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

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A book by Brian Biegel

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 … see full wiki

Author: Brian Biegel
Publisher: Crown (May 12, 2009)
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  • Apr 25, 2009
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The premise of MIRACLE BALL is irresistible: with only two grainy pictures from 1951, can a man track down the arguably most famous home run baseball of all time?

I really enjoyed Brian Biegel's account of his search for the missing Bobby Thomson home run ball from 1951. While I wouldn't call MIRACLE BALL compelling, it was certainly beyond fascinating, with numerous personal accounts of how that moment in history changed lives and how that crack of the bat was so pivotal to not only baseball, but also to the lives of so many fans.

While this book may disappoint some baseball fans for lack of hard core baseball fanaticism and statistics, it has enough emotion from people affected by "The Shot Heard 'Round The World" during the golden era of baseball to make it memorable.

Besides the evidence presented, the most compelling aspect of this book is the lore from a time when baseball truly was "America's Pastime."

Definitely a recommended read for baseball enthusiasts, New Yorkers, and anyone who might have been watching their black and white TV's on October 3, 1951.

Good reading,

Plants and Books
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April 26, 2009
I neglected to mention that Brian Biegel is making a documentary about his search for the Bobby Thompson home run ball and it should be quite fascinating. It will probably be a better account than the book just because it will visually show the evidence and the scientific exploration. For a trailer you can visit his portfolio and click on "trailer."
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