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00:00:11 - Early years in Minor League baseball

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Partial Transcript: Mr. Thomson, you were a native of Scotland. When, when did you come to the United States?

Segment Synopsis: Thomson discusses his experiences in Minor League baseball, beginning while he was in high school and ending in 1942.

Keywords: Appalachian League; Bristol (Va.); Mel Ott; Rocky Mount; Scotland; Third baseman

Subjects: Baseball; Baseball players; Brooklyn Dodgers (Baseball Team); Minor league baseball.; New York Giants (Baseball Team); Thomson, Bobby, 1923-2010

00:06:33 - Military service during World War II

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Partial Transcript: You were--(clears throat)--uh, as you mentioned it, at Bristol and then Rocky Mount, um, at that one season I guess that was '42.

Segment Synopsis: Thomson describes his enlistment and training in the Air Force. He recalls baseball teams that were formed in the military.

Keywords: Air corp; Air force; Base teams; Baseball teams; Bombardiers; Cadets; California; Mechanics; Radios; Riveters

Subjects: Baseball; United States. Army Air Forces; World War, 1939-1945

00:12:13 - Returning to baseball after the war / spring training

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Partial Transcript: Did your relatively inactivity over that three year period help or hinder you the next year or two?

Segment Synopsis: Thomson discusses the end of his military service and his return to baseball afterwards. He recalls spring training in Florida.

Keywords: Base teams; Class D baseball; Fresno (Calif.); Jacksonville (Fla.); Jersey City Giants; Lamore Field; Post-war era; Spring training

Subjects: Baseball; Baseball players; Baseball--United States; Minor league baseball.

00:16:38 - Spring training in Jacksonville, Florida

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Partial Transcript: Oh, um... my sisters, my four sisters, are married and I'm now living at home with my mother and my brother.

Segment Synopsis: Thomson continues to discuss his spring training in Jacksonville, and his emergence as a talented baseball player.

Keywords: "$100,000 Gem"; Jacksonville (Fla.); Jersey City Giants; Jersey City Journal; Salaries; Spring training

Subjects: Baseball; Baseball players; Baseball--United States

00:20:41 - First year in AAA baseball / playing against Jackie Robinson

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Partial Transcript: Um... in '46, you, as you say, you went to Jersey City...uh...and even though the team finished in last place that year...

Segment Synopsis: Thomson discusses his first year playing AAA baseball for the Jersey City Giants in 1946. He recalls playing against the Montreal Royals [mentioned as the Montreal Expos] during Jackie Robinson's debut.

Keywords: AAA baseball; Center field; Home run record; Home runs; International League; Jersey City Giants; Montreal Expos (??); Montreal Royals

Subjects: Baseball--United States; Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972; baseball

00:25:10 - Memories of playing against Jackie Robinson

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Partial Transcript: We were talking about the Yoyal kind of beating up on...

Segment Synopsis: Thomson recalls playing against Jackie Robinson while he (Thomson) was with the Jersey City Giants.

Keywords: International League; Jersey City Giants; Montreal Royals; Racism; Third base

Subjects: Baseball; Baseball--United States; National League (Major League Baseball); Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972

00:28:58 - Teammates with the Jersey City Giants

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Partial Transcript: Um... what I'd like to do... um... would go over...we'd go over some of the players that you played with at Jersey City.

Segment Synopsis: Thomson recollects some of his Jersey City Giants teammates.

Keywords: Art Fowler; Greenwood Lake, Whitey Lockman; Jersey City Giants; Joe Lafata; Larry Jansen; Larry Miggins; Les Layton; Mickey Grasso; Robert Westfall

Subjects: Baseball players; Baseball players--1940-1950

00:34:04 - Striving to play Major League baseball

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Partial Transcript: With someone like Les Layton, what would the game mean to them, and, you know, you had aspirations by this time...

Segment Synopsis: Thomson discusses his struggle to reach the Major Leagues and the disappointment of not succeeding. He recalls other players who reached the Major Leagues, as well as some of those those who did not.

Keywords: "Big Leagues"; Aspirations; Buddy Kerr; George Bamberger; Jack Lohrke; Jersey City Giants; John McHale; Larry Jansen; Mel Ott; Sid Gordan; Spring training; Third base

Subjects: Baseball; Baseball players; Baseball players--1940-1950; Major League Baseball (Organization)

00:39:35 - Thomson's Major League debut / spring training for the 1947 season

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Partial Transcript: ...When you came up with the end of the '46 season with the Giants, I mean, their season, I guess, was over at that time.

