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Miracle Ball: My Hunt for the Shot Heard Round the World

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The captivating, utterly improbable but ultimately true story of one man’s quest to solve sports’ greatest mystery: What happened to the most famous of all home-run balls–the holy grail of sports?
October 3, 1951. Giants third baseman Bobby Thomson hit the most dramatic home run in the history of baseball. The moment occurred in the bottom of the ninth inning of a sudden-death playoff game between the New York Giants and their arch rivals from Brooklyn, the Dodgers. People across the nation watched on their new TV sets, and the home run became known as “the Shot Heard ’Round the World.”

But after clearing the left-field wall, the central artifact of the play–the ball itself–inexplicably went missing. The mystery of what happened to the legendary baseball has remained unsolved for a half century.

Until now.

Miracle Ball is the gripping account of author Brian Biegel’s two-year effort to unravel the mystery that experts said could never be solved. After his father, Jack, finds a baseball at a thrift store with clues dating back to 1951 and believes it could possibly be the most coveted piece of sports history, father and son begin a journey to prove its authenticity. Biegel becomes consumed with the quest–recognizing it as the only chance to rescue himself from an emotionally devastating personal crisis that had long been crippling him.

The trail takes Biegel, a sports fan and documentary filmmaker, from an auction house in Long Island to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, to a backroom meeting straight out of a Martin Scorsese film to a dusty oil field in Texas, finally arriving at his final destination on a quiet gravel road in New Mexico, the last place he ever expected to be.

Along the way the author meets an amazing cast of characters, including Bobby Thomson himself, who help him in his quest. Each adds their personal memories of the golden age of baseball, giving a broader scope and greater depth to this real-life detective story. As entertaining as it is inspiring, Miracle Ball is a story about faith, family, and heroes, about overcoming the odds and coming into the light, and about discovering the wondrous result of believing in yourself–and the amazing benefits of unconditional love.

A sports story for the ages, an engrossing mystery narrative, and a moving account of a man’s unbreakable bond with his family and of his struggles to save himself, Miracle Ball delivers both heart and headlines.

About the Author:

BRIAN BIEGEL is a top-selling author and 3-time award-winning documentary filmmaker. His documentary based on his book, Miracle Ball, aired on one of the Discovery channels in 2012. The latest documentary he's directed is called THE COUNTERFEITER and airs summer 2015 as part of the Emmy-award winning 30 for 30 series on ESPN. His other documentary credit is for a short film called Getting My Child Back: Fighting Autism.  Currently, Mr. Biegel is in pre-production on a docu-series that he created and works as an Executive Producer on. It's slated to debut in fall 2015 for a major cable broadcaster (further details forthcoming). His production partner on the series is Left/Right, best known for their hit shows like Small Town Security (AMC), Frontline (PBS), This American Life (Showtime) and Mob Wives (VH1).Mr. Biegel is based in New York City.DVD's of the Miracle Ball documentary are available . Email info@odysseyentertainment.tv

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