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The home run heard 'round the world / the dramatic story of the 1951 Giants-Dodgers pennant race
Robinson, Ray, 1920 December 4-
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperCollins, [1991]

Physical Description:
244 pages ; 24 cm
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GV875.N42 R63 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A glorious and nostalgia-packed re-creation of the most exciting and dramatic pennant race in baseball history, between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodger. Loaded with delightful anecdotes from the fifties when salaries were a fraction of today's byt talent was just as rich, The Home Run Heard 'Round the World will entrance baseball fans far and wide.

Author Notes

Raymond Kenneth Robinson was born on December 4, 1920 in Manhattan, New York. He graduated from Columbia University in 1941 and studied at Columbia's law school before serving in the Army during World War II. He began writing for local newspapers while stationed at military bases in the Southern United States. After he was discharged, he worked as an editor at various magazines including Seventeen and Good Housekeeping.

He wrote several biographies including Iron Horse: Lou Gehrig in His Time, Matty, an American Hero: Christy Mathewson of the New York Giants, American Original: A Life of Will Rogers, and Rockne of Notre Dame: The Making of a Football Legend. He edited more than a dozen editions of Baseball Stars, an annual collection of short biographical essays. He died after having a stroke on November 1, 2017 at the age of 96.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The story of the New York Giants' rise from 13 games behind the Brooklyn Dodgers to tie for the National League pennant in 1951 and then win the playoff has been written countless times. Not that Robinson ( Iron Horse ) hasn't done his homework, for he has supplemented his examination of the press clips with interviews with virtually everyone involved who is still alive, from Bobby Thomson, who hit the famous pennant-clinching homer, to Walter Matthau, an embittered Dodgers fan who lost a bundle on the crucial game. But the saga is old hat nonetheless. Photos not seen by PW. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Sports fans will enjoy this thrilling account of the 1951 Giants-Dodgers pennant race. Robinson, the author of the recently published Iron Horse: Lou Gehrig in His Time ( LJ 7/90), ably recounts the closing months as the Dodgers' 13-game lead in August vanished. The upshot was a three-game playoff, decided in the final game by a home run in the ninth inning by the Giants' Bobby Thompson. It was a different world then, and Robinson recaptures the hope and innocence of those times through fine journalistic portraits of the protagonists in the great baseball drama. While not in the league with Roger Kahn's elegaic The Boys of Summer ( LJ 2/15/72), this book is a winner. Recommended for most popular reading collections.-- Paul Kaplan, Highland Park P.L., Ill. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.