From Jason Turbow at The National Pastime Museum on July 18, 2016:
The Homer in the Gloaming is among the most storied moments in baseball history, as clutch a hit as was ever seen when it happened on September 28, 1938. With less than a week left in the season, the sun was rapidly setting across Chicago in both metaphor and fact—the Cubs were desperately chasing Pittsburgh for the National League pennant, even as darkness threatened to cancel one of their two remaining games against the Pirates if it did not end quickly.
The game’s primary detail is well chronicled. Chicago player-manager Gabby Hartnett—37 years old and no longer a regular—drilled a ninth-inning, game-winning home run into the barely visible Wrigley Field bleachers. The victory put the Cubs a half game up on the Pirates, and propelled them to the National League pennant.
Much about Hartnett’s blast has helped its legend endure.
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Originally published: July 18, 2016. Last Updated: July 18, 2016.