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A Giant Legend – Bobby Thompson Passes Away

By Bryan Rose

While most of us weren’t alive when Bobby Thompson hit the shot heard round the world, winning the 1951 pennant for the Giants, his legacy will always remain.

He wasn’t the fielder Willie Mac was. His bat couldn’t compare to Mays’. But he ensured that he will always live in Giant history with a single swing of the bat on October 3rd, 1951.

Thompson’s shot off of Brooklyn Dodger Ralph Branca sent the Giants to the World Series (breaking the 1-1 series tie), a moment that capped a historic comeback. The Giants trailed the Dodgers by 13 1/2 games in mid-August but went 37-7 over the final 44 games to force the three game tie-breaking series with the crosstown rivals.

The Giants eventually went on to lose the World Series in 6 games to the Yankees and ended up moving out west to the Bay a few short years later. But Thompson’s historic blast will always be Giants history, be it in New York or San Francisco.