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1951 'Shot' figures at Dome tonight

The famous participants in "The Shot Heard Round The World" home run in the decisive Game 3 of the 1951 National League playoff series will throw out a ceremonial first pitch prior to the Minnesota Twins' game against the Chicago White Sox.

Game time for the second game of the three-game weekend series is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. at the Metrodome.

Bobby Thomson, who hit the game-winning home run to send the New York Giants to the World Series, and Ralph Branca, the Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who delivered the pitch, will be throwing out first pitches.

Thomson had a 14-year career in the majors, hitting 264 career home runs. He was an All-Star in 1948 and 1949 while part of a talented Giants outfield that included Whitey Lockman and Willard Marshall. Thomson enjoyed his best offensive season in 1951, as he hit 32 homers with 101 RBI.

Ralph Branca enjoyed his best major league season in 1947, winning 21 games as a starter for the Dodgers. Branca was also named an All-Star in 1948 and 1949 when he posted 14 and 13 wins, respectively. Upon his retirement, Branca has become recognizable for his charitable work with BAT (Baseball Assistance Team), which supplies aid to former ballplayers and their families in need.

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The home run has been made even more famous due to the legendary radio call of Giants' radio play-by-play man Russ Hodges. ("The Giants win the pennant, the Giants win the pennant....")

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