The Greatest Home Run Ever


With my husband in the next room watching the Boston Red Sox play the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, my mind goes to back to the day I heard the greatest home run ever,

It was in 1960, and I was an art student at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. I was working on one of my projects on the third floor of the Fine Arts Building, and I had my radio on, listening to the World Series. The interesting part was that the seventh game was being played less than 1/8 of a mile from the University at Forbes Field. The Pirates were playing the Yankees.  Since it was a nice day, the window was open and I could hear the crowd cheering when things went well for the Pirates.

The series was three games to three and the score was 9 – 9 and it was the bottom of the ninth inning.

Roberto Clemente was my favorite player (God rest his soul), but Bill Mazeroski was at bat. The bases were loaded and the count was one ball and no strikes. I was listening, hoping Mazeroski would get a hit and WHAM he hit a home run over the left field wall, winning the series. The crowd went wild, and I was thrilled to hear the cheering from the radio and the stadium at the same time. I will never forget the joy and exhilaration I felt during those moments. I feel like I was especially blessed to hear the cheers for the greatest home run ever played.

If you watch the ball go over the fence you can see the buildings of Carnegie-Mellon in the background.

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