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Infographic: Five amazing things about Ozzie Smith’s 1985 NLCS walk-off homer

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When St. Louis Cardinals dynamo shortstop Ozzie Smith hit a walk-off home run on Oct. 14, 1985 in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, few likely¬† expected it as he stepped to the plate. After all, Smith was known more for his speed and acrobatic plays out in the field — not to mention his patented pregame back flips¬† — than knocking baseballs out of the park.

In fact, over his storied 19-year career, Smith had only 28 home runs.

But that’s what makes his clutch round-tripper so special.

Of course, after going down 2-0 in the NLCS, the Cards rattled off four straight wins, highlighted by Smith’s Game 5 magic, to vanquish the Dodgers, giving them an opportunity for a crack at the Kansas City Royals in a World Series match-up known as the “Show-Me Series.” And Smith’s uncharacteristic display of power certainly helped that come to fruition.

Coverage of the Division Series returns to FOX Sports for the first time since 2006, with FOX Sports 1 set to air eight of 10 National League Division Series games.

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