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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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Team Record in Appearances: 7-16 / in Starts: 6-8 / Days Rest, Run Support and Inning/Score Usage Below

1953 Pitching Gamelog

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Rk Gcar Gtm Date Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP ERA BF Pit Str StL StS GB FB LD PU Unk GSc IR IS SB CS PO AB 2B 3B IBB GDP SF ROE aLI WPA RE24 Entered Exited
1 276 23 May 14 BRO @ STL L,3-8 7-GF(8) 99 2.0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 7 26 14 4 1 2 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 0 0 1 0 0 .06 0.005 1.08 7b --- 0 out d5 8b end d 5
2 277 25 May 17(1) BRO @ CIN L,5-13 7-GF(8) 2 2.0 2 2 2 0 3 1 1 4.50 9 34 22 7 5 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 .01 0.000 -0.92 7b --- 0 out d7 8b end d 9
June Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP ERA BF Pit Str StL StS GB FB LD PU Unk GSc IR IS SB CS PO AB 2B 3B IBB GDP SF ROE aLI WPA RE24 Entered Exited
3 278 48 Jun 8 BRO CIN L,5-8 9-GF 21 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3.60 4 6 4 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .14 0.010 0.56 9t --- 0 out d3 9t end d 3
4 279 56 Jun 17 BRO @ STL L,3-9 8-GF(8) 8 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3.00 3 23 11 5 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .01 0.001 0.54 8b --- 0 out d6 8b end d 6
5 280 57 Jun 18 BRO @ STL L,4-12 5-7 0 3.0 5 4 4 1 1 2 0 6.00 14 55 34 10 1 4 7 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 1 0 0 .19 -0.049 -2.38 5b --- 0 out d3 7b 3 out d7
6 281 62 Jun 22 BRO @ CHC L,4-9 8-GF(8) 3 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 5.40 5 16 13 3 2 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .02 0.001 0.55 8b --- 0 out d6 8b end d 6
July Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP ERA BF Pit Str StL StS GB FB LD PU Unk GSc IR IS SB CS PO AB 2B 3B IBB GDP SF ROE aLI WPA RE24 Entered Exited
7 282 74 Jul 5 BRO @ NYG L,6-20 5-5 12 1.0 3 6 6 3 0 1 0 9.82 9 34 15 4 0 0 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .01 -0.003 -5.44 5b --- 0 out d9 5b 3 out d15
Player went from Brooklyn Dodgers to Detroit Tigers
8 283 86 Jul 12(2) DET SLB L,2-3 GS-5 L(0-1) 6 5.0 4 3 3 1 2 2 0 8.44 18 5 6 1 0 4 48 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 2 0 0 .78 -0.063 -0.56 1t start tie 5t 3 out d1
9 284 90 Jul 19(1) DET PHA W,13-3 CG W(1-1) 6 9.0 7 3 1 4 5 0 0 5.76 39 7 16 0 0 7 66 0 0 0 35 2 0 1 0 0 1 .89 0.117 1.40 1t start tie 9t 3 out a10
10 285 96 Jul 25 DET NYY L,11-15 GS-6 5 5.2 10 6 6 4 3 0 0 6.46 30 5 8 0 0 10 24 0 1 0 25 2 1 0 0 0 0 .35 -0.030 -1.56 1t start tie 6t 1-3 2 out a6
11 286 99 Jul 28 DET @ WSH W,8-5 8-GF S(1) 2 1.2 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 6.12 7 2 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 1.74 0.241 2.04 8b 123 1 out a3 9b end a 3
