The 'Shot Heard 'Round The World' Echoes Once More The Boston Red Sox and the Atlanta Braves failed to make baseball's playoffs this week, succumbing to late-season collapses. To some, the swoons brought echoes of 60 years ago, when the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants were vying for the postseason.
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The 'Shot Heard 'Round The World' Echoes Once More

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The 'Shot Heard 'Round The World' Echoes Once More

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STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

Today we hear from Harvey Sherman, who like everyone else living in Brooklyn at that time, remembers every detail about that day.

HARVEY SHERMAN: So in 1951, when Thomson hit the home run, my pals and I were in school. The teacher, Mrs. McPherson, lovely old Irish lady, stopped teaching. Put your radios on. Let's listen to the Dodger game.

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Wide, wide to the right, Bobby Thomson takes a strike called on the inside corner.

SHERMAN: 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.

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MAN: Branca throws. 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! Bobby Thomson hits..

SHERMAN: How can you forget? Sort of like Pearl Harbor, and stuff like that. We remember it very, very well.

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INSKEEP: Stuff like that. Harvey Sherman telling that story to his friend Alex Reisner in New York City. Their conversation will be archived with all the others at the Library of Congress, and you can find the Podcast at npr.org

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