Bobby Thompson's Shot Heard Round the World
Poets and novelists have long been inspired by baseball, so it is fitting that baseball fans should borrow from a Ralph Waldo Emerson poem to honor one incredible moment. In 1951, the New York Giants needed a miracle to secure the pennant against their cross-town rival, the Brooklyn Dodgers, who stormed back into contention late in the season. In the bottom of the ninth inning of a tie game, Bobby Thompson stepped to the plate with two men on base. Two pitches later, Thompson hit a high fastball just far enough to clear the fence in left field. He jumped wildly around the bases, his shot ringing through all five boroughs and beyond.