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Scott Hairston about to celebrate with teammates at home plate after hitting a walk-off 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—either the ninth inning, or any extra inning, or any other regularly scheduled final inning. It is called a "walk-off" home run because the teams walk off the field immediately afterward. It usually sparks a bit of an on field celebration as well.

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History and usage of the term

Although the concept of a game-ending home run is as old as baseball, the adjective "walk-off" only attained widespread use 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 walks off 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, and walk-off balk have been also applied, and the latter has been dubbed a "balk-off," ( The latest happen on 9/9/08 when pitcher Taylor Buccoltz balked in Kelly Johnson to make a Braves 5-4 win over the Rockies.); though some people 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 "walkoff triple play" in a subheadline describing the moment.

As of 2006, on 23 occasions in major league history, all during the regular season, a player has hit a walk-off grand slam for a 1-run victory; 14 of those occasions came with two outs. Some baseball observers call this an "ultimate grand slam".[1][2] This website lists all "ultimate grand slams", including those which occurred with two outs. Note that Chris Hoiles' grand slam occurred with the cliché situation: 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.

In a rare occurrence, 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

The rules of baseball[3] 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 walk-off hit, a batter is credited for the full number of bases only if "the batter runs out his hit." (Rule 10.06(f))
  • A walk-off home run is allowed to complete before the game ends. (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, Yankee 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".

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 walk-off 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 piled 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 walk-off home runs.[4]

Postseason and All-Star Game

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World Series

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 NY Henrich's blast leading off the 9th was the first walk-off 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 NY 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 still the only Game 7 walk-off 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 NY Mantle slugs the first pitch in the 9th out of the park 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 walk-off 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 walk-off 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 hits a 3-run homer with 1 out to give Toronto its second consecutive championship; unlike the Pirates in 1960, the Blue Jays were trailing at the time but 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 NY 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".[5][6]
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 Chi 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.

Other postseason series

League Division Series

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 NY 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 NY 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 NY 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. Nearly six hours 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.

League Championship Series

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 NY 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 NY 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 walk-off 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 NY 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 NY After Beck enters the game to begin the 10th, Williams homers to center on his second pitch, becoming the first player to hit two walk-off 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 walk-off 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 NY 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 NY After a managerial decision (later subject to much second-guessing) 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 NY 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 walk-off 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 walk-off 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 walk-off 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.

All-Star Game

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.

Regular season (selected examples)

