Greatest Hits SI senior writer Tom Verducci picks the top 10 alltime clutch at bats.

April 04, 2004

1. BOBBY THOMSON Giants, home run, 1951. With runners at second
and third in the ninth inning and New York trailing 4-2 in the
the third and decisive game of the NL playoff, Thomson goes deep
off the Dodgers' Ralph Branca.

2. COOKIE LAVAGETTO Dodgers, double, 1947. One out away from the
first no-hitter in World Series history, Bill Bevens of the
Yankees loses, 3-2, when pinch hitter Lavagetto delivers a
walk-off two-run blow.

3. FRANCISCO CABRERA Braves, single, 1992. Atlanta trails
Pittsburgh 2-1 with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom
of the ninth inning of NLCS Game 7. Cabrera gets a hit to left,
driving home the tying and winning runs.

4. KIRK GIBSON Dodgers, home run, 1988. Future Hall of Famer
Dennis Eckersley is one strike away from closing a 4-3 Game 1
World Series win for the Athletics. The gimpy-kneed Gibson works
the count from 0 and 2 to full, then swats a two-run walk-off

5. BERNIE CARBO Red Sox, home run, 1975. The Reds lead 6-3 in
World Series Game 6 and are four outs away from a championship
when Carbo pinch-hits a three-run shot off Rawly Eastwick. The
blast made possible the telegenic game-winning dinger by Carlton
Fisk in the 12th.

6. BILL MAZEROSKI Pirates, home run, 1960. With World Series Game
7 tied 9-9, Mazeroski leads off the bottom of the ninth with a
homer off Yankees righthander Ralph Terry.

7. JOE CARTER Blue Jays, home run, 1993. Leading 6-5 in the
bottom of the ninth of World Series Game 6, the Phillies are two
outs from forcing a seventh game. But Carter ends the Series with
a three-run shot off Mitch Williams.

8. BOB MEUSEL Yankees, single, 1923. With two out and the bases
loaded in the eighth inning of World Series Game 6, Giants
righthander Rosy Ryan strikes out Babe Ruth to preserve a 4-3
lead. Meusel, however, follows with a two-run single, and the
Yankees close out a 6-4 win for their first world championship.

9. DAVE HENDERSON Red Sox, home run, 1986. The Angels are one
strike from winning their first pennant when Henderson hits a
two-run homer off Donnie Moore to put Boston up 6-5 in ALCS Game
5. Boston wins in 11 innings, 7-6, on Henderson's sacrifice fly.

10. TINO MARTINEZ Yankees, home run, 2001. Arizona, leading 3-1,
is one out from taking a three-games-to-one lead in the World
Series when Martinez ties the game with his blast off Byung-Hyun

COLOR PHOTO: HEINZ KLUETMEIER BIG SHOT Gibson's blast turned the '88 World Series in the Dodgers' favor.

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