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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, New York, United States
High School: Davis HS (Mount Vernon, NY)
School: New York University (New York, NY)

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Register Pitching

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA RAvg G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1943 17 -3.6 Olean PONY D BRO 5 5 .500 4.63 5.35 14 13 101.0 106 60 52 48 1.525 9.4 4.3
1944 18 -9.1 Montreal IL AA BRO 4 5 .444 4.44 5.20 12 11 5 1 71.0 69 41 35 39 37 1 1 5 1.521 8.7 4.9 4.7 0.95
1944 18 -11.7 BRO NL MLB BRO 0 2 .000 7.05 7.25 21 1 10 0 0 1 44.2 46 36 35 2 32 16 5 0 4 214 1.746 9.3 0.4 6.4 3.2 0.50
1945 19 -8.7 St. Paul AA AA BRO 6 5 .545 3.33 4.32 15 14 1 6 2 100.0 87 48 37 64 94 3 0 4 1.510 7.8 5.8 8.5 1.47
1945 19 -11.5 BRO NL MLB BRO 5 6 .455 3.04 3.61 16 15 1 7 0 1 109.2 73 44 37 4 79 69 0 0 6 476 1.386 6.0 0.3 6.5 5.7 0.87
1946 20 -9.6 BRO NL MLB BRO 3 1 .750 3.88 4.54 24 10 7 2 2 3 67.1 62 34 29 4 41 42 0 1 1 297 1.530 8.3 0.5 5.5 5.6 1.02
1947 21 -8.2 BRO NL MLB BRO 21 12 .636 2.67 3.21 43 36 5 15 4 1 280.0 251 100 83 22 98 148 6 1 7 1158 1.246 8.1 0.7 3.2 4.8 1.51
1948 22 -6.9 BRO NL MLB BRO 14 9 .609 3.51 3.88 36 28 4 11 1 1 215.2 189 93 84 24 80 122 4 0 9 905 1.247 7.9 1.0 3.3 5.1 1.53
1949 23 -5.8 BRO NL MLB BRO 13 5 .722 4.39 4.82 34 27 1 9 2 1 186.2 181 100 91 21 91 109 2 0 3 813 1.457 8.7 1.0 4.4 5.3 1.20
1950 24 -4.3 BRO NL MLB BRO 7 9 .438 4.69 5.07 43 15 16 5 0 7 142.0 152 80 74 24 55 100 0 4 1 621 1.458 9.6 1.5 3.5 6.3 1.82
1951 25 -3.6 BRO NL MLB BRO 13 12 .520 3.26 3.57 42 27 11 13 3 3 204.0 180 81 74 19 85 118 3 0 6 855 1.299 7.9 0.8 3.8 5.2 1.39
1952 26 -2.4 BRO NL MLB BRO 4 2 .667 3.84 4.28 16 7 5 2 0 0 61.0 52 29 26 8 21 26 4 0 2 251 1.197 7.7 1.2 3.1 3.8 1.24
1953 27 -2.7 2 Teams 2 Lgs MLB DET-BRO 4 7 .364 4.70 5.34 24 14 8 7 0 1 113.0 113 67 59 11 36 55 4 0 5 485 1.319 9.0 0.9 2.9 4.4 1.53
1953 27 -1.5 BRO NL MLB BRO 0 0 9.82 9.82 7 0 5 0 0 0 11.0 15 12 12 4 5 5 2 0 0 51 1.818 12.3 3.3 4.1 4.1 1.00
1953 27 -2.8 DET AL MLB DET 4 7 .364 4.15 4.85 17 14 3 7 0 1 102.0 98 55 47 7 31 50 2 0 5 434 1.265 8.6 0.6 2.7 4.4 1.61
Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA RAvg G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1954 28 -0.6 2 Teams AL MLB DET-NYY 4 3 .571 5.12 5.90 22 8 5 0 0 0 58.0 72 38 33 10 43 22 3 0 0 288 1.983 11.2 1.6 6.7 3.4 0.51
1954 28 -0.6 DET AL MLB DET 3 3 .500 5.76 6.55 17 5 4 0 0 0 45.1 63 33 29 10 30 15 2 0 0 227 2.051 12.5 2.0 6.0 3.0 0.50
1954 28 -0.6 NYY AL MLB NYY 1 0 1.000 2.84 3.55 5 3 1 0 0 0 12.2 9 5 4 0 13 7 1 0 0 61 1.737 6.4 0.0 9.2 5.0 0.54
1955 29 2.5 Minneapolis AA AAA NYG 3 3 .500 7.36 7.91 25 9 1 0 66.0 84 58 54 15 36 1 40 2 0 11 1.818 11.5 2.0 4.9 5.5 1.11
1956 30 1.4 BRO NL MLB BRO 0 0 0.00 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 9 1.500 4.5 0.0 9.0 9.0 1.00
MLB (12 seasons) MLB 88 68 .564 3.79 4.26 322 188 74 71 12 19 1484.0 1372 702 625 149 663 0 829 31 6 44 6372 1.371 8.3 0.9 4.0 5.0 1.25
Minors (4 seasons) Minors 18 18 .500 4.74 5.51 66 47 1 12 3 338.0 346 207 178 15 187 1 171 6 1 20 1.577 9.2 5.0
All Levels (14 Seasons) 106 86 .552 3.97 4.49 388 235 75 83 15 19 1822.0 1718 909 803 164 850 1 1000 37 7 64 6372 1.409 8.5 4.2
AA (2 seasons) Minors 10 10 .500 3.79 4.68 27 25 1 11 3 171.0 156 89 72 103 131 4 1 9 1.515 8.2 5.4 6.9 1.27
A 7890 (underlined) value in the totals indicates career mark is incomplete.

