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Remembering Russ Hodges’ Great Call on Bobby Thomson’s Pennant Winning Home Run

October 3, 2015

It is not so arguably the greatest and most famous  broadcasting call in sports’ history.

Russ Hodges, a great broadcaster, called Bobby Thomson’s incredibly dramatic home run that gave the National League Pennant to the New York Giants over the Brooklyn Dodgers 64 years ago today.

The Giants had stormed back from a 13 and a half game deficit and actually led the Brooklyn Dodgers by a half game as the Dodgers battled the Philadelphia Phillies into extra innings in the “Keystone State” of Pennsylvania.

In those extra frames, a great “keystone position player,” Jackie Robinson, first saved the game with a great catch on what seemed a sure “give the Giants the pennant” hit by Ed Waitkus, whom I believe was the “inspiration” for Robert Redford’s “Roy Hobbs” character being shot in the film “The Natural” adapted from Bernard Malamud’s book of the same name, as Waitkus was shot in real, not “reel” life.

Next, Jackie hit a home run in the top of the 14th inning, that gave the Dodgers the lead and an eventual victory, that forced the best of three playoff for the 1951 N.L. pennant.

64 years later and thanks to a fan who recorded it, which led to a Giants’ album sponsored by Chesterfield cigarettes, we can hear Hodges and it never fails to move me— “long drive that’s gonna be it, I believe, the GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT (4 times).

I have heard that great broadcasting moment at least a thousand times and hope to hear it many more times.

Click below for a video of Bobby Thomson’s pennant winning home run, with Russ Hodges’ great call.

The Shot Heard ‘Round The World – YouTube

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The Great Broadcaster Russ Hodges Pictured Above

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