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NEW YORK GIANTS VS BROOKLYN DODGERS: GAME 3 PLAYOFFS (1951)
Duke Snider, Ford Frick, Roy Campanella, Bob Prince, Russ Hodges, Alvin Dark, Willie Mays, Leo Durocher, Toots Shor, Monte Irvin, Ernie Harwell, Sal Maglie, Hank Sims, Jim Hearn, Herman Franks, Walter OMalley, Steve Ellis, Whitey Lockman, Eddie Stanky, Bobby Thomson, Bill Rigney, Larry Jansen, Sheldon Jones, Charlie Dressen, Horace Stoneham, Charley Finney, Eddie Bracket, Art Flynn, Chris Durocher, Paul Richards, Willard Marshall, Lawrence Goldberg, Sylvia Goldberg
Recorded coverage beginning in the last of the ninth inning, with the New York Giants Whitey Lockman at bat; the score 4 to 2 Brooklyn. Announcer Russ Hodges calls the play by play, as Bobby Thomson hits a homerun ("The Shot heard Round the World"), winning the best two out of three playoff series.
Wrap up of the game by Bob Prince who attended the game and sat along side best friend, Russ Hodges in the booth.
Clubhouse interviews with Steve Ellis, Ernie Harwell and Russ Hodges. Those interviewed in a emotional celeritous Giant clubhouse are Herman Franks, Alvin Dark, Larry Jansen, Eddie Stanky, Charlie Dressen, Ford Frick, Horace Stoneham, Bill Rigney, Hank Sims, Walter O'Malley, Bobby Thomson, Charley Finney, Jim Hearn, Eddie Bracket, Art Flynn, Leo Durocher, Chris Durocher (son), Willie Mays, Whitey Lockman, Sal Maglie, Monte Irvin Paul Richards, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Sheldon Jones and Willard Marshall.
In addition to NBC's TV crew, six radio networks set up shop in the press box attached to the underside of the upper deck.
• Russ Hodges did the Giants' broadcast solo because NBC hired his partner, Ernie Harwell, to handle their telecast. Hodges's friend Bob Prince, the Pirates' announcer, sat next to him as a guest, and filled in for Hodges and Harwell in the celebratory New York Giant’s locker room after the game beginning the many interviews that would follow and captured on audio.
• Red Barber and Connie Desmond would, as usual, call the game for the Dodgers (WMGM).
• The Liberty Broadcasting Network, which recreated most of its baseball and football broadcasts from its studio in Dallas, sent "The Old Scotsman" Gordon McLendon to call the game live. His broadcast is the only one that survives as complete, on audio tape.
• Al Helfer reported the action on the Mutual Broadcasting System, largest in the nation.
• Harry Caray of the Cardinals broadcast the game for a group of Mid¬west stations.
• Buck Canel and Felo Ramirez did the Spanish broadcast for Latin America.
Russ Hodges: “The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! Bobby Thomson hits into the lower deck of the left-field The Giants win the pennant! And they’re going crazy! They are going crazy! Oh-oh!”
“Everybody remembers it now,” said Bobby Thomson. “But you have to understand the feeling between those teams. I didn’t think of the pennant — only that we beat the Dodgers.”
Hodges: “I don’t believe it! I do not believe it! Bobby Thomson hit a line drive into the lower deck of the left-field stands, and the whole place is going crazy! The Giants Horace Stoneham is now a winner. The Giants won it by a score of 5 to 4, and they’re picking Bobby Thomson up and carrying him off the field!”
Before videotape, a film camera had to tape a TV screen or monitor to record, a process called kinescope. “Kinescopes were fuzzy and extremely bulky, so the networks of the 1950s saved almost nothing. Few even had a radio reel-to-reel recorder which were hard to carry around, so the average guy didn’t have one. However, In Brooklyn, restaurant waiter Laurence Goldberg did. Goldberg was a New York Giant fan from the time he was 8 years old. Having to leave for work in Manhattan, he had his mother, Sylvia, hit the “record” button in the bottom of the ninth with one out and Whitey Lockman at bat, the score now 4 to 2 Brooklyn.
Lockman doubles. The Giants now have men on second and third base. Bobby Thomson comes to the plate, and the rest is history!
