He is in Cleveland to attend the Indians' home opener against the Brewers and address the Wahoo Club.
Bobby Thomson wins 1951 pennant
Oct. 3, 1951: New York catches Brooklyn with an epic late-season rush to force a best-of-3 playoff. Only 34,320 attend the rubber game of the playoff at the Polo Grounds, capacity 55,000, due, at least in part, to gloomy weather. It is so overcast that the stadium lights come on at 2:04 p.m. But the sun comes out shortly before Thomson steps to the plate in the bottom of the 9th. The Dodgers lead 4-1 entering the inning, but Don Newcombe falters and Ralph Branca comes on to face Thomson with a 4-2 lead and two runners on. Thomson takes a strike and then ... the Giants win the pennant (but lose the World Series).
Bill Mazeroski: Game 7, 1960 World Series
Oct. 13, 1960: Game 7 is the ultimate baseball drama, and only one man has ever ended a Game 7 with a home run -- the man who tops our list as owner of the greatest home run of all time. In a wild, thrilling Game 7, the Pirates lead 4-0, then the Yanks lead 7-4. Then the Pirates score five in the bottom of the 8th, and the Yanks tie it in the top of 9th. Mazeroski leads off the bottom of the inning against Ralph Terry and hits the second pitch over the ivy-covered wall in left field at Forbes Field.
Alive and kicking
I actually knew Bobby Thomson was still kicking; I think I saw him on the tube not long ago, and I also saw him introduced before a ballgame on TV. Maybe a Dodgers-Hated Giants game within the past year or two.
I just meant he and Hank Thompson are gone from baseball now. And never mind that the HGs also had Gary Thomasson, who was also a Dodger for awhile.
Funny how many of these 100 HRs came at the expense of the Dodgers.
I've been busy today and just now had time to log in.
I was VERY surprised that Maz was #1 over Thomson's HR.
I also forgot to see where Reggie's '71 All Star "roof shot" finished. I bought a copy of the '71 All Star game from eBay, is great. One of many in my collection that is now going on dvd. Love my dvd recorder!
So Fred, you were at the #61 game, very cool. Did any of you see the HBO movie 61??
My friend who lived through that era claims it to be the BEST, most accurate baseball movie ever made.
What did you think?
Where Did the List Come From?
Or who did the voting? Two guys opinion is hardly conclusive!
Sure, I feel stupid forgetting Reggie's three Home runs in the series (I thought it was '78.) That was the night I saw Frank Sinatra at Radio City and got a running summary from the chairman himself, along with a night to remember.My only excuse is that I never liked Reggie much - but that's another story.
As for the Mazerowski homer being #1 - well I thought of it as a top ten, but it was an afterthought. I do think there were too many personal bests included - baseball is about individualism in society not about bean counting - that's why it is a metaphor for life - the belly button of society - whatever.
But thanks Bill, it was fun. From now on I'll keep up more - I missed everything post 1978 - God, I'm getting old!
The list was written by two guys (David Schoenfield & Jeff Merron) for ESPN.com's "Page 2"
I assume the topic came up because of the 25th anniversary of Bucky Dent's HR, which was last Monday.
Here is how ESPN's SportCenter ranked the Top 25 HR's of All-Time -
25. Jose Canseco (Game 4, 1989 ALCS)
24. Ozzie Smith (Game 5, 1985 NLCS)
23. Sadaharu Oh (756th HR)
22. George Brett (1980 ALCS off Goose Gossage)
21. Ted Williams (won 1941 All-Star Game)
20. Derek Jeter (Game 4, 2001 World Series)
19. George Brett ("Pine Tar Game" July 24, 1983)
18. Jack Clark (Game 6, 1985 NLCS)
17- Reggie Jackson (3rd HR in Game 6, 1977 WS)
16. Ted Williams (final at-bat)
15. Johnny Bench (Game 5, 1972 NLCS)
14. Dave Henderson (Game 5, 1986 ALCS)
13. Chris Chambliss (Game 5, 1976 ALCS)
12. Barry Bonds (71st, October 5, 2001)
11. Kirby Puckett (Game 6, 1991 World Series)
10. Babe Ruth (called shot in Game 3, 1932 World Series)
9. Joe Carter (Game 6, 1993 World Series)
8. Bucky Dent (Playoff game, 1978)
7. Mark McGwire (62nd, Sept. 8, 1998)
6. Roger Maris (61st, October 1, 1961)
5. Carlton Fisk (Game 6, 1975 World Series)
4. Hank Aaron (breaks Babe Ruth record with No. 715, April 8, 1974)
3. Bill Mazeroski (Game 7, 1960 World Series)
2. Kirk Gibson (Game 1, 1988 World Series)
1. Bobby Thomson (Playoff game, 1951)
I think this list is much better, and more accurate with most baseball fan's.
Sure is fun to debate.
PS- I don't recommend spilling beer on a keyboard, does bad, bad things! This happened to me last Monday night in the 9th inning of the A's-Red Sox game.
Now I have a new keyboard, but it doesn't have the oversized letters on it for poor sighted A's fans like me. The letters are so small.
The new oversized stickers for the keyboard have been ordered, but until then, where did that darned "P" go?
Don't be surprised if you see me making more typos than usual!