August 18th, 2010
03:52 PM ET

The man who taped the 'shot heard 'round the world'

The author's father, left, and Bobby Thomson

CNN.com Senior Producer Steve Goldberg filed this report following the death of famed home-run hitter Bobby Thomson:

When I was a little boy, my dad and I would sit on the floor next to his old reel-to-reel tape deck, taking turns talking into it and playing our voices back - the same reel-to-reel he unwittingly used to gain his 15 minutes of fame.

It was October 3, 1951, when Larry Goldberg, a 26-year-old travel agent living with his parents in Brooklyn, set up the deck next to a radio before setting off to work in Manhattan. He asked his mom to record the 9th inning of the third game of the Brooklyn Dodgers-New York Giants playoffs.

What he and my grandmother captured turned out to be the only known recording at the time of Russ Hodges' famous call of Bobby Thomson's game-winning home run, "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!"

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