"The Man Who Shot 'the Shot Heard 'Round the World,'" by Joshua Prager of The Wall Street Journal, is a touching story. Photographer Rudy Mancuso, who took a famous baseball photograph, lost track of his negative and never got credit for his picture over the years, only to have both restored to him at the very end of his life. A good short read and a nice tale of justice and vindication for one photographer.
(Thanks to John Camp, Josh Prager and others)
Featured Comment by Joshua Prager: "Hello. A friend just alerted me to your blog post about my article. Thank you!
"I read your reader comments and thought I could help answer some of the questions. First, the ball is indeed visible. It is about half-way between home plate and third base, just a few feet in fair play. (I have the ball circled in my book.) Second, I agree that it is by no means baseball's greatest photograph. What I wrote is that it is arguably baseball's most famous photo and that the moment it preserved was baseball's greatest. Third, the newspapers did not at first run the photograph. But after it appeared in the New York Giants yearbook and those ads, it gained steam and began popping up in countless written accounts of the game. And finally, I have a chapter in my book (Chapter 17) describing how the baseball writers scrounged about for ways to properly describe the game and its meaning. In this chapter I discuss how it came to be called 'The shot heard round the world.'
"P.S. I have a great respect for photography. Your readers might be interested to know that I was the reporter who in 2006 identified the only anonymous winner in the history of the Pulitzer Prize—the Iranian photographer Jahangir Razmi. That article is on my website."
Featured Comment by William Barnett-Lewis: "Thank you for the link. It's good to know that sometimes things can end right, at least.
"That image is a good, evocative image but I'd suggest reading this for the story of what I consider the greatest baseball photograph of them all."