Ernie Harwell – “The Shot Heard Round the World”

December 1, 2010 by  
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The Shot Heard Round the World

First Series Nationally Televised Baseball Series

On October 3, 1951, Ernie Harwell was part of the NBC TV broadcast team for the playoff series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants. Harwell’s efforts were not recorded and most remember Russ Hodges‘ radio call of Bobby Thomson’s game winning home run.

Our next podcast will be released on Friday, December 10th.  This podcast will feature the late, great Ernie Harwell.

Ernie Harwell & Red Barber Remember

Hope Springs Eternal

November 22, 2010 by  
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Opening Day - Hope Springs Eternal

Opening Day 2011 will be Vin Scully’s 62nd opening day for the Dodgers. Scully started his career with the Dodgers in 1950.

Scully’s first team was not the Brooklyn Dodgers but the New York Giants.  It all started during the 1936 World Series when Scully was 9.  The Yankees won the World Series but the Giants won Scully’s heart.

Our next podcast featuring Vin Scully will be released on Friday, November 26th.

Opening Day 2009

1936 World Series – Game 1

San Francisco Giants

September 2, 2010 by  
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Episode 28 - San Francisco Giants

Our PhD Committee is in beautiful San Francisco.  AT & T Park is spectacular and Farley can’t get enough Gilroy Garlic Fries.  After the fries, Ed, Farley and Mark talk Giants baseball and explore the Bay Area.  Ed interviews John Burbridge about the 1954 New York Giants and the Wise Guys battle it out over Giants’ history.  Our PhD Committee can stay a while, next stop is Oakland.

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Shot Heard ‘Round the World

August 31, 2010 by  
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The Shot Heard Round the World

This week is Giants‘ week with our podcast featuring the San Francisco Giants being released on Friday, September 3rd.  You can’t talk about the Giants without knowing about the Shot Heard ‘Round the World. October 3, 1951, the Giants are playing the Brooklyn Dodgers in a best of three playoff series.  The winner goes to the World Series to play the Yankees, the loser stays in New York to watch.

Bottom of the 9th, the Giants are trailing by 2.  Enjoy the video.

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Ernie Hallway and Red Barber – Shot Heard ‘Round the World

Memorial Day 2010 – Remembering Eddie Grant

May 30, 2010 by  
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Edward Leslie Grant (May 21, 1883 – October 5, 1918) was one of three (3)  Major League Baseball players killed during the Great War.  Grant played third base for the Cleveland Naps (1905), Philadelphia Phillies (1907 – 1910), Cincinnati Reds (1911 – 1913) and the New York Giants (1913 – 1915).  Grant usually batted lead off.

Grant’s nickname was “Harvard Eddie.”  Grant graduated from Harvard in 1905 and practiced law after his baseball retirement.

This Patriot was one of the first men to enlist when the United States entered World War I in April 1917. Grant served as Captain of the 77th Infantry Division.

During the battle of Meuse-Argonne Offensive, all of Grant’s superiors were killed or wounded.  Grant took command of his troops on a four day search for the “Lost Battalion.”  During the search, an exploding shell killed Grant on October 5, 1918.  This Patriot is buried at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Lorraine, France.

This Patriot died at the age of 35.  “Harvard Eddie’s”  ultimate sacrifice has allowed his fellow countrymen to live free for another 92 years.