Remembering Bobby Thompson

bobby_thompson01.jpgAs a fan of baseball in general, and especially the history of the game, I would be remiss not to mention the recent passing of Bobby Thompson, best remembered as an outfielder for the National League’s New York Giants.

Thompson is, of course, best known for this moment, widely regarded as one of the most exciting in baseball history:

 As Twins fans well know, there aren’t too many more exciting moments than those that happen during a post-162 (or, at that time, a post-154) game.  Although perhaps Ralph Branca would disagree with me…

Thompson wasn’t a spectacular player, but over the course of 15 seasons he compiled 1,705 hits, 264 home runs, a .270 batting average, and was an All-Star three times.  However, all that was overshadowed by one dramatic swing of the bat.

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