Top Home Runs of All-Time
“It’s going back, back, back…it’s gone!” It’s the sweet sound of the home runs, and Monday night in New York, the annual Home Run Derby featured Prince Fielder, Chris Davis, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, David Wright, Pedro Alvarez, Michael Cuddyer, and Bryce Harper swinging for the fences with Cespedes taking the crown.
Now, as fans enjoyed watching the Cespedes battle out seven other Major League Baseball superstar hitters, let’s look back at some of baseball’s best home runs in the history of the game:
Babe Ruth Call His Own Shot
Babe Ruth stepped up to the plate on October 1, 1932 against the Chicago Cubs in Game 3 of the 1932 World Series and hit one of the most famous home runs in baseball history. Cubs fans were taunting the Great Bambino, so Ruth pointed to centerfield, past the flagpole, and the next pitch, he did as he said would do: hit a home run.
The Shot Heard ‘Round the World
On October 3, 1951, Bobby Thomson stepped up to the plate for the New York Giants against Brooklyn Dodgers and it was one of baseball’s most memorable home runs. Thomson hit the “shot heard ’round the world,” that won the pennant for New York. The Giants announcer famously yelled, “the Giants won the pennant, the Giants won the pennant,” after Thomsen’s home run.
Mazerowski’s Home Run Wins the World Series
In 1960, the Bill Mazerowski’s walk-off home run for the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the New York Yankees, 10-9 in Game 7 of the World Series.
Roger Maris Hits No. 61 in 1961
In Game 162, Roger Maris hit his 61st home run in 1961 in Game 162, that would break Ruth’s single-season home run record.
Is It Fair or Foul?
Boston’s Carlton Fisk famously waves that his home run is fair after smacking it over the Green Monster in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.
Kirk Gibson Pumped His Fist and Hobbled Around the Bases
In Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers sent Kirk Gibson up to the plate. And he delivered. Gibson smoked a pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Dodgers over the Oakland Athletics and Dennis Eckersley. Gibson hobbled around the bases and pumped his fist while going around the bases.
“We Will See You Tomorrow Night!”
Kirby Puckett’s Game 6 home run in the 1991 World Series sent the Minnesota Twins to a Game 7 and it is a home run that Twins fans won’t ever forget. Jack Buck famously called the home run, and said, “We will see you tomorrow night!” Joe Buck, Jack’s son, said the same thing as his dad in 2011, when he called David Freese’s home run in Game 6 that sent the St. Louis Cardinals to a Game 7.
“Touch ’em all, Joe”
The Toronto Blue Jays won the second straight World Series in 1993. Joe Carter blasted a home run that sent Toronto into a frenzy. The Jays announced yelled, “Touch ’em all, Joe. You’ll never hit a bigger home run in your life!”
Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire Hit No. 62 in 1998, Both Pass Maris
In 1998, you were either a Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire fan, or just baseball fan because that summer was special. The 1998 home run race is now marked with an asterisk due to steroids, but it was a year that captivated the sport of baseball. McGwire hit No. 62 first, and then Sosa did. McGwire’s most famous for lifting his son up after crossing the plate, and Sosa for his hop and kiss to sky. One would could argue the summer of 1998 could be known as the greatest home run chase, and even as it is unfortunately marked with steroids today, baseball fans won’t forget that summer.
Hank Aaron Hits No. 715…
Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record and Hammerin’ Hank crushed No. 715 on April 8, 1974.