The Echoing Green by Joshua Prager

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At 3:58 p.m. on October 3, 1951, Bobby Thomson hit a home run off Ralph Branca. The ball sailed over the left field wall and into history. The Giants won the pennant. That moment—the Shot Heard Round the World—reverberated from the West Wing of the White House to the Sing Sing death house to the Polo Grounds clubhouse, where hitter and pitcher forever turned into hero and goat. It was also in that centerfield block of concrete that, after the home run, a Giant coach tucked away a Wollensak telescope. The Echoing Green places that revelation at the heart of a larger story, re-creating in extravagant detail and illuminating as never before the impact of both a moment and a long-guarded secret on the lives of Bobby Thomson and Ralph Branca.

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About Joshua Prager

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Joshua Prager lives in New York City. He studied music theory at Columbia College and is currently a senior special writer at The Wall Street Journal. He has three times been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing.
Published March 11, 2008 by Vintage. 546 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Say it ain't so, Leo: an iconoclastic, most penetrating look at a famed 1951 clash between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Echoing Green (Vintage)

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A Wall Street Journal reporter tells the story behind Bobby Thomson’s historic 1951 home run.

Oct 08 2006 | Read Full Review of The Echoing Green (Vintage)

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Five of the most recognizable words in sports history are the hysterical cries of announcer Russ Hodges celebrating the game-winning home run of Bobby Thomson in the Brooklyn Dodgers-New York Giants playoff game in 1951.

Sep 16 2006 | Read Full Review of The Echoing Green (Vintage)

Baby Got Books

The Echoing Green by Joshua Prager is a thinking man’s book about baseball – and I’m not just saying that because I read it.

Dec 13 2006 | Read Full Review of The Echoing Green (Vintage)

Farther Off the Wall

After a night off, games 3, 4 and maybe 5 are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in St. Louis at 5 p.m., with a Game 6 set for Sunday back in Milwaukee at 1 p.m., all on TBS.

Oct 14 2011 | Read Full Review of The Echoing Green (Vintage)

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