Year Batter Date and Site Pitcher Final score Notes
1881 Roger Connor, Troy Trojans September 10, Albany pitcher, Worcester 8–7 Trailing 7–4 with the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the 9th, Connor hits the first grand slam in major league history for an 8–7 victory.
1938 Gabby Hartnett, Chi. Cubs September 28, Wrigley Field Mace Brown, Pittsburgh 6–5 Hartnett's "Homer in the Gloamin'" puts the Cubs in first place over the Pirates. The Cubs would win the pennant three days later.
1951 Bobby Thomson, N.Y. Giants October 3, Polo Grounds Ralph Branca, Brooklyn 5–4 Thomson's "Shot Heard 'Round the World" gives the Giants a pennant-winning victory over the Dodgers in the finale of a 3-game playoff.
1956 Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh July 25, Forbes Field Jim Brosnan, Chi. Cubs 9–8 Clemente hits the only walk-off inside-the-park grand slam in the history of Major League Baseball.
1957 Hank Aaron, Milwaukee September 23, Milwaukee County Stadium Billy Muffett, St. Louis 4–2 Aaron's 2-out, 2-run shot in the bottom of the 11th clinches the Braves' first pennant since moving to Milwaukee.
1959 Joe Adcock, Milwaukee May 26, Milwaukee County Stadium Harvey Haddix, Pittsburgh 1–0 Adcock's 3-run homer in the 13th inning (officially ruled a double due to a baserunning mistake) spoils Haddix' no-hitter. Haddix had had a perfect game going into the 13th.
1984 Harold Baines, Chi. White Sox May 9, Comiskey Park Chuck Porter, Milwaukee 7–6 Baines' home run defeats the Brewers 7–6 in the 25th inning—the longest completed game in major league history, it took 8 hours 6 minutes, over two evenings, to complete.
1997 Mark Smith, Pittsburgh July 12, Three Rivers Stadium John Hudek, Houston 3–0 Smith's "no-hitter home run" in the 10th secures the names of Francisco Córdova and Ricardo Rincón in history as the first pitchers to combine for a joint, extra-innings no-hitter.[7]
2002 Scott Hatteberg, Oakland September 4, Oakland Coliseum Jason Grimsley, Kansas City 12–11 Hatteberg's home run gives the A's their 20th straight win, an American League record, after they blow an 11–0 lead.
2004 Bill Mueller, Boston July 24, Fenway Park Mariano Rivera, N.Y. Yankees 11–10 Mueller's two run shot caps a comeback which saw the Red Sox trailing their chief rivals 9–4 going into the bottom of the sixth inning when they scored 4 in the sixth and 3 in the ninth with a Yankee run in between. The game was notable for a brawl involving Jason Varitek and Alex Rodriguez among other, and Mueller's dramatic homer is considered a turning point in Boston's World Championship 2004 season.
2004 Steve Finley, Los Angeles October 2, Dodger Stadium Wayne Franklin, San Francisco 7–3 Finley's grand slam clinches the NL West title for the Dodgers.
2006 Adam Dunn, Cincinnati June 30, Great American Ballpark Bob Wickman, Cleveland 9–8 Dunn's grand slam caps a comeback which saw the Reds trailing their state rivals 7–0 going into the bottom of the 8th when they scored 4 in the 8th and 5 in the 9th with an Indian run in between.
2006 Nomar Garciaparra, L.A. Dodgers September 18 Dodger Stadium Rudy Seanez San Diego 11–10 With Los Angeles trailing San Diego by a half game in the N.L. West and 9–5 in the bottom of the ninth with two weeks left in the regular season, the Dodgers hit four consecutive home runs in the 9th to tie the score. Trailing 10–9 in the bottom of the 10th, Garciaparra hits a walk-off two run home run to give Los Angeles an 11–10 win and a half game lead over San Diego. Both teams go on to make the playoffs.
2007 Alex Rodriguez, N.Y. Yankees April 7, Yankee Stadium Chris Ray, Baltimore 10–7 Rodriguez's feat ties Cy Williams and Vern Stephens for the most walk-off grand slams (three each) in major league history.
2007 Jim Thome, Chi. White Sox September 16, U.S. Cellular Field Dustin Moseley, L.A. Angels 9–7 Thome's two-run shot is his 500th career home run, making him the 23rd player to achieve the milestone. This marks the first time in history that a player has reached the 500-homer mark with a walk-off shot.[8]
2007 Todd Helton, Colorado September 18, Coors Field Takashi Saito, L.A. Dodgers 9–8 Todd Helton's emotional bottom of the ninth 2-strike, 2-out walkoff home run keeps the Rockies alive in the bid for the wild card and National League West titles. The Rockies go on to win 21 of 22 games into the postseason, sweeping the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLDS and the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLCS, and make their first World Series appearance in franchise history.
2008 Ryan Zimmerman, Washington March 30, Nationals Park Peter Moylan, Atlanta 3–2 Zimmerman's solo homer lets the Nationals christen their new stadium with a win.[9]
2008 Miguel Tejada, Houston April 7, Minute Maid Park Kyle McClellan, St. Louis 5-3 In his first home game as an Astro, Tejada ended the game with a two-run homer in the ninth.
2008 Marlon Byrd, Texas Rangers August 4, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington Dámaso Marté, N.Y. Yankees 9–5 Marlon Byrd hit his first pitch from Dámaso Marté into the center field bleachers at Rangers Ballpark for a walk-off grand slam, ending a Rangers 10-game home losing streak to the Yankees.[10]
2009 Alfonso Soriano, Chicago July 27, Wrigley Field Chris Sampson, Houston 5-1 Soriano's walk off grand slam in the 13th inning capped a 5-1 Cubs victory over the Astros as the Cubs maintained a 0.5 game lead on the St. Louis Cardinals.
2009 Alex Rodriguez, N.Y. Yankees August 7, Yankee Stadium Junichi Tazawa, Boston 2-0 Alex Rodriguez's 9th career walk-off home run into the visitors' bullpen broke a 0-0 tie in the bottom of the 15th inning against the Boston Red Sox. It also snapped a career-high streak of 72 at-bats without a home run for Rodriguez.[11]
2009 Ryan Spilborghs, Colorado August 25, Coors Field Merkin Valdez, San Francisco 6-4 After the Giants had taken a 4-1 lead in the top of the 14th, Ryan Spilborghs hit a walk off grand slam in the bottom of the 14th inning, giving the Rockies a come-from-behind 6-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Colorado Rockies.
2009 Albert Pujols, St. Louis August 28, Busch Stadium Jason Bergmann, Washington 3-2 Pujols' 8th career walk-off in the 9th inning gave the Cardinals a come-from-behind win after Khalil Greene tied the score with a home run in the 8th inning. It was John Smoltz's first home game after signing with St. Louis a week earlier.[12]
2009 Ryan Langerhans, Seattle August 7, Safeco Field J.P. Howell, Tampa Bay 7-6 Langerhans hit his first walk-off home run at any level, a 2-run homer to right field to win the game with two outs
2009 Ryan Langerhans, Seattle August 29, Safeco Field Craig Breslow, Oakland 4-2 Langerhans hit his second walk-off at any level and second in 18 days against the Oakland Athletics

