Bobby Thomson

Birthdate 10/25/1923
Death Date 8/16/2010
Debut Year 1946
Year of Induction
Teams Braves, Cubs, Giants, Orioles, Red Sox
Positions Center Field, Right Field, Third Base

Three-time All Star Bobby Thomson hit “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” to win the pennant for the Giants. He also had eight 20-homer seasons.

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Heilbronner Baseball Bureau information card filled out and signed by Bobby Thomson four years before MLB debut

Heilbronner Baseball Bureau information card filled out and signed by Bobby Thomson four years before MLB debut

The Brooklyn Dodgers scouted Bobby Thomson when he was a senior at Staten Island’s Curtis High School. They liked the youngster enough to offer him $125 a month to begin his professional career. Thomson refused, opting instead to play for his favorite childhood team, the New York Giants for $1
Reverse of Bobby Thomson Heilbroner Baseball Bureau Information Card - Notice the 8/22/1942 postmark

Reverse of Bobby Thomson Heilbroner Baseball Bureau Information Card - Notice the 8/22/1942 postmark

Louis Heilbroner was secretary for Cardinals president and co-owner Frank Robison when manager Patsy Tebeau resigned in the middle of the 1900 season. Robison offered the reigns to St. Louis third baseman, and future Hall of Fame skipper John McGraw who declined. Robison then named the 4’9
Bobby Thomson autographed 1955 Bowman baseball card as outfielder for the Milwaukee Braves

Bobby Thomson autographed 1955 Bowman baseball card as outfielder for the Milwaukee Braves

Bobby Thomson enjoyed his best seasons with the New York Giants. All three of his All Star campaigns came in New York as well as he pennant-winning “Shot Heard ‘Round the World”. After spending his first eight big league seasons with the team that signed him as a teenager, Thomson
Bobby Thomson writes about Pee Wee Reese, captain of the rival Brooklyn Dodgers

Bobby Thomson writes about Pee Wee Reese, captain of the rival Brooklyn Dodgers

Growing up in on Staten Island in the 1920s and ’30s, Bobby Thomson developed a strong allegiance to the New York Giants and an equally strong dislike for the Brooklyn Dodgers. As a high school senior Thomson was offered $125 a month by the Dodgers but couldn’t bring himself to sign with
Bobby Thomson concludes his thoughts on Brooklyn Dodger captain Pee Wee Reese

Bobby Thomson concludes his thoughts on Brooklyn Dodger captain Pee Wee Reese

In the image above, former New York Giants star Bobby Thomson finishes his thoughts on Brooklyn Dodger captain and shortstop Pee Wee Reese. Thomson disliked the Dodgers and saw them as rivals. That rivalry ran so deep that Thomson could not even acknowledge Reese’s inspirational work for Brook

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