Pafko at the Wall

Pafko at the Wall

by Don DeLillo

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Pafko at the Wall by Don DeLillo

"There's a long drive.

It's gonna be.

I believe.

The Giants win the pennant.

The Giants win the pennant.

The Giants win the pennant.

The Giants win the pennant."

-- Russ Hodges, October 3, 1951

On the fiftieth anniversary of "The Shot Heard Round the World," Don DeLillo reassembles in fiction the larger-than-life characters who on October 3, 1951, witnessed Bobby Thomson's pennant-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Jackie Gleason is razzing Toots Shor in Leo Durocher's box seats; J. Edgar Hoover, basking in Sinatra's celebrity, is about to be told that the Russians have tested an atomic bomb; and Russ Hodges, raw-throated and excitable, announces the game -- the Giants and the Dodgers at the Polo Grounds in New York. DeLillo's transcendent account of one of the iconic events of the twentieth century is a masterpiece of American sportswriting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439105443
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 06/30/2008
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 1,126,157
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Don DeLillo is the author of fifteen novels, including Zero K, Underworld, Falling Man, White Noise, and Libra. He has won the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Jerusalem Prize for his complete body of work, and the William Dean Howells Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2010, he was awarded the PEN/Saul Bellow Prize. His story collection The Angel Esmeralda was a finalist for the 2011 Story Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.


Westchester County, New York

Date of Birth:

November 20, 1936

Place of Birth:

New York City


Fordham University, 1958

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Pafko at the Wall: The Shot Heard Round the World 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A short story which can be read in one or two sittings. The backdrop is the famous game between the Giants and Dodgers in 1951 when both were NYC teams. The basic story is fictional about a young black boy who skips school and jumps the gate to get into the game. He watches it with an older white man and they develop a rapport during the game. I bought it as a baseball fan. The story was okay but didn't captivate me the way I would have hoped.
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Paul Cheevers More than 1 year ago
Not his most sectacular bur still a beautiful shot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago