Maybe it’s time that the last Brooklyn Dodger to hit a home run gets his own bobblehead.
“I did not get a bobblehead,” Ransom Jackson told Gabriel Segura, host of “The Sports Corner,” a show on KTIE-AM in San Bernardino, California.
“We’ve got to get you a bobblehead,” Segura said.
“Back in my day they were not invented,” Ransom explained.
Jackson hit the historic homer on September 28, 1957 in the next-to-last game of the season against the Philadelphia Phillies at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. It was a three-run blast off of pitcher Don Cardwell to give the Brooklyn Dodgers their last win, an 8-4 decision.
In the first inning of the final game the next day, the Dodgers combined two singles and a sacrifice fly to score their only run in a 2-1 loss. The lone home run was a two-run shot by the Phillies’ Ed Bouchee.
On October 7, 1957, the Dodgers ended months of speculation by announcing they were leaving Brooklyn for Los Angeles.
Lost in the drama of the momentous move was Ransom’s homer. In fact, he didn’t know it had a special place in Brooklyn Dodger history until 30 years later when it was the subject of a trivia question on the television show, Good Morning America.
The homer landed Ransom a spot in the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame. It also should earn him a bobblehead.
Listen to Segura’s interview with Ransom on “The Sports Corner.”