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Ralph Branca

Ralph Theodore Joseph Branca (Hawk)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 220 lb.

Born: January 6, 1926 in Mount Vernon, NY
High School: Davis HS (Mount Vernon, NY)
School: New York University (New York, NY)
Signed
by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1943. (All Transactions)
Debut: June 12, 1944 (Age 18.158)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1945 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Dodgers/Tigers/Yankees 1944-1956

Final Game: September 7, 1956 (Age 30.245)
Relatives: Father-In-Law of Bobby Valentine
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Standard Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1944 BRO NL 18 P 21 1 0 44.2 10 2 8 0 0 1.000 2.01 0.48 .961 2.14 2.13 1 3 75% 0
1945 BRO NL 19 P 16 15 7 109.2 29 7 20 2 1 .931 2.22 1.69 .963 2.18 2.17 7 4 36% 1
1946 BRO NL 20 P 24 10 2 67.1 10 3 6 1 1 .900 1.20 0.38 .960 2.25 2.22 2 5 71% 0
1947 BRO NL 21 P 43 36 15 280.0 47 9 35 3 0 .936 1.41 1.02 .966 2.10 2.07 12 7 37% 0 AS,MVP-11
1948 BRO NL 22 P 36 28 11 215.2 29 10 18 1 0 .966 1.17 0.78 .963 2.11 2.08 10 5 33% 0 AS,MVP-21
1949 BRO NL 23 P 34 27 9 186.2 23 6 15 2 0 .913 1.01 0.62 .953 2.04 2.02 1 2 67% 43% 0 AS
1950 BRO NL 24 P 43 15 5 142.0 27 8 19 0 0 1.000 1.71 0.63 .961 2.12 2.10 3 5 63% 43% 0
1951 BRO NL 25 P 42 27 13 204.0 31 12 19 0 2 1.000 1.37 0.74 .962 2.14 2.14 5 8 62% 43% 1
1952 BRO NL 26 P 16 7 2 61.0 13 5 7 1 1 .923 1.77 0.75 .953 2.18 2.16 2 2 50% 44% 1
1953 TOT MLB 27 P 24 14 7 113.0 20 7 12 1 1 .950 1.51 0.79 .957 1.96 1.95 4 4 50% 44% 0
1953 BRO NL 27 P 7 0 0 11.0 2 0 2 0 1 1.000 1.64 0.29 .955 2.05 2.01 0 1 100% 0
1953 DET AL 27 P 17 14 7 102.0 18 7 10 1 0 .944 1.50 1.00 .957 1.95 1.93 4 3 43% 51% 0
1954 TOT AL 28 P 22 8 0 58.0 13 3 9 1 1 .923 1.86 0.55 .959 2.00 1.99 1 2 67% 48% 0
1954 DET AL 28 P 17 5 0 45.1 8 2 6 0 1 1.000 1.59 0.47 .959 2.01 1.99 1 1 50% 48% 0
1954 NYY AL 28 P 5 3 0 12.2 5 1 3 1 0 .800 2.84 0.80 .960 1.99 2.00 0 1 100% 48% 0
1956 BRO NL 30 P 1 0 0 2.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 4.50 1.00 .970 2.25 2.00 0 0 0
12 Seasons P 322 188 71 1484.0 253 72 169 12 7 .953 1.46 0.75 .961 2.10 2.09 48 47 49% 18% 3
12 Seasons TOT 322 188 71 1484.0 253 72 169 12 7 .953 1.46 0.75 .961 2.10 2.09 48 47 49% 18% 3
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1944 BRO NL 18 P
1945 BRO NL 19 P
1946 BRO NL 20 P
1947 BRO NL 21 P
1948 BRO NL 22 P
1949 BRO NL 23 P
1950 BRO NL 24 P
1951 BRO NL 25 P
1952 BRO NL 26 P
1953 BRO NL 27 P
1953 DET AL 27 P
1954 DET AL 28 P
1954 NYY AL 28 P
1956 BRO NL 30 P
12 Seasons P
12 Seasons TOT

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1944 BRO NL 18 21 1 21 21 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1945 BRO NL 19 16 15 16 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1946 BRO NL 20 24 10 24 24 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1947 BRO NL 21 43 36 43 43 43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1948 BRO NL 22 36 28 36 36 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1949 BRO NL 23 34 27 34 34 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1950 BRO NL 24 43 15 43 43 43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1951 BRO NL 25 42 27 42 42 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1952 BRO NL 26 16 7 16 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1953 DET AL 27 17 14 17 17 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1953 BRO NL 27 7 0 7 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1954 DET AL 28 17 5 17 17 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1954 NYY AL 28 5 3 5 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1956 BRO NL 30 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Seasons 322 188 322 322 322 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- P*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%
1944 BRO NL 18 202 79% 18% 6 100% 0 1 0 1 7 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 100%
1945 BRO NL 19 445 75% 20% 24 96% 1 5 1 3 23 18 3 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 5 100%
1946 BRO NL 20 293 77% 20% 7 86% 0 3 0 2 6 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 100%
1947 BRO NL 21 1161 81% 25% 40 85% 1 9 0 7 33 30 2 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 10 100%
1948 BRO NL 22 906 81% 24% 22 77% 1 8 0 6 19 16 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 80%
1949 BRO NL 23 822 77% 24% 19 84% 1 6 1 4 15 12 0 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 67%
1950 BRO NL 24 619 77% 24% 15 100% 1 8 0 7 16 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 100%
1951 BRO NL 25 858 78% 24% 21 100% 0 12 2 8 20 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 6 100%
1952 BRO NL 26 251 83% 27% 7 100% 0 5 0 5 8 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 1 2 0 2 100%
1953 DET AL 27 435 83% 24% 13 85% 0 7 0 6 10 10 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 80%
1953 BRO NL 27 51 80% 16% 2 100% 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
1954 DET AL 28 227 80% 20% 6 100% 0 1 0 1 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 100%
1954 NYY AL 28 61 67% 15% 4 75% 2 1 0 1 3 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 50%
1956 BRO NL 30 9 67% 22% 1 100% 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Seasons 6340 79% 23% 187 90% 7 66 4 51 169 136 12 11 1 5 5 3 8 5 6 2 51 90%
MLB Averages 82% 26% 89% 84%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1947 NL (11, 12%)
1948 NL (21, 2%)
0.14 Career Shares (844th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1947 NL  3 (4th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1951 NL  1.000 (1st)

Youngest s c a p y
1945 NL  born 1926-01-06 (9th)
1946 NL  born 1926-01-06 (9th)

                                         

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Name and misspellings: Ralph Theodore Hawk Joseph ralf Ralph Branca

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