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Bobby Thomson HR books

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Moderator1, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    A student is reading The Echoing Green as part of one of her assignments. She's loving it, she said, and is interested in more books on the topic. I won't have time to look until later but will gladly solicit and accept suggestions here. I know there are several more.
  2. Nothing to add except that the work Prager put in on that book is truly awe inspiring. Check out the acknowledgements and bibliography.

    THAT is how you research a book.
  3. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Prager did an amazing job on that book.
  4. I hope he made some cash money off of it, because he certainly deserved to. I just don't know how much sports books like that sell.
  5. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    I loved Echoing Green, but know sales hit a wall, quickly. I stocked up on multi-$1 CD sets, as gifts.

    . . . which includes the sharpest (if grotesquely-belated) profile of Dirtbag
    Duroucher, ever.
  6. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    An absolutely wonderful book. It clocked in at about 150,000 words and not one of them was wasted, imho.
  7. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Where the marketing problem lay, I fear, is how long ago this was. The "shot" lives on, but fear that deep, paying interest in all the delightful surrounding details doesn't run deep enough to make it pay big.
  8. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Quick Brance/Thomson story:

    About 10 years ago I’m at the Baseball Assistance Team dinner in New York and I get both Branca and Thomson to sign a ball for me. (I’m not a journalist.)

    I tell my college buddy a few days later and the first thing he asks is, “who did you get to sign the ball first?”

    “Branca of course,” I told him.

    I mean, that’s the protocol right? It’d be tough to ask Branca to sign a ball already signed by Thomson, although I bet he’s been asked a hundred times.
  9. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    I think that was the right order, just as it was in real life - from Branca to Thomson to history.

    But did you have a Giants coach watching through binoculars from about 500 feet away and, via the bullpen, giving Thomson the go-ahead to sign? Only then would it have been like real life. :D

    In all seriousness, Thomson still had to hit the ball that was thrown to him that day. Simply knowing what the pitch was told him nothing about its placement or anything like that. He might have simply grounded or popped out or even swung right through the damn ball.

    Kinda funny, when you think about it, that the ball game played that day, merely to decide a league pennant, probably held 1,000 times more interest than does any one game in this year's World Series. At least.
  10. Baltimoreguy

    Baltimoreguy Member

    Read the opening section of Don DeLillo's "Underworld" -- it originally appeared as a novella in Harper's Magazine called "Pafko at the Wall." It's a fictionalized account of being at the ballpark that day. Incredible.
  11. It was a perfect storm moment, no doubt. Two New York teams. The incredible Giants charge to tie the Dodgers for first. And then perhaps the most dramatic game ending in baseball history.
  12. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Don't forget Maz.
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