12 287 102 Jul 31 DET @ BOS W,5-3 CG W(2-1) 2 9.0 9 3 1 4 6 0 0 5.01 39 11 9 0 0 9 63 0 0 0 34 2 0 0 2 0 0 1.42 0.310 1.67 1b start tie 9b 3 out a2
August Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP ERA BF Pit Str StL StS GB FB LD PU Unk GSc IR IS SB CS PO AB 2B 3B IBB GDP SF ROE aLI WPA RE24 Entered Exited
13 288 109 Aug 7 DET @ PHA L,1-3 CG(8) L(2-2) 6 8.0 8 3 3 0 2 1 0 4.74 30 8 12 0 0 8 56 0 0 0 28 0 1 0 2 0 0 .73 -0.044 1.11 1b start a 1 8b 3 out d2
14 289 112 Aug 9(2) DET @ PHA T,8-8 10-GF(10) BS(1) 1 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 4.83 5 1 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.09 -0.295 -0.49 10b --- 0 out a1 10b end tie
15 290 115 Aug 12 DET @ SLB W,7-3 GS-7 2 6.2 5 3 3 4 4 0 0 4.74 30 7 11 0 0 4 52 0 1 0 24 0 0 0 0 0 2 1.67 0.249 2.12 1b start tie 7b 12- 2 out a1
16 291 119 Aug 16 DET CHW W,3-2 CG W(3-2) 3 9.0 4 2 1 3 2 0 2 4.23 36 15 10 1 0 4 72 0 0 0 30 0 2 0 1 0 1 1.42 0.446 2.40 1t start tie 9t 3 out a1
17 292 123 Aug 21 DET @ CHW L,1-4 GS-7 L(3-3) 4 7.0 5 4 4 3 0 0 0 4.32 28 10 10 2 0 5 48 1 0 0 23 2 0 0 1 0 0 .99 -0.087 -0.41 1b start tie 7b 3 out d3
18 293 126 Aug 23(2) DET @ CHW L,6-11 8-GF(8) 1 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.28 3 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .01 0.000 0.54 8b 1-- 1 out d7 8b end d 7
19 294 129 Aug 27 DET WSH L,5-12 GS-1 L(3-4) 3 0.1 5 6 6 1 1 1 0 4.99 7 0 0 0 0 5 17 1 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.05 -0.352 -4.41 1t start tie 1t 12- 1 out d4
20 295 134 Aug 31(1) DET PHA W,9-7 GS-5 3 5.0 6 6 6 3 3 1 0 5.35 24 3 9 1 0 6 31 0 0 0 21 2 0 1 0 0 0 .75 -0.295 -3.56 1t start tie 5t 3 out d6
September Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP ERA BF Pit Str StL StS GB FB LD PU Unk GSc IR IS SB CS PO AB 2B 3B IBB GDP SF ROE aLI WPA RE24 Entered Exited
21 296 140 Sep 5 DET @ SLB L,0-1 CG(12) L(3-5) 4 11.0 4 1 1 1 8 1 0 4.80 38 14 12 0 0 3 92 0 0 0 36 1 0 0 1 0 0 1.54 0.610 4.60 1b start tie 12b --- 0 out d1
22 297 144 Sep 9(1) DET @ PHA W,8-2 CG W(4-5) 3 9.0 7 2 2 2 8 0 0 4.55 35 6 12 0 0 7 71 0 1 0 33 3 0 0 0 0 0 .87 0.043 2.62 1b start tie 9b 3 out a6
23 298 150 Sep 14 DET @ WSH L,1-6 CG(8) L(4-6) 4 8.0 10 6 5 1 2 0 0 4.63 36 11 13 0 0 9 41 2 0 0 33 1 1 0 0 0 0 .77 -0.076 -2.13 1b start tie 8b 3 out d5
24 299 154 Sep 20(2) DET CLE L,3-6 GS-6 L(4-7) 5 6.0 11 6 4 0 1 1 0 4.70 30 13 6 0 0 10 31 0 0 0 29 0 1 0 0 0 1 .57 -0.251 -3.07 1t start tie 6t 3 out d6
TOT 113.0 113 67 59 36 55 11 4 4.70 485
 

Days of Rest

DH 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Other (days rest listed)
1 2 4 5 3 2 3 12, 21 and 99 days

Run Support in Games Started

Total runs in Starts, Avg. is per 27 outs
Avg 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Other Game Totals
4.81 1 3 1 2 2 1 1 1 11 and 13 runs

Inning/Score Appearance Matrix

Inn <-4 -4 -3 -2 -1 tie 1 2 3 4 >4 Total
4- 13 1 14
5 1 1 2
6 0
7 2 2
8 3 1 4
9 1 1
10+ 1 1
Total 6 0 2 0 0 13 2 0 1 0 0 24

Multiple inning appearances: 17,    Entered with runners on base: 2

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