Lifelong Giants Fan Believes He’s Found 1951 Thomson Jersey

From SABR member Paul Lukas at on September 22, 2011:

One of baseball’s most iconic moments is fast approaching a milestone anniversary. Oct. 3, less than two weeks from now, will mark exactly 60 years since Bobby Thomson hit the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World,” which prompted Russ Hodges’ famous call of “The Giants win the pennant!” and forever scarred the souls of Brooklyn Dodgers fans.

Most of the artifacts from that moment are accounted for. The bat Thomson used to stroke his historic homer is in the Hall of Fame, as are the spikes he was wearing that day. And an entire book has been written about what happened to the home run ball.

But what about the uniform? Where is the jersey Thomson was wearing when he stepped in to face Ralph Branca at the Polo Grounds? In the six decades since Thomson hit the Shot, nobody has claimed to know his jersey’s whereabouts.

Until now.

Dan Scheinman thinks he knows exactly where the jersey is: in the climate-controlled storage room where he keeps his jersey collection.

“I’m not 100 percent positive,” says Scheinman, a 48-year-old tech consultant who lives in San Francisco. “I would never claim that; it wouldn’t be intellectually honest. But I’ve gotten to about 90 percent. I think this is it.”

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Originally published: September 22, 2011. Last Updated: September 22, 2011.