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Iconic Home Runs SCORING.

10 of 10 * Hall of Famer

8 or 9 * MVP

6 or 7 * All-Star

5 or less * Rookie

1 Bill Mazeroski of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Joe Carter of the Toronto Blue Jays are the only players to end a World Series with a walk-off home run. In Game 6 of the 1993 World Series vs. the Philadelphia Phillies, Carter's game-winning blow was a three-run shot off the Phillies' Mitch Williams. Name the two future Hall of Famers who scored on his historic blast?

2 In the deciding sixth game of the 1977 World Series, New York Yankees right fielder Reggie Jackson tied Babe Ruth's single-game record with three home runs to win the World Series Most Valuable Player Award. Jackson homered off three different Dodgers pitchers. Can you name them?

3 One player was in uniform when Roger Maris hit his record-breaking 61st home run for the New York Yankees on October 1, 1961, and when Hank Aaron hit No. 715 for the Atlanta Braves on April 8, 1974. Who was he?

4 In Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, a hobbling Kirk Gibson came off the bench to belt a two-run, pinch-hit, walk-off home run. Which Dodgers player did Gibson hit for?

5 When Hank Aaron smacked his 715th career home run to break Babe Ruth's all-time mark on April 8, 1974, the ball landed in the Braves bullpen. Who caught it?

6 In the history of the League Championship Series, who is the only player to hit two career walk-off home runs?

7 In Game 5 of the 1999 National League Championship Series at Shea Stadium, the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves, 4-3, in 15 innings. The game ended on a grand slam that became just a single because the batter never circled the bases. Who was the batter who slammed that iconic, game-ending home run that never was?

8 Game 4 of the 2005 National League Division Series between the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves produced what was, at the time, the longest postseason game in baseball history. The Astros' Chris Burke, who had entered the game as a pinch-runner in the 10th inning, hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 18th to win the game, 7-6, and clinch the series. Who gave up that iconic home run?

9 In MLB history, 18 players have hit four home runs in a single game. Name the only one of them who hit his home runs in four consecutive plate appearances.

10 In Game 6 of the 1995 World Series at Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta Braves pitchers Tom Glavine and Mark Wohlers combined on a one-hit, 1-0 shutout to beat the Cleveland Indians and clinch the Series. Who hit the historic home run that gave Atlanta its first-ever baseball championship?


1 The two runners who scored ahead of Joe Carter were future Hall of Famers Rickey Henderson and Paul Molitor. Carter's round-trip-per won the game for the Blue Jays, who trailed 6-5 entering the ninth. In Game 7 of the 1960 World Series vs. the Yankees, Mazeroski's iconic home run snapped a 9-9 tie in the bottom of the ninth.

2 Dodgers pitchers Burt Hooton, Elias Sosa and knuckleballer Charlie Hough gave up Jackson's home runs. All three home runs hit by Jackson came on the first pitch of each at-bat.

3 Left-hander Al Downing, who gave up Hank Aaron's historic 715th home run in 1974, was in the dugout as a Yankees rookie when Roger Maris topped Babe Ruth's single-season home-run record 13 years earlier.

4 Kirk Gibson was batting for Dodgers pitcher Alejandro Pena when he hit his memorable walk-off home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. Pena pitched two score-less innings in relief and was the winning pitcher.

5 Atlanta pitcher Tom House caught Hank Aaron's record-setting home-run ball. The young reliever was in the Braves bullpen in left-center field when the ball came right to him. House ran onto the field and handed Aaron the ball at home plate.

6 Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams is the only player to hit two walk-off home runs in League Championship Series play. Williams homered off the Orioles' Randy Myers in the bottom of the ninth inning to win Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS. In the 1999 ALCS, Williams won Game 1 with a walk-off home run in the 20th inning off Boston's Rod Beck.

7 Mets third baseman Robin Ventura hit the walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 15th inning of Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS. Ventura hit the ball over the right-center-field wall at Shea Stadium and rounded first base, where he was mobbed by his teammates and never got the chance to touch all the bases. He was, therefore, credited with just a single and the official final score was 4-3 instead of 7-3.

8 Atlanta pitcher Joey Devine gave up Chris Burke's series-clinching home run in the 2005 NLDS. The game was played in five hours and 50 minutes, a record that stood until Game 3 of the 2018 World Series, which also was an 18-inning affair and lasted seven hours and 20 minutes.

9 On September 25, 2003, Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Carlos Delgado became the only player to hit four home runs in a single game in four consecutive plate appearances. Delgado went 4-for-4 and drove in six runs in the Jays' 10-8 win over Tampa Bay at SkyDome.

10 Atlanta right fielder David Justice hit the home run in Game 6 of the 1995 World Series that provided the offense for future Hall of Famer Tom Glavine in a 1-0 Series-clinching win. Justice broke up the scoreless tie when he homered off Cleveland left-hander Jim Poole in the bottom of the sixth inning.
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