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The Poet
11-23-2016, 11:43 PM
Pitcher Ralph Branca, the man who gave up perhaps the most famous home run in MLB history to Bobby Thompson on Oct. 3 1951, the so-called "Shot Heard 'Round The World", has died at the age of 90. The homer was not merely notable in itself, but was especially so as it capped an historic late-season comeback by the NY Giants to take the NL pennant away from the Brooklyn Dodgers, making up a 13 1/2 game deficit in the final month. You need to be even older than I to remember this, but you might remember an outstanding episode of the TV show M.A.S.H. based around this. And speaking of TV, that final game of the three-game playoff was the first baseball game to be televised nationally.

Rest in peace, Ralph. Your name and fame will live as long as does the nation's pastime.

AdamJoshua
11-24-2016, 12:17 AM
Grew up right next to Vero Beach so there are a lot of these old pictures floating around.

Brooklyn Dodgers Fred Kipp, right, and Don Drysdale, center, watch Ralph Branca toss warm-up pitches prior to spring training in Vero Beach. Branca, who gave up baseball's most enduring home run to Bobby Thomson in 1951, died today at 90.

Rest in Peace, Ralph

https://scontent.fsan1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15170794_10210143140808223_5563780568447606907_n.j pg?oh=89b03c91d8481c10f58f5a79d4f38f94&oe=58B61296

icehog3
11-24-2016, 01:07 AM
Heard this on sports radio earlier today. I knew the name, but it was interesting to hear more of the back story.

R.I.P., Mr. Branca.

hotreds
11-24-2016, 07:12 AM
Surprised, yet delighted to see Branca made the cut, so to speak. I doubt more than 5% of those here even heard of him. Apparently a class act, somebody more modern day players should emulate!

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/brancra01.shtml

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/ralph-branca-beloved-brooklyn-dodgers-pitcher-dead-90-article-1.2884710

Rest in Peace, Mr. Branca!

CigarNut
11-24-2016, 07:53 AM
May He Rest In Peace.

Dave128
11-28-2016, 11:45 AM
Like Tom said, very interesting to hear more of the story.

Rest In Peace, Mr. Branca.