Famed home run hitter Bobby Thomson dead at 86

Posted: 17/08/2010 in MLB

Bobby Thomson dead at 86

Bobby Thomson, famous for hitting the “Shot Heard  ‘Round the World” to give the New York Giants the 1951 NL pennant, died Monday night at the age of 86.

The  New York  Daily News is reporting  Thomson died peacefully at his home in Savannah,  Georgia  after enduring a  decline in his  health over the past few years.

Thomson enjoyed a major league career that spanned 14 years for five different teams, but was never more remembered than for his home run at the Polo Grounds on October 3, 1951 off Ralph Branca to cap a remarkable turnaround against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

After  being down 13  1/2 games late in the regular season, New York came back to tie Brooklyn and force a three-game playoff.

A  split of the  first two games set up the dramatics, as Thomson’s blast over the  short porch in left field in the bottom of the ninth erased a 4-2 deficit and gave the Giants an incredible 5-4 victory.

“While  Bobby  was so well known  throughout the world  as the man who hit the most  famous  home run in  baseball history, he was  also a true gentleman who showed  respect for  the game  and  carried himself  with dignity  that is  so important  to baseball,”  said  Giants chief  executive  officer and  managing general  partner  William H. Neukom.  “Many of us  in the organization had the opportunity  to meet and spend time with Bobby and for that we will be forever grateful.  We express our deepest condolences to his family and will have them in our thoughts and prayers.”

Thomson  came up  with the Giants in  1946 and spent the next seven years with the club. He was an All-Star three times during his tenure with the Giants and drove in more than 100 runs four times.

The  native of Scotland  also played for the Braves, Cubs, Red Sox and Orioles in  a career that ended in 1960. He belted 264 homers, drove in 1,026 runs and batted .270 in 15 big league seasons.

“‘The Flying Scot’ was an accomplished, three-time All-Star in a 15-year Major League  career,” said  MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. “‘The Shot ‘Heard Round the World’  will  always remain a  defining moment  for our game, illustrating the timeless  quality of  the national pastime. Bobby was a perfect choice to have earned  one  of the game’s  most memorable moments.  On behalf of Major League Baseball,  I extend  my  deepest sympathy  to Bobby’s  family  and friends  as well as to all the fans of the Giants franchise.”

– Stephen (DS LLC.)

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