Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Death of a Giant

Bobby Thomson – who hit “the shot heard round the world” in the final game of the 1951 National League pennant race, leading the New York Giants to victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers in “the miracle at Coogan’s Bluff” - has died at age 86.

The great Red Smith immortalized the contest, and Thomson, in one of his most famous columns.


Yojimbo said...

Thanks for the Red Smith piece, greatly appreciated. I always enjoy seeing those old names. The MLB Network has a regular series on classic games, trouble is, I can never remember to watch!

Paco said...

YoJ: You ought to get hold of one of the anthologies of Red's columns. He had some great lines. I can't remember the exact circumstances, but he once described an outfielder who jumped extremely high after a towering fly-ball, and stayed in the air for an impressive time, as resembling a uniform hanging in a locker.