Having just read Ralph Branca’s book, I was interested in checking out Brian Biegel’s Miracle Ball: My Hunt for the Shot Heard ‘Round the World (which was just released in paperback this summer).
Here’s a quick summary on Miracle Ball: It’s an account of Brian Biegel’s two-year effort to unravel the mystery of what happened to the homerun ball that Bobby Thomson hit on October 3, 1951 (off Branca) – aka “the Shot Heard ’Round the World.”
Now, on the surface, standalone, that might seem ho-hum. However, that is far from the case!
I found Miracle Ball to be suspenseful, engrossing, and extremely entertaining. As I was reading it, I was kicking myself for not having read it when it was first released in 2009. How could I have missed such a great book? Really, this is one of those that you won’t want to put down, once you start reading it – as it is full of wonderful tales that make up Biegel’s journey.
I would recommend this one to all baseball fans – young, old, crazed or casual. I cannot think of any baseball fan who would not find Miracle Ball to be an interesting read.
In fact, just for the “mystery solving” element alone that comes with this book, I’m going to do something that I’ve never done before in the 39 years that I’ve been reading baseball books: I am going to recommend Miracle Ball to my mother – since it’s such a good “investigative” trip. (She’s a fan of mystery books.)
Seriously, Miracle Ball: My Hunt for the Shot Heard ‘Round the World is not just a great baseball book, it’s a nice book to read, period. And, I highly recommend this one.