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Altuve is seventh player to win pennant with a walk-off homer

By Dan Holmes    October 20, 2019

Many news sources have been claiming that Jose Altuve is either the sixth (or even the fifth) batter to hit a walk-off, pennant-winning home run.

In fact, he is the seventh.

Here’s the list, and a link to a ore complete article on BaseballEgg with details:

1951: Bobby Thomson (Giants) vs Dodgers, Polo Grounds in New York
1957: Henry Aaron (Braves) vs. Cardinals, County Stadium in Milwaukee
1976: Chris Chambliss (Yankees) vs. Royals, Yankee Stadium in New York
2003: Aaron Boone (Yankees) vs. Red Sox, Yankee Stadium in New York
2006: Magglio Ordonez (Tigers) vs. A’s, Comerica Park in Detroit
2014: Travis Ishikawa (Giants) vs. Cardinals, AT&T Park in San Francisco
2019: Jose Altuve (Astros) vs. Yankees, Minute Maid Park in Houston

Thomson’s HR came in Game Three of a special three-game playoff for the pennant.

Aaron’s homer came on September 23, about a week before the end of the regular season. It won an extra-inning game and clinched the pennant.

Chambliss hit his HR in Game Five of the AL Championship Series, while Boone hit his in Game Seven. Ordonez hit his in Game Four of the ALCS.

Ishikawa’s pennant-winning blast came in Game Five of the NLCS.

Altuve’s came in Game Six of the AL Championship Series. Aaron Boone was manager of the Yankees when Altuve hit the home run that ended the season and pennant-hopes for New York. Boone and Bobby Thomson are the only men who were in uniform for two walk-off homers. Thomson was with the Braves in 1957 when Aaron hit his homer.

More complete details on the walk-off pennant-winning home runs >

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About the Author

Dan Holmes is an author and baseball historian. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and Major League Baseball. He once defeated George Brett in Texas Hold Em poker and faced Phil Niekro's knuckleball. He has two daughters and he writes regularly about baseball and many other topics.

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