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