With all the talk lately about bad home run calls, I thought it might be fun to go back and listen to a classic. Russ Hodges will forever be known as the announcer of “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World.” Sure he’s excited, but there is never any feeling of grandstanding or that he is trying to overshadow the event.
As popular as this call is, Hodges took some heat for his gusto. Red Barber, the low-key Dodger’s announcer, considered it questionable journalism. As for his call of the homer, Barber responded to the blast with 59 seconds of dramatic silence, letting his listeners soak up the ambient sound. Wonder what he would say about the Grandyman?