Bobby Thomson Stats

Bobby Thomson was born on Thursday, October 25, 1923, in Glasgow, Scotland. Thomson was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 9, 1946, with the New York Giants. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Bobby Thomson baseball stats page.

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"Bobby Thomson will always hold a special place in our game for hitting one of the signature home runs in baseball history.'The Shot Heard Round the World' will always remain a defining moment for our game, illustrating the timeless quality of the national pastime." - Commissioner Bud Selig on MLB.com (John Schlegel, 08/17/10, Thomson, hit famous '51 playoff homer, dies , Source )

Bobby Thomson

Bobby 'The Flying Scot' Thomson Autograph on a 1988 Pacific Legends Baseball Card (#45 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1988pac01' title='1988 Pacific Legends Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Bobby 'The Flying Scot' Thomson Autograph on a 1988 Pacific Legends Baseball Card (#45 | Checklist )

Birth Name:
Robert Brown Thomson
Nickname:
Bobby - The Flying Scot - The Staten Island Scot
Born On:
10-25-1923  (Scorpio)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Glasgow, Scotland
Year of Death Data Died On:
08-16-2010 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Savannah, Georgia
Cemetery:
Cremated
High School:
Curtis High School (Staten Island, NY)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
185
First Game:
09-09-1946 (Age 22)
Last Game:
07-17-1960
Draft:
Not Applicable

Bobby Thomson

Bobby Thomson Pitching Stats

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Bobby Thomson Hitting Stats

1946 23 Giants 18 54 8 17 4 1 2 0 9 4 0 5 0 - 0 1 .315 .362 .537
1947 24 Giants 138 545 105 154 26 5 29 0 85 40 3 78 2 - 4 11 .283 .336 .508
1948 25 Giants 138 471 75 117 20 2 16 0 63 30 2 77 3 - 2 15 .248 .296 .401
1949 26 Giants 156 641 99 198 35 9 27 0 109 44 3 45 2 - 2 15 .309 .355 .518
1950 27 Giants 149 563 79 142 22 7 25 2 85 55 4 45 2 - 5 14 .252 .324 .449
1951 28 Giants 148 518 89 152 27 8 32 0 101 73 9 57 7 - 4 14 .293 .385 .562
1952 29 Giants 153 608 89 164 29 14 24 1 108 52 2 74 2 - 4 16 .270 .331 .482
1953 30 Giants 154 608 80 175 22 6 26 1 106 43 6 57 2 - 3 18 .288 .338 .472
1954 31 Braves 43 99 7 23 3 0 2 0 15 12 0 29 2 0 0 3 .232 .315 .323
1955 32 Braves 101 343 40 88 12 3 12 1 56 34 4 52 1 5 0 10 .257 .319 .414
1956 33 Braves 142 451 59 106 10 4 20 2 74 43 4 75 5 4 2 9 .235 .302 .408
1957 34 Braves 41 148 15 35 5 3 4 1 23 8 0 27 2 0 2 1 .236 .285 .392
1957 34 Giants 81 215 24 52 7 4 8 0 38 19 2 39 2 1 0 2 .242 .302 .423
1958 35 Cubs 152 547 67 155 27 5 21 0 82 56 7 76 2 6 4 16 .283 .351 .466
1959 36 Cubs 122 374 55 97 15 2 11 0 52 35 6 50 2 5 2 9 .259 .322 .398
1960 37 Red Sox 40 114 12 30 3 1 5 0 20 11 0 15 0 2 0 4 .263 .323 .439
1960 37 Orioles 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
15 Years 1,779 6,305 903 1,705 267 74 264 8 1,026 559 52 804 36 23 34 159 .270 .332 .462

