Posted by Brian from Shawnee on March 09, 2004
In Reply to: Lexington, 1775 posted by Henry on March 09, 2004
: : : : : : I thought that "the shot heard around the world" was when archduke ferdinand was assinated in sarajevo, commencing WWI....someone told that was wrong and it had to do w/ the revolutionary war...could someone help me out ASAP!
: : : : : In 1951, a Bobby Thomson hit a 3 run homer to win the World Series for the NY Giants. Ralph Branca threw the pitch that became the "the shot heard around the world".
: : : : The phrase also refers to the start of the US War of Independence from the UK.
: : : : This all started in the state of Massachusetts in the towns of Lexington and Concord and spread to all the other colonies.
: : : : Soon Napoleon got whipped as did some others so by the late 1800s things got cookin' all over revolution wise.
: : : : Poop on hilary.
: : : I don't think Napolean played a role in the US War of Independence.
: : : And the baseball Shot Heard Round the World was not in the World Series. It was in a one-game National League playoff. The Giants beat the Dodgers in the playoff but lost the WS to the Yankees.
: : Baseball came later.
: : Emerson came first
: : Concord Hymn
: : Sung at the Completion of the Battle Monument, April 19, 1836
: : BY the rude bridge that arched the flood,
: : Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
: : Here once the embattled farmers stood,
: : And fired the shot heard round the world.
: : The foe long since in silence slept; 5
: : Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
: : And Time the ruined bridge has swept
: : Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.
: : On this green bank, by this soft stream,
: : We set to-day a votive stone; 10
: : That memory may their deed redeem,
: : When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
: : Spirit, that made those heroes dare
: : To die, and leave their children free,
: : Bid Time and Nature gently spare 15
: : The shaft we raise to them and thee.
: The "shot heard 'round the world" was fired in Lexington on April 18, 1775, when a group of colonial militiamen engaged in battle with British regulars. The American Revolution had begun.
Not to be confused with the original "Shot Heard 'Round the World", the baseball version was so called in part because it was the first playoff or World Series to be ended by what we now call a walk-off home run, and also because it was literally heard around the world, being broadcast live over U.S. Armed Forces Radio to troops stationed domestically and in Europe, the Pacific Islands, Japan, and Korea, among many other places.