Biggest Home Run In Baseball History?

Had it not been for a home run he hit in the Polo Grounds back on on October 3, 1951, how many fans today would remember Bobby Thomson any better than they probably do another old New York Giant teammate named Hank Thompson?

Had it not been for a home run he hit in the Polo Grounds back on October 3, 1951, how many fans today would remember Bobby Thomson any better than they probably do today another old New York Giant teammate named Hank Thompson?

We don’t expect agreement on the answer to this question, but please tell us what you think, anyway. – What was the biggest home run in baseball history? Was it a miracle shot, the singular kind requiring a rare moment in which arrogance and special powers work together with either destiny or dumb luck to actually happen? Or was it one of those blasts that elevates the doer of that distant past deed into the memory of fans, and maybe even into the Hall of Fame, in a way that may not otherwise have happened? Was it that asterisk-plastered mark that became part of our baseball language because the Commissioner at that time didn’t like the fact that the doer had an 8-games longer season to accomplish what the biggest legend in baseball history did in fewer than 154 games? Or was it just one of those season or career HR marks that came along in more recent times by a couple of men still suspected of having some steroid assistance?

What was it? – What do you think it was? – Or, let’s be exhaustive here – was there ever even a single HR that stands out above all others in baseball history?

(1) Was it the one we’ve been talking about for two days, Babe Ruth’s Called Shot in Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field in Chicago on October 1, 1932?

(2) How about Bill Mazeroski’s 10th inning homer in the 10th inning of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series, the one that gave the Pirates their dramatic win over the favored Yankees?

(3) Does Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” in Games 3 of the New York Giants’ 1951 remarkable comeback story in the NL pennant race with the Brooklyn Dodgers ring the bell?

Or maybe it was one of these season or career record-breaking homers:

(4) Babe Ruth hits No. 60 in 1927 for the new single season record?

(5) Roger Maris breaks Ruth’s single season HR record with No. 61* in 1961?

(6) Hank Aaron breaks Babe Ruth’s career HR mark when he hits No. 715 in 1974?

(7) Hank Aaron extends the career HR mark to 755 in 1976?

(8) Mark McGwire breaks Maris’s single season HR mark with No. 62 in 1998?

(9) Mark McGwire extends the single season HR mark to 70 in 1998?

(10) Barry Bonds breaks McGwire’s single season HR mark when he hits No. 71 in 2001?

(11) Barry Bonds extends the single season HR mark to 73 in 2001?

(12) Barry Bonds breaks Hank Aaron’s career HR mark when he hits No. 756 in 2007?

(13) Barry Bonds extends the career HR mark to 762 in 2007?

(14) Or is it some other famous or monumental HR not listed here? Please answer by comment.


* The footnote notation in choice No. 5 above is only present because all we ever got personally from Commissioner Ford Frick was the inability to type 61* without adding an asterisk.


 eagle-0range Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas




11 Responses to “Biggest Home Run In Baseball History?”

  1. shinerbock80 Says:

    I would submit that it is none of these. I think Babe Ruth’s 54th home run in 1920 is the answer. It completely shattered the previous single season record for homers. Ruth himself had only 29 the year before. Most importantly THAT is the season that established Ruth as the unquestionable star of the league. Right when the Black Sox scandal was in the news and being touted as something that could “end” baseball. But the real lasting effect was that that 1920 season by Ruth forever changed the way fans watched the game. Home Runs became the thing that most every new fan wanted to see. So if your talking home runs, don’t you have to go with the home run that established the everlasting importance of the home run?

  2. Bruce Biundo Says:

    “The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!” So I think the Thompson shot is a good choice. Kirk Gibson’s limp-off is another worthy contender.

  3. Bruce Says:

    Carlton Fisk waving his ball fair another contender.

  4. Sumner Hunnewell Says:

    Henderson’s home run and the tragic aftermath.

  5. Cliff Blau Says:

    Bobby Thomson. It had everything to do with winning, and nothing to do with statistics.

  6. stanfromtacoma Says:

    I think it was unquestionably the Bobby Thomson homerun. It decided a season long pennant race before wild card games and the LCS. The most memorable homerun I saw live was a ball that Frank Howard hit at Connie Mack Stadium. The ball cleared the billboard on top of the left field roof grandstand and the baseball looked like a white pea when I lost sight of it. I’ve seen a lot of homeruns in my lifetime but I’ve never seen a ball leave a stadium as fast as Howard’s homerun.

  7. Alan Munger Says:

    Great topic Bill, I believe we each have our own “shots” that ring as most memorable. I saw Hank Aaron hit #712 in Dome off of Dave Roberts as a 12 year old and it was a thrill just knowing he was on cusp of breaking a record which was considered immortal. I was at Minute Maid wben Pujols hit his shot off Lidge in 2005 Game 5. It changed Lidge’s career and likely the Astros WS hopes that season as Roy O had to nail down victory over Cards in StL rather than start Game 1 against CWS. I’m sure Dodgers fans rate Kirk Gibson’s shot over Oakland highly and a Woodlands Highlander fan would rate Paul Goldschmidt’s HR at Dell Diamond in 2006 State Championship game highly.
    Man, what a great game it is that we love! Thanks for the discussion.

  8. Gary Trujillo Says:

    It’s all subjective; but I’m going to go with Hank Aaron breaking the Babe’s record. It was powerful in so many ways and was timely as well.

  9. Bob Copus Says:

    If the Red Sox won the world series in 1975, then the Carlton Fisk home run in game 6 against the Reds. Preceeded by the Bernie Carbo three run blast in the 8th of the same game to tie it.

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