Bobby Thomson

Bobby Thomson Fielding Stats

1946 Giants 3B 16 15 396 46 2.9 43 18 25 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .935 2.93
1947 Giants 2B 9 9 225 52 5.8 47 27 20 5 4 n/a n/a n/a .904 5.64
1947 Giants CF 126 126 33 349 2.8 342 330 12 7 2 n/a n/a n/a .980 279.82
1948 Giants CF 58 58 1,518 178 3.1 173 166 7 5 2 n/a n/a n/a .972 3.08
1948 Giants LF 63 54 1,431 142 2.3 138 135 3 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .972 2.60
1948 Giants RF 4 3 75 12 3.0 11 11 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .917 3.96
1949 Giants CF 156 156 468 507 3.3 498 488 10 9 4 n/a n/a n/a .982 28.73
1950 Giants CF 149 148 3,936 418 2.8 409 394 15 9 5 n/a n/a n/a .978 2.81
1951 Giants 3B 69 69 1,824 240 3.5 226 90 136 14 13 n/a n/a n/a .942 3.35
1951 Giants CF 37 36 963 97 2.6 95 93 2 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .979 2.66
1951 Giants LF 38 34 969 77 2.0 73 72 1 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .948 2.03
1951 Giants RF 3 0 18 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1952 Giants 3B 91 90 2,403 283 3.1 266 82 184 17 13 n/a n/a n/a .940 2.99
1952 Giants CF 63 63 1,647 156 2.5 155 152 3 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .994 2.54
1953 Giants CF 153 152 4,035 415 2.7 408 395 13 7 0 n/a n/a n/a .983 2.73
1953 Giants RF 1 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1954 Braves LF 25 23 591 44 1.8 43 40 3 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .977 1.96
1954 Braves RF 1 0 6 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
1955 Braves CF 3 2 63 4 1.3 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.71
1955 Braves LF 88 84 2,259 185 2.1 180 175 5 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .973 2.15
1956 Braves 3B 3 3 81 18 6.0 15 5 10 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .833 5.00
1956 Braves CF 23 17 438 46 2.0 46 45 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.84
1956 Braves LF 126 98 2,757 234 1.9 227 221 6 7 0 n/a n/a n/a .970 2.22
1957 Braves CF 6 5 114 15 2.5 15 15 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.55
1957 Braves LF 36 32 885 66 1.8 65 63 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .985 1.98
1957 Giants 3B 1 1 27 3 3.0 3 0 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1957 Giants CF 3 2 63 9 3.0 9 9 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.86
1957 Giants LF 53 31 927 69 1.3 69 67 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.01
1957 Giants RF 20 18 480 46 2.3 45 45 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .978 2.53
1958 Cubs 3B 4 2 63 9 2.3 8 5 3 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .889 3.43
1958 Cubs CF 145 144 3,783 352 2.4 348 335 13 4 3 n/a n/a n/a .989 2.48
1958 Cubs LF 7 0 30 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1958 Cubs RF 2 2 48 2 1.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.13
1959 Cubs CF 50 46 1,182 114 2.3 114 111 3 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.60
1959 Cubs LF 61 31 891 66 1.1 64 60 4 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .970 1.94
1959 Cubs RF 29 19 612 57 2.0 56 54 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .982 2.47
1960 Red Sox 1B 1 1 27 12 12.0 10 10 0 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .833 10.00
1960 Red Sox CF 13 13 327 37 2.8 37 36 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.06
1960 Red Sox LF 12 12 324 30 2.5 28 28 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .933 2.33
1960 Red Sox RF 2 0 15 1 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.80
1960 Orioles LF 2 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1960 Orioles RF 1 1 27 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
CF Totals 985 968 18,570 2,697 2.7 2,653 2,573 80 44 21 n/a n/a n/a .984 3.86
LF Totals 511 399 11,070 913 1.8 887 861 26 26 4 n/a n/a n/a .972 2.16
3B Totals 184 180 4,794 599 3.3 561 200 361 38 27 n/a n/a n/a .937 3.16
RF Totals 63 43 1,287 119 1.9 116 114 2 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .975 2.43
2B Totals 9 9 225 52 5.8 47 27 20 5 4 n/a n/a n/a .904 5.64
1B Totals 1 1 27 12 12.0 10 10 0 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .833 10.00
15 Years 1,753 1,600 35,973 4,392 2.5 4,274 3,785 489 118 58 n/a n/a n/a .973 3.21

