From David Davis at Deadspin on October 5, 2017:
The baseball soared into the early-morning blackness, heading toward the left-field foul pole. Tracking the flight of the ball he’d just hit, Carlton Fisk began to frantically flap his arms in an effort to will it fair.
Time seemed to stop as 35,205 fans in Fenway Park, along with 76 million TV viewers, watched the Red Sox catcher watch the ball in the bottom of the 12th inning of Game 6 of the World Series. The stakes were monumental. If the ball stayed fair, Fisk’s walk-off home run would force a deciding Game 7 against the Cincinnati Reds and give the Red Sox an opportunity to end their 57-year World Series drought. If the ball were to curl foul, the game, and Fisk’s at-bat against reliever Pat Darcy, would continue.
Some 450 feet from home plate, on a rickety TV platform beyond the centerfield wall, photographer Harry Cabluck tried to focus on Fisk. The veteran shooter for the Associated Press was known for using a 800-millimeter Leitz lens that was so heavy he required an equally hefty tripod just to support it.
But now, as Fenway Park shook to its 1912 rafters, the man nicknamed “The Dancing Bear” struggled to keep his equipment steady.
Read the full article here: https://deadspin.com/the-legendary-baseball-photo-that-almost-didnt-come-out-1819070057
Originally published: October 6, 2017. Last Updated: October 6, 2017.