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The Shot Heard Around the World

Feature by ASF Sports Reporter Cameron Steer:

The Shot Heard Around the World:

When discussing the greatest moments in the history of America’s beloved sport Baseball, some popular American sporting icons may come up, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson or Joe Dimaggio for instance. What you may not expect to hear about is a guy from Glasgow who sent the baseball world into a frenzy at the time for his three run home run which won the pennant for the giants in 1951. The shot that resulted in this historical play was dubbed “the shot heard around the world”.

The Scottish born baseball star responsible for this historical moment was Bobby Thomson. Bobby was born in Townhead, in Glasgow and had six siblings who all emigrated to America with him when he was two years old, in 1925. Bobby grew up on Staten Island next to New York City and as soon as he graduated highschool, he signed a professional baseball contract for the NY Giants in 1942 but almost immediately took a hiatus for military service before being discharged in 1945, thereby returning to play semi-pro baseball. Bobby had an incredibly successful career here in America, with eight 20 home run seasons and even three all star team selections. However it was his “shot heard around the world” which overshadowed these fantastic achievements and immortalized the Scot in baseball folklore.

The series in which the shot occurred was the 1951 playoff game for the pennant to play in the world series. The Giants faced the Dodgers in a must win final game of the series, and with defeat looming, with the Giants being 4-1 down, Thomsons walk-off home run transformed despair into joy, with the Giants going on to win 5-4 and advance to the world series.

The shot was heard all around the world because at this time, sports media coverage was beginning to bloom and so many people tuned in to hear who would advance out of the Giants and Dodgers. The commentators scream and joy “the Giants win the pennant, the Giants win the pennant!” was broadcast all over, and Thomson, for his incredible game winning play was transformed into a sporting hero.Thomson bounced around baseball teams all throughoutAmerica in an illustrious career which eventually came to an end in 1963 where he played his final season of baseball, all the way in Japan for a team suitably named the Yomiuri Giants.

Though baseball isn’t too common a sport back in Scotland, it is very apparent that Bobby Thomson’s influence has been felt, leaving a fantastic legacy in a more unorthodox sport for the Scottish people, as a testament to this in 2003, scottish baseball team, the Edinburgh Diamond Devils welcomed Bobby to Edinburgh where he opened their new home, “Bobby Thomson Field”.

Bobby Thomson passed away in 2010 aged 86, as a pioneer for Scottish sport, his legacy however lives on, as does his legend in the history of baseball.

New York Tartan Day Parade Grand Marshals

The History of the New York Tartan Day Parade:

The annual New York Tartan Day Parade began 19 years ago, in 1998, after the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 155, which officially recognized April 6th as Tartan Day. This was followed by companion bill House Resolution 41, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005. On April 4, 2008, President George W. Bush signed a Presidential Proclamation making April 6 National Tartan Day.

Tommy Flanagan – Image via nyctartanweek.org

In 1998, the first Tartan Day Parade, consisting of two pipe bands and a small but spirited group of Scottish Americans, was led by the very first Grand Marshal, Cliff Robertson.

Today the parade is a grand affair, featuring thousands of participants, including bands, dancers and clans.

On April 8, 2017, The Grand Marshal of the 19th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade will be Glasgow-born actor Tommy Flanagan.

The acclaimed actor has starred in Braveheart, Gladiator, and Alien vs Predator, as well as FX Network’s drama, Sons of Anarchy. He will be a starring role in the upcoming movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, Chapter 2.

Past Parade Grand Marshals:

From actors and screenwriters, to athletes and designers, the past New York Tartan Day Parade Grand Marshals have been talented Scots from all different walks of life.

Read about them here:

Sam Heughan, 2016

2016: Sam Heughan, Scottish actor best known for his role as Jamie Fraser in the Starz hit series Outlander.

2015: Co-Grand Marshals: Tricia Marwick, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament (2011-2016) and Graham McTavish, Scottish television and film actor with an extensive career including roles in Outlander and The Hobbit Trilogy. 

2014: Howie Nicholsby, Kilt designer and owner of “21st Century Kilts” in Edinburgh.

2013: Kevin McKidd, Scottish-American actor best known for his roles in ABC series Grey’s Anatomy and film Trainspotting.

Kevin McKidd, 2013

2012: Brian Cox, acclaimed Scottish theatre and film actor who works with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

2011: Bob Winter, Lord Provost of Glasgow from 2007 until 2012.

2010: Rt. Hon. Alex Fergusson, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament from 2007 until 2011.

2009: Alan Cumming, OBE, Tony, Emmy and Golden-Globe award-winning actor.

2008:  Lawrence Tynes, Scottish-born former kicker for the New York Giants, winners of Super Bowl XVII.

2007: Rt. Hon. George Reid, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament from 2003 until 2007.

2006: Brigadier Melville Jameson, Producer of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo from 1994 until 2006.

2005: Randall Wallace, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Braveheart.

Sir Sean Connery, 2002

2002: Sir Sean Connery, Academy Award-winning actor and producer who was the first actor to portray James Bond in film.

1998: The late Cliff Robertson, Academy Award-winning actor with a film and television career that spanned half a century.