posted on May, 5 2006 @ 02:01 PM
Well, I saw Maz's HR live on TV, as a child, and don't remember the broadcaster's call because I was too enthralled by the enormity of what I'd just
witnessed... the very thing all of us kids pretended to do when playing ball in the streets.
So, as cliche as it is, and even though it occurred two years before my birth, my vote has to go to:
"There's a long drive... It's going to be... I believe... THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT!!!! [repeat one million times]"
I heard Starkey's call live, and it actually was a little annoying because I had no idea what was going on, due to his utter hysteria and resulting
inability to convey the play to his listeners. Hodges' call got hysterical, too, but I'm quite certain all listeners knew that Bobby Thomson had just
hit a pennant-winning 3-run HR in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the evil Dodgers.
And Hodges' hysteria was to Giants fans was Harry Carey's hysteria was to Cubs' fans: lovable, no matter how many "broadcasting professionals" said
otherwise. Joe Starkey was just plain shrill and hysterical, on a regular basis, so that when the call of his lifetime came along--when THE most
exciting play in college FB history landed squarely in his lap--radio listeners didn't know the full magnitude of what was happening.