Bobby Thomson, Legendary Home Run Hitter, Dies

By Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
August 17, 2010 Updated: August 18, 2010

Bobby Thomson, the man famous for the “shot heard 'round the world” home run for the New York Giants against the Brooklyn Dodgers during the Oct. 3, 1951 pennant game, died on Monday in Georgia. He was 86.

The Giants were playing against their rivals the Dodgers in the pennant game and Thomson's three-run homer allowed the Giants to win the game 5-4, and clinch the series.

The home run, perhaps the most suspense-filled moment in the history of the sport, was capped off by announcer Russ Hodges screaming, "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!”

The legend's daughter Megan Thomson Armstrong told the New York Times that he died at his home in Savannah, Georgia. She added that in recent times, Thompson's health had been deteriorating.

When Thomson teed off to hit the game-winning home run, he had no balls and one strike against him. The game was in the bottom of the ninth and the Giants were down by two runs.

However, their victory was short-lived and the Giants were ultimately defeated by the Yankees in the 1951 World Series.

Known as the “Staten Island Scott,” Thomson was born in Glasgow and moved to New York City along with his family in 1925, when he was two years old.