Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement regarding the passing of longtime player Bobby Thomson, who hit "The Shot Heard 'Round the World":
"Bobby Thomson will always hold a special place in our game for hitting one of the signature home runs in baseball history. 'The Shot Heard 'Round the World' will always remain a defining moment for our game, illustrating the timeless quality of the national pastime.
"Bobby's baseball career was highlighted by that long drive at the Polo Grounds on October 3, 1951, but 'The Flying Scot' was an accomplished, three-time All-Star in a 15-year Major League career. A true gentleman, Bobby was a perfect choice to have earned one of the game's most memorable moments. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest sympathy to Bobby's family and friends as well as to all the fans of the Giants franchise."