Walk-off home run

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Scott Hairston about to celebrate with teammates at home plate after hitting a game-winning home run for the San Diego Padres in 2007.

In baseball, a walk-off home run is a home run that ends the game. It must be a home run that gives the home team the lead (and consequently, the win) in the bottom of the final inning of the game. Thus the home team can "walk off" the field immediately afterward, rather than finishing the inning. It was originally directed to the pitcher, who had to "walk off" the field alone as the other team celebrated.

History and usage of the term[edit]

Although the concept of a game-ending home run is as old as baseball, the adjective "walk-off" attained widespread use only in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The first known usage of the word in print appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on April 21, 1988, Section D, Page 1. Chronicle writer Lowell Cohn wrote an article headlined "What the Eck?" about Oakland reliever Dennis Eckersley's unusual way of speaking: "For a translation, I go in search of Eckersley. I also want to know why he calls short home runs 'street pieces,' and home runs that come in the last at-bat of a game 'walkoff pieces' ..." Although the term originally was coined with a negative connotation, in reference to the pitcher (who must "walk off" the field with his head hung in shame), it has come to acquire a more celebratory connotation, for the batter who circles the bases with pride with the adulation of the home crowd.

Sportscasters also use the term "walk-off hit" if any kind of hit drives in the winning run to end the game. The terms "walk-off hit by pitch", "walk-off walk" (a base on balls with the bases loaded), "walk-off wild pitch", "walk-off reach-on-error", "walk-off steal of home", "walk-off passed ball", and "walk-off balk" have been also applied, and the latter has been dubbed a "balk-off"; though some people[who?] say that winning a game on such technicalities doesn't merit a term normally used to describe a clutch hit. It is a separate stretch of the term to call a hit a walk-off when what ends the game is not the hit but the defense's failure to make a play (as in a single with a possible out at the plate). The day after Eric Bruntlett pulled off a game-ending unassisted triple play for the Philadelphia Phillies against the New York Mets on August 23, 2009, the Philadelphia Daily News used the term "walk-off triple play" in a subheadline describing the moment.

As of June 30, 2014, on 28 occasions in major league history – all during the regular season – a player has hit a game-winning grand slam for a one-run victory; 15 of those occasions came with two outs.[1][2] [3][4] A walk-off grand slam when the team is down by three runs is sometimes called an ultimate grand slam. [5] Roberto Clemente hit the only walk-off inside-the-park grand slam in baseball history. Clemente's 3rd base coach instructed him to stop at third, but Clemente ran through the stop sign to score the winning run. Alan Trammel's June 21, 1988 [6] and Chris Hoiles' May 17, 1996 grand slams occurred under the cliché situation: bases loaded, two outs, full count, bottom of the ninth inning, and down by three runs. This was later referred to as the ultimate, ultimate grand slam. The most recent "ultimate grand slam" was by Rajai Davis, who performed the feat in the 9th inning as the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 5–4 on June 30, 2014.

Only four pitchers in major league history have surrendered two game-ending grand slam home runs in one season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau:

Relevant rules[edit]

The rules of baseball[7] provide that:

  • A batter is entitled to a home run only "when he shall have touched all bases legally." (Rule 6.09(d); also 7.05(a))
  • A batter is out, on appeal, for failing to touch each base in order or for passing a preceding runner. In some cases, all runs that score are negated. (Rule 7.10 and 7.12)
  • On a game-winning hit, a batter is credited for the full number of bases only if "the batter runs out his hit." (Rule 10.06(f))
  • A game-winning home run is allowed to complete before the game ends, even if it puts the home team ahead by more than one run. (Rule 4.11(c), Exception; also 10.06(g))

The first point above was problematic in the 1976 American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals. The Yankees and Royals entered the bottom of the ninth inning of the decisive fifth game with the score tied, 6–6; Mark Littell was the pitcher for Kansas City, and Chris Chambliss was the first batter for New York. Chambliss hit Littell's first pitch into the right field bleachers to win the game and the American League pennant for the Yankees. However, Yankees fans ran onto the field at Yankee Stadium to celebrate the victory, and prevented Chambliss from rounding the bases and touching home plate. Recognizing the impossibility of Chambliss successfully negotiating the sea of people who had been on the field, umpires later escorted Chambliss back out to home plate and watched as he touched it with his foot, thereby making the Yankees victory "official". (A comment to Rule 4.09(b) permits the umpires to award the run if fans prevent the runner from touching home plate.)