Ultimately, Larry Goldberg communicated with Russ Hodges about his tape recording. Hodges sent Goldberg $10 to use his borrowed copy to record a Christmas gift for friends. That fall sponsor Chesterfield cigarettes released a record of “the most exciting moment in baseball history.”
The National Recording Registry chose announcer Russ Hodges’ call of the 1951 National League tiebreaker between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers for inclusion in their archive of iconic American sounds.
Courtesy National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Why so memorable:
Russ Hodges’ “The Shot Heard ’Round the World.”
At the time, Dodgers-Giants forged sport’s greatest rivalry, yearly playing 22 games against each other, radio and TV broadcasting through The City. America was the world’s post-war colossus, perhaps baseball never meaning more. What made the moment wonderwork was the Giants announcer’s call.
On August 13, Brooklyn led the National League by 13 and 1/2 games. By September 20 the Giants trailed by 6 with 7 left. The Dodgers fell behind, 6-1, rallying to win, 9-8, in 14 innings. Next day the best-of-three NL playoff began: “a world,” said Russ, “focused on our rivalry.” Even the Voice of the American League Yankees was transfixed. “Think of it,” said Voice Mel Allen. “Three New York teams out of the big leagues’ 16 remain. One’s already in the Series [his], the other two tied.” For years a red-blooded American could recite the script by rote. It is easy to see why.
The NL playoff became the then most widely aired event in radio and nascent TV history. Seven networks, five of them radio, did at least one game: the Mutual and Liberty Broadcasting system with announcer Gordon McClendon, Dodgers’ radio WMGM and Brooklyn Dodgers’ Re-created Network(s); Giants’ WMCA Radio; and CBS TV—the latter airing the first coast-to-coast network sports telecast for game one of the playoffs (October 1st), with Red Barber doing the play by play. With the playoff series moving the following day to the Giants’ home park, the Polo Grounds, NBC TV moved in to pick up the rights, negotiating directly with WPIX, New York, which had carried the Giant’s home schedule all year. CBS TV held on to westbound relay until 3 pm and NBC broadcast the game from 3:00pm to conclusion. It was necessary for the two networks to swap time each day to permit their carrying the full game which started at 1:30pm.
On October 3, 1951 Russ Hodges did play by play on NBC TV for innings four, five and six, and Ernie Harwell did play by play on NBC TV for innings one, two, three, seven, eight and nine. New York Giant’s Ernie Harwell alternated calling balls and strikes with partner Russ Hodges on WMCA Radio. Harwell called innings four, five and six. Russ Hodges called balls and strikes for innings one, two and three, and then for innings seven, eight and nine.
Only four years earlier Americans had owned 17,000 TV sets v. 58 million radios. By 1951 video had become an irresistible object. Radio was the immovable object, some feeling TV cursory. Such a schism towered as Russ and Ernie “tossed a coin [about a possible Game Three],” Harwell laughed. When Ernie got TV, he joked, “I felt sympathy for ‘Ole’ Russ. All these radio networks and I was gonna’ be on TV, and I thought that I had the plum assignment.” New York won the opener, 3-1. Next day changed place (Polo Grounds) and outcome (Dodgers win 10-0). His plum then spoiled.
The night before the final, Hodges stayed awake gargling. Worse, to test his voice, he kept talking into a mic at home, hurting his throat. Next day, at 3:48 P.M., Ralph Branca threw a two-on one-out ninth-inning pitch: Brooklyn up, 4-2. “There’s a long drive!” WMCA’s Russ began. “It’s going to be, I believe! … The Giants win the pennant! [5-4] The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! Bobby Thomson hits into the lower deck of the left-field stands! … The Giants win the pennant! And they’re going crazy! They are going crazy! Oh-oh! The Giants . . . have won it by a score of 5 to 4, and they’re picking Bobby Thomson up and carrying him off the field. I don’t believe it! I don’t believe it! I do not believe it. Bobby Thomson hit a line drive into the lower deck of the left-field stands, and the whole place is going crazy!”
