Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Ralph Branca Should Be Remembered for Other Things

Ralph Branca who passed away today at age 90 was best known for pitching to Bobby Thompson who hit "The Shot Heard 'Round the World" in the 1951 playoffs as the New York Giants won the pennant.  Russ Hodges famous call was heard on radio station WMCA which was later a famous Top 40 station.

Ralph was a pretty good pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers Dodgers in the 1940s and 50s as seen below in his records taken from Baseball-Reference.  His lifetime record was 88-68.  He actually won 21 games for the 1947 Dodgers.

In 1962 and 63 the Met games were broadcast on WABC and Ralph was the sidekick of Howard Cossell for the pre- and postgame shows.

Ralph was also the father-in-law of former Met manager Bobby Valentine.

For the last 65 years of his life he had to suffer the infamy of that one pitch.

RIP Ralph

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