The third point above led to Robin Ventura's "Grand Slam Single" in the 1999 NLCS. In the bottom of the 15th inning, the New York Mets tied the score against the Atlanta Braves at 3–3. Ventura came to bat with the bases loaded, and hit a game winning grand slam to deep right. Roger Cedeño scored from third and John Olerud appeared to score from second, but Todd Pratt, on first base when Ventura hit the home run, went to second, then turned around and hugged Ventura as the rest of the team rushed onto the field. The official ruling was that because Ventura never advanced past first base, it was not a home run but a single, and thus only Cedeño's run counted, making the official final score 4–3.

The fourth point above was not a rule prior to 1920; instead, the game ended at the moment the winning run scored. This rule affected the scoring of 40 hits, from 1884 to 1918, that would now be scored as game-winning home runs.[8]

Playoff tiebreakers, postseason, and All-Star Game[edit]

World Series[edit]

In the charts below, home runs that ended a postseason series are denoted by the player's name in bold. Home runs in which the winning team was trailing at the time are denoted by the final score in bold.

Follow the linked year on the far left for detailed information on that series.

Year Game Batter Site Pitcher Situation Final score Series standing Notes
1949 Game 1, October 5 Tommy Henrich, N.Y. Yankees Yankee Stadium Don Newcombe, Brooklyn 0–0, 9th
0 out
0 on
1–0 1–0 NYY Henrich's blast leading off the 9th was the first game-winning home run in Series history, and provided the game's only run.
1954 Game 1, September 29 Dusty Rhodes, N.Y. Giants Polo Grounds Bob Lemon, Cleveland 2–2, 10th
1 out
2 on
5–2 1–0 NYG Rhodes' 3-run pinch-hit homer with 1 out in the 10th is not as well remembered as Willie Mays' spectacular over-the-shoulder catch earlier in the game.
1957 Game 4, October 6 Eddie Mathews, Milwaukee County Stadium Bob Grim, N.Y. Yankees 5–5, 10th
1 out
1 on
7–5 2–2 Mathews hits a 2-run shot with 1 out in the 10th inning to tie the Series.
1960 Game 7, October 13 Bill Mazeroski, Pittsburgh Forbes Field Ralph Terry, N.Y. Yankees 9–9, 9th
0 out
0 on
10–9 4–3 PIT Leading off the 9th, Mazeroski homers to end the Series, giving the Pirates their first championship since 1925. It is the only Game 7 game-winning home run in World Series history. After Forbes Field was demolished, the section of the left-field wall where the home run left the park was moved to the Pirates' new home of Three Rivers Stadium, and still later was moved to their current home, PNC Park. A line of bricks marks that section of the wall, next to a preserved wall section, and a plaque indicating the spot where Mazeroski's homer left the park is embedded in the current sidewalk.
1964 Game 3, October 10 Mickey Mantle, N.Y. Yankees Yankee Stadium Barney Schultz, St. Louis 1–1, 9th
0 out
0 on
2–1 2–1 NYY Mantle hits a home run on the first pitch of the 9th for a Yankee victory.
1975 Game 6, October 21 Carlton Fisk, Boston Fenway Park Pat Darcy, Cincinnati 6–6, 12th
0 out
0 on
7–6 3–3 Fisk's thrilling home run to lead off the 12th inning, high off the left-field foul pole above the Green Monster, ties the Series in one of the best remembered moments in the sport's history. The homer arguably changed the way televised sports are covered; because camera operators missed a cue from the producer, the camera lingered on Fisk trying to "wave his home run fair." This image of Fisk proved so dramatic that "reaction shots" became standard fare in sports broadcasting.
1988 Game 1, October 15 Kirk Gibson, Los Angeles Dodger Stadium Dennis Eckersley, Oakland 3–4, 9th
2 out
1 on
