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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)   vs. NYG 3.1 IP, 2 H, 3 SO, 0 BB, 1 ER
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1945 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Dodgers/Tigers/Yankees 1944-1956

Final Game: September 7, 1956 (Age 30.245)   vs. NYG 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 SO, 2 BB, 0 ER
Relatives: Father-In-Law of Bobby Valentine
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Fielding stats are given overall and by position. In some cases, they will be identical.

Fielding Gamelog (overall)


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Rk Gtm Date Tm Opp Rslt Inngs BF Inn PO A E Ch DP Pos
1 2 (1) Apr 21 BRO @ NYG L,5-9 GS 9 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 P
2 6 (3) Apr 25 BRO PHI L,3-6 GS 25 4.1 0 1 0 1 0 P
3 9 (2) Apr 29 BRO NYG W,17-7 GF 33 7.2 0 0 0 0 0 P
May Tm Opp Rslt Inngs BF Inn PO A E Ch DP Pos
4 12 (2) May 2 (1) BRO @ PHI W,9-6 GF 6 1.1 1 1 0 2 0 P
5 14 (1) May 4 BRO @ STL L,4-5 GS 28 7.0 0 1 0 1 0 P
6 17 (2) May 9 (1) BRO @ PIT W,14-2 CG 36 9.0 0 0 0 0 0 P
7 18 May 9 (2) BRO @ PIT L,8-10 10 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 P
8 24 (5) May 18 BRO STL L,3-4 CG 36 9.0 0 1 0 1 0 P
9 28 (3) May 22 BRO PIT L,1-3 GS 34 8.0 0 0 1 1 0 P
10 32 (3) May 27 BRO CHC W,4-2 CG 36 9.0 1 0 0 1 0 P
11 35 (2) May 31 (1) BRO NYG W,4-3 CG 37 9.0 0 0 0 0 0 P
June Tm Opp Rslt Inngs BF Inn PO A E Ch DP Pos
12 40 (4) Jun 4 BRO @ STL W,1-0 CG 36 9.0 0 2 0 2 0 P
13 43 (2) Jun 8 BRO @ CIN W,6-5 GS 19 2.2 2 0 0 2 0 P
14 46 (2) Jun 11 BRO @ PIT W,3-2 GS 47 12.2 1 1 0 2 0 P
15 49 (2) Jun 16 BRO CIN W,4-3 CG 34 9.0 0 1 0 1 0 P
16 54 (4) Jun 21 BRO PIT W,5-2 CG 32 9.0 1 1 0 2 0 P
17 57 (2) Jun 25 BRO STL W,3-2 CG 35 9.0 0 0 0 0 0 P
18 60 (2) Jun 29 BRO PHI L,1-2 CG 35 9.0 0 2 0 2 0 P
July Tm Opp Rslt Inngs BF Inn PO A E Ch DP Pos
19 64 (3) Jul 3 BRO NYG W,7-5 GS 27 7.0 0 1 0 1 0 P
20 65 Jul 4 BRO NYG W,13-12 5 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 P
21 69 (3) Jul 7 BRO BSN W,4-3 GS 22 4.1 0 1 0 1 0 P
22 76 (6) Jul 17 (1) BRO @ CIN W,8-4 GS 32 7.0 0 0 0 0 0 P
23 81 (4) Jul 21 (1) BRO @ CHC W,9-3 CG 39 9.0 0 1 0 1 0 P
24 86 (4) Jul 25 (2) BRO @ PIT L,4-7 GS 27 6.0 1 0 0 1 0 P
25 91 (4) Jul 30 BRO PIT L,5-10 GS 17 3.2 0 1 0 1 0 P
August Tm Opp Rslt Inngs BF Inn PO A E Ch DP Pos
26 102 (10) Aug 12 BRO @ BSN L,1-2 GF 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 P
27 105 (2) Aug 15 BRO @ BSN W,4-2 GS 29 7.0 0 1 0 1 0 P
28 123 (17) Aug 31 (2) BRO @ CHC L,2-7 GS 11 1.2 0 0 0 0 0 P
September Tm Opp Rslt Inngs BF Inn PO A E Ch DP Pos
29 126 (2) Sep 3 (1) BRO NYG L,5-7 11 3.0 0 1 0 1 0 P
30 130 (3) Sep 6 (1) BRO @ BSN L,1-2 GS 39 9.1 0 1 0 1 0 P
31 134 (3) Sep 11 (2) BRO @ NYG L,4-6 GS 22 5.1 1 0 0 1 0 P
32 141 (6) Sep 16 BRO CIN W,12-6 GS 19 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 P
33 147 (5) Sep 22 BRO PIT L,1-5 8 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 P
34 150 (2) Sep 26 BRO @ PHI W,5-1 CG 34 9.0 0 0 0 0 0 P
35 153 (2) Oct 1 BRO BSN L,1-3 GS 26 7.0 0 1 0 1 0 P
36 155 (1) Oct 3 BRO PHI L,2-4 GF 9 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 P
36gm 215.2 10 18 1 29 0

