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Big Apples: New York's Top Five Most Memorable Home Runs of All Time

Chris MatcovichCorrespondent IAugust 19, 2010

Big Apples: New York's Top Five Most Memorable Home Runs of All Time

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    With the passing of Bobby Thompson this week, it brings up memories of his infamous "Shot Heard Round The World" with the New York Giants.  New York is a baseball-rich city that has had its share of memorable home runs in crucial situations that have left an indelible mark on the fans.

    Here is a list of the top five most memorable home runs hit in New York baseball history.

5. Roger Maris's 61st Home Run

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    Maris was under immense pressure by the New York media during his home run chase of Babe Ruth's record in 1961.  After 154 games, Maris still hadn't broken Ruth's record of 60, which was set in that same span.

    On the last game of the season (the 162nd game), Maris was able to belt the record-breaking home run at Yankee Stadium versus the Red Sox in the fourth inning. 

    His record stood in the books for 37 years, until Mark McGwire broke it with 70 home runs in 1998.

4. Aaron Boone's Walk-Off Home Run in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS

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    In the bottom of the 11th inning against the rival Boston Red Sox, Aaron Boone walked up to the plate in a tie game against Tim Wakefield.  On the first pitch, Boone sent a knuckleball deep into the New York night, allowing the Yankees to advance to the 2003 World Series.

    Despite the triumph in Game 7 of the ALCS, the Yankees dropped the World Series to a young Florida Marlins team.

3. Mike Piazza's Home Run in First Game Back After September 11th

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    Ten days after terrorists attacked New York City on 9/11, baseball was back.  In the bottom of the eighth, with the Mets down 2-1 to the rival Atlanta Braves, Mike Piazza sent a two-run home run off the camera tower in center field.  The Mets won the game, 3-2.

    This home run was not only significant in terms of baseball, but it has been an endearing image of how New Yorkers were able to come together as a city after the tragedy.

2. Bucky Dent's Home Run Puts Yankees in Playoffs

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    The Yankees were down 14 games with two months left in the season in 1978.  With a four-game sweep of the Red Sox on the last weekend of the year, the Yankees were able to force a one-game playoff versus Boston.  The winner would go to the ALCS.

    In the seventh inning of the playoff game, light-hitting Bucky Dent stepped to the plate and crushed a three-run home run to put the Yankees ahead for good.

    The Yankees went on to win the 1978 World Series behind the infamous Dent, who would be named the World Series MVP.

1. Bobby Thompson's "Shot Heard Round The World"

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    The New York Giants were down 13.5 games to the Dodgers with 44 games left in the season.  The Giants won 37 of those games to force a three-game playoff with the Dodgers for the right to go to the World Series.

    Most likely the most famous home run not only in New York baseball history, but maybe in MLB history, Bobby Thompson's grand slam off Ralph Branca in the bottom of the ninth clinched the pennant for the Giants.

    Oddly enough, Branca and Thompson became very good friends after their careers were over.

2. Bucky Dent's Home Run Puts Yankees in Playoffs

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    The Yankees were down 14 games with two months left in the season in 1978.  With a four game sweep of the Red Sox on the last weekend of the year, the Yankees were able to force a one game playoff vs. Boston.  The winner would go to the ALCS.

     In the seventh inning of the playoff game, light hitting Bucky Dent stepped to the plate and crushed a three run home run to put the Yankees ahead for good.

    The Yankees went on to win the 1978 World Series behind the infamous Dent (World Series MVP).

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