5–4 1–0 LA The injured and hobbling Gibson, later named the NL MVP, makes his only Series appearance with a pinch-hit, 2-run, 2-out shot for the underdog Dodgers, marking the first game winning Series homer by a team that trailed at the time. Oakland's José Canseco had provided all his team's scoring with a 2nd-inning grand slam. Jack Buck, who called the game for CBS Radio, exclaimed "I don't believe what I just saw!" as Gibson circled the bases.
1988 Game 3, October 18 Mark McGwire, Oakland Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Jay Howell, Los Angeles 1–1, 9th
1 out
0 on
2–1 2–1 LA McGwire's home run with 1 out gives Oakland its only win in the Series. It is the first time that two game-winning home runs are hit in the same postseason series.
1991 Game 6, October 26 Kirby Puckett, Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Charlie Leibrandt, Atlanta 3–3, 11th
0 out
0 on
4–3 3–3 Puckett, who had made a game-saving defensive play earlier in this game, leads off the 11th inning with a homer to tie the Series, as Jack Buck told the nation on CBS, "We'll see you... tomorrow night!" In addition, Puckett falls a double short of hitting for the cycle, getting two singles, a triple, and the homer.
1993 Game 6, October 23 Joe Carter, Toronto SkyDome Mitch Williams, Philadelphia 5–6, 9th
1 out
2 on
8–6 4–2 TOR Carter hit a 3-run homer with 1 out to give Toronto its second consecutive championship. Blue Jays' commentator (and Ford C. Frick Award winner) Tom Cheek made the call on the radio: "Joe has had his moments. Trying to lay off that ball, low to the outside part of the plate, he just went after one. Two balls and two strikes on him. Here's the pitch on the way, a swing and a belt! Left field! Way back! BLUE JAYS WIN IT! The Blue Jays are World Series Champions as Joe Carter hits a three run home run in the ninth inning and the Blue Jays have repeated as World Series Champions! Touch em' all, Joe! You'll never hit a bigger home run in your life!" Unlike the Pirates in 1960, the Blue Jays were trailing at the time. However, as they were up 3 games to 2 in game 6, they were not facing elimination.
1999 Game 3, October 26 Chad Curtis, N.Y. Yankees Yankee Stadium Mike Remlinger, Atlanta 5–5, 10th
0 out
0 on
6–5 3–0 NYY Curtis leads off the 10th inning with his second home run of the evening to give the Yankees a commanding Series lead.
2001 Game 4, October 31 Derek Jeter, N.Y. Yankees Yankee Stadium Byung-Hyun Kim, Arizona 3–3, 10th
2 out
0 on
4–3 2–2 Jeter's homer with 2 out in the 10th ties the Series in the first-ever Series at-bat by any player in the month of November (just after midnight on November 1); the series had been delayed because of the September 11, 2001 attacks. It also gave him the nickname of "Mr. November".[9][10]
2003 Game 4, October 22 Álex González, Florida Pro Player Stadium Jeff Weaver, N.Y. Yankees 3–3, 12th
0 out
0 on
4–3 2–2 González, who had 5 hits in 53 at-bats in the postseason and 1 hit in 13 at-bats in the World Series, hits a home run on a full count to lead off the 12th inning, tying the Series and shifting momentum to Florida for the remainder of the Series.
2005 Game 2, October 23 Scott Podsednik, Chi. White Sox U.S. Cellular Field Brad Lidge, Houston 6–6, 9th
1 out
0 on
7–6 2–0 CHW After Paul Konerko hits a grand slam to give Chicago a 6–4 lead in the 7th, and Houston ties it in the 9th, Podsednik, who had not homered in 129 games in the regular season, hits one to right-center with 1 out to win it.
2011 Game 6, October 27 David Freese, St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium Mark Lowe, Texas Rangers 9–9, 11th
0 out
0 on
10–9 3–3 After Texas had taken the lead in the 9th and 10th innings by 2 runs each, the Cardinals rallied twice to keep the score tied in the bottom of the 10th. Jake Westbrook pitched a scoreless 11th inning to set up David Freese's solo walk-off home run to tie the series and force Game 7, which the Cardinals won.

