2. The Giants Win the Pennant!
"Here’s a long drive. … It’s gonna be, I believe … the Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! Bobby Thomson hits into the lower deck of the left-field stands. The Giants win the pennant, and they’re goin’ crazy! They’re goin’ crazy! I don't believe it! I don't believe it! I do not believe it!"
On Oct. 3, 1951, Russ Hodges was calling the third and deciding playoff game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants for the National League pennant. Hodges had been the No. 2 announcer for the Yankees and Giants for much of his career but got the promotion to top dog for the Giants after the two teams separated their radio network. If it weren't for that split, Thomson's blast might not have been known as "The Shot Heard 'Round the World."
The pure joy of the call was the result of the unbelievable comeback the Giants had just completed. They trailed the Dodgers by 13 1/2 games midway through August but finished the season with one of the hottest streaks of all time, winning 37 of 44, including their final seven to force a three-game playoff. If that wasn't enough, they then trailed 4-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth before Thomson sent Giants fans into a frenzy at the Polo Grounds that Hodges captured so brilliantly.