October 3, 1993 – The Dodgers knocked the San Francisco Giants out of the playoffs with a 12-1 victory on the final day of the regular season. The Giants needed a victory to force a one-game playoff with Atlanta for the N.L. West title. Mike Piazza hit two home runs to cap his N.L. Rookie of the Year season with 35 home runs, 112 RBI and a .318 batting average. The Giants hoped October 3 would bring a lucky omen because it marked the anniversary of the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” home run by Bobby Thomson of the New York Giants in 1951 against the Brooklyn Dodgers, which gave the Giants a 5-4 walk-off victory in the third and deciding playoff game at the Polo Grounds. San Francisco also won the deciding third playoff game in 1962 at Dodger Stadium, turning a 4-2 deficit in the ninth inning into a 6-4 victory.