Ten Most Memorable World Series Home Runs

Texas visits St. Louis as the World Series gets underway Wednesday, October 19 as the Rangers and Cardinals battle it out on baseball's biggest stage.

It's a stage that continues to produce heroes year after year. Few moments are as memorable as a big home run in the World Series. So as the Fall Classic sets for its latest installment, here's a look back at 10 of the biggest World Series home runs in Major League history.

10: Scott Brosius (2001): Just one night after New York Yankee Tino Martinez hit a game-tying ninth inning two-run home run off of Byung-Hyun Kim, Brosius took his turn against the Arizona pitcher in Game 5. Brosius brought a feeling of deja vu to the Yankee Stadium crowd, again tying the game in the bottom of the ninth with a two-run shot off Kim. The Yankees won both games, taking Game 4 on a solo homer by Derek Jeter(notes) in the 10th, but fell in the classic 2001 series.

9: Jim Leyritz (1996): With Atlanta looking to take a 3-1 lead in the 1996 World Series, Leyritz ripped a clutch three-run home run off of Mark Wohlers, tying Game 4. The Yankees went on to win the game 8-6 in extra innings, then won 1-0 the next night and 3-2 in Game 6 to clinch the series.

8: Kirk Gibson (1984): Goose Gossage wanted to face Gibson in Game 5 of the 1984 World Series. Gibson already had one home run in the game, when Gossage convinced San Diego manager Dick Williams he'd get out the Detroit slugger. With one out in the bottom of the eight, Gibson took the second offering and smashed a three-run shot into the upper deck of Tiger Stadium, sealing the series for the Tigers.

7. Reggie Jackson (1977): In the deciding game of the 1977 World Series, Mr. October hit three home runs, off three pitchers, on just three pitches. The final one, a tape-measure shot into the center field bleachers in Yankee Stadium off of Charlie Huff, helped clinch the game and the series for the Yankees.

6. Kirby Puckett (1991): Minnesota's Puckett led off the bottom of the 11th of Game 6 by hammering a Charlie Leibrant pitch into the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome stands, breaking a 3-3 tie with a walk off home run to force a Game 7. The Twins topped the Braves in that game too, giving the franchise its second title in four years.

5. Babe Ruth (1932): Did he or didn't he? While nobody but the Babe may ever really know for sure if he called his shot in Game 3 of the 1932 Fall Classic at Wrigley Field. Grainy footage shows Ruth pointing in the direction of center field just before connecting off of Charlie Root for a ninth inning home run, giving the Yankees a 7-4 advantage in the game.

4. Joe Carter (1993): With Philadelphia ahead 6-5 in Game 6, Toronto's Joe Carter took a 2-2 pitch from Phillies closer Mitch WIlliams and smashed a World Series clinching home run over the SkyDome fence. The three-run homer gave the Blue Jays their second-straight World Series title.

3. Kirk Gibson (1988): Gibson was hobbled and limited to just one at bat during the 1988 World Series, but it's one of the most memorable at bats in World Series history. Facing Hall of Fame closer Dennis Eckersley, and his team down 4-3 in Game 1, Gibson came off the bench to pinch hit, connecting on a two-run home run into the stands for a walk off victory.

2. Carlton Fisk (1975): Fair or foul? That was the only question when Fisk connected off of a Pat Darcy offering to lead off the bottom of the 12th inning in Game 6 of the 1975 Series. Not to leave things to chance, Fisk jumped and waved the ball, almost willing it off the Fenway Park foul pole for a home run. The homer forced a seventh game, which was won by Cincinnati, but the lasting memory of one of the best series ever played belongs to Fisk.

1. Bill Mazeroski (1960): Hitting a home run in the bottom of the ninth of Game 7. It's every boy's dream and Mazeroski's reality. The Pittsburgh second baseman ended the 1960 World Series with his home off of Ralph Terry to the Forbes Field stands, giving the Pirates 10-9 win and the series championship.

Sources:

Playoff Index, Baseball Reference

Major League

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Updated Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011