Other leagues

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.[13]
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 walk-off home run on the last pitch in the championship game, giving the LSU Tigers their 3rd CWS title; this is the only time the CWS has ended with a home run. It was also Morris' first and only home run of the season.
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 walk-off 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 walk-off 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 walk-off 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]

Notes

  1. ^ Walk-Off Grand Slams
  2. ^ CNNSI.com - Baseball - Ultimate Grand Slams - Saturday May 18, 2002 02:35 AM
  3. ^ 2008 Official Rules of Major League Baseball, ISBN 978-1-60078-106-3
  4. ^ 1996 Macmillan Baseball Encyclopedia, Appendix B (Decisions of the Special Baseball Records Committee)
  5. ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/baseball/mlb/2001/worldseries/news/2001/10/31/game_four_ap/ CNNSI.com
  6. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/player.php?p=jeterde01 Baseball Almanac
  7. ^ Sporting News description and assertion of first combined extra-innings no hitter; Box score via Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Associated Press (2007-09-17). "Thome's 500th homer gives White Sox 9-7 victory over Angels". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=mlb&id=3023849. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  9. ^ Associated Press (2008-03-30). "Nats' Zimmerman plays hero with game-winning shot in opener". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=280330120. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  10. ^ Associated Press (2008-08-04). "Joba hurt; Yankees lose to Texas on Byrd's slam". Yahoo! Sports. http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/recap;_ylt=ApwB2GVYfsBfnGyjaEoABqARvLYF?gid=280804113&prov=ap. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  11. ^ "A-Rod's walk-off shot ends instant classic: Yankees slugger drills two-run homer in 15th inning vs. Sox". MLB.com. 2009-08-07. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090807&content_id=6296114&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy. 
  12. ^ "Pujols' heroics give Cards walk-off win: Greene's game-tying home run sets up slugger's big blow". MLB.com. 2009-08-29. http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090828&content_id=6665260&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=stl. 
  13. ^ Sheen, Jim (1955-09-07). "Morrisville Little League Champion on Home Run". The Sporting News: p. 15. 
  14. ^ Associated Press (2005-08-28). "Memea's extra-inning HR lifts Hawaii to Little League title". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/llws/2005-08-28-final-consolation_x.htm. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  15. ^ Associated Press (2007-08-23). "Rosalia blasts HR, sends Curacao to LLWS international final". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/llws07/news/story?id=2988549. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  16. ^ Associated Press (2007-08-25). "Kanekubo's grand slam sends Japan to LLWS final". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/llws07/news/story?id=2991044. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  17. ^ Associated Press (2007-08-26). "Georgia crowned LLWS champs behind Carriker's 8th-inning jack". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/llws07/news/story?id=2992252. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 

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