Bobby Thomson

Bobby Thomson Miscellaneous Stats

1946 Giants 0 0 .000 2 0 n/a 27.0 10.8 6.0 - - -
1947 Giants 1 0 1.000 3 0 n/a 18.8 7.0 6.4 - - -
1948 Giants 2 1 .667 12 1 n/a 29.4 6.1 7.5 - - -
1949 Giants 10 5 .667 0 0 n/a 23.7 14.2 5.9 - - -
1950 Giants 3 5 .375 0 0 n/a 22.5 12.5 6.6 - - -
1951 Giants 5 5 .500 2 0 n/a 16.2 9.1 5.1 - - -
1952 Giants 5 2 .714 0 0 n/a 25.3 8.2 5.6 - - -
1953 Giants 4 2 .667 0 1 n/a 23.4 10.7 5.7 - - -
1954 Braves 0 0 .000 18 2 n/a 49.5 3.4 6.6 - - -
1955 Braves 2 1 .667 13 0 n/a 28.6 6.6 6.1 - - -
1956 Braves 2 4 .333 6 1 n/a 22.6 6.0 6.1 - - -
1957 Braves 2 1 .667 4 0 n/a 37.0 5.5 6.4 - - -
1957 Giants 1 2 .333 10 4 n/a 26.9 5.5 5.7 - - -
1958 Cubs 0 2 .000 2 0 n/a 26.0 7.2 6.7 - - -
1959 Cubs 1 0 1.000 10 3 n/a 34.0 7.5 7.2 - - -
1960 Red Sox 0 1 .000 14 0 n/a 22.8 7.6 5.7 - - -
1960 Orioles 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 - - -
15 Years 38 31 .551 97 12 n/a 23.9 7.8 6.1 - - -

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Bobby Thomson Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1946 New York Giants 23 Undetermined - -
1947 New York Giants 19 Undetermined - -
1948 New York Giants 19 Undetermined Stats -
1949 New York Giants 23 Undetermined Stats -
1950 New York Giants 23 $30,000.00 - -
1951 New York Giants 23 Undetermined - Stats
1952 New York Giants 23 Undetermined Stats -
1953 New York Giants 23 $30,000.00 - -
1954 Milwaukee Braves 34 $35,000.00 - -
1955 Milwaukee Braves 34 Undetermined - -
1956 Milwaukee Braves 34 , 25 $30,000.00 - -
1957 Milwaukee Braves 25 Undetermined - -
1957 New York Giants 21 Undetermined - -
1958 Chicago Cubs 9 Undetermined - -
1959 Chicago Cubs 9 Undetermined - -
1960 Boston Red Sox 25 Undetermined - -
1960 Baltimore Orioles 35 Undetermined - -
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Bobby Thomson, who was also commonly called The Flying Scot, received his unique nickname due in part to his birthplace, Scotland (which Topps often mentioned on their cards). Thomson, however, was not the first Major League player from Scotland , he was the sixth.
Bobby Thomson
Bobby Thomson | 1956 Topps (#257) | Baseball Almanac Collection

The "Shot Heard 'Round the World", is one of the most famous moments in baseball history, some might even say sports history. Bobby Thomson was a three-time All-Star (1948, 1949, 1952), who led the National League in triples in 1952, had four 100 RBI seasons (1949, 1951, 1952, 1953), one 30-home run season (1951), eight 20-home run seasons (1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1958), and he was also the slugger who made the words, "THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT!" possible.
Bobby Thomson The Shot Heard Round the World Stamp
Bobby Thomson | The Shot Heard 'Round the World U.S. Stamp | Baseball Almanac Collection

What is the Shot Heard 'Round the World?

Simply put, it is the game-winning home run by New York Giants outfielder Bobby Thomson off Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca at the Polo Grounds at 3:58 p.m. EST, on October 3, 1951 , to win the National League pennant.

