During the summer of 1951, the Brooklyn Dodgers had a comfortable lead over their crosstown rivals, the New York Giants. But as the season drew to a close, the Dodgers lost their hold on first place and had to face the Giants in a playoff. The winner would get to play in the World Series.
On October 3, 1951, the Dodgers lost in spectacular fashion, with pitcher Ralph Branca giving up a ninth-inning home run to the Giants’ Bobby Thomson. Known as the “shot heard ’round the world,” Thomson’s hit is one of the most famous home runs in baseball history.
Harvey Sherman was a teenager living in Brooklyn at the time. And like many other Dodgers fans, he remembers every moment of that day.
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Archival Audio: One out, last of the ninth... Branca pitches... Bobby Thomson takes a strike called on the inside corner...
HS: And that's what happened in the whole high school. Everybody had a portable radio and we all listened to the game, including the teachers.
Archival Audio: 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!...
HS: Well my friend Bobby had his maroon portable radio on. And again, we didn't have a lot of money in those days. But when he hit the home run, class was dismissed. Bobby took his radio and he threw it down the staircase. How can you forget it. Sort of like Pearl Harbor and stuff like that. We remember it very, very well.