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) by the Signed 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 Exceeded rookie limits during 1945 season Rookie Status: [*]
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 View Player Bio from the SABR BioProject
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News -- June 2014
6/8 Radical Baseball: All city: New York 1947.: All New York City selections are in bold. Lefty pitchers are in Italics. Pyth is Pythagorean W-L (estimate of ... News -- April 2014
4/18 elysianfielders.com: The 100: Fred Merkle (95): It was nearly 30 years after the game and, Marianne Merkle remembered, even church wasn’t a safe haven. One Sunday morning ...
4/6 Radical Baseball: Catchers: squat to give signs, then stand to receive the pitch? Is that the evolution?: This is the third post since late March on this with new anecdotal evidence.
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12/17 Did the Tribe Win Last Night? (1948): Indians spark AL Squad in All-Star Game; American League 5, National League 2: The American League got more than just some help from their first-place team on Tuesday night at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, ...
12/17 Did the Tribe Win Last Night? (1948): All-Star Preview: Americans Playing Short-Handed: July 13, 1948 As we approach the 15th midsummer classic, the American League squad led by New York Yankees manager Bucky Harris ... News -- October 2013
10/11 James Smyth Broadcast: Los Angeles vs. St. Louis in the Postseason: The Cardinals and Dodgers will play for the National League pennant for the first time since 1985. It's the fourth playoff meeting ... News -- July 2013
7/17 Inside the Dodgers: Daily Distractions: Clayton Kershaw joins an exclusive group of Dodgers All-Stars.: Clayton Kershaw didn’t start the All-Star Game — Matt Harvey did — though he did join a different exclusive ... News -- April 2013
4/28 The Baseball Continuum: Review of “42″: “Continuum Global News” will return next week, but better late than never, here’s my review of 42: Jackie Robinson ...
4/16 Call to the Pen: Jackie Robinson Movie Resonates: The biggest irony connected to the release of the new, inspirational movie “42″ is the fact that Major League Baseball ...
4/15 KC Kingdom: “42″ – A Review: Hollywood has made a whole lot of sports movies over the years and it is almost criminal that “42″ was only the second ... News -- March 2013
3/15 Billy-Ball.com: Sal Yvars’ home for sale: The great LoHud Yankees blog brought me this item about Sal Yvars‘ home being for sale in Valhalla. This Valhalla should ...
3/7 Billy-Ball.com: Must See TV: The Colbert Report, March 7, 2013: Tonight’s guest on The Colbert Report will be one of my heroes, John Sexton, who will discuss the connection between baseball ... News -- February 2013
2/9 Rising Apple: An Amazin’ly Unique Perspective: As part of my Washington D.C. semester, our professor sends us relevant news and opinion articles to read. This week he sent us ... News -- January 2013
1/16 Call to the Pen: Jackie Robinson Movie Promising: I heard months ago that there was a Jackie Robinson movie in the works and the other day I saw a preview for the first time. With ... News -- November 2012
11/12 Baseball With Matt: An Interview with Jackie Robinson's Chief Historian 11/12/12: Hey baseball fans!I know I promised this a long time ago, but finally, I have the answers to an email interview with Jackie Robinson! Well, ... News -- August 2012
8/31 High Heat Stats: NL winner-take-all games: Following up from yesterday’s post on AL winner-take-all games, here is the NL summary. As mentioned in the earlier post, ... News -- July 2012
7/6 Bleeding Yankee Blue: WIN OR LOSE, THE YANKEES & RED SOX HAVE A HISTORY:
I love this rivalry.
Growing up, there were never Red Sox fans around me, it was a much
smaller market... at least ... News -- May 2012
5/10 High Heat Stats: Jekyll and Hyde Pitchers: Recently, John Autin coined the term “disaster start” to denote starts where a pitcher allows more runs than innings ... News -- January 2012
1/29 Bleeding Yankee Blue: WHY BERNIE WILLIAMS STILL SWINGS FOR THE FENCES: (Photo credit : Bill Menzel)This past Saturday night I had the privilege to attend the annual charity gala for the Hillside Food ...
1/4 High Heat Stats: Don Mueller, 1927-2011: Don Mueller, a 12-year MLB veteran who led the majors with 212 hits in 1954, passed away on December 28.Mueller, a right fielder, was ... News -- December 2011
12/30 22gigantes.com: Don Mueller, teammate of Willie Mays and Bobby Thomson, dies at 84: Sad news in the baseball world tonight as Don Mueller, who played for the New York Giants from 1948 to 1957, has died. He was ... News -- November 2011
11/10 NY Baseball Digest: Closing the Book on Jorge Posada and the Yankees: It shouldn’t be a surprise that Jorge Posada announced his career with the Yankees is over. “I don’t think there’s ... News -- October 2011
10/31 C70 At The Bat: Book Review: The Mets and A Moment In Time:
One of the wonderful things about being a blogger is that people want to send you baseball books. Now, personally, I ...
10/23 NY Baseball Digest: Listen: Ralph Branca “A Moment in Time” @ 8pm: I have the pleasure of Ralph Branca headlining the show tonight. Ralph recently published a book with David Ritz called “A ...
10/15 The Writer's Journey: “Talking Baseball with Ed Randall” now on @Netflix streaming!: This just popped up on my RSS feed today…and I’m very interested to watch some of these interviews! Look at a few ...
10/10 B-R Blog: 500+ IP Before Age 23 & An ERA+ >=110: Since 1901, how many pitchers have logged at least 500 innings before their age 23 season while maintaining an ERA+ of 110 or ...
10/3 22gigantes.com: Book review: “A Moment In Time” — Ralph Branca: OCT. 3 — When Ralph Branca’s new book A Moment In Time ($25, Amazon) arrived at my house last Thursday, my 7-year ... News -- September 2011
9/30 B-R Blog: Matt Moore (3 games in the major leagues) will start Game 1 for the Rays: The Rays have opted to have rookie Matt Moore start Game 1 of the Division Series against the Rangers. (h/t to LoHud Yankees ... News -- July 2011
7/15 B-R Blog: 9+ ER Allowed & Gets The Win: Since 1919, how many pitchers have allowed 9+ ER in a game where they also were credited with the win? Here is the list - Rk Player ... News -- May 2011
5/15 Rising Apple: Brooklyn Dodger Ralph Branca holds spring fundraiser to benefit Sports Angels charity: Ralph Branca with authorFamed Brooklyn Dodger pitcher Ralph Branca proceeded over an evening of "casino and **** to benefit the ... News -- March 2011
3/9 NY Baseball Digest: Bobby V Brings His Zen to the Movies: Big league manager, ESPN analyst, Director of Public Safety, and now movie producer can be used to describe the roles of Bobby ...
3/6 The Captain's Blog: Did Ralph Kramden Really Have Tickets to the 1954 World Series?: Where was Ralph Kramden really going on October 3, 1954? In the Honeymooners sketch, “Game Called on Account of Marriage”, ... News -- December 2010
12/27 PhillyBaseballNews.com: An Average Pitcher…Only if YOU didn’t have to face him: Tom Underwood was the quintessential average major league pitcher. In fact, over the course of an 11-year (1974 to 1984) major ... News -- October 2010
10/9 B-R Blog: Young Starters In The Post-Season: Phil Hughes is 24.29 years old at this moment and will be starting Game 3 of the 2010 ALDS for the Yankees this evening. How ... News -- August 2010
8/18 BC Sports: NY Giants Legend Bobby Thomson Dies at 86: NY Giants' baseball legend Bobby Thomson died at home in Savannah, Georgia, on Monday at age 86 after a long illness. Thomson ...