TURN BACK THE CLOCK… The Giants and Cubs wore replica uniforms from 1912 today… Some elements from today’s turn back the century game include:
• The scoreboard had a vintage look and videos were not shown.
• There was a roving barber shop quartets outside the gates.
• Giants photographers, ushers, security guards, grounds keepers and other staff wore 1912 era garb.
• Only organ music was played the entire game.
Hey everyone it’s Mel Ott’s birthday! It’s a bit strange for us because for most alumni there is something that immediately comes to mind when we think of them, but for Mel there’s a bunch of things:
- He spent his entire career with us (as a player and manager (and a player/manager))
- He was the first NL player to hit 500 home runs
- He was a VERY nice man
- In 1933 he won the World Series for us with a 10th inning home run
- He was too young when he died in a car accident
- He was a first ballot Hall of Famer
For all these, and many other, reasons we are happy to say Happy Birthday Master Melvin!
Somehow saying Happy Birthday to Monte Irvin does not seem enough, after all he’s turning 93 years old today. He quickly charmed all of us when he came out to AT&T Park in 2010, and we are looking forward to seeing him many times in the years to come. Happy Birthday Monte!
The Shot Heard ‘Round the World
We recently received an email from Steven Jackman, and well, maybe he should tell the story:
“My father wrote a poem in 1951 about Bobby Thomson’s home run. It’s a take-off on Casey at the Bat. He was 20 at the time, and is now 81. He says he sent a copy to the Giants shortly after he wrote it. I would have thought the Giants would have recognized it as a potential instant Giants classic, but somehow it must have slipped through the cracks, and he never heard back. He gave me his copy many years ago, and I recently came upon it in my files. Then I read the news about Don Mueller’s passing, and it occurred to me that I should try sending it to the Giants again while there are still people around who would fully appreciate it.”
We couldn’t agree more and hope everyone likes it as much as we do.
Click to view Norman Jackman’s copy of his poem: Bobby Thomson at the Bat
BOBBY THOMSON AT THE BAT
It looked extremely rocky for the Giant nine that day
The score stood one to four with but an inning left to play
A straggling few got up to go leaving there the rest
With that hope which springs eternal within the human breast
Then Dark let drive a single and Mueller did the same
Prayers were uttered by the faithful at the game
For up stepped Monte Irvin, the hero of them all
He stood at the plate and took a mighty swing at the ball
Yet the best he could do was a weak pop to Hodges
And it looked like the pennant would be won by the Dodgers
But the much beloved Lockman had other things in mind
He swung with all his power to bring the Giants from behind
And when the dust had risen and they saw what had occurred
There was Lockman safe at second and Mueller hugging third
Then from the frenzied multitude there came a joyous yell
It bounded on the rooftops and rattled in the dell
It struck upon the hillside and rebounded on the flat
While the mighty Bobby Thomson was advancing to the bat
Ralph Branca warmed up then tugged his belt around
And began the long trip from the bullpen to the mound
Now Branca holds the ball and now he lets it go
And now the air is shattered by the force of Thomson’s blow
Oh somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright
Bands are playing somewhere and somewhere hearts are light
Somewhere people are laughing and somewhere children are having fun
But there is no joy in Brooklyn, Bobby Thomson hit a HOME RUN!
©1951 Norman H. Jackman