100 Greatest Home Runs of All Time
By David Schoenfield & Jeff Merron
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If you ask Red Sox and Yankees fans where they were on the afternoon of Oct. 2, 1978, they'll know. They were watching Bucky Dent hit a Mike Torrez pitch over the Green Monster at Fenway. The surprising hero -- it was only his fifth home run of the season -- lifted the Yankees to victory in the one-game playoff for the American League East championship.

On the 25th anniversary of Bucky's dramatic home run, Page 2 pauses to celebrate all the great home runs in major-league history -- the 100 greatest. And we dared to rank them, from No. 100 to No. 1.

SportsCenter also ranked their top 25 home runs off all time. Check their list and see how the two lists compare.

Get all the home runs: 100-71 | 70-41 | 40-16 | 15-1 | Complete List

Carlos Martinez homers off Jose Canseco's head
May 26, 1993: The record books list Canseco with 462 career home runs. Add one more to the ledger, thanks to Cleveland's Martinez.
Dick Nen: 1963 pennant race
Sept. 18, 1963: Nen's 9th-inning, pinch-hit HR ties the game for the Dodgers against pennant-race rival St. Louis. The Dodgers go on to win in 13 innings. It is Nen's only hit of the season.
Harold Baines ends 25-inning game
May 8-9, 1984: In the second-longest game in major-league history, the White Sox beat the Brewers, 7-6, with Baines finally finishing it the following day (the game was suspended).
Rick Wise: Two home runs ... and a no-hitter
Rick Wise
June 23, 1971: Wise pitches the second no-hitter against the Reds in three weeks, walking only one batter. Earlier in the year, Wise explained what you had to do as a starter to get a win for the last-place Phillies: "To win on this club you have to pitch a shutout and hit a homer." Wise's performance isn't just lucky -- in 1971 he had 6 HRs and a .237 batting average. Only four Phillies had more homers than he did, and his batting average was higher than the team's measly .233.
Joe Morgan knocks out L.A., 1982
Oct. 3, 1982: The Dodgers need to win to tie for the division title, but Morgan -- of the archrival Giants -- hits a 3-run HR in the 7th inning off Terry Forster for a 5-3 win.
Cal Ripken homers in final All-Star Game
July 10, 2001: Maybe Chan Ho Park grooves the pitch. Maybe he doesn't. Does it really matter? Ripken gives the fans at Seattle's Safeco Field a moment to remember.
Carl Yastrzemski, next-to-last day, 1967
Sept. 30, 1967: It's a wild, four-team scramble for the AL pennant, and Yaz's 7th-inning, 3-run homer is the difference in a 6-4 Red Sox win over the Twins. Boston clinches the next day -- with Yaz delivering the go-ahead hit.
Johnny Callison wins 1964 All-Star Game
July 7, 1964: The Phillies' right fielder hits a 3-run HR in the bottom of the 9th off Boston's Dick Radatz to give the NL a 7-4 win at Shea Stadium.
Willie Mays
Willie Mays ends epic pitching duel, 1963
July 3, 1963: Hall of Famers Warren Spahn and Juan Marichal lock up in a 0-0 duel -- into the 16th inning! Mays finally homers off Spahn for the 1-0 win.
Mike Schmidt clinches 1980 pennant
Oct. 4, 1980: Battling the Expos for the 1980 NL East title, Schmidt's 11th-inning blast off Stan Bahnsen on the next-to-last day wraps up the division for the Phillies.
Mark McGwire hits two titanic shots in one inning
Sept. 22, 1996: Which Big Mac monster bash to choose? The second deck in Seattle's Kingdome had been reached only 10 times in 20 seasons ... and McGwire does it twice in one inning with 1,000 feet of home runs.
Reggie Jackson's mammoth All-Star Game blast
July 13, 1971: Estimated at 540 feet, Jackson's shot off Dock Ellis hits the light standard on the roof of Tiger Stadium.
Robin Yount's final day heroics, 1982
Oct. 3, 1982: With the Brewers and Orioles tied and playing each other for the AL East title, Yount hits solo homers off Jim Palmer in the 1st and 3rd innings to lead Milwaukee to a 10-2 win.
Hank Greenberg homers in first game back
July 1, 1945: The first star player to join the military in WWII, four years later Greenberg is the first to return. He homers in his first game back, in front of 47,000 at Tiger Stadium.
Steve Yeager: Game 5, 1981 World Series
Oct. 25, 1981: With the series tied 2-2, Dodgers Pedro Guerrero and Yeager hit back-to-back homers off the Yankees' Ron Guidry for a 2-1 victory. The Dodgers win the series in six games.
Al Weis: Game 5, 1969 World Series
Mets power
Oct. 16, 1969: Weis hit only .215 in 1969 with 2 HRs and 23 RBIs, and came to the plate just once in the Mets' NLCS win. But in the World Series against the Orioles, he is spectacular, getting on base nine times in 15 plate appearances. And in Game 5, he hits a game-tying homer off Dave McNally in the 7th at Shea to set up the Mets' improbable victory (they score two more in the 8th). In Weis' entire career -- 800 games and 1,578 at-bats -- he hit only seven home runs.
Frank Robinson homers in first game as manager
April 8, 1975: Still a player, too, Robinson hits one out in his first at-bat as the first black manager in MLB history, leading Cleveland to a 5-3 win over the visiting Yankees.
Bert Campaneris: Game 7, 1973 World Series
Oct. 21, 1973: Oakland's leadoff man gives the A's a 2-0 lead over the Mets with a two-run shot off Jon Matlack in the fourth inning. Oakland goes on to win the game, 5-2.
Babe Ruth, first game at Yankee Stadium
April 18, 1923: Ruth's 3-run HR is the difference as the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 4-1. It is a sign of things to come: The Yankees go on to win their first World Series.
Billy Hatcher: Game 6, 1986 NLCS
Oct. 15, 1986: In one of the greatest games ever played, Hatcher's HR in the bottom of the 14th inning ties the score 4-4. Alas, the Astros lose the game -- and the pennant -- to the Mets, 7-6 in 16 innings.
Johnny Lindell: 1949 pennant race
Oct. 1, 1949: The Red Sox need to win one of the final two games against the Yankees to take the pennant. But Lindell's 8th-inning poke gives the Yankees a 5-4 win on the next-to-last day, and Red Sox lose again the next day as well.
Shawn Green's 4th HR in one day
Shawn Green

