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    I was the watching the MLB Network special on game 7 of the 1960 World Series last night. It was really cool.

    Anyway, they showed Hal Smith's 3-run homer in the 8th inning to give the Pirates the lead. You will never see a bigger home run in a bigger spot. Of course it is only remembered by a handful of people because the Yankees scored 2 runs in the top of the 9th to tie it and Mazeroski delivered his epic blast a half inning later.

    What are some of the other great "unsung" home runs in postseason history?
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  • #2
    Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
    I was the watching the MLB Network special on game 7 of the 1960 World Series last night. It was really cool.

    Anyway, they showed Hal Smith's 3-run homer in the 8th inning to give the Pirates the lead. You will never see a bigger home run in a bigger spot. Of course it is only remembered by a handful of people because the Yankees scored 2 runs in the top of the 9th to tie it and Mazeroski delivered his epic blast a half inning later.

    What are some of the other great "unsung" home runs in postseason history?
    Bernie Carbo's game 6 blast in the 1975 World Series.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
      I was the watching the MLB Network special on game 7 of the 1960 World Series last night. It was really cool.

      Anyway, they showed Hal Smith's 3-run homer in the 8th inning to give the Pirates the lead. You will never see a bigger home run in a bigger spot. Of course it is only remembered by a handful of people because the Yankees scored 2 runs in the top of the 9th to tie it and Mazeroski delivered his epic blast a half inning later.

      What are some of the other great "unsung" home runs in postseason history?
      It was great to see Smith get a standing ovation 50 years later, and he said was that he was happy to contribute in a World Series and that's all he wanted to do.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
        I was the watching the MLB Network special on game 7 of the 1960 World Series last night. It was really cool.

        Anyway, they showed Hal Smith's 3-run homer in the 8th inning to give the Pirates the lead. You will never see a bigger home run in a bigger spot. Of course it is only remembered by a handful of people because the Yankees scored 2 runs in the top of the 9th to tie it and Mazeroski delivered his epic blast a half inning later.

        What are some of the other great "unsung" home runs in postseason history?
        A couple of Cardinal homeruns that come to mind: the 1995 Jack Clark HR vs. the Dodgers which was overshadowed by the "Go Crazy Folks" Ozzie HR the previous game, and the 2004 NLCS Game 6 extra-inning clincher for Edmonds which was overshadowed by the Red Sox comeback.

        Most overated Cardinal's homerun? Albert in the 2005 NLCS vs. Lidge. Who cares, they lost the next game. Another overblown homerun (at least on how many times I have seen it on MLB network countdowns) is the Ordonez 2006 walkoff. Detroit was virtualy guaranteed a WS trip anyway.
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        • #5
          Whitey Kurowski's blast in the ninth inning of game five of the 1942 WS. Tony Fernandez blast that sent the Indians to the 1997 Series. I don't think Carbo's homer has been forgotten.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by lollar View Post
            Whitey Kurowski's blast in the ninth inning of game five of the 1942 WS. Tony Fernandez blast that sent the Indians to the 1997 Series. I don't think Carbo's homer has been forgotten.
            It's been well-obscurred by the Fisk HR, to be sure. But, yeah, maybe not as much as others that have been mentioned thus far.

            At least the Ordonez blast won an actual game. The Kirk "He ain't going to pitch to you" Gibson home run in game 5 of the 1984 World Series off Goose Gossage would be nothing more than the second homer of the day for him if it weren't for the back and forth between Gibson and Sparky Anderson.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Captain Cold Nose View Post
              It's been well-obscurred by the Fisk HR, to be sure. But, yeah, maybe not as much as others that have been mentioned thus far.

              At least the Ordonez blast won an actual game. The Kirk "He ain't going to pitch to you" Gibson home run in game 5 of the 1984 World Series off Goose Gossage would be nothing more than the second homer of the day for him if it weren't for the back and forth between Gibson and Sparky Anderson.
              But I never hear anybody talk about the 1984 Gibson HR.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by STLCards2 View Post
                But I never hear anybody talk about the 1984 Gibson HR.
                I've seen that highlight dozens of times over the years, and not just by Detroit media.

                I do have both a pen and keychain with the Ordonez call.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by STLCards2 View Post
                  A couple of Cardinal homeruns that come to mind: the 1995 Jack Clark HR vs. the Dodgers which was overshadowed by the "Go Crazy Folks" Ozzie HR the previous game, and the 2004 NLCS Game 6 extra-inning clincher for Edmonds which was overshadowed by the Red Sox comeback.
                  That was 1985, STLCards2, '85!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by carlton72 View Post
                    That was 1985, STLCards2, '85!
                    Typo - not bad memory. The closest the 1995 Cardinals came to the playoffs was when there was a chance for replacement players.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Captain Cold Nose View Post
                      I've seen that highlight dozens of times over the years, and not just by Detroit media.

                      I do have both a pen and keychain with the Ordonez call.
                      Hmmm. I vaugely recall seeing the HR at all. I knew it happend, since that was one of the reasons Gibson had such a "big game" reputation even before "the" homerun vs. Eck, but I can't visualize it at all.
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                      • #12
                        I am fairly sure I have both those NLCS games on tape

                        Originally posted by STLCards2 View Post
                        Hmmm. I vaugely recall seeing the HR at all. I knew it happend, since that was one of the reasons Gibson had such a "big game" reputation even before "the" homerun vs. Eck, but I can't visualize it at all.
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                          Originally posted by STLCards2 View Post
                          Hmmm. I vaugely recall seeing the HR at all. I knew it happend, since that was one of the reasons Gibson had such a "big game" reputation even before "the" homerun vs. Eck, but I can't visualize it at all.
                          The Detroit papers still sell the poster of Gibson rounding the bases, arms extended triumphantly.
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                          • #14
                            Johnny Bench's home run in the bottom of the 9th inning in game 5 of the 72 NLCS.

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                            • #15
                              Ken Boyer's Grand Slam in Yankee Stadium during the Cards 1964 WS win over the Yanks. Scott Rolen's Game 7 NLCS homer late in the game off Roger Clemens in 2004.

                              So Taguchi and Yadi Molina at Shea in a pennant win over the Mets in 2006... Both overshadowed by the footage of Beltran's knees buckling as he watched Wainwrights magnificent curve dart past for strike 3.
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