The Shot Heard ‘Round the World

Joshua Prager's new book, The Echoing Green, about the baseball events leading up to and revelations of spying after Bobby Thompson's "shot heard 'round the world" on October 3, 1951 is excerpted today in the New York Times. It's opening paragraph mentions Brooklyn Heights.

0375421548-01-_AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_V64440443_.jpgThe New York Times: First Chapter The Echoing Green: The sky above brooklyn darkened in seconds, a borough plunged into dusk five minutes after noon. It was July 18, 1951, and in offices downtown, people turned on lights and peered out windows. A squall in Brooklyn Heights toppled a tree on Willow Place onto three parked cars. A bolt of electricity cracked, hailstones big as marbles pelting Borough Hall. Gusts of wind rocked Sheepshead Bay, small boats radioing distress. The temperature freefell from a balmy 80 to 69 degrees and it began to pour, sheets of rain flooding Prospect Park, empty garbage cans afloat in Flatbush, eighteen inches of water cascading onto the tracks of the Grand Army Plaza subway station. Service halted.

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