Playoff tiebreakers[edit]

Year Game Batter Site Pitcher Situation Final score Series standing Notes
1951 NL tiebreaker Game 3, October 3 Bobby Thomson, N.Y. Giants Polo Grounds Ralph Branca, Brooklyn 2–4, 9th
1 out
2 on
5–4 2–1 NYG The Giants trailed 4-1 entering the 9th. Alvin Dark and Don Mueller started the inning with singles. After an out, Whitey Lockman doubled to score Dark and send Mueller to third. Dodgers starting pitching Don Newcombe was then replaced by Branca. With a count of no balls and one strike, Thomson homered down the left field line to send the Giants to the World Series. The home run came to be known as the "Shot Heard 'Round the World".[11]

Other postseason series[edit]

Division Series[edit]

Year Game Batter Site Pitcher Situation Final Score Series Standing Notes
1981 NLDS Game 1, October 6 Alan Ashby, Houston Astrodome Dave Stewart, Los Angeles 1–1, 9th
2 out
1 on
3–1 1–0 HOU With two out in the 9th, Ashby wins it with a two-run shot after Nolan Ryan pitches a 2-hitter.
1981 NLDS Game 4, October 10 George Vukovich, Philadelphia Veterans Stadium Jeff Reardon, Montreal 5–5, 10th
0 out
0 on
6–5 2–2 Vukovich pinch-hits a 2–0 pitch to right field leading off the 10th inning, tying the series.
1995 ALDS Game 1, October 3 Tony Peña, Cleveland Jacobs Field Zane Smith, Boston 4–4, 13th
2 out
0 on
5–4 1–0 CLE In a 5-hour game delayed twice by rain, Peña hits a 2-out shot in the 13th inning at 2:08 AM to win; it is Boston's 11th consecutive postseason loss, and Cleveland's first postseason win since the 1948 World Series. The longest game to date in postseason history, it holds the record for only one day.
1995 ALDS Game 2, October 4 Jim Leyritz, N.Y. Yankees Yankee Stadium Tim Belcher, Seattle 5–5, 15th
1 out
1 on
7–5 2–0 NYY With one out in the 15th inning, Leyritz hits a 2-run homer to right. At 5 hours 13 minutes, it breaks the record set one day earlier for the longest postseason game.
1999 NLDS Game 4, October 9 Todd Pratt, N.Y. Mets Shea Stadium Matt Mantei, Arizona 3–3, 10th
1 out
0 on
4–3 3–1 NYM Pratt, substituting for an injured Mike Piazza, hits a home run to center field with one out in the 10th to win the series; Steve Finley nearly makes a leaping catch, but the ball just clears his glove.
2000 NLDS Game 3, October 7 Benny Agbayani, N.Y. Mets Shea Stadium Aaron Fultz, San Francisco 2–2, 13th
1 out
0 on
3–2 2–1 NYM With one out in the 13th, Agbayani homers to left-center to end a 5 hour 22 minute contest. Barry Bonds popped up with two men on in the top of the inning, ending a Giants threat.
2003 ALDS Game 3, October 4 Trot Nixon, Boston Fenway Park Rich Harden, Oakland 1–1, 11th
1 out
1 on
