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Mar 11, 2015; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; A San Francisco Giants giants hat sits in a bucket of baseballs during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Bobby Thomson (1946-1953)

Playing in an era where offensive numbers aren’t quite what they are today, Thomson made some real noise anyway. In nine seasons with the old New York Giants, Thomson hit .277, smashed 189 home runs, knocked in 704 RBI’s, to go along with 192 doubles and 56 triples. He also had a .337 OBP and .484 slugging percentage.

By every metric that applied back then, Thomson – aka the Staten Island Scot was a real masher.

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  • Of course, despite being named to multiple All Star teams and having eight 20 plus home run seasons on his resume, Thomson will forever be best remember for the “Shot heard ’round the world.” That one shot will forever overshadow some of his other very real accomplishments on the field.

    Facing their bitter rivals, the Dodgers, for the 1951 pennant, Thomson came up in the bottom of the ninth with two men on and his team facing a two run deficit. He cranked a walk off three run homer to end the game and send the Giants on to the World Series – where they would be swept by the Yankees.

    But that one play is one of the most iconic in baseball history, and cemented Thomson’s status as a baseball legend.

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