With the Braves trailing 5-4 in the 10th inning and facing the possibility of going down 3-1 in the Series, Jones pinch-hit for Hall of Famer Warren Spahn to lead off the inning. The Yankees' Tommy Byrne threw a low pitch that home-plate umpire Augie Donatelli called a ball. Jones said the pitch hit his shoe, and showed Donatelli a shoe-polish mark on the ball.
Donatelli awarded first base to Jones and the Braves scored three runs, tying the score and then winning on a two-run home run by Eddie Mathews. Having evened the Series at 2-2, the Braves overturned the Yankees in seven games.
Nothing so dramatic happened on Wednesday, as Layne's original call stood. Replays on the FOX broadcast of the game seemed to show that the ball nicked off the toe of Beltre's shoe. And a new infrared imaging view indicated that it made contact with his foot. Had the call been different, it would have been a foul ball and Beltre would have continued the at-bat with a one-strike count.
Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less