3–1 2–1 OAK With one out in the 11th, pinch-hitter Nixon slams a 1–1 pitch to center field for a game-winning 2-run homer.
2004 NLDS Game 2, October 7 Rafael Furcal, Atlanta Turner Field Dan Miceli, Houston 2–2, 11th
2 out
1 on
4–2 1–1 With two out in the 11th, Furcal hits a 2-run HR to right field on a 1–2 pitch to even the series.
2004 ALDS Game 3, October 8 David Ortiz, Boston Fenway Park Jarrod Washburn, Anaheim 6–6, 10th
2 out
1 on
8–6 3–0 BOS Washburn enters the game with two out in the 10th, and Ortiz smashes his first pitch to left field for a 2-run homer to win the series for the Red Sox. Vladimir Guerrero had tied the game for the Angels with a grand slam in the 7th.
2005 NLDS Game 4, October 9 Chris Burke, Houston Minute Maid Park Joey Devine, Atlanta 6–6, 18th
1 out
0 on
7–6 3–1 HOU Burke homers to left field on a 2–0 pitch with one out in the 18th inning, sending the Astros to the NLCS for the second year in a row. At 5 hrs., 50 mins. long, it is the longest game by both innings and time in postseason history, surpassing the 16-inning Game 6 (the final game) of the 1986 NLCS and the 5:49 14-inning game 4 of the previous year's ALCS noted above.
2007 ALDS Game 2, October 5 Manny Ramírez, Boston Fenway Park Francisco Rodriguez, L.A. Angels 3–3, 9th
2 out
2 on
6–3 2–0 BOS With two out in the bottom of the 9th inning and two men on base, Ramírez slams a 1–0 pitch over the Green Monster, over the seats behind it, and onto Lansdowne Street behind Fenway Park.
2009 ALDS Game 2, October 9 Mark Teixeira, N.Y. Yankees Yankee Stadium Jose Mijares, Minnesota 3–3, 11th
0 out
0 on
4–3 2–0 NYY With nobody out and nobody on in the bottom of the 11th, Teixeira lined a 2-1 pitch down the left field line that bounced off the top of the wall and landed in the first row of seats to give the Yankees a 4-3 win and a 2-0 series lead.
2012 ALDS Game 3, October 10 Raúl Ibañez, N.Y. Yankees Yankee Stadium Brian Matusz, Baltimore 2–2, 12th
0 out
0 on
3–2 2–1 NYY In the bottom of the 9th inning with one out and nobody on, Ibañez hit a solo home run to tie the game at 2-2. Then in the 12th, he hit another home run into the 2nd deck to win the game and give the Yankees a 2-1 series lead.
2012 NLDS Game 4, October 11 Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals Park Lance Lynn, St. Louis 1–1, 9th
0 out
0 on
2–1 2–2 Werth drilled the 13th pitch of the at-bat into the left field bullpen to win the game for the Nationals and force a Game 5.
2013 ALDS Game 3, October 7 José Lobatón, Tampa Bay Tropicana Field Koji Uehara, Boston 4–4, 9th
2 out
0 on
5–4 2–1 BOS With 2 outs and nobody on in the 9th inning, Lobatón hit a game-winning home run into the right-center field fish tank to keep the Rays postseason hopes alive.

League Championship Series[edit]

