Most Famous Home Runs of All Time

The most dramatic play in baseball is the home run, and when the drama the highest, sometimes magic happens. Weighing in factors such as the setting, the probability of a home run at that point and what was at stake, here's a look at the 20 most famous home runs in baseball history. Click the links for videos of each one.

1988 World Series GM 1 - Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Dodgers
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When: Oct. 15, 1988

Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

At stake: It's one of the most improbable homers of all-time, in Game 1 of the World Series in 1988. Kirk Gibson too hurt to play because of two knee injuries and a virus, is called on to pinch-hit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, down 4-3, against Oakland's Dennis Eckersley, a Hall of Fame closer having one of the best years of his career. Gibson connected, hobbled around the bases with an elbow pump, and the Dodgers won. Jack Buck made the famous radio call: "I don't believe what I just saw!"

Legacy: The Dodgers went on to upset the A's in five games. Gibson, a future big-league manager, never took a bigger swing that that one. More »

When: Oct. 13, 1960

Where: Forbes Field, Pittsburgh

At stake: The juggernaut Yankees had outscored the Pirates badly throughout the World Series, but the Pirates found themselves at home in Game 7 in a 9-9 game. Mazeroski, regarded as a great fielding and OK-hitting second baseman, belted a solo homer off Ralph Terry to give the Pirates an improbable championship.

Legacy: Mazeroski made the Hall of Fame. Without that home run, he doesn't. More »

When: Oct. 3, 1951

Where: Polo Grounds, New York

At stake: The Dodgers led the National League for most of the season, but the Giants closed fast and forced a three-game playoff for the NL pennant. In the third and deciding game, Thomson came up in the ninth inning against Ralph Branca and hit a line-drive home run into the left-field bleachers. Russ Hodges' radio call - "The Giants win the pennant; the Giants win the pennant" - is the most famous in baseball history.

Legacy: In New York, it's still No. 1. And it's hard to beat for drama. More »

When: April 8, 1974

Where: Atlanta Fulton County Stadium

At stake: Amid death threats from white supremacists, the most revered record in sports, Babe Ruth's career home run record, went down as Aaron, 39, hit a home run over the left-field wall for his 715th career home run.

Legacy: Aaron, a Hall of Famer, is still considered by many as the home run king even though his record was eclipsed by Barry Bonds. More »

When: Oct. 1, 1961

Where: Yankee Stadium, New York

At stake: Another of Babe Ruth's seemingly unbreakable records, 60 home runs in the 1927 season, was erased as Roger Maris, feeling the immense pressure, hit his 61st home run on the last day of the season.

Legacy: Commissioner Ford Frick put an asterisk next to Maris' name because it came in a 162-game season (Ruth's came in 154). Maris' record stood for 37 years. More »

When: Oct. 21, 1975

Where: Fenway Park, Boston

At stake: One of the greatest games in World Series history - Game 6 in 1975 against the Cincinnati Reds - ended in the 12th inning when Fisk belted a ball down the left-field line that hits the foul pole over the Green Monster, sending the World Series to Game 7.

Legacy: Fisk went on to a Hall of Fame career, and there's no more famous home run in Boston history. However, the Reds won Game 7, and the series. More »

When: Oct. 18, 1977

Where: Yankee Stadium, New York

At stake: The Yankees, looking for their first championship in 13 years, got it after the greatest one-game power performance in baseball history. Jackson hit three home runs on three swings of the bat off three different pitchers, the final blow a tape-measure shot into the bleachers in center field off the Dodgers' Charlie Hough.

Legacy: Jackson became "Mr. October" and a Hall of Famer. The Yankees repeated as champions the following year. More »

When: Oct. 23, 1993

Where: Skydome, Toronto

At stake: The Phillies, leading by a run in Game 6 were trying to force Game 7 in the World Series. Carter's home run on a 2-2 pitch from Mitch Williams gave the Blue Jays back-to-back championships.

Legacy: It was only the second time the World Series had ended on a home run. More »

When: Oct. 14, 1976

Where: Yankee Stadium, New York

At stake: In a winner-take-all Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, Chambliss hit the first pitch from Kansas City's Mark Littell over the right-field wall to give the Yankees their first pennant in 12 years.

Legacy: The film of Chambliss rounding the bases, dodging fans who had poured onto the field, is a famous one. The Yankees lost the World Series in 1976 but went on to win the next two. More »

When: Oct. 1, 1932

Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago

At stake: Did he or didn't he? Ruth was being heckled by Chicago fans during Game 3 of the World Series, and legend has it that Ruth pointed to center field, then swung and hit a home run off Charlie Root, seemingly calling his shot. Or at least that's what Ruth said afterward. It's one of the most debated points in baseball history.

