the rivalry’s New York roots

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Seventy years after Bobby Thomson ripped the famed “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” — and nearly 65 after the beloved Dodgers and Giants bolted New York together for the West Coast in 1957 — they will meet Thursday night in another highly anticipated elimination game.

And that’s as cool of a connection – both nationally and locally — as it gets.

Game 5 of the National League Division Series between Los Angeles and San Francisco won’t be the first win-or-go-home contest staged between the longtime and bicoastal rivals since Thomson vaulted the streaking (and sign-stealing!) Giants into the 1951 World Series with a ninth-inning home run off Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca in the finale of a three-game playoff to determine the National League champion.