New York Giants|
A Baseball Album
by Richard Bak
Arcadia Publishing, 1999 | ISBN: 0-7385-0337-1
THE "SHOT HEARD 'ROUND THE WORLD" | It's 3:47 p.m. on October 3, 1951, and
Bobby Thomson has just hit the most famous home run in history, a three-run shot off Brooklyn's
Ralph Branca that gave New York a 5-4 victory, the 1951 pennant, and capped an improbable Giants comeback. Trailing the Dodgers by 13 1/2 games on August 11th, Leo Durocher's outfit won 39 of their last 47 games to finish in a dead heat with Brooklyn. Thomson's home run came in the bottom of the ninth in the final game of a special three-game playoff. It was an unbelievable finish to an unbelievable season. "Now the story ends," wrote Red Smith. "And there is no way to tell it. The art of fiction is dead. Reality has strangled invention. Only the utterly impossible, the inexpressibly fantastic can ever be plausible again."
Copyright © 1999 by Richard Bak. Excerpted with permission.