No, it was not on the battlefield. It was Bobby Thompson’s historic home run in the epic Brooklyn Dodgers-New York Giants playoff game in 1951, the one that sent the Giants to the World Series. Thompson, 86, died late Monday after a long illness, the Daily News of New York reports.
That same article notes that Thompson, born in Scotland and moving to New York when he was 2, served in the Army Air Forces from 1943 to 1945, but according to him, he did not deploy. “There are no war stories,” he said. After his discharge, he was signed by the Giants and the third baseman was eventually converted into an outfielder.