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by Ray Robinson

Retells the dramatic story of the crosstown rivalry between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers that led to the fateful 1951 pennant playoff that the Giants won by a nose
Download The Home Run Heard 'Round the World: The Dramatic Story of the 1951 Giants-Dodgers Pennant Race epub
ISBN: 0060164778
ISBN13: 978-0060164775
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: Ray Robinson
Language: English
Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (April 1, 1991)
Pages: 244 pages
ePUB size: 1785 kb
FB2 size: 1529 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 641
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The book is fine, I love it. The 1951 pennany race was very dramatic and has seldom been matched for excitement.
Leo Durocher was an obvious choice for manager of the year in 1951. Very strange that the Giants had a bad 11 game losing streak at the start of the year but, they made up for it by winning 16 straight games near the end. In the stretch they won 37 of the last 44 games to catch the Dodgers and win a dramatic playoff.
This is a classic work of baseball history. Originally published in 1991, it tells the story--and it is a very journalistic account as written here--of the 1951 National League pennant race in which the New York Dodgers and the Brooklyn Dodgers battled for the chance to meet the New York Yankees in the World Series. Of course the Giants earned the pennant, and were dispatched in the World Series by the Yankee juggernaut led by future Hall of Famers Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle, and Yogi Berra.

To get to that point, however, the Giants made a dramatic come-from-behind late season surge to tie the Dodgers for the National League title. Both the Giants and the crosstown rival Dodgers finished the regular season with identical 96-58 records. They then had to play a best-of-three game extension of the season to determine who advanced to the World Series. It was in the last game of that extension that Bobby Thompson hit his dramatic bottom-of-the-ninth homer to defeat the Dodgers 5-4. Giants broadcaster Russ Hodges captured the euphoria of the moment in his in-air chant, "THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT, THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT, THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT." It was the perfect response to a great moment in baseball history.

Getting to that point was not easy, however. As of August 11, Brooklyn held a commanding 13½-game lead over the Giants. They managed to catch the Dodgers by winning their next 16 games, and 37 of their last 44 games, while Brooklyn played the rest of the season at a 26-22 clip. The Giants then tied the Dodgers for the league championship on the last day of the regular season when they beat the Philadelphia Phillies, only one year removed from their pennant-winning "Whiz Kids" season in 14-innings to force the best-of-three-games showdown. The Giants and Dodgers split the first two games of this series, and the Giants come-from-behind win in the third sealed the deal.

This is an excellent narrative of that epic struggle. It was written by a veteran baseball writer with a real feel for the telling anecdote and the dramatic scene. Republished in 2011 by Dover, after having been out of print from HarperCollins for many years, it now reappears at the time of the 60th anniversary of this most stunning of all walk off homers, excepting perhaps only Bill Mazeroski's 1960 World Series homer, in major league history.
Ray Robinson's book on the 1951 NL pennant race is a marvelously entertaining trip back in time. Although much has been written on Bobby Thomson's famous home run and how the Giants came back from being 13 games out of first place in August, this is the first book I've read that takes the reader through the entire season. Robinson obviously had fun writing this book and that fun is also had by the reader. His descriptions are so vivid (one example is a great play made by rookie Willie Mays) that I felt at though I was sitting in the stands watching the games. Allow yourself an hour or two reading time at a stretch and you'll feel as though you are at Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds.