The Giants Celebrate Following Bobby Thompson's "Shot Heard Round The World"
An argument can be made that the 1951 Dodgers don't belong on this list, as their missing out on the playoffs was more of a case of another team getting hot than the Dodgers struggling. However, the race ended in one of the most memorable moments in baseball history, so they make the list.
The Dodgers had one of the most stacked lineups in all of baseball, featuring the likes of Hodges, Snider, Campanella, Robinson, and Reese among others. The team jumped out to a huge lead, and held a 13.5 game lead on August 11th, as they seemed headed for the pennant.
They went 26-22 to close out the season, which most times would be more than enough to hold onto a lead that big. However, the Giants had other ideas, as they went on an amazing run, going 37-7 to close out the season and pull into a tie with the Dodgers, forcing a three game playoff.
After the team's split the first two games, the Giants won in the most dramatic of fashions with Bobby Thompson launching a walk-off home run that would go down as the "Shot Heard Round The World" and send the Giants to the NL pennant.