Wednesday, November 19, 2003
The Shot That Changed the World
By Eric Neel

On Oct. 3, 1951, Bobby Thomson's pennant-winning home run capped a wildly improbable comeback. With one swing, he took the National League title from the Brooklyn Dodgers and gave it to the New York Giants, who had been 13 1/2 games down in the pennant race in August and behind 4-1 entering the ninth inning. Exhilarating and devastating all at once, Thomson's three-run homer became almost instantly known as "the shot heard 'round the world." Fifty years later, the phrase resonates still, a snapshot of America in the middle of the century.