Echoing Green The Untold Story of Bobby Thomson, Ralph Branca and the Shot Heard Round the World

ISBN-10: 0375713077

ISBN-13: 9780375713071

Edition: N/A

Authors: Joshua Prager

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The 1951 regular season was as good as over. The Brooklyn Dodgers led the New York Giants by three runs with just three outs to go in their third and final playoff game. And not once in major league baseball’s 278 preceding playoff and World Series games had a team overcome a three-run deficit in the ninth inning. But New York rallied, and at 3:58 p.m. on October 3, 1951, Bobby Thomson hit a home run off Ralph Branca. The Giants won the pennant. The Echoing Greenfollows the reverberations of that one moment–the Shot Heard Round the World–from the West Wing of the White House to the Sing Sing death house to the Polo Grounds clubhouse, where a home run forever turned hitter and pitcher into hero and goat. It was also in that centerfield block of concrete that, after the home run, a Giant coach tucked away a Wollensak telescope. The spyglass would remain undiscovered until 2001, when, in the jubilee of that home run, Joshua Prager laid bare on the front page of the Wall Street Journal a Giant secret: from July 20, 1951, through the very day of that legendary game, the orange and black stole the finger signals of opposing catchers. The Echoing Greenplaces that revelation at the heart of a larger story, re-creating in extravagant detail the 1951 pennant race and illuminating as never before the impact of both a moment and a long-guarded secret on the lives of Bobby Thomson and Ralph Branca. A wonderfully evocative portrait of the great American pastime,The Echoing Greenis baseball history, social history and biography–irresistible reading from any angle. From the Hardcover edition.
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List price: $16.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/11/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 540
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Prologue
Our Sports Shall Be Seen
The Darkening Green
Such Were the Joys
Epilogue
Acknowledgements
Author's Note
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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