Year Game Batter Site Pitcher Situation Final score Series standing Notes
1973 NLCS Game 1, October 6 Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Riverfront Stadium Tom Seaver, N.Y. Mets 1–1, 9th
1 out
0 on
2–1 1–0 CIN Seaver sets an NLCS record with 13 strikeouts and drives in the Mets' only run, but makes two costly mistakes in Pete Rose's game-tying homer in the 8th and Bench's winning shot with one out in the 9th.
1973 ALCS Game 3, October 9 Bert Campaneris, Oakland Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Mike Cuellar, Baltimore 1–1, 11th
0 out
0 on
2–1 2–1 OAK Campaneris hits the second pitch of the 11th inning over the left field wall; it is only the fourth hit allowed by Cuellar.
1976 ALCS Game 5, October 14 Chris Chambliss, N.Y. Yankees Yankee Stadium Mark Littell, Kansas City 6–6, 9th
0 out
0 on
7–6 3–2 NYY After George Brett ties the game with a 3-run shot in the 8th, Chambliss brings the Yankees their first pennant in 12 years with a homer to right on the first pitch of the 9th inning. A flood of fans then storms the field in a virtual riot; Chambliss is surrounded as he rounds first base, and has to reach out to touch second, which has been torn out by a fan. He never reaches third, but teammates later have him return to step in the general area of home plate. Damages are estimated at $100,000.
1979 ALCS Game 1, October 3 John Lowenstein, Baltimore Memorial Stadium John Montague, California 3–3, 10th
2 out
2 on
6–3 1–0 BAL With two out in the 10th, Lowenstein pinch-hits a 2-strike pitch to left for a 3-run homer.
1984 NLCS Game 4, October 6 Steve Garvey, San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium Lee Smith, Chi. Cubs 5–5, 9th
1 out
1 on
7–5 2–2 With one out in the 9th, Garvey hits a fastball to right-center for a 2-run homer, his fourth hit of the day with 5 RBI; he has a record 20 career RBI in the league playoffs.
1985 NLCS Game 5, October 14 Ozzie Smith, St. Louis Busch Memorial Stadium Tom Niedenfuer, Los Angeles 2–2, 9th
1 out
0 on
3–2 3–2 STL Smith shocks the crowd with a 1-out homer down the right field line on a 1–2 pitch. He has had 13 career homers in eight seasons, but this is his first ever when batting from the left side. The call, by KMOX and longtime Cardinals announcer Jack Buck, implores the fans to "Go crazy, folks! Go crazy!"
1986 NLCS Game 3, October 11 Lenny Dykstra, N.Y. Mets Shea Stadium Dave Smith, Houston 4–5, 9th
1 out
1 on
6–5 2–1 NYM With one out in the 9th, Dykstra hits an 0–1 pitch for a 2-run homer to right field. It is the first time in postseason history that a game winning homer is hit by a team which is trailing.
1996 ALCS Game 1, October 9 Bernie Williams, N.Y. Yankees Yankee Stadium Randy Myers, Baltimore 4–4, 9th
0 out
0 on
5–4 1–0 NYY In one of the most controversial postseason games in history, Williams leads off the 11th with a game-winning homer. The Yankees had tied the game at 4–4 in the 8th inning when a 12-year-old fan reached over the right field wall and pulled a fly ball hit by Derek Jeter into the stands; umpire Rich Garcia ruled it a home run, but conceded his mistake after seeing a replay.
1999 ALCS Game 1, October 13 Bernie Williams, N.Y. Yankees Yankee Stadium Rod Beck, Boston 3–3, 10th
0 out
0 on
4–3 1–0 NYY After Beck enters the game to begin the 10th, Williams homers to center on his second pitch, becoming the first player to hit two game-winning home runs in postseason play.
