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“The Shot Heard ‘Round The World”

“The Shot Heard ‘Round The World”

On this day in 1951, a baseball moment transpired that would be considered one of the greatest game-changing home runs of all-time.  And now, more than 50 years later, the replays and stories told about this historic moment in baseball’s history resonate even more with the recent passing of Bobby Thomson.

From Wikipedia:

In baseball, the “Shot Heard ’round the World” is the term given to the game-ending home run hit by New York Giants outfielder Bobby Thomson off Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca at the Polo Grounds to win the National League pennant at 3:58 p.m. EST on October 3, 1951. As a result of the “shot” (baseball slang for “home run” or any hard-hit ball), the Giants won the game 5–4, defeating the Dodgers in their pennant playoff series, two games to one. It is one of the most famous moments in Major League Baseball history.

A huge ‘Thank You’ goes out to Bobby Thomson, and Ralph Branca for that matter, for building a historic scene in this wonderful sport that will live beyond all of us!!

1969 HEADLINE: Willie Mays Connects For Career Home Run #600!!!

1969 HEADLINE:  Willie Mays Connects For Career Home Run #600!!!

On this day in 1969, Willie Mays connected for home run number 600 of his major league career.

On the road and taking on their divisional rivals, the San Diego Padres, Mays and his Giants teammates were getting close to wrapping up their 1969 baseball season.

With the Giants leading the division by 20 and with the Padres in the cellar in 6th, the crowd of 4,779 was understandable.

Unless you were a fan of Willie Mays!!

In the top of the 7th inning, Mays entered the game as a pinch-hitter and delivered the 600th home run of his career.  It was a blast that accounted for two runs, and it came at the expense of Mike Corkins.

The Giants won the game 4-2, largely in part to Mays’ heroics!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Mays!!!

1965 HEADLINE: Willie Mays Joins The ‘500 Home Runs Club’

1965 HEADLINE:  Willie Mays Joins The ‘500 Home Runs Club’

On this day in 1965, Willie Mays connected for the 500th home run of his baseball career!!!

On the road in Houston to take on the Astros at the Astrodome, Mays and his Giants teammates played in front of a relatively small crowd of just under 20,000.  I wonder how many people had tickets to the game but decided to stay home since the lowly Astros were so far behind(24 games) in the pennant chase…  In today’s world of sports and the Internet, this game would have had a sold-out crowd with the anticipation of seeing history made!!

And for the 19,827 fans in attendance, they were in for a treat…

Leading off the 4th inning for the Giants, Mays blasted the 500th home run of his baseball career.  He joined the 500 HR club with a solo shot to right field.  The homer came off of Don Nottebart and it helped the Giants win the game 5-1 and extend their win streak to 11 consecutive games!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Mays!!!

1973 HEADLINE: Willie Mays Connects For Final Home Run Of His Career, #660!!!

1973 HEADLINE: Willie Mays Connects For Final Home Run Of His Career, #660!!!

On this day in 1973, Willie Mays hit the final home run of his career – #660!!

At Shea Stadium, in front of a crowd of more than 36,000 fans, the New York Mets hosted the Cincinnati Reds.  And in the bottom of the 4th inning, Willie Mays connected for the final home run of his amazing Hall of Fame career.  It was a solo shot off of Reds’ pitcher Don Gullett.  The Mets went on to lose the game 2-1.

Willie Mays had an amazing baseball career.  As one of the game’s most well-rounded players of all-time, smashing home run #660 was just another in the very long list of amazing accomplishments by the ‘Say Hey Kid’!!!

Happy Anniversary, Mr. Mays!

1970 HEADLINE: Willie Mays Joins The ‘3,000 Hits Club’

1970 HEADLINE: Willie Mays Joins The ‘3,000 Hits Club’

On this day in 1970, Willie Mays collected the 3,000th hit of his baseball career.

At Candlestick Park battling against the Montreal Expos, Mays entered the game with 2,999 career hits and was looking to make history in front of his home crowd. In his first at-bat in the first inning Mays drew a walk. But then in the bottom of the second Mays connected for a single and made history as he joined the 3,000 hits club. The hit came off of Expos’ pitcher Mike Wegener, whose career lasted just 2 seasons. For the game, Mays went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

This is just one of the many milestones that Willie Mays conquered during the course of his amazing Hall of Fame career. One of the sport’s most decorated players, Mays’ all around skills led him into many elite groups in baseball history – and the 3,000 hits club is certainly near the top of that list!!!

Congratulations Willie Mays!!

Happy Birthday Willie Mays!!!

Happy Birthday Willie Mays!!!

The ‘Say Hey Kid’ turns 83 years old today.

Possibly the greatest all-around player in baseball history, the name Willie mays carries some major weight in the sport of professional baseball.

The resume: Career .302 batting average. 3,283 hits. 660 home runs. 2,062 runs scored. 1,903 RBI. 338 stolen bases.

The accolades: 1951 Rookie of the Year. 2-Time MVP Winner(1954 & 1965). 20-Time All-star. 12 Consecutive Gold Gloves. 1 World Series Championship.

Happy Birthday Mr. Mays!!!

Happy Birthday Rogers Hornsby!!!

Happy Birthday Rogers Hornsby!!!

Today we celebrate the birthday of former major leaguer, Mr. Rogers Hornsby.

Hornsby’s major league career began in 1915 at the tender age of nineteen. A staple in the St. Louis Cardinals’ line-up for more than a decade, Hornsby had offense down to a science as he quickly became the best hitter in the sport. He From 1920 to 1925, his average never dipped below .370 while peaking at .424 – while racking up six batting titles in the process.

After his tenure in St.Louis, Hornsby moved on to New York, Boston, Chicago, and eventually back to St. Louis. And during that journey, the hits kept coming…

By the end of his 23 seasons, Hornsby had amassed 2,930 career hits. His lifetime batting average of .358 ranks as the second highest in major league history behind Ty Cobb. In total, he collected seven batting titles and two MVP awards as well.

Happy Birthday Mr. Hornsby. Your impact on the game is not forgotten!!!

Hornsby

Did You Know…

The only player to play in the final game in the history of the New York Giants and in the first game in the history of the New York Mets is Frank Thomas (not that one).  Thomas played for the Giants on September 29, 1957 and then suited up for the Mets to start the 1962 baseball season on April 11.

Frank Thomas mets

Happy Birthday Joe Garagiola!!!

Happy Birthday Joe Garagiola!!!

Joe Garagiola turns 88 years old today.

A 9-year major league veteran, Joe Garagiola a pretty lasting legacy in the sport of baseball after having a career that would be considered as par or under-whelming.

Garagiola was a highly-touted teenager when he began to get scouted by major league teams.  A catcher, he made it to the big leagues at the young age of twenty.

In total, Garagiola played just nine season, but he did so for some storied franchises: the Cardinals, Pirates, Cubs, and Giants.

As a player, Garagiola amassed 481 career hits en route to a .257 batting average.  He hit 82 doubles and 42 home runs during that stretch.  Defensively, he was solid, and had a pretty good knack of throwing out potential base stealers; he caught 36% of the guys that tried to run on him.

Garagiola was a member of the Cardinals World Series winning team in 1946.  In 5 games, he hit .316 with 6 hits, 4 RBI, and 2 runs scored.

Happy Birthday Mr. Garagiola!!!

Did You Know…

The first player in the major leagues to post a season of .300/30/100 was Rogers Hornsby.  In 1922, Hornsby hit .401 with 42 home runs and 152 RBI.

UNREAL!!!!

Hornsby