In baseball, the "Shot Heard 'round the World" is the term given to the walk-off 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", the Giants won the game 5-4, defeating the Dodgers in their pennant playoff series, 2 games to 1. It is one of the most famous moments in Major League Baseball history. The phrase shot heard 'round the world is from the poem "Concord Hymn" by Ralph Waldo Emerson, originally used to refer to the...
October 3, 1951