1999 NLCS Game 5, October 17 Robin Ventura, N.Y. Mets Shea Stadium Kevin McGlinchy, Atlanta 3–3, 15th
1 out
3 on
4–3 3–2 ATL The Mets tie the score at 3–3 with a bases-loaded walk with one out in the 15th, bringing up Ventura, who with 13 career grand slams is tied for the lead among active players with Harold Baines and Mark McGwire. He comes through with the first game winning grand slam—and the first grand slam in extra innings—in postseason history, clearing the center-right field wall and forcing Game 6, but is officially credited with only a 1-run single after being mobbed by teammates upon passing first base.
2001 ALCS Game 4, October 21 Alfonso Soriano, N.Y. Yankees Yankee Stadium Kazuhiro Sasaki, Seattle 1–1, 9th
1 out
1 on
3–1 3–1 NYY With one out in the 9th, Soriano hits a 2-run shot to center field to bring the Yankees within a victory of their fourth straight pennant.
2003 ALCS Game 7, October 16 Aaron Boone, N.Y. Yankees Yankee Stadium Tim Wakefield, Boston 5–5, 11th
0 out
0 on
6–5 4–3 NYY After a managerial decision (subject to much second-guessing both immediately and later) to leave starter Pedro Martínez in the game allows the Yankees to tie it, Boone homers to left on the first pitch of the 11th inning to give the Yankees their sixth pennant in eight years.
2004 ALCS Game 4, October 17 David Ortiz, Boston Fenway Park Paul Quantrill, N.Y. Yankees 4–4, 12th
0 out
1 on
6–4 3–1 NYY With none out in the 12th, Ortiz hits a 2-run shot to right on a 2–1 pitch to keep Boston's hopes alive in the series; coming only 10 days after his game winning shot against the Angels, he is the first player to hit two game winning homers in the same postseason. It is the Red Sox's first win in their historic ALCS comeback against the Yankees. Later that day (the game ended after midnight), Ortiz will hit a game-winning single in the 14th, leading him subsequently to be named series MVP.
2004 NLCS Game 5, October 18 Jeff Kent, Houston Minute Maid Park Jason Isringhausen, St. Louis 0–0, 9th
1 out
2 on
3–0 3–2 HOU With one out in the 9th, Kent hits a 3-run homer to left field on the first pitch for the game's only scoring, bringing the Astros within a victory of their first pennant.
2004 NLCS Game 6, October 20 Jim Edmonds, St. Louis Busch Memorial Stadium Dan Miceli, Houston 4–4, 12th
1 out
1 on
6–4 3–3 In the very next game of the Astros-Cardinals series, Edmonds hits a 2-run homer to right field on an 0–1 pitch with one out in the 12th, tying the series. Miceli becomes the first pitcher to surrender two game winning homers in the same postseason.
2006 ALCS Game 4, October 14 Magglio Ordóñez, Detroit Comerica Park Huston Street, Oakland 3–3, 9th
2 out
2 on
6–3 4–0 DET With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, after back-to-back two-out singles by Craig Monroe and Plácido Polanco, Ordóñez crushes a 1–0 fastball high over the left-field bullpen to complete a Tigers sweep, giving them their first pennant in 22 years.
2011 ALCS Game 2, October 10 Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers Ballpark in Arlington Ryan Perry, Detroit 3–3, 11th
0 out
3 on
7–3 2–0 TEX With no outs in the bottom of the 11th, after back-to-back-to-back singles by Michael Young, Adrián Beltré, and Mike Napoli, Cruz hit a slider over the left-field wall, putting the Rangers two wins away from back-to-back World Series appearances with MLB's first-ever official postseason walk-off grand slam.

