Chris Nashawaty
September 22, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Echoing Green

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Joshua Prager
publisher
Pantheon
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it an A

Bobby Thomson’s ”shot heard ’round the world” is the most famous home run ever. Not only did it clinch a trip to the ’51 World Series for the New York Giants, it did so at the expense of the rival Brooklyn Dodgers. But according to ace Wall Street Journal reporter Joshua Prager in The Echoing Green, there was more to it than Ralph Branca’s fat pitch and Thomson’s clutch swing. The Giants had been secretly stealing opponents’ signs with binoculars and a relay system of wires and buzzers — Thomson could have known what pitch was coming. Does this make him any less a hero, or Branca any less a goat? Let the call-in radio debate begin.

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