Famous Post-Season Home Runs Trivia Quiz – Answers
In light of Albert Pujols' big home run to bring the Cardinals back from the brink of elimination, I thought a quiz to test your knowledge of famous post-season home runs would be appropriate. These will be of varying difficulty. I give you the home run, you tell me the player.
1. 1951 – I hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game Three of a three game playoff to put the Giants in the World Series over the Brooklyn Dodgers. My home run has been dubbed, "the Shot Heard 'Round the World."
2. 1986 – With the California Angels one strike away from the World Series, I hit a two-out, two-run homer for the Boston Red Sox in the top of the ninth inning to send the game into extra innings. My home run made up for an earlier gaff in which Bobby Grich hit a ball that bounced out of my glove and over the outfield wall.
3. 1977 – I hit three home runs in Game Six of the 1977 World Series to put the New York Yankees over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Partly as a result of this feat, I became known as "Mr. October."
4. 1960 – I hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth to end the 1960 World Series and catapult the surprising Pittsburgh Pirates to victory and the championship over the mighty New York Yankees.
5. 1993 – Like player #4, I also ended a World Series with a game-winning home run. I hit a three run home run off of Mitch Williams to end the 1993 World Series, and put the Toronto Blue Jays over the Philadelphia Phillies for the World Championship.
6. 1988 – Saddled by injuries to both of my knees, I pinch hit in the bottom of the ninth of Game One of the 1988 World Series with two outs and Dennis Eckersley on the mound. In my only at bat of the Series, I hit a home run into the right field seats to win the game.
7. 1932 – In Game Three of the 1932 World Series against the Chicago Cubs, I used my bat to "call my shot," and then hit a home run right where I had pointed.
8. 2003 – I hit an 11th inning walk-off home run against the Boston Red Sox in Game 7 of the ALCS to put the New York Yankees in the World Series and send the Red Sox packing.
9. 1978 – In a one game division playoff, I hit a home run to put the New York Yankees over the Boston Red Sox, sending the Yankees to the ALCS and sending the Red Sox home.
10. 2004 – Down 3-0 in the ALCS to the New York Yankees, I hit a walk-off home run in the 12th inning to the Boston Red Sox from elimination. The Red Sox would win the remaining three games and go on to win their first World Series in 86 years.
11. 1985 - During the 1985 League Championship Series, I hit a walk-off home run, the first left-handed home run of my career, to win Game Five and put the Cardinals one game away from beating the Dodgers and going to the World Series.
12. 1975 – I hit one of the most memorable home runs in World Series history, though ironically my team, the Boston Red Sox, went on to lose the Series to the Cincinnati Reds. My homerun - a 12th inning blast off the left field foul pole at Fenway Park – gave the Red Sox the victory and would not have gone over the fence but for my emphatically waving it fair.