August 28, 2008

The Shot Heard Around the World

Now, I thought this was a real shot, but in reality, it's a baseball home run and it lasted three (3) seconds. In "It's About Time: How Long History Took" by Mike Flanagan, he talks about the world famous game winning hit on page 2 of the book:

"Baseball's Greatest Moment" came on October 3, 1951, at New York's Polo Grounds. In just over seven weeks, the New York Giants had closed in on the Brooklyn Dodgers' 12-game lead to finish tied for first at season's end. In the third and deciding playoff game, Brooklyn was up 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth when Bobby Thomson came to bat with two men on base and sent Ralph Branca's second pitch into the left field stands. Radio listeners heard the crack of Thomsons' bat followed almost immediately by commentator Russ Hodge's first burst of "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!"

I found two sites, among many, that had good sports information:

If you scroll down to No. 2 on this site, you'll see a video about and an interview with an author who wrote a book and talked to a few of the players about an alleged controversy over the hit:

The second site has the posters top 50 sports moments. He lists "The Shot Heard Around the World" as No. 15:

So, do you have a great sports moment? One that involved you or one you witnessed? Offhand, I can't think of one of my own, as I'm not a big sports playing person. I am a big Houston Astro's fan and was delighted when they went to the world series a few years ago. I'd really like them to repeat that!

~Anna Kathryn

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