Miracle Ball: My Hunt for the Shot Heard 'Round the World

  • Title: Miracle Ball: My Hunt for the Shot Heard 'Round the World
  • Author: Brian Biegel Peter T. Fornatale
  • ISBN: 9780307452689
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Miracle Ball My Hunt for the Shot Heard Round the World The captivating utterly improbable but ultimately true story of one man s quest to solve sports greatest mystery What happened to the most famous of all home run balls the holy grail of sports Octobe
    The captivating, utterly improbable but ultimately true story of one man s quest to solve sports greatest mystery What happened to the most famous of all home run balls the holy grail of sports October 3, 1951 Giants third baseman Bobby Thomson hit the most dramatic home run in the history of baseball The moment occurred in the bottom of the ninth inning of a sudden deThe captivating, utterly improbable but ultimately true story of one man s quest to solve sports greatest mystery What happened to the most famous of all home run balls the holy grail of sports October 3, 1951 Giants third baseman Bobby Thomson hit the most dramatic home run in the history of baseball The moment occurred in the bottom of the ninth inning of a sudden death playoff game between the New York Giants and their arch rivals from Brooklyn, the Dodgers People across the nation watched on their new TV sets, and the home run became known as the Shot Heard Round the World But after clearing the left eld wall, the central artifact of the play the ball itself inexplicably went missing The mystery of what happened to the legendary baseball has remained unsolved for a half century Until now.Miracle Ball is the gripping account of author Brian Biegel s two year effort to unravel the mystery that experts said could never be solved After his father, Jack, nds a baseball at a thrift store with clues dating back to 1951 and believes it could possibly be the most coveted piece of sports history, father and son begin a journey to prove its authenticity Biegel becomes consumed with the quest recognizing it as the only chance to rescue himself from an emotionally devastating personal crisis that had long been crippling him.The trail takes Biegel, a sports fan and documentary lmmaker, from an auction house in Long Island to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, to a backroom meeting straight out of a Martin Scorsese lm to a dusty oil eld in Texas, nally arriving at his nal destination on a quiet gravel road in New Mexico, the last place he ever expected to be.Along the way the author meets an amazing cast of characters, including Bobby Thomson himself, who help him in his quest Each adds their personal memories of the golden age of baseball, giving a broader scope and greater depth to this real life detective story As entertaining as it is inspiring, Miracle Ball is a story about faith, family, and heroes, about overcoming the odds and coming into the light, and about discovering the wondrous result of believing in yourself and the amazing bene ts of unconditional love A sports story for the ages, an engrossing mystery narrative, and a moving account of a man s unbreakable bond with his family and of his struggles to save himself, Miracle Ball delivers both heart and headlines.

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    1. Don DeLillo’s fictionalized account of what happened to the “shot heard around the world” ball in Underworld was so excellent that I figured this real account was worth a look. I have to say I was surprised at how far the author got in his quest to find the actual ball. More than 50 years distant (now more than 60) the fact that the eyewitnesses are all dead is a huge obstacle. The conclusion at the end of the book as to who initially had the ball, and why it has never materialized, is ent [...]

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    2. Well over half a century after the most celebrated home run in baseball history, there are still new stories to tell about it. On October 3, 1951, New York Giants third baseman Bobby Thomson hit a three-run walk off homer to give the Giants a come-from behind victory in the decisive game of the National League playoffs. It was the dramatic exclamation point on a story that had begun ten weeks earlier as the Giants made up a 13 ½ game deficit to tie their arch-rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers, and t [...]

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    3. October 3, 1951. Giants third baseman Bobby Thomson hit the most dramatic home run in the history of baseball. The moment occurred in the bottom of the ninth inning of a sudden-death playoff game between the New York Giants and their arch rivals from Brooklyn, the Dodgers. People across the nation watched on their new TV sets, and the home run became known as “the Shot Heard ’Round the World.”But after clearing the left-field wall, the central artifact of the play–the ball itself–inex [...]

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    4. Possibly the most famous play in baseball history is Bobby Thomson's bottom-of-the-ninth home run off Ralph Branca in the 1951 playoff game between the Giants and Dodgers, which sent the Giants to the World Series and the Dodgers home to Brooklyn. Nowadays, the fan who caught such a ball would either treasure it forever or sell it, but back then, baseball memorabilia wasn't big business. For years, the whereabouts of that ball has been a mystery: who caught it, and what did they do with it? When [...]

