Top Playoff Moments

Major League Baseball’s playoffs began on Wednesday and in the spirit of the game, here are the five greatest playoff moments ever:

5. Kirk Gibson’s Home Run:

The Dodgers’ Kirk Gibson could barley walk when he limped to the plate in the ninth inning of game one of the 1988 World Series. After sustaining multiple injuries in the National League Championship Series, Gibson did not start the game, but was called on to pinch hit in the ninth. With a 3-2 count, Gibson hit a walk-off home run off of A’s closer Denis Eckersley.

4. The Catch:

Often referred to as the greatest catch ever made, Willie Mays’ over-the-head catch in game one of the 1954 World Series saved the game for Giants. The Polo Grounds, where the game was played, was over 500 feet to center-field, so the fact that Mays even caught up to the ball is remarkable.

3. Bill Mazeroski’s Walk-Off Winner:

Only twice has a player ever hit a walk-off home run to win a World Series. Bill Mazeroski was the first player to ever do it with his game-seven home run against the New York Yankees in the 1960 series.

2. Don Larsen’s Perfect Game:

Don Larsen is the only man to ever throw a perfect game in the playoffs, it just so happens it was in the World Series. Larsen retired 27 straight Dodger hitters as the Yankees won the game 2-0 and won the series in seven games.

1. “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World”

After trailing the Dodgers by 13 and a half games in the National League as late as Aug. 11, the Giants historic comeback was culminated by Bobby Thompson’s walk-off home run that gave the Giants the 1951 NL pennant and sent them to the World Series. Radio broadcaster Russ Hodges’ call of the home run is arguably the most famous baseball call of all time.

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