Davis: The greatest photo from the greatest game ever played

From David Davis at Deadspin on April 30, 2018:

Game 7 of the 1960 World Series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Yankees has been described as “the greatest game ever played” and “the best game ever.” Entering the bottom of the ninth, the score was tied 9-9, and Bill Mazeroski was leading off.

All throughout the day, photographer Marvin E. Newman had been roaming the stands at Forbes Field. He kept returning to one particular spot: an aisle between home plate and the Pirates dugout on the first-base side of the diamond, where he was just high enough to see over the spectators sitting in their seats. From that vantage point, he found that he could compose a unique shot, with the batter, the outfield scoreboard, and the left side of the infield and outfield all in one frame.

“Every time there was an important moment, I would go to that point and photograph,” he told me. “I knew exactly where I had to go.”

The Longines clock atop the mammoth scoreboard showed that it was exactly 3:35 in the afternoon on October 13, 1960, when Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski came to the plate. As Mazeroski awaited Ralph Terry’s delivery, Marvin Newman peered through the viewfinder of a Bell & Howell Foton camera.

The so-called “Mazeroski Moment” was about to happen, and Marvin Newman was about to shoot the picture of a lifetime: a walk-off home run in Game 7 of the World Series, the first and only time this feat has happened in Major League Baseball history.

Read the full article here: https://deadspin.com/the-story-of-the-greatest-photo-from-the-greatest-game-1825503587

Originally published: April 30, 2018. Last Updated: April 30, 2018.