On this day: October 3

POSTED: 1:53 AM Oct 03 2012   UPDATED: 2:00 AM Oct 03 2015

Bobby Thomson hits the "shot heard 'round the world," Woody Guthrie passes away, Germany comes together, and O.J. Simpson is found not guilty, all on this day.

OTD October 3 - Bobby Thomson
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San Francisco Giants

1951: Bobby Thomson of the New York Giants hits a game-winning three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca to give the Giants the National League pennant after being down more than 13 games in the standings in mid-August. The home run would come to be known as the "Shot Heard 'Round the World." The moment was immortalized by Giants play-by-play announcer Russ Hodges' excited multiple repetitions: "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!"


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