Fielding Gamelog (as P)


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Rk Gtm Date Tm Opp Rslt Inngs BF Inn PO A E Ch DP SB CS PO
1 2 Apr 21 BRO @ NYG L,5-9 GS 9 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2 6 (3) Apr 25 BRO PHI L,3-6 GS 25 4.1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
3 9 (2) Apr 29 BRO NYG W,17-7 GF 33 7.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
May Tm Opp Rslt Inngs BF Inn PO A E Ch DP SB CS PO
4 12 (2) May 2 (1) BRO @ PHI W,9-6 GF 6 1.1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
5 14 (1) May 4 BRO @ STL L,4-5 GS 28 7.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
6 17 (2) May 9 (1) BRO @ PIT W,14-2 CG 36 9.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
7 18 May 9 (2) BRO @ PIT L,8-10 10 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
8 24 (5) May 18 BRO STL L,3-4 CG 36 9.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
9 28 (3) May 22 BRO PIT L,1-3 GS 34 8.0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0
10 32 (3) May 27 BRO CHC W,4-2 CG 36 9.0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
11 35 (2) May 31 (1) BRO NYG W,4-3 CG 37 9.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
June Tm Opp Rslt Inngs BF Inn PO A E Ch DP SB CS PO
12 40 (4) Jun 4 BRO @ STL W,1-0 CG 36 9.0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
13 43 (2) Jun 8 BRO @ CIN W,6-5 GS 19 2.2 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
14 46 (2) Jun 11 BRO @ PIT W,3-2 GS 47 12.2 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 0
15 49 (2) Jun 16 BRO CIN W,4-3 CG 34 9.0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0
16 54 (4) Jun 21 BRO PIT W,5-2 CG 32 9.0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
17 57 (2) Jun 25 BRO STL W,3-2 CG 35 9.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 60 (2) Jun 29 BRO PHI L,1-2 CG 35 9.0 0 2 0 2 0 1 1 0
July Tm Opp Rslt Inngs BF Inn PO A E Ch DP SB CS PO
19 64 (3) Jul 3 BRO NYG W,7-5 GS 27 7.0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0
20 65 Jul 4 BRO NYG W,13-12 5 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 69 (3) Jul 7 BRO BSN W,4-3 GS 22 4.1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
22 76 (6) Jul 17 (1) BRO @ CIN W,8-4 GS 32 7.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 81 (4) Jul 21 (1) BRO @ CHC W,9-3 CG 39 9.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
24 86 (4) Jul 25 (2) BRO @ PIT L,4-7 GS 27 6.0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0
25 91 (4) Jul 30 BRO PIT L,5-10 GS 17 3.2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
August Tm Opp Rslt Inngs BF Inn PO A E Ch DP SB CS PO
26 102 (10) Aug 12 BRO @ BSN L,1-2 GF 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 105 (2) Aug 15 BRO @ BSN W,4-2 GS 29 7.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
28 123 (17) Aug 31 (2) BRO @ CHC L,2-7 GS 11 1.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
September Tm Opp Rslt Inngs BF Inn PO A E Ch DP SB CS PO
29 126 (2) Sep 3 (1) BRO NYG L,5-7 11 3.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
30 130 (3) Sep 6 (1) BRO @ BSN L,1-2 GS 39 9.1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
31 134 (3) Sep 11 (2) BRO @ NYG L,4-6 GS 22 5.1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
32 141 (6) Sep 16 BRO CIN W,12-6 GS 19 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 147 (5) Sep 22 BRO PIT L,1-5 8 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 150 (2) Sep 26 BRO @ PHI W,5-1 CG 34 9.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 153 (2) Oct 1 BRO BSN L,1-3 GS 26 7.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
36 155 (1) Oct 3 BRO PHI L,2-4 GF 9 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36gm 215.2 10 18 1 29 0 10 5 0

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