Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Miracle Ball: Updated

April 3, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball Writing, Uncategorized

Yesterday we posted an article on Bobby Thompson’s famous home run in 1951 written by our own Wayne Creighton.  Almost every baseball fan is familiar with Russ Hodge’s famous home run call…

Hartung down the line at third, not taking any chances. Lockman without too big of a lead at second, but he’ll be running like the wind if Thomson hits one. Branca throws. 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! Bobby Thomson hits into the lower deck of the left-field stands! The Giants win the pennant and they’re going crazy! They’re going crazy! Oh-ho!

What most people don’t realize is that another famous announcer was also calling the game–Ernie Harwell.  The video link below has Ernie talking about his experience of not being part of history…The video is part of a wonderful retrospective of  the great baseball announcers of the past:  Ball Talk: Baseball’s Voices of Summer.  

The DVD was produced by one of our Books on Baseball friends Kevin Bender.  It contains interviews and famous moments with Mel Allen,  Jack Brickhouse, Jack Buck, Curt Gowdy and, in the video below,  Ernie Harwell and Red Barber.  You should definitely make the DVD part of you home collection.

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