Segment Synopsis: Thomson discusses his debut in the Major Leagues, playing for the New York Giants in 1946. He also recalls spring training before the 1947 season.

Keywords: "Elbows" Fletcher; "Hondo Hurricane"; Bill Rigney; Buddy Blattner; Buddy Kerr; Clint Hartung; Mel Ott; Salaries; Spring training; Whitey Karoski

Subjects: Major League Baseball (Organization); New York Giants (Baseball Team); Pittsburgh Pirates (Baseball team); St. Louis Cardinals (Baseball Team)

00:44:24 - Playing second base

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Partial Transcript: Now, we break camp at, at, Phoenix and the Cleveland Indians who trained in Tucson uh, uh, broke camp.

Segment Synopsis: Thomson recalls his move to the second base position at the beginning of the 1947 season.

Keywords: Bill Rigney; Buddy Blattner; Buddy Kerr; Double plays; Eddie Stankey; Gloves; Hedge hop; Joe Gordan; Joe Lafata; Lloyd Gerhardt (??); Mel Ott; Second base; Spring training; Training

Subjects: Brooklyn Dodgers (Baseball Team); Durocher, Leo, 1906-1991.; New York Giants (Baseball Team)

00:51:23 - The Mexican League

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Partial Transcript: In 1946 when you were, uh, still at Jersey City, a number of the ball players with the Giants at that time went to the Mexican League.

Segment Synopsis: Marshall discusses the American baseball players who defected to the Mexican League. Thomson states that he does not recall much about it.

Keywords: Mexican League; Mexico

Subjects: Baseball players; Baseball players--1940-1950; Liga Mexicana de Beisbol Profesional; Maglie, Sal, 1917-; New York Giants (Baseball Team); Zabala, Adrian, Sr.

00:52:34 - Thomson's rookie year in 1947

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Partial Transcript: You, um, um had a very, very good year again for...

Segment Synopsis: Thomson discusses the home run record that he set in 1947 with the New York Giants, as well as the home runs hit by his teammates. He also recalls his mentors within the Giants organization.

Keywords: Adirondack bats; Bill Rigney; Hal Schumacher; Home run records; Home runs; Mel Ott; Mentors; Red Kress; Rookies; Sid Gordon; Sliding; Walker Cooper; Whitey Lockman; Willard Marshall

Subjects: Baseball players; New York Giants (Baseball Team)

00:56:05 - The management of the New York Giants

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Partial Transcript: Let me, let me go over some of the, the personnel--(clears throat)--that were with the Giants...

Segment Synopsis: Thomson discusses the owner and management of the New York Giants, and what it was like to work for them.

Keywords: Baseball teams; Eddie Brannick; Horace Stoneham; Mel Ott

Subjects: Baseball managers; Baseball team owners; Baseball--Management; Cincinnati Reds (Baseball Team); Durocher, Leo, 1906-1991.; New York Giants (Baseball Team)

00:58:57 - New York Giants teammmates

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Partial Transcript: Um, let me go over some of the, some of the other players, like Johnny Mize...

Segment Synopsis: Thomson describes the playing style of his teammates for the 1947 New York Giants.

Keywords: "Big Cat"; "Big Schnozz"; Adirondack bats; Bill Rigney; Buddy Kerr; Ernie Lombardi; Johnny Mize; Lucky Lohrke; Mel Ott; Sid Gordon; Ted Williams; Walker Cooper; Willard Marshall

Subjects: Baseball players; Baseball players--1940-1950; New York Giants (Baseball Team); Williams, Ted, 1918-2002

01:04:41 - Pitchers for the New York Giants

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Partial Transcript: You had some, some pretty good pitchers, uh, you mentioned Larry Jansen.

Segment Synopsis: Thomson describes the playing style of several pitchers from the 1947 New York Giants team.

Keywords: Baseball gloves; Curve balls; Dave Koslo; Gloves; Larry Jansen; Monte Kennedy; Sliders; Walker Cooper

Subjects: Baseball players; Durocher, Leo, 1906-1991.; New York Giants (Baseball Team); Pitchers (Baseball); St. Louis Cardinals (Baseball Team)

01:07:11 - Public relations for the New York Giants / an endorsement with Chesterfield Cigarettes

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Partial Transcript: Um, did you make any, uh, personal appearances of behalf of the Giants in the off-season? First of all, what did you do in the off-season?