Legacy: Nobody will ever know for sure. The Yankees swept the Cubs in four games. More »

When: Oct 2, 1978

Where: Fenway Park, Boston

At stake: The Red Sox led the AL East for much of 1978 before faltering down the stretch, with the defending champion Yankees catching them. In a one-game playoff for the division title and the Red Sox up 2-0 in the eighth inning, the light-hitting Dent hit a three-run homer over the Green Monster to give New York a 3-2 lead that held up.

Legacy: The Yankees went on to win the World Series, and Bucky Dent's name became a curse word in New England. More »

When: Oct. 26, 1991

Where: Metrodome, Minneapolis

At stake: Trailing 3-2 in the World Series to the Atlanta Braves, Puckett made a fantastic catch at the wall in the early innings of Game 6, and ended the game a couple of hours later in the bottom of the 11th inning with a home run off Charlie Liebrandt over the left-field wall.

Legacy: The Twins won in Game 7 the next night on a great performance by pitcher Jack Morris, ending one of the most dramatic World Series in baseball history. Puckett went on to the Hall of Fame. More »

When: Aug. 7, 2007

Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco

At stake: Bonds passed Hank Aaron as the home run king with his 756th career homer off Mike Bacsik of the Washington Nationals.

Legacy: Bonds' legacy is tainted because of steroid allegations, which is why this home run remains low on the list. More »

When: Sept. 28, 1960

Where: Fenway Park, Boston

At stake: Everybody at Fenway Park that day knew it was the final at-bat for Williams, their best player for more than two decades. Williams, one of the greatest hitters of all-time, went out with a bang against the Orioles in his final at-bat with his 521st career home run.

Legacy: Williams, the last player to hit .400 in a season, was inducted into the Hall of Fame six years later. More »

When: Oct. 5, 2001

Where: Pacific Bell Park, San Francisco

At stake: Bonds becomes the single-season home run leader, passing Mark McGwire, who had set the record with 70 three years earlier.

Legacy: Bonds' legacy is tainted by allegations of steroid use. More »

When: Oct. 16, 2003

Where: Yankee Stadium, New York

At stake: The Red Sox were looking to get past the Yankees again, and again they were denied. In Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, another unlikely hero emerged as Boone hit a home run down the left-field line off Tim Wakefield to give the Yankees the pennant.

Legacy: It's Boone's career moment, but the Florida Marlins defeated the Yankees in the World Series. More »

When: Oct. 9, 1996

Where: Yankee Stadium, New York

At stake: In Game 1 of the American League Championship Series with the Yankees trailing 4-3, and Jeter hit a ball deep to right field. As the ball came down, 12-year-old Yankees fan Jeffrey Maier reached onto the field to catch the ball,  keeping it away from Tony Tarasco of the Baltimore Orioles. It was a solo home run that tied the game.

Legacy: It should have been called fan interference, and it's regarded as one of the worst umpiring calls in baseball history. The Yankees go on to win the game in 11 innings, the series in five games, and then the World Series. More »

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Ozzie Smith's NLCS game-winner

When: Oct. 14, 1985

Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis

At stake: In Game 5 of the NLCS, the light-hitting Smith came to bat in the bottom of the ninth inning. Smith, who had never hit a home run left-handed in his entire career, hit a line drive down the right-field line off the Dodgers' Tom Neidenfuer that cleared the wall, ending the game and giving the Cardinals a 3-2 series lead. They won the series in six.

Legacy: It's the signature hit of Smith's Hall of Fame career, but the Cardinals lost to Kansas City in the World Series that season.

When: July 24, 1983

Where: Yankee Stadium, New York

At stake: After the Royals' Brett hit a home run off closer Goose Gossage for a 5-4 lead, Yankees manager Billy Martin protested because Brett had too much pine tar (a sticky substance used for grip) on his bat. It didn't give Brett any competitive advantage, but umpire Tim McClelland calls Brett out after the fact, and an incredible argument breaks out in which Brett had to be restrained.

Legacy: The game was appealed, and the American League office reversed the call. Instead of a 4-3 Yankees victory, the game resumed on Aug. 18 with Brett's home run counting, and the Royals won 5-4. Brett and Gossage both went on to Hall of Fame careers. More »

When: Sept. 8, 1998

Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis

At stake: A memorable chase to break the home run record climaxed when McGwire hit a line drive over the left-field wall to become the first person to hit 62 homers in a season. He went on to hit 70.

Legacy: The 1998 Chase is now tainted by McGwire's admission that he took performance-enhancing drugs.

Honorable mention: Reggie Jackson's All-Star blast, July 13, 1971, Tiger Stadium; Cal Ripken's homer in his 2,131st consecutive game, Sept. 6, 1995, Camden Yards; Gabby Hartnett's "Homer in the Gloamin'", Sept. 28, 1938, Wrigley Field; Mickey Mantle's 565-foot home run, April 17, 1953, Griffith Stadium; Scott Brosius' World Series Game 5-winning homer, Nov. 1, 2001, Yankee Stadium. More »