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    5. MLB CSIThe premise of MIRACLE BALL is irresistible: with only two grainy pictures from 1951, can a man track down the arguably most famous home run baseball of all time?I really enjoyed Brian Biegel's account of his search for the missing Bobby Thompson home run ball from 1951. While I wouldn't call MIRACLE BALL compelling, it was certainly beyond fascinating, with numerous personal accounts of how that moment in history changed lives and how that crack of the bat was so pivotal to not only base [...]

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    6. Fantastic story about the author's search for Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard 'Round the World", as he also struggles with his own depression and relationship with his father. A great read.

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    7. I am a confessed baseball nerd when it comes to the glory of yesteryear and the romanticizing of the game. This book takes me there. Whether it be the neurosis of the author in a search for personal peace, the setting of a city felt alive on an October day, or chasing history, maybe the most significant sports moment in History, I couldn't put it down. This is one of the best books , if not the best book I've ever read. It's a personal thing, I don't think it resonates with a non fan , but for m [...]

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    8. For bingo, Mystery.

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    9. In 1951 the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants faced each other in baseball's National League championship series. In those days a league championship series lasted only three games, and the Dodgers and the Giants had each won one game, thus forcing a third and final game. It was the bottom of the ninth and the Dodgers were ahead 4-2, but the Giants were at bat and they had two men on base. Former outfielder turned third baseman Bobby Thompson came to the plate. He watched a fastball split [...]

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    10. Miracle Ball: My Hunt for the Shot Heard 'Round the World is the story of one man's quest to find one of the more treasured artifacts of professional baseball: the Thomson 'shot heard round the world', from the 1951 playoff between the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers. Long given up as a mystery item, lost to time, the book tracks the author's journey from suburban New York and New Jersey, the Baseball Hall of Fame, to an out of the way Catholic convent in New Mexico. The reader meets charac [...]

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    11. It's been called "the greatest mystery in sports" by some. What ever happened to the home run ball Bobby Thompson hit to send the New York Giants to the 1951 World Series? "Miracle Ball", a 2009 book by Brian Biegel chronicles the author's attempt to solve that very riddle: the whereabouts of "The Shot Heard 'Round the World". Before I began reading, I thought: "How could this be a book? Does the missing ball even matter? If it hasn't been found by now, it's likely gone forever." But after the f [...]

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    12. There are certain sporting events that cross beyond the merely "exciting" or "important" and become iconic. Bobby Thompson's home run in the 1951 playoffs that gave the Giants the pennant is iconic because of the situation surrounding the game--the interest in the teams stretched beyond New York City, the series was one of the first widely-televised sporting events in the United States, and the play-by-play call was one for the ages. In this text, Biegel does a masterful job at demonstrating wha [...]

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    13. Great heartwarming story. Easy read (I was through it in two days and I'm a slooow reader). The author's search for the ball and himself meshed nicely. His perseverence and "luck" (providence) were enough to evoke the "you can't make this stuff up" response from even the most cynical. The forensic analysis was pretty fascinating. Most of all the book made me feel good for the author as his recovery from depression was a direct result of his passionate search for the holy grail of baseball memora [...]

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    14. This book was fascinating! I love a good baseball book, and this certainly is one. Brian Biegel shares from his heart and from his life as he searches for the home run baseball from "the shot heard 'round the world," the home run hit by Bobby Thomson to win the National League pennant for the New York Giants in 1951. Great read!

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    15. Great account of an author's search for "The Shot Heard 'Round The World", Bobby Thompson's homer in the 1951 playoffs vs. the Dodgers. I really enjoyed the beginning of each chapter where the author flashes back to the child hood memory of the event as told through each of the key people in the book.

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    16. Such a great book! This book has a very 'if-you-build-it-they-will-come' feel to it but unlike Field of Dreams, this story is true. It's about the author (ironically enough a Dodger fan) and his quest to find the elusive home run ball hit by Bobby Thomson in the 1951 pennant race between the Giants and the Dodgers. Great endingjust don't skip ahead!

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    17. While not the best written book, it is a great story, well told, personalized and a great page turner, another one I could not put down. If your a baseball fan, this is a must read. I wasn't around during that golden age of baseball, but this made it feel real.

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    18. Baseball lovers should not miss this book just for what it reveals. Amazing story of baseball, and the author reveals some painful issues he had to grow beyond to bring the rest of us the story.

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    19. Awesome book. Too bad the ball wasn't found. Time to go see the movie!!

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    20. This is an amazing book that grabs your attention right from the start!!

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    21. get this for Dad for Father's day?

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    22. For the men in my life. old, middlin', and young

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    23. Awesome! As an SF Giants fan, this book is historically special. As a baseball fan, it's awesome. The story is wonderful and keeps you interested in how it all ends.

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    24. baseball history and a whodunit just a great sports read

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