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Jim Thome hits historic walk-off as Minnesota Twins beat Chicago White Sox

Updated 11:31 a.m.

When you think of walk-off home runs, you think of Bobby Thomson's or maybe Kirk Gibson's, the one Dennis Eckersley called "the mother of all walk-offs."

But you probably should think of Jim Thome. He hit the 12th of his career Tuesday night as the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 7-6 in the 10th inning and increased their American League Central Division lead to four games.

The homer moves him into a tie with Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Frank Robinson and Babe Ruth atop the all-time list for walk-off homers. Thome, who has 581 homers, has only led the league in home runs once (when he played in Philadelphia), has six times hit 40 or more home runs in a career in which he has also played for the Indians, White Sox and Dodgers). He turns 40 on Aug. 27.

Ryan Zimmerman of the Nats may pass them all on the all-time walk-off list, as William Yurasko points out. Zimmerman, 25, hit his second of the season and seventh in six major-league seasons on July 31.

By Cindy Boren  |  August 18, 2010; 9:45 AM ET
Categories:  MLB  
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