This never gets old and seems to never die (Thank goodness). Just back from the Billy Crystal movie Parental Guidance. Crystal ambition was to become the SF Giants broadcaster. A major story line is the… famous call by Russ Hodges:

“ Bobby Thomson…up there swingin’…He’s had two out of three, a single and a double, and Billy Cox is playing him right on the third-base line…One out, last of the ninth…Branca pitches…Bobby Thomson takes a strike called on the inside corner…Bobby hitting at .292…He’s had a single and a double and he drove in the Giants’ first run with a long fly to center…Brooklyn leads it 4-2…Hartung down the line at third not taking any chances…Lockman with not too big of a lead at second, but he’ll be runnin’ like the wind if Thomson hits one…Branca throws…[sound of bat meeting ball]
There’s a long drive…it’s gonna be, I believe…THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT!! 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 goin’ crazy, they’re goin’ crazy! HEEEY-OH!!!” [ten-second pause for crowd noise]

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 this blame place is goin’ crazy! The Giants! Horace Stoneham has got a winner! The Giants won it…by a score of 5 to 4…and they’re pickin’ Bobby Thomson up…and carryin’ him off the field!

Don’t want to spoil it for you but look out for one of the judges near the end of the movie and the smile on his face. Great flick BTW!!


  1. I was too young to remember the shot heard ’round the world but my brother, who had 9 years on me, remembered it vividly and would constantly tease the Alfano brothers who lived down the street, who were, yep – Dodger fans. It was great fun to tear up Duke Snider baseball cards in front of them! (not too smart though financially!!)
    By the way – my wife bought me for Christmas “The Greatest Game Ever Pitched” – Marachal Vs. Spahn July 1963 – 16 innings, 1-0 game – both pitchers threw over 225 pitches – get it, its great!

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