May 23, 2002: Green's HR in the 9th at Miller Park caps a 6-for-6 day, sets a record with 19 total bases (he also doubles and singles) and ties.a record with six runs scored.
Stan Musial wins 1955 All-Star Game
July 12, 1955: Stan the Man's bottom-of-the-12th shot off Boston's Frank Sullivan wows the crowd in Milwaukee.
Tino Martinez: Game 4, 2001 World Series
Oct. 31, 2001: Martinez's two-run HR in the bottom of the 9th off Arizona's Byung-Hyun Kim dramatically ties the game, which the Yankees win on Derek Jeter's HR the next inning.
Willie Mays: Clutch HR ties pennant, 1962
Sept. 30, 1962: Mays' 8th-inning HR gives the Giants a 2-1 win over the Astros on the season's final day, and a first-place tie with the Dodgers.
Tommy Henrich: Game 1, 1949 World Series
Oct. 5, 1949: The Yankees beat the Dodgers 1-0 on Henrich's bottom-of-the-9th shot off Don Newcombe. Yankees take the Series in 5.
Joe Adcock ruins Harvey Haddix's day
May 26, 1959: The Pirates' Harvey Haddix is perfect for 12 innings, but the Braves win in the 13th on an error, an intentional walk to Hank Aaron and Adcock's 3-run shot to right-center (later ruled a 1-0 victory due to Aaron leaving the basepaths).
Mickey Mantle: Game 3, 1964 World Series
Oct. 10, 1964: Mantle homers deep into the right-field seats in the bottom of the 9th to give the Yankees a 2-1 victory over St. Louis -- and he passes Babe Ruth on the all-time World Series home-run list.
Edgar Martinez: Game 4, 1995 ALDS
Oct. 7, 1995: Martinez crushes an 8th-inning grand slam to center off the Yankees' John Wetteland to break a 6-6 tie. The Mariners win a dramatic series the next day in extra innings.
Alfonso Soriano: Game 7, 2001 World Series
Nov. 4, 2001: Soriano's homer on an 0-2 pitch from Curt Schilling in the 8th inning gives the Yankees a 2-1 lead, which looks safe in the hands of Mariano Rivera ...

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