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Heard 'round the world

Posted by Charles P. Pierce  August 18, 2010 12:59 PM

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The death of Bobby Thomson has prompted an outbreak of general baseball nostalgia and, unlike most such outbreaks, this one is actually justified. Thomson's pennant-winning home run in 1951 was one of the signature events in a signature era for the game, an era that was doomed to end only six years later. Nevertheless, it remained so firmly embedded in the popular culture that M*A*S*H used the entire pennant race, and ultimately Thomson's home run, as a plot accelerant in an episode that aired in 1980. And it was immortalized in fiction as the opening chapter of Don DeLillo's 1997 masterpiece, Underworld, the chapter having already been published on its own five years earlier by Harpers as "Pafko At The Wall."

Some things last.

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