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Letter to the editor by Arthur Wichern

By The Staff

Jim Clark’s article about “The shot heard ‘round the world” brought back many memories of Bobby Thomson’s home run. I was also a rabid New York Giant fan and as a 17-year-old in 1951 sat in the living room of my home in Glendale, Queens, and watched that wonderful home run fly into the left field stands at the Polo Grounds. In those days you could sit in the center field bleachers using your G.O. card for 40 cents and watch many a Sunday afternoon doubleheader.

That year, 1951, brought many baseball memories to mind. It was Willie Mays’ first year in the Major Leagues. He is considered one of, if not the best, baseball players of all time. All should read the recently published book “The Life of the Legend,” Willie Mays. 1951 was also the year that Jo DiMaggio retired. I believe the last home run he ever hit was in that 1951 World Series in the Polo Ground. I was lucky enough to be there to see it.

Thank you, Mr. Clark, for a wonderful reminder of my youth.

Arthur H. Wichern

Ocala