Segment Synopsis: Thomson discusses the off-season and appearances that he made for the New York Giants. He also recalls an endorsement contract he made with Chesterfield Cigarettes.

Keywords: Baseball teams; Bubble gum cards; Chesterfield Cigarettes; Contracts; Endorsements; Larry Jansen; Off-seasons; Personal appearances; Public image; Public relations

Subjects: Baseball; Baseball--United States; New York Giants (Baseball Team)

01:13:48 - Leo Durocher's replacement of Mel Ott as the New York Giants manager

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Partial Transcript: In 1948 in July, Leo Durocher replaced Mel Ott...

Segment Synopsis: Thomson discusses Leo Durocher's replacing Mel Ott as the manager of the New York Giants in 1948. He also recalls Durocher's management style.

Keywords: Baseball managers; Baseball teams; Mel Ott; Willie Mays

Subjects: Baseball managers; Baseball--Management; Brooklyn Dodgers (Baseball Team); Durocher, Leo, 1906-1991.; Irvin, Monte, 1919-; New York Giants (Baseball Team)

01:18:30 - The New York Giants' 1951 season

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Partial Transcript: 1951 probably is the season that the world knows best about you and your involvement with baseball.

Segment Synopsis: Thomson discusses the rivalry between the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951. He recalls the pressure felt at the end of the season.

Keywords: Chuck Dressen; Gil Hodges; Jim Hearn; Larry Jansen; Playoffs; Rivalry; Sheldon Jones

Subjects: Brooklyn Dodgers (Baseball Team); Durocher, Leo, 1906-1991.; New York Giants (Baseball Team)

01:24:33 - The final playoff game of 1951

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Partial Transcript: The, uh, it all boiled down to one playoff game.

Segment Synopsis: Thomson recalls the final playoff game in the National League pennant race in 1951. He discusses falling behind by three runs in the eighth inning.

Keywords: Al Dark; Baseball games; Eddie Stanky; Innings; Playoff games; Playoffs; Whitey Lockman; pennant

Subjects: Brooklyn Dodgers (Baseball Team); National League (Major League Baseball); New York Giants (Baseball Team); Newcombe, Donald

01:29:40 - The ninth inning of the final playoff game of 1951

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Partial Transcript: Got into the, we got them out, finally. Now, we're four to one and...

Segment Synopsis: Thomson recalls the ninth inning of the final playoff game of 1951 between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers. He describes the game before his turn to bat.

Keywords: Al Dark; Baseball games; Bill Rigney; Chuck Dressen; Don Mueller; Larry Jansen; Ninth inning; Playoff games; Playoffs; Whitey Lockman

Subjects: Brooklyn Dodgers (Baseball Team); Durocher, Leo, 1906-1991.; Irvin, Monte, 1919-; National League (Major League Baseball); New York Giants (Baseball Team); Newcombe, Donald

01:35:16 - The "Shot Heard 'Round the World"

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Partial Transcript: I get in the box, and now I realize "Branc" is, "Branc" is pitching, so obviously I was totally concentrated on what I had to do.

Segment Synopsis: Thomson describes his hitting the home run that won the final playoff game in the pennant race of 1951, playing against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Keywords: "Shot Heard 'Round the World"; Baseball games; Duke Snyder; Home runs; National League pennant; Pennants; Pitches; Playoff games; Playoffs; Ralph Branca; Whitey Lockman

Subjects: Baseball players; Durocher, Leo, 1906-1991.; New York Giants (Baseball Team); Thomson, Bobby, 1923-2010

01:39:34 - the World Series of 1951

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Partial Transcript: And I was, and my voice must have been, you know how Willie Mays has a very high voice, my voice was...

Segment Synopsis: Thomson describes playing in the World Series of 1951. He recalls an appearance he made on The Perry Como Show after winning the National League Pennant. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: "Shot heard round the world"; National League pennant; Pennant race; Perry Como; Playoffs; The Perry Como Show; World Series; World Series (1951)

Subjects: Brooklyn Dodgers (Baseball Team); New York Giants (Baseball Team); New York Yankees (Baseball Team)