All-Star Game[edit]

Year Batter Date and Site Pitcher Final score Notes
1941 Ted Williams, AL (Boston) July 8, Briggs Stadium Claude Passeau, NL (Chicago) 7–5 With two men on and the AL one out away from defeat, Williams hits a 1–1 pitch off the right field press box for the junior circuit's sixth win in nine contests. He later says, "I just shut my eyes and swung." It is the first All-Star game to be decided in the final inning.
1955 Stan Musial, NL (St. Louis) July 12, Milwaukee County Stadium Frank Sullivan, AL (Boston) 6–5 After being down 5–0 in the 7th inning, Musial's home run to right field on the first pitch of the 12th inning completes the NL's comeback; it is their fifth win in six years.
1964 Johnny Callison, NL (Philadelphia) July 7, Shea Stadium Dick Radatz, AL (Boston) 7–4 With 2 on and 2 out in the 9th, Callison wins the game with a homer to right field. Willie Mays had tied the score earlier in the inning with a walk, stolen base, and run on Orlando Cepeda's single. It is the NL's sixth win in the last seven decided games.

Other leagues[edit]

Year Batter Event Date and Site Pitcher Situation Final score Notes
1955 Rich Cominski, Morrisville, Pennsylvania Little League World Series August 26, Williamsport, Pennsylvania Tommy Trotman, Merchantville, New Jersey 3–3, 7th
Leadoff
4–3 Cominski leads off the 7th inning of the title game with a home run after the teams are tied following 6 regulation innings. Both batter and pitcher are regular catchers playing out of position—Cominski in right field due to an injured thumb, and Trotman due to the starter reaching the series limit for pitchers' innings. Cy Young threw out the first pitch of the tournament, two months before his death at age 88.[12]
1996 Warren Morris, LSU College World Series June 8, Rosenblatt Stadium Robbie Morrison, Miami 7–8, 9th
1 on, 2 out
9–8 Morris hits a two-out, two-run game-winning home run on the last pitch in the championship game, giving the LSU Tigers their 3rd CWS title -- it was also Morris' first and only home run of the season -- and the only walk-off championship-winning home run in College World Series history. In addition, it is the only 2-out, ninth inning, walk-off home run in a championship of any collegiate or professional level.[13] The home run also won Morris the 1997 Showstopper of the Year ESPY Award.
2005 Michael Memea, Ewa Beach, Hawaii Little League World Series August 28, Lamade Stadium Christopher Garia, Willemstad, Curaçao 6–6, 7th
Leadoff
7–6 Memea hits a game winning solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning of the championship game, giving Hawaii the title over the defending champions from Curaçao. Hawaii had only been put into position for the dramatic extra-inning win with a furious three-run rally in the bottom of the sixth.[14]
2007 Deion Rosalia, Willemstad, Curaçao Little League World Series August 23, Volunteer Stadium Reinaldo Amaro, Maracaibo, Venezuela 1–2, 7th
2 on, 2 out
4–2 In a semifinal of the International bracket, the Curaçao and Venezuela teams were tied 1–1 at the end of the regulation 6 innings. Venezuela's Bryan Charry led off the top of the seventh with a solo homer, staking them to a 2–1 lead. Curaçao had no one on with two out in their half of the seventh, but a single and walk set the table for Rosalia, who was down to his last strike before hitting his game-ending shot.[15]
2007 Ryo Kanekubo, Tokyo, Japan Little League World Series August 25, Lamade Stadium Rudson Pietersz, Willemstad, Curaçao 3–4, 6th
3 on, 1 out
7–4 Two days later, in the championship game of the international bracket, Curaçao becomes the victim of a game winning shot. They take a 4–3 lead into the bottom of the sixth, but the Japan team responds by loading the bases for Kanekubo's shot, sending them to the title game the next day.[16]
2007 Dalton Carriker, Warner Robins, Georgia Little League World Series August 26, Lamade Stadium Junsho Kiuchi, Tokyo, Japan 2–2, 8th
Leadoff
3–2 This time, the Japan team becomes a game winning victim as Carriker hits a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning, giving the state of Georgia its second straight title and the U.S. a third straight title.[17]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Walk-Off Grand Slams
  2. ^ "CNNSI.com - Baseball - Ultimate Grand Slams - Saturday May 18, 2002 02:35 AM". CNN. 
  3. ^ List of all "ultimate grand slams"
  4. ^ Hafner's slam gives Indians 5-4 win over Blue Jays
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ 2008 Official Rules of Major League Baseball, ISBN 978-1-60078-106-3
  8. ^ 1996 Macmillan Baseball Encyclopedia, Appendix B (Decisions of the Special Baseball Records Committee)
  9. ^ CNNSI.com
  10. ^ Baseball Almanac
  11. ^ "October 3, 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers at New York Giants Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  12. ^ Sheen, Jim (1955-09-07). "Morrisville Little League Champion on Home Run". The Sporting News. p. 15. 
  13. ^ Kurkjian, Tim (17 June 1996). "LSU steals the College World Series from Miami with a ninth-inning homer, Bagwell busts out, Rockie roads". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  14. ^ "Memea's extra-inning HR lifts Hawaii to Little League title". USA Today. Associated Press. 2005-08-28. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  15. ^ "Rosalia blasts HR, sends Curacao to LLWS international final". ESPN.com. Associated Press. 2007-08-23. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  16. ^ "Kanekubo's grand slam sends Japan to LLWS final". ESPN.com. Associated Press. 2007-08-25. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  17. ^ "Georgia crowned LLWS champs behind Carriker's 8th-inning jack". ESPN.com. Associated Press. 2007-08-26. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 

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