Bobby Thomson

The shot that was heard around the world. How do we know about it? This was a cool article (My mom would have pressed the wrong button on the tape recorder, I promise):

When I was a little boy, my dad and I would sit on the floor next to his old reel-to-reel tape deck, taking turns talking into it and playing our voices back — the same reel-to-reel he unwittingly used to gain his 15 minutes of fame.

It was October 3, 1951, when Larry Goldberg, a 26-year-old travel agent living with his parents in Brooklyn, set up the deck next to a radio before setting off to work in Manhattan.

He asked his mom to record the 9th inning of the third game of the Brooklyn Dodgers-New York Giants playoffs.

What he and my grandmother captured turned out to be the only known recording at the time of Russ Hodges’ famous call of Bobby Thomson’s game-winning home run, “The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!” (more…)