Penned by Rye resident, Osborn Elementary graduate and incoming
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Journal column will report on and analyze New
York metro sports teams. Today Sears takes a look at lost sports heroes. Sears is a two
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On Monday, Bobby Thompson passed away. In 1951, New York Giants outfielder Bobby Thompson hit the famous shot heard around the world against the Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca. Branca spoke at Rye Library earlier in the year. Thompson reportedly after the game was asked to go on a radio show and said no because he wanted to have dinner with his family. The man then offered him $1000 dollars and Thompson responded “For a thousand bucks the family can wait!” After the show he found his family waiting for him at the nicest place in town. (From “Once Upon a Game” by Alan Schwarz).
Sadly, another New York sports legend Tommy Henrich also died this year. Henrich, an ex-Yankee, made his mark in the 1941 World Series. In Game 4 of the Series the Yanks were down to their last out when Henrich came up against pitcher Hugh Casey. Henrich got two strikes on him and the Dodgers were one strike away from tying the Series at two games apiece. Hugh Casey than threw what seemed to be a sharp curveball (years later Casey admitted that it was an illegal spitball) that Henrich swung and missed. The game seemed to be over until Henrich realized that Dodger catcher Mickey Owen dropped the third strike. Henrich was safe at 1st and the Yankees went on to win the game and the Series.
Another legend to die this year was Yankee owner George Steinbrenner. In 1973 upon buying the team, Steinbrenner said, “We plan absentee ownership as far as running the Yankees is concerned”. That is definitely the understatement of the century. Steinbrenner lead the Yankees to seven championships, the latest one coming in 2009.
Also passing away this year was Yankee public address announcer Bob “the voice of God” Sheppard. The PA announcer at Yankee Stadium from 1951-2007, Sheppard was known as “The Voice of God” throughout Yankee Stadium. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has a recording of Sheppard saying “Now batting number two Derek Jeter, number two” played every time he comes up to bat.
Of course, all of these legends will always be remembered by baseball and by its fans.
What sports legend do you miss? Leave a comment below.