I said I'd make the Monte Irvin steal of home in the 1951 World Series colorization tribute into an mfc card and after a bit of debate (with myself) I will showcase the card as the first mfc "THROWBACK TIME" card, the equivalent of Topps "THROW BACK THE CLOCK" series of cards.
But before you look let's put this event in it's proper perspective.
At the close of the 1951 baseball season everyone was expecting a subway series but not involving the New York Giants.
The sure bet was a Yankees
/Dodgers World Series as Brooklyn was almost 14 games ahead of the Giants in the N.L. standings. They had even printed up the programs and press pins already.
But the New York Giants won an incredible 36 of the last 44 games to tie the Dodgers for first place, forcing a three game playoff.
There were no wild cards and playoffs tiers in those days. Two leagues (A.L. & N.L., no divisions), with league champs facing off in the Fall Classic. League pennants were only decided by playoff when the teams involved finished the regular season in a tie. Prior to 1951 playoffs had only been necessary in 1946 (NL) and 1948 (AL).
The Giants won the first game 3–1 as a result of a two-run home run by Thomson (interestingly also off Branca). Brooklyn's Clem Labine shut out the Giants in the second game, 10–0.
The decisive contest, played on October 3 at the Polo Grounds, was the first major sporting event televised coast-to-coast in the United States. Imagine that. Bobby Thomson launched his "Shot Heard Around The World" in that game. In 1951 Thomson did for baseball what Carlton Fisk did again in 1975. Thomson's walk-off made baseball TV telecasts one hot commodity.
Now every baseball fan knows about the Giants miracle at Coogans Bluff. It's the team that time won't forget. But I never knew the World Series started the very next day.
And that's when the action captured on this card took place, on Oct. 4th, 1951 in the very first inning of game one of the '51 World Series.
With two outs and Hank Thompson (walk) on first, the late Monte Irvin singled, sending Thompson to third base. Whitey Lockman followed with a gapper in left that went for a double and Irvin pulled into third. With Bobby Thomson at the plate Irvin pulled off a daring steal of home to make the score 2-0 Giants. They would go on to win this game and game three as well, but unfortunately they could not hold the Yankees down and would lose the series to the Yankees 4 games to 2.
it's first THROWBACK TIME card:
Monte Irvin Steals Home/1951
My initial plan was to post the mfc 1951 World Series card itself but that came out so good I'm going to have to make a card back to go with it. Stay tuned.
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