New York Baseball in 1951

The Dodgers, the Giants, the Yankees and the Telescope

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About the Book

This work covers one of the most controversial pennant races in baseball history. The Brooklyn Dodgers were leading the pennant race by 13 games in early August when the New York Giants installed a powerful telescope in one of their clubhouse windows and aimed it at the opposing catcher, some 500 feet away, enabling a Giants coach to steal the signs and signal them to the Giants bullpen, which would then flash them to the Giants batter. Thus at home games every Giants hitter knew what was coming, and Bobby Thomson was ready to hit the pennant-deciding home run. Was it an honest race or did the Giants cheat? Amazingly the facts behind this scheme remained secret for 50 years, until 2001.

About the Author(s)

Rudy Marzano started his career as a reporter on the Newark Evening News after graduating from Rutgers University. He retired from AT&T where he was a press relations manager, writer and editor. He lives in Point Pleasant at the Jersey shore.

Bibliographic Details

Rudy Marzano
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 208
Bibliographic Info: 24 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4830-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0962-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction      1

One: January      5
Two: February      22
Three: March      40
Four: April      62
Five: May      82
Six: June      94
Seven: July      106
Eight: August      129
Nine: September      152
Ten: October      175

Appendix: The Telescope Scheme      187
Chapter Notes      193
Bibliography      197
Index      199