The Giants won the game 5-4, defeating the Dodgers in their pennant playoff series, 2 games to 1. Thomson's homer, and the Giants' victory after overcoming a double-digit deficit in the standings in the weeks preceding the playoff, are also sometimes known as the "Miracle of Coogan's Bluff."

What led-up to the home run?

1951 World Series ; the Associated Press commented on their dominance, saying that "unless they completely fold in their last 50 games, they're in."

While the Phillies were attempting to not "completely fold", the Giants were putting together 16 straight victories from August 12 to August 27, cutting their deficit from 12½ games to six. By September 20, the Dodgers had ten games left to play while the Giants had seven, and the Dodgers had a 4½ game advantage, making a pennant win appear imminent.

However, the Giants won their last seven games, and in the final game of the season, the Dodgers needed to defeat the Phillies to force a playoff; they did so by winning 9–8 in 14 innings, which meant both teams now had a record of 96-58.

What happened after the tie?

The National League used a three-game playoff system to break the tie for the pennant, with the winner going on to face the American League champion New York Yankees in the 1951 World Series .

For game one [ box score ], the Dodgers chose Ralph Branca to start the game as he had beaten the Giants twice in the regular season, while the Giants chose Jim Hearn , who had beaten the Dodgers twice that year. The Giants won the first game, 3-1 thanks in part to home runs by Bobby Thomson and Monte Irvin .

For game two [ box score ], the Giants had Sheldon Jones pitch so that the Giants could save Sal Maglie for game three or the first game of the World Series , and the Dodgers used Clem Labine . The Yankees were among those in attendance as spectators. The Dodgers bounced back to win the second game, 10-0 thanks to home runs by four separate players. This led to the deciding game three at the Polo Grounds.

What made the walk-off possible?

For game three [ box score ], Sal Maglie was on the mound for New York, while Brooklyn called on Don Newcombe ; both pitchers had winning records against the opposing team heading into the matchup. In the top of the first inning Jackie Robinson singled, driving in the game's first run when Pee Wee Reese crossed home plate. The game then became a pitcher's duel, with neither Maglie nor Newcombe allowing a run through the sixth inning. In the seventh inning, Irvin led off with a double for the Giants. He was bunted over to third, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Thomson, tying the score at one run each.

In the top of the eighth the Dodgers came back with three runs off Maglie . Reese and Duke Snider hit back-to-back singles, and Maglie threw a wild pitch, allowing Reese to score. After Robinson was walked, Andy Pafko hit a single to score Snider . Billy Cox added another single to score Robinson , making the score 4-1 in favor of the Dodgers. Newcombe set down the Giants in order in the bottom of the eighth, while Larry Jansen did the same in relief of Maglie in the top of the ninth.

Giants shortstop Alvin Dark singled to start the ninth inning rally. With no outs, a runner on first, and a 3-run lead, Gil Hodges played close to the base to hold the runner, leaving a large gap on the right side of the infield. Don Mueller hit a single through that gap, past the diving Hodges , and Dark advanced from first to third. The potential tying run was now at the plate with two runners on base and nobody out. Irvin then chased the first pitch and popped out. Whitey Lockman followed with a double down the left field line, driving in Dark and advancing Mueller to third. Mueller slid awkwardly into the bag and broke his ankle, forcing the Giants to send in Clint Hartung to pinch run for him.

Up came Bobby Thomson, with first base open, but Willie Mays (soon to be named the National League Rookie of the Year ) on deck. Dodger manager Chuck Dressen pulled Newcombe and went to the bullpen, where Branca and Carl Erskine were warming up. Bullpen coach Clyde Sukeforth advised Dressen to bring Branca into the game.

Branca's first pitch was a called strike on the inside corner. His second pitch was a fastball up and in to Thomson who hit "The Shot Heard 'Round the World" down the left-field line. The ball disappeared into the stands near the left field foul line for a game-ending three-run home run, just above the 315 marker. With one swing of Thomson's bat, near-certain defeat had turned into victory and a pennant for the Giants.

The Shot Heard 'Round the World Photograph
The Shot Heard 'Round the World Photograph | Photo by Rudy Mancuso | The New York Daily News
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