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Miracle Ball: My Hunt for the Shot Heard 'Round the World

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The captivating, utterly improbable but ultimately true story of one man’s quest to solve sports’ greatest mystery: What happened to the most famous of all home-run balls–the holy grail of sports?

October 3, 1951. Giants third baseman Bobby Thomson hit the most dramatic home run in the history of baseball. The moment occurred in the bottom of the ninth inning of a sudden-death playoff game between the New York Giants and their arch rivals from Brooklyn, the Dodgers. People across the nation watched on their new TV sets, and the home run became known as “the Shot Heard ’Round the World.”

But after clearing the left-field wall, the central artifact of the play–the ball itself–inexplicably went missing. The mystery of what happened to the legendary baseball has remained unsolved for a half century.

Until now.

Miracle Ball is the gripping account of author Brian Biegel’s two-year effort to unravel the mystery that experts said could never be solved. After his father, Jack, finds a baseball at a thrift store with clues dating back to 1951 and believes it could possibly be the most coveted piece of sports history, father and son begin a journey to prove its authenticity. Biegel becomes consumed with the quest–recognizing it as the only chance to rescue himself from an emotionally devastating personal crisis that had long been crippling him.

The trail takes Biegel, a sports fan and documentary filmmaker, from an auction house in Long Island to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, to a backroom meeting straight out of a Martin Scorsese film to a dusty oil field in Texas, finally arriving at his final destination on a quiet gravel road in New Mexico, the last place he ever expected to be.

Along the way the author meets an amazing cast of characters, including Bobby Thomson himself, who help him in his quest. Each adds their personal memories of the golden age of baseball, giving a broader scope and greater depth to this real-life detective story. As entertaining as it is inspiring, Miracle Ball is a story about faith, family, and heroes, about overcoming the odds and coming into the light, and about discovering the wondrous result of believing in yourself–and the amazing benefits of unconditional love.

A sports story for the ages, an engrossing mystery narrative, and a moving account of a man’s unbreakable bond with his family and of his struggles to save himself, Miracle Ball delivers both heart and headlines.

Synopsis:

The Captivating True Story of one Man's Quest to Solve Sports' Greatest Mystery: What Happened to the Most Famous of All Home-Run Balls-The Holy Grail of Sports?

Synopsis:

An award-winning author and writer embarks on a quest to solve the mystery of a legendary, long-missing, pennant-winning home run baseball, hit by Giants third baseman Bobby Thomson in a 1951 playoff series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

About the Author

BRIAN BIEGEL is an award-winning writer and filmmaker whose credits include Getting My Child Back: Fighting Autism and the documentary film version of this book similarly titled Miracle Ball: The Hunt for the Shot Heard Around the World. He has written and produced on-air promotions for ABC and USA networks and written and produced an Off-Broadway play called Bark Out Loud. He lives in Manhattan.

Table of Contents

"The Holy Grail of Sports" — Brooklyn boy — The armoire — Dad vs Lelands — Esther — "The whole world will know you" — Searching for Eddie Logan — CSI : Polo Grounds — My fifteen minutes of fame — Junk from the attic — Dodger daze — "The best baseball writer of his time" — Eyewitness — Private detectives — The angel — Fervor — The three Helens — Digging up the past — It's not abut the ball — New Mexico — Faith.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307452702
Subtitle:
My Hunt for the Shot Heard 'Round the World
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Author:
Fornatale, Pete
Author:
Pete Fornatale
Author:
Biegel, Brian
Author:
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Author:
Brian Biegel with Peter Thomas Fornatale
Author:
Fornatale, Peter Thomas
Author:
Brian Biegel
Subject:
Sports & Recreation : Baseball - History
Subject:
Baseball - History
Subject:
Baseball -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Thomson, Bobby
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090512
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
231

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"Synopsis" by , The Captivating True Story of one Man's Quest to Solve Sports' Greatest Mystery: What Happened to the Most Famous of All Home-Run Balls-The Holy Grail of Sports?
"Synopsis" by , An award-winning author and writer embarks on a quest to solve the mystery of a legendary, long-missing, pennant-winning home run baseball, hit by Giants third baseman Bobby Thomson in a 1951 playoff series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
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