The “shot heard round the world” is among the greatest moments in 1950s baseball.
With baseball season officially open America’s pastime is on the minds of millions of fans. Each year at this time the players and fans are full of hope and excitement for the months ahead, ready to enjoy some hot dogs and beer while rooting for their team. America’s love affair with the sport goes way back and the period of time from 1920 to 1960 is known as the Golden Age of Baseball. This was a time of black and white television broadcasts, when the sport was dominated by the Yankees and great players like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson and Ty Cobb, just to name a few. Here’s a look at three of the greatest moments in 1950s baseball.
October 3, 1951 – Bobby Thompson of the New York Giants hit the “shot heard round the world” at the bottom of the ninth inning to win the game and the pennant against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
September 29, 1954 – Thanks to an on-the-run-over-the-shoulder catch by Willie Mays the Giants kept the Indians from scoring and the won the previously tied game in the bottom of the tenth inning. The Giants went on to sweep the Series.
October 8, 1956 – The New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers were battling in the World Series and in game five Don Larson pitched the game life, not allowing a single Dodger to reach a base by hit, walk, error or passed ball. The Yankees went on to win the game and the Series.