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

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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-de
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by Crown (first published January 1st 2009)
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Brian S
Jun 03, 2014 Brian S rated it really liked it
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 entirely ...more
Bill Hall
Apr 23, 2009 Bill Hall rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baseball
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 game deficit to tie their arch-rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers, and tak ...more
Emily
May 14, 2009 Emily marked it as to-read
Shelves: baseball_books
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–inexplicably wen
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Margaret
Jun 05, 2009 Margaret rated it really liked it
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 ...more
J.C.
Apr 25, 2009 J.C. rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads, sports, arc
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The 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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Rob Rausch
May 23, 2009 Rob Rausch rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baseball
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.
Alan
Aug 09, 2010 Alan rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jason
Oct 23, 2009 Jason rated it liked it
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 ...more
Steve
Jun 18, 2010 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Darin
May 28, 2009 Darin rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Bruce
Jul 09, 2009 Bruce rated it really liked it
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Jeff
Nov 15, 2010 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Bob Schuman
Jun 28, 2009 Bob Schuman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports-books
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.
Mary
Jan 20, 2010 Mary rated it it was amazing
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 ending...just don't skip ahead!
Andrew
Sep 01, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it
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.
Joann
Jan 18, 2013 Joann rated it liked it
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.
Jerry
Jun 21, 2012 Jerry rated it liked it
Very well done.
Jason
Sep 23, 2013 Jason rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sports fans
Awesome book. Too bad the ball wasn't found. Time to go see the movie!!
Adam Fisher
Dec 02, 2016 Adam Fisher rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book that grabs your attention right from the start!!
Valerie
May 19, 2010 Valerie marked it as to-read
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get this for Dad for Father's day?
Mary
May 30, 2010 Mary rated it liked it
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For the men in my life...both old, middlin', and young...
Denise
Jul 07, 2012 Denise rated it really liked it
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.
Patrick
Jun 29, 2013 Patrick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports
baseball history and a whodunit ... just a great sports read
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