There have been plenty of home runs throughout the history of Major League Baseball, and yet, there is still nothing quite like watching one happen in real-time, no matter whether you are standing cheering in the crowds of the stadium or screaming at your television at home.
With that being said, there are a few stand-out home run moments that are truly unforgettable, but in case you need your memory refreshed or if you missed them the first time around, here are five of our favorite, most unforgettable home run moments in MLB.
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1) Bill Mazeroski // 1960 World Series, Game 7
During his career playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Bill Mazeroski was known for having a better glove game than for his batting and was only able to hit 138 home runs in this time.
However, that is not to say that he can’t have been involved with one of the best home run moments to have happened in major league baseball – and that’s because he was.
Mazeroski hit a walk-off home run during the seventh game of the 1960 World Series, which secured his team the victory, which was the only time through the whole history of the sport that game number seven of a World Series finished with a walk-off home run. Go Maz!
2) Bobby Thompson // “Shot Heard Around the World,” 1951 NL Pennant
And to think, if a fan hadn’t asked his mom to tape the second innings, we would have lost what is now one of the most iconic phrases to be shouted out by one of the commentators.
“The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!!!”
As they neared the end of the 1951 MLB season, the San Francisco Giants were in a double-digit deficit that saw them rank below their rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Even in the ninth inning of game three, they were trailing 4-3, but when Bobby Thomson hit a walk-home run with a runner on second base, they were able to win the series and pennant.
3) Joe Carter // 1993 World Series, Game 6
In their attempt to prolong the World Series to play the seventh game, the Philadelphia Phillies were winning by 6-5 when they sent on Mitch Williams to try to beat the Toronto Blue Jays.
Joe Carter, however, had his own plan in mind. While Rickey Henderson and Paul Molitor were on the base, Carter swung to win and successfully hit a lining homer to the left-field, which saw the Blue Jays win their second World Series Championship in a row.
4) Carlton Fisk // 1975 World Series, Game 6
The Boston Red Sox were another major league baseball team to hit a spectacular home run as they entered the sixth game of the World Series, losing by 3-2. To stay in the game, they desperately needed a win, so that is exactly what they went out and did.
Carlton Fisk was the batter to do it when he stepped up to the plate and connected with the ball despite it looking like it was about to head foul, as he managed to jump and wave the ball fair as he raced to reach first base before it headed back his way.
Thanks to his efforts, the game ended with a 7-6 victory to the Red Sox, rekindling America’s love for the sport and the exhilarating moments like this that come with it.
5) Hank Aaron // The Home Run King, April 8th, 1974
Babe Ruth is one of the biggest names in baseball due to his record-breaking performances throughout his career, but Hank Aaron came along to break these records after years of remaining untouched.
He didn’t have too far to go after he started the 1974 season, just two home runs off from beating Babe Ruth’s record, but the moment he achieved this goal is still considered one of the most exciting home runs we have seen in the history of major league baseball.
By the time he hung up his gloves and bat and retired from playing MLB, he had officially scored a whopping 755 home runs throughout the duration of his entire career.
So, there you have it. Some of the best moments and home runs in the history of major league baseball. Here’s to many more!
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