1960 WORLD SERIES: PITTSBURGH PIRATES VS. N.Y. YANKEES, THE
Warren Giles, Ford Frick, Mel Allen, Hal Smith, Bill Mazeroski, Bob Prince, Joe Brown, Don Hoak, Tom Johnson, Dick Groat, Vernon Law, Bill Virdon, Harvey Haddix, Smokey Burgess, Bob Skinner, Roy Face, Rocky Nelson, Gino Cimoli, Danny Murtaugh, John Galbreath, Joe Barr
Mel Allen announces the play-by-play in this classic 7th and final game from the 6th inning, at which time N.Y. was ahead 5 to 4. Allen calls the memorable Hal Smith 8th inning home run and Bill Mazeroski's series winning 9th inning home run. From a victorious Pirates clubhouse, Bob Prince interviews Warren Giles, Hal Smith, Bill Mazeroski, Joe Brown, Don Hoak, Tom Johnson, Dick Groat, Vernon Law, Bill Virdon, Harvey Haddix, Smokey Burgess, Bob Skinner, Roy Face, Gino Cimoli, Mayor Joe Barr, John Galbreath, Commissioner Ford Frick, Rocky Nelson and manager Danny Murtaugh.
A 1960'S RADIO BROADCAST ADDITION: THE 1966 WORLD SERIES: THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES VS. THE L.A. DODGERS
Joe Cronin, Bob Prince, Dave McNally, Hank Bauer, Paul Blair, Brooks Robinson, Vin Scully, Chuck Thompson, Frank Robinson
Vin Scully does the play-by-play from the bottom of the Orioles 8th inning, as the Baltimore Orioles win the 1966 World Series in four games. In the victorious Baltimore dressing room, Chuck Thompson interviews Brooks Robinson, Paul Blair, Dave McNally, Frank Robinson, Manager Hank Bauer and American League President Joe Cronin. From the booth, Bob Prince wraps up with the series highlights and signs off as we hear the NBC chimes.
1971 WORLD SERIES: PITTSBURGH PIRATES VS. BALTIMORE ORIOLES, THE
Bob Prince, Curt Gowdy, Chuck Thompson, Tony Kubek, Bowie Kuhn, Danny Murtaugh, Steve Blass, Roberto Clemente, John Galbreath, Danny Galbreath, Pete Flaherty, Milton Schapp, Bruce Keeson
Curt Gowdy does the play-by-play from the top of the 8th inning with the score 1 to 0 Pirates in this seventh and final game of the Series. Chuck Thompson and Tony Kubek do the "color" commentary. From the victorious Pirates Clubhouse, Commissioner of Baseball Bowie Kuhn presents the championship trophy to Pirates Manager Danny Murtaugh. Bob Prince interviews Steve Blass, Roberto Clemente, Chairman of the Board John Galbreath, President of the Pirates Danny Galbreath, Mayor of Pittsburgh Pete Flaherty, Governor Milton Schapp, and Bruce Keeson. Curt Gowdy wraps up the broadcast.
TOMORROW SHOW WITH TOM SNYDER, THE
Bob Prince, Tom Snyder, Harry Caray, Marv Albert, Dick Engberg
October 15, 1973-January 28, 1982. This broadcast featured a discussion on sportscasting. An hour-long talk show hosted by Tom Snyder. Network television's first entry into late-late-night programming on weeknights Monday thru Thursday, usually broadcasting on tape 1 AM to 2 AM. "Tomorrow" was expanded to 90 minutes on September 16, 1980.
ROBERTO CLEMENTE SPECIAL: "A TOUCH OF ROYALTY."
Bob Prince, Roberto Clemente
Pittsburgh Pirate broadcaster Bob Prince takes a look at the life and career of baseball great Roberto Clemente who was killed in a plane crash on December 31st, 1972 while en route to delivering aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
THE WAY IT WAS
Bill Mazeroski, Bob Prince, Vernon Law, Mickey Mantle, Bobby Richardson, Curt Gowdy, Tony Kubek, Danny Murtaugh
October 3rd, 1974-May 14th, 1977
A half-hour syndicated PBS series sports nostalgia show hosted by Curt Gowdy. Guest athletes view film clips of famous sporting events and reminisce.
A look back at the 1960 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Pittsburgh Pirates with members of both teams. The Pirates won the Series on Bill Mazeroski's dramatic walk-off ninth-inning home run off Ralph Terry in game 7.
Host: Curt Gowdy.
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