Diunte: Bob Addis dies at 91; infamous play changed fortunes of 1951 Dodgers season

From SABR member Nick Diunte at Baseball Happenings on November 18, 2016:

Even though it was a play that only happened in front of a few thousand fans, a well-timed slide by Boston Braves outfielder Bob Addis led to a decision so impactful on the 1951 pennant race that some have called it, “The Call Heard ‘Round the World.

Barreling towards home plate on teammate Earl Torgeson’s ground ball to Brooklyn Dodgers second baseman Jackie Robinson, Addis deftly slid underneath the tag of Roy Campanella, evoking an emphatic safe call from umpire Frank Dascoli. Chaos of the resulting call ensued, with the results quickly altering the course of the Dodgers season.

For the next 65 years, Addis held steadfast to the umpire’s call, never wavering from the outcome. On November 15th, 2016, Addis passed away at the age of 91 in Mentor, Ohio.

Read the full article here: http://www.baseballhappenings.net/2016/11/bob-addis-91-infamous-play-changed.html

Originally published: November 18, 2016. Last Updated: November 18, 2016.