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Five iconic New York sports calls stand test of time

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This week The Post takes a fresh look at the “best of” New York sports history — areas that are just as worthy of debate, but that haven’t been argued incessantly. Russ Hodges’ call on Bobby Thomson’s ‘Shot Heard ‘Round the World” that led the Giants to the pennant in 1951 was voted the best call in New York sports history. Here are five other major comebacks that just missed the cut:

May 27, 1994: Stephane Matteau sent the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Finals with a wraparound, Game 7-winning goal in double OT. On the WFAN call, Howie Rose had the perfect level of excitement with the rhythmic, “Matteau! Matteau! Matteau!” It became even more iconic after the Rangers won the Cup for the first time in 54 years.

Oct. 26, 1986: During Game 6 of the World Series, there were two memorable calls when a dribbler by the Mets’ Mookie Wilson went through Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner’s leg. On NBC, Vin Scully said, “A little roller up along first … behind the bag … it gets through Buckner!” On WFAN, Bob Murphy’s call was similar with, “It gets by Buckner!” On review, Scully’s is slightly better.

Bill Buckner's infamous flub in the 1986 World Series was memorably captured by Vin Scully.
Bill Buckner’s infamous flub in the 1986 World Series was memorably captured by Vin Scully.AP

May 8, 1970: Willis Reed hobbled onto the court for warm-ups before Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Marv Albert recorded the famous call of the event, saying, “Here comes Willis!” Reed hit two jumpers early in the game before Clyde Frazier took over to lead the Knicks to victory.

Oct. 1, 1961: Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record with Phil Rizzuto on the radio call. The Scooter said, “Hit deep to right … this could be it … way back there … Holy Cow! He did it!” Rizzuto, a Hall of Fame shortstop, wasn’t a classic play-by-player, but the call was pretty good.

Oct. 2, 1978: Bucky Dent’s home run was not a game-ending one, but the Bill White call still has its place in New York sportscasting history. White said, “Deep to left … Yastrzemski will not get it … it’s a home run! A three-run home run for Bucky Dent and the Yankees now lead it by a score of 3 to 2.” And the Yankees went on to complete one of the great comebacks in baseball history by besting the Red Sox.

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