Wednesday evening, September 28, 2016.
A character in Don DeLillo’s Underworld tries to explain why Bobby Thomson’s home run lives on more vividly in memory---even in the memories of people who weren’t alive to see it in person or watch it on television or hear it on the radio---than many more recent great moments in sports:
“The Thomson homer continues to live because it happened decades ago when things were not replayed and worn out and run down and used up before midnight of the first day. The scratchier an old film or an old audiotape, the cleaner the action in a way. Because not in competition with a thousand other pieces of action. Because it’s something that’s preserved and unique. Donnie Moore---well I’m sorry but how do we distinguish Donnie Moore from all the other ballgames…?”
Thomson’s homer lives on with me probably because it lives on with Dodger fan Pop Mannion who handed down his shock and disbelief to me so that it’s one of my first baseball memories, as vivid as if I’d been there, and, like Pop, I still can’t believe the Giants won the pennant! The Giants won the pennant!