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20 Most Famous Home Runs of All-Time

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The most dramatic play in baseball is the home run, and when the drama the highest, sometimes magic happens. Weighing in factors such as the setting, the probability of a home run at that point and what was at stake, here's a look at the 20 most famous home runs in baseball history. Click the links for videos of each one.

1. Kirk Gibson's Game 1 Game-Winner

 

When: Oct. 15, 1988

Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

At stake: It's one of the most improbable homers of all-time, in Game 1 of the World Series in 1988. Kirk Gibson, too hurt to play because of two knee injuries and a virus, is called on to pinch hit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, down 4-3, against Oakland's Dennis Eckersley, a Hall of Fame closer having one of the best years of his career. Gibson connected, hobbled around the bases with an elbow pump, and the Dodgers won. Jack Buck made the famous radio call: "I don't believe what I just saw!"

Legacy: The Dodgers went on to upset the A's in five games. Gibson, a future big-league manager, never took a bigger swing that that one.

2. Bill Mazeroski wins the 1960 World Series

 

When: Oct. 13, 1960

Where: Forbes Field, Pittsburgh

At stake: The juggernaut Yankees had outscored the Pirates badly throughout the World Series, but the Pirates found themselves at home in Game 7 in a 9-9 game. Mazeroski, regarded as a great fielding and OK-hitting second baseman, belted a solo homer off Ralph Terry to give the Pirates an improbable championship.

Legacy: Mazeroski made the Hall of Fame. Without that home run, he doesn't.

3. Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard 'Round The World"

 

When: Oct. 3, 1951

Where: Polo Grounds, New York

At stake: The Dodgers led the National League for most of the season, but the Giants closed fast and forced a three-game playoff for the NL pennant. In the third and deciding game, Thomson came up in the ninth inning against Ralph Branca and hit a line-drive home run into the left-field bleachers. Russ Hodges' radio call - "The Giants win the pennant, the Giants win the pennant" - is the most famous in baseball history.

Legacy: In New York, it's still No. 1. And it's hard to beat for drama.

4. Hank Aaron's 715th

Hank Aaron
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When: April 8, 1974

Where: Atlanta Fulton County Stadium

At stake: Amid death threats from white supremacists, the most revered record in sports, Babe Ruth's career home run record, went down as Aaron, 39, hit a home run over the left-field wall for his 715th career home run.

Legacy: Aaron, a Hall of Famer, is still considered by many as the home run king even though his record was eclipsed by Barry Bonds.

5. Roger Maris' 61st in '61

 

When: Oct. 1, 1961

Where: Yankee Stadium, New York

At stake: Another of Babe Ruth's seemingly unbreakable records, 60 home runs in the 1927 season, was erased as Roger Maris, feeling the immense pressure, hit his 61st home run on the last day of the season.

Legacy: Commissioner Ford Frick put an asterisk next to Maris' name because it came in a 162-game season (Ruth's came in 154). Maris' record stood for 37 years.

6. Carlton Fisk waves it fair

 

When: Oct. 21, 1975

Where: Fenway Park, Boston

At stake: One of the greatest games in World Series history - Game 6 in 1975 against the Cincinnati Reds - ended in the 12th inning when Fisk belted a ball down the left-field line that hits the foul pole over the Green Monster, sending the World Series to Game 7.

Legacy: Fisk went on to a Hall of Fame career, and there's no more famous home run in Boston history. However, the Reds won Game 7, and the series.

7. Reggie Jackson's third home run in Game 6

 

When: Oct. 18, 1977

Where: Yankee Stadium, New York

At stake: The Yankees, looking for their first championship in 13 years, got it after the greatest one-game power performance in baseball history. Jackson hit three home runs on three swings of the bat off three different pitchers, the final blow a tape-measure shot into the bleachers in center field off the Dodgers' Charlie Hough.

Legacy: Jackson became "Mr. October" and a Hall of Famer. The Yankees repeated as champions the following year.

8. Joe Carter's walk-off homer

 

When: Oct. 23, 1993

Where: Skydome, Toronto

At stake: The Phillies, leading by a run in Game 6, were trying to force Game 7 in the World Series. Carter's home run on a 2-2 pitch from Mitch Williams gave the Blue Jays back-to-back championships.

Legacy: It was only the second time the World Series had ended on a home run.

9. Chris Chambliss' Game 5 blast wins pennant

 

When: Oct. 14, 1976

Where: Yankee Stadium, New York

At stake: In a winner-take-all Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, Chambliss hit the first pitch from Kansas City's Mark Littell over the right-field wall to give the Yankees their first pennant in 12 years.

Legacy: The film of Chambliss rounding the bases, dodging fans who had poured onto the field, is a famous one. The Yankees lost the World Series in 1976, but went on to win the next two.

10. Babe Ruth's called shot

 

When: Oct. 1, 1932

Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago

At stake: Did he or didn't he? Ruth was being heckled by Chicago fans during Game 3 of the World Series, and legend has it that Ruth pointed to center field, then swung and hit a home run off Charlie Root, seemingly calling his shot. Or at least that's what Ruth said afterward. It's one of the most debated points in baseball history.

Legacy: Nobody will ever know for sure. The Yankees swept the Cubs in four games.

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