The Home Run Heard 'Round the World: The Dramatic Story of the 1951 Giants-Dodgers Pennant Race

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"The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!" On October 3, 1951, broadcaster Russ Hodges alerted the world to the New York Giants' incredible come-from-behind triumph over their crosstown rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers, in the National League playoffs. A three-run homer in the ninth inning off the bat of Bobby Thomson sealed the Giants' victory, bringing a memorable end to one of the most exciting pennant races in major league history. 
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Overview


"The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!" On October 3, 1951, broadcaster Russ Hodges alerted the world to the New York Giants' incredible come-from-behind triumph over their crosstown rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers, in the National League playoffs. A three-run homer in the ninth inning off the bat of Bobby Thomson sealed the Giants' victory, bringing a memorable end to one of the most exciting pennant races in major league history. 
Sports historian Ray Robinson examines the circumstances surrounding this unforgettable moment, in a narrative packed with suspense, nostalgia, and insightful anecdotes about legendary players. A cast of larger-than-life characters includes the Giants' controversial manager, Leo Durocher, brawler Eddie Stanky, Sal "The Barber" Maglie, and sensational rookie Willie Mays, in addition to the Dodgers' famed Boys of Summer lineup. This edition features 16 pages of photos and a brief Preface by Bob Costas. "Thrilling … this book is a winner." — Library Journal.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The story of the New York Giants' rise from 13 games behind the Brooklyn Dodgers to tie for the National League pennant in 1951 and then win the playoff has been written countless times. Not that Robinson ( Iron Horse ) hasn't done his homework, for he has supplemented his examination of the press clips with interviews with virtually everyone involved who is still alive, from Bobby Thomson, who hit the famous pennant-clinching homer, to Walter Matthau, an embittered Dodgers fan who lost a bundle on the crucial game. But the saga is old hat nonetheless. Photos not seen by PW. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Sports fans will enjoy this thrilling account of the 1951 Giants-Dodgers pennant race. Robinson, the author of the recently published Iron Horse: Lou Gehrig in His Time ( LJ 7/90), ably recounts the closing months as the Dodgers' 13-game lead in August vanished. The upshot was a three-game playoff, decided in the final game by a home run in the ninth inning by the Giants' Bobby Thompson. It was a different world then, and Robinson recaptures the hope and innocence of those times through fine journalistic portraits of the protagonists in the great baseball drama. While not in the league with Roger Kahn's elegaic The Boys of Summer ( LJ 2/15/72), this book is a winner. Recommended for most popular reading collections.-- Paul Kaplan, Highland Park P.L., Ill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486480589
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 3/17/2011
  • Series: Dover Baseball Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,380,347
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Dover Edition ix

Acknowledgments xi

1 1951 1

2 The Feud 5

3 Durocher and His Giants 21

4 The Outfielders 39

5 In This Corner-Charlie Dressen 53

6 The Dodgers 59

7 Duke, Carl, and the Others 85

8 That Spring 95

9 A Bad Start 105

10 The Coming of Willie 121

11 The Season Rolls On 127

12 The Winning Streak 147

13 September 165

14 Two Weeks to Go 183

15 The Final Weekend 197

16 The Play-offs 207

17 The Home Run Heard 'Round the World 213

18 The Aftermath 229

19 Where Were You When Thomson Connected? 237

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