Posted by Bob on September 04, 2001
In Reply to: Shot heard around the world? posted by Bruce Kahl on September 04, 2001
: : I'm looking for the origin of the phrase, 'The shot heard
around the world'. I tend to remember it as being the reason
: : for the start of WW1. A shooting involving some Duke or King. Any ideas?
: I know your expression as a home run hit by Bobby Thompson to
win the World Series in 1951.
: NY Giants vs the Brooklyn Dodgers.
: I am not a sports fan so maybe someone else can fill in more details.
: Duke Fedinand of Austria was shot which some people claim sparked WW1.
I find it telling that in the midst of shots that begin the American Revolution (at the battle of Lexington and Concord, which Emerson describes in his poem)... and WWI, and various other earthshaking events, both Bruce and I simultaneously note the baseball reference. Small minds run in the same gutter, as they say. ... ;)
See also, the meaning and origin of - The shot heard around the world.