Legendary “Shot Heard ‘Round The World” Hitter Bobby Thompson Dies Aged 86

August 18th, 2010 - 7:46 pm ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
bobbyNew York, Aug 18, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The legendary former New York Giants player Bobby Thompson who is remembered fondly by baseball fans as a man who led the New York Giants to win the 1951 World Series with his magnificent three-run homer, died on Monday at his Savannah, Georgia home. The health of the former player had been on a decline for some time now. The news of the death of Bobby Thompson was confirmed to media sources by officials handling the funeral service of the player. Bobby Thompson died aged 86.

Bobby Thomson hit one of the most famous home runs of baseball game till date during the 1951 National League pennant game against the Brooklyn Dodgers. His three-run homer drive at the end of the ninth innings against pitcher Ralph Branca still reverberates in the ears of baseball fans as it was aptly called “shot heard ’round the world”. It led announcer Russ Hodges to roar “The Giants won the pennant! The Giants won the pennant! The Giants won the pennant! The Giants won the pennant!”.

On Tuesday, the Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig issued a statement in which he held that the late Bobby Thompson will always hold a special position in the baseball game for hitting the historical homer that had become a signature home run in baseball history. He added that “the shot heard ’round the world” will always remain a defining moment for the Major League baseball game and illustrate the “timeless quality of the national pastime”. Bobby Thompson passed majority of his baseball seasons with the New York Giants and ended his career with a career average of .270 and 264 home runs.

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