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.
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.