It was revealed in 2001 that, when Bobby Thompson of the Giants hit his famed “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” in a 1951 playoff game, he had what secret advantage?
His team was stealing signs using a telescope
longstanding rumors that the 1951 Giants engaged in systematic sign stealing during the second half of the season were confirmed in 2001. Several players told the Wall Street Journal that beginning on July 20, the team used a telescope, manned by coach Herman Franks in the Giants clubhouse behind center field, to steal the finger signals of those opposing catchers who left their signs unprotected. Stolen signs were relayed to the Giants dugout via a buzzer wire (Wikipedia).
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