That swing won the third game of a playoff for the National League pennant for the Giants, sending them to the 1951 World Series against the New York Yankees. Radio broadcaster Russ Hodges made the call on the play (“The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!”), which is still repeated often today.RANK: 15 LOCATION: Polo Grounds | New York, NY DATE: 10/3/1951 CATEGORY: MLB
In the bottom of the ninth inning, down 4-2 to the Brooklyn Dodgers, the New York Giants’ Bobby Thompson came up to the plate with runners on second and third. After taking the first pitch, Thompson swung at the second and launched it into the left field stands.