He is not a Hall of Famer. He is not a member of the 500 HR club or the 3000 hit club, but Bobby Thomson holds a special place in baseball history. He hit one of the most famous home runs in baseball. 1951 3rd games of the National League playoff between the Dodgers and Giants Bobby Thomson hit the three run homer that took the Giants to the World Series. In recent times there has been controversey about weather the Giants stole the signs from the Dodger catcher (see the Echoing Green by Josh Prager). At the end of the day it does not matter, Bobby Thomson became a legend with one swing of the bat that October afternoon.
Bobby Thomson passed away on Monday afternoon at age 86. Another baseball icon gone to the big diamond in the sky. I didn't know Bobby Thomson, I never saw Bobby Thomson play, hell I don't even live in the same country as Bobby Thomson, but I know the story of Bobby Thomson and Ralph Branca. When I became interested in baseball the 51 playoff was one of the first things that caught my interest. Rest in peace Mr Thomson.
.270 avg 1705 hits 903 runs 264 hrs 1026 rbi.
Goodbye Mr Thomson. Gone but never forgotten.
Oct 25 1923- Aug 16 2010.