The Greatest Home Run Of All-Time
In 1951, the Giants had no business being the the race. On August 11, they were 59-51.
Then, the Giants won 16 straight games and only lost 7 games the rest of the season to finish 96-58 and be tied with the Dodgers.
At the time, that meant a three game playoff, and the Dodgers chose to play the first game at Ebbets Field and allow the Giants to play the final two games at the Polo Grounds.
The Dodgers lost the first game anyway, but won the second 10-0 on the road to set up a third and final game for the National League pennant.
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Then, in the top of the eighth, the Dodgers took a commanding 4-1 lead after a wild pitch, and a couple of singles put the Giants on the brink of elimination.
Don Newcombe pitched a quiet bottom of the eighth and the Giants were down to their final three outs.
Ralph Branca came in to face Thompson.
What came next is still considered the most famous home run in baseball history. Thompson’s walkoff homer not only sent the Giants to the World Series, but sent the Dodgers home and shocked the baseball world.