Trade Ed. Simon & Schuster Audio 2006
CD ISBN 9780743526463 $29.95 Five CDs
DD ISBN 9780743564311 $17.95
Almost every baseball fan knows about "the shot heard round the world," Bobby Thompson's home run off pitcher Ralph Branca, which won the 1951 pennant for the New York Giants. Joshua Prager presents a new perspective, addressing allegations that the Giants had stolen their opposing teams' signs all season and that Thompson knew what pitch was coming before Branca threw it. Although Prager's love of the story and its personalities comes through, the production would benefit from a more polished voice. Prager's voice sounds flat. His vocal pitch is limited to a narrow range, and his timbre lacks resonance. Despite this, the investigation offers welcome insight into one of sports' most enduring moments. D.J.S. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/ MAY 07]
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