Time Ran Out on the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” – But the Books Live On

I am saddened today when I read about the passing of Bobby Thomson.  His “shot heard ’round the world” put the New York baseball Giants into the 1951 World Series.  This was a dramatic home run that gave the Giants the National League pennant.

Here is the link to the article on Sports Illustrated.com that details his accomplishments, his life, and the famous game.

You can also watch the original video with one of the most excited play-by-play voices you will ever hear.

As you might suspect, many authors have included stories about this home run.  Here are just a few:

Miracle Ball: My Hunt for the Shot Heard ‘Round the World by Brian Biegel,

The Echoing Green: The Untold Story of Bobby Thomson, Ralph Branca and the Shot Heard Round the World (Vintage) by Joshua Prager

Rob Neyer’s Big Book of Baseball Blunders: A Complete Guide to the Worst Decisions and Stupidest Moments in Baseball History by Rob Neyer

The 30 Greatest Sports Conspiracy Theories of All-Time: Ranking Sports’ Most Notorious Fixes, Cover-ups, and Scandals by Elliott Kalb, et al.

Bunts by George F. Will

The Opposite Field: A Memoir by Jesse Katz

I am always interested in how single events like this find their way into countless numbers of books.  And for everyone who was not alive in 1951, it is an important link to history.  I am certain we have not seen the last book on this subject.

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