The summer of 1951 featured one of the greatest comebacks in baseball history. The New York Giants overcame the Brooklyn Dodgers 13 ½ game lead on August 11th to force a three-game playoff series to decide the National League pennant winner. With the series locked up at 1-1, the two teams met at Polo Grounds on October 3rd, 1951, for the deciding game. The game was a thrilling affair, with the Dodgers scoring three in the eighth to bring a 4-1 lead into the ninth inning. The Giants quickly nabbed a run to take the game to 4-2, setting up pinch hitter Bobby Thomson with runners on second and third. Thomson took the third pitch from Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca to left field for a home run, clinching the pennant for the Giants. This home run would be immortalized as “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World”.
Presented here is a hybrid Giants and Dodgers Mitchell and Ness jersey signed by 22 members of the Giants and Dodgers. These include Giants Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Monte Irvin, while Dodgers Hall of Famer Duke Snider also signed the jersey. The other Giant signatures include Bobby Thomson, Herman Franks, Spider Jorgensen, Al Dark, Larry Jansen, Al Corwin, Sal Yvars, Wes Westrum, Don Mueller, and George Spencer. Dodger signatures include Ralph Branca, who inscribed “The Shot Heard Round the World”, Gene Hermanski, Carl Erskine, Rocky Bridges, Ed Miksis, Don Newcombe, Wayne Terwilliger, Clyde King, and Clem Labine.
The right half of this jersey is a Giants home jersey and the left half is a Dodgers road jersey. The signatures are all penned in blue marker. This item is a limited edition 8/23. “’Shot Heard Around the World’ October 3, 1951/Polo Grounds/3:58pm” is embroidered in red on the bottom left tail. A diamond shaped patch with a red glove and baseball inside is sewn on the left, Dodger, sleeve. This item comes with a COA from Steiner Sports.