The Great Chase
The Dodgers-Giants Pennant Race of 1951
The Dodgers-Giants rivalryis the longest-standing rivalry in baseball history—a feud that began in thelate nineteenth century when both clubs were based in New York City. Then, onOctober 3, 1951, Bobby Thomson’s “shot heard around the world” ended theirpennant race—one of the most dramatic ever. Interviews, contemporary newspaperarticles, and memoirs of participants are used to describe the intense rivalryand provide a day-by-day look at the Giants’ pennant run, including afascinating examination of the strategy of the final game.
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