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Bobby Thomsons Home Run The single most dramatic moment in American sports history: Bobby Thomson's home run that won the 1951 National League pennant for the New York Giants. The Giants had trailed the Brooklyn Dodgers by 13.5 games in August, but they won 38 of their last 44 games to finish tied with the Dodgers at the end of the season. A three-game playoff was needed to settle matters. The Giants and Dodgers split the first two games. The Dodgers were leading the deciding game 4-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth. The Giants scored a run and had two men on base with one out. Bobby Thomson came to bat...
Tags: Bobby  Thomson  home  run 
Added: 6th January 2008
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The Polo Grounds The Polo Grounds was the home stadium for baseball's New York Giants from 1883 to 1957. There were actually four stadiums that were called The Polo Grounds. This is the last and most famous. Its horseshoe shape created some odd dimensions. The foul lines ran for a mere 257 feet but the the distant center field bleachers were 505 feet away from home plate. This ballpark was where Willie Mays made his spectacular catch during the 1954 World Series and where Bobby Thomson hit baseball's most famous home run in 1951. Oh, yes: The first stadium was built for polo in 1876, but after the Giants acquired it for baseball in 1883, no polo matches were ever played there again.
Tags: Polo  Grounds  baseball 
Added: 27th June 2008
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Pulitzer Prize-Nominated Sports Photo The agony of defeat! This is one of the great sports photos ever taken. The despondent baseball player hiding his face is Brooklyn Dodgers' pitcher Ralph Branca who had just surrendered Bobby Thomson's famous home run that gave the New York Giants the 1951 National League pennant. The other Dodger is Cookie Lavagetto.
Tags: baseball  photo  Ralph  Branca 
Added: 13th August 2009
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Russ Hodges on Whats My Line From October 7, 1962, longtime New York/San Francisco Giants radio announcer Russ Hodges appears on What's My Line. He is a regular contestant who signs in as "Mr. X." (Hodges made the most famous baseball call of all time when Bobby Thomson's homer won the 1951 NL pennant for the Giants.)
Tags: Russ  Hodges  baseball  WML 
Added: 6th December 2012
Views: 787
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Posted By: Lava1964
Iconic Depression-Era Photo Thirty-two-year-old Florence Owens Thomson became the face of the Great Depression after she was photographed by Dorothea Lange in 1936. Lange, a photographer of some repute, had been hired by the federal government to capture images of how the hard times of the 1930 were affecting Americans. The photo--which Lange titled "Migrant Mother"--did not identify Thompson by name, only that she was a 32-year-old widowed mother of seven children who was among at least 2,500 transient and destitute people seeking menial work as a pea picker in a California camp. The compelling photo was widely reproduced in newspapers across the continent and Thompson was subsequently identified. She died in 1983 at age 80.
Tags: Depression  photo  Florence  Owens  Thompson  Dorothea  Lange 
Added: 9th November 2015
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