Register Batting

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1943 17 -3.1 Olean PONY D BRO 14 36 10 2 0 0 .278 .333 12
1944 18 -8.6 Montreal IL AA BRO 12 28 24 1 2 0 1 0 4 0 0 4 7 .083 .214 .167 .381 4 0 0 0
1944 18 -10.8 BRO NL MLB BRO 21 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
1945 19 -9.2 St. Paul AA AA BRO 15 38 31 3 4 0 0 0 2 0 2 10 .129 .182 .129 .311 4 0 0 5
1945 19 -10.1 BRO NL MLB BRO 16 42 40 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 .100 .100 .125 .225 5 0 0 2
1946 20 -8.7 BRO NL MLB BRO 24 23 18 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 8 .111 .304 .111 .415 2 1 0 0
1947 21 -7.7 BRO NL MLB BRO 43 113 97 8 12 1 0 0 9 0 7 34 .124 .183 .134 .317 13 2 0 9
1948 22 -6.0 BRO NL MLB BRO 36 82 74 3 15 1 0 0 2 0 5 16 .203 .253 .216 .469 16 3 0 3
1949 23 -5.1 BRO NL MLB BRO 34 79 62 5 5 1 0 0 2 0 9 26 .081 .197 .097 .294 6 1 0 8
1950 24 -3.9 BRO NL MLB BRO 43 45 34 3 4 0 0 2 7 0 4 10 .118 .211 .294 .505 10 1 0 7
1951 25 -3.5 BRO NL MLB BRO 42 71 63 6 11 1 0 0 4 0 0 2 26 .175 .200 .190 .390 12 1 0 6
1952 26 -2.3 BRO NL MLB BRO 16 20 19 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 9 .158 .158 .158 .316 3 0 0 1
1953 27 -1.7 2 Teams 2 Lgs MLB DET-BRO 24 37 34 3 4 0 1 0 4 0 0 2 14 .118 .167 .176 .343 6 2 0 1
1953 27 -1.1 BRO NL MLB BRO 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1953 27 -1.7 DET AL MLB DET 17 37 34 3 4 0 1 0 4 0 0 2 14 .118 .167 .176 .343 6 2 0 1
Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1954 28 -0.4 2 Teams AL MLB DET-NYY 22 19 17 3 6 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 .353 .421 .412 .833 7 1 0 0 0
1954 28 -0.4 DET AL MLB DET 17 15 13 2 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 .308 .400 .385 .785 5 1 0 0 0
1954 28 -0.4 NYY AL MLB NYY 5 4 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 2 0 0 0 0
1955 29 2.3 Minneapolis AA AAA NYG 25 20 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 .000 .125 .000 .125 0 1 0 4 0
1956 30 1.8 BRO NL MLB BRO 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MLB (12 seasons) MLB 322 537 464 35 66 6 1 2 31 0 0 36 160 .142 .204 .172 .376 80 12 0 37 0 0
Minors (4 seasons) Minors 66 122 105 5 16 2 1 0 6 0 0 8 26 .152 .190 20 1 0 9 0
All Levels (14 Seasons) 388 659 569 40 82 8 2 2 37 0 0 44 186 .144 .176 100 13 0 46 0 0
AA (2 seasons) Minors 27 66 55 4 6 0 1 0 6 0 0 6 17 .109 .197 .145 .342 8 0 0 5
A 7890 (underlined) value in the totals indicates career mark is incomplete.

Register Fielding

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO
1943 17 Olean PONY D BRO P 14
1944 18 Montreal IL AA BRO P 12 26 3 23 0 0 1.000 2.17
1944 18 BRO NL MLB BRO P 21 45.0 10 2 8 0 0 1.000 2.00 0.48
1945 19 St. Paul AA AA BRO P 15 26 3 22 1 0 .962 1.67
1945 19 BRO NL MLB BRO P 16 110.0 29 7 20 2 1 .931 2.21 1.69
1946 20 BRO NL MLB BRO P 24 67.0 10 3 6 1 1 .900 1.21 0.38
1947 21 BRO NL MLB BRO P 43 280.0 47 9 35 3 0 .936 1.41 1.02
1948 22 BRO NL MLB BRO P 36 216.0 29 10 18 1 0 .966 1.17 0.78
1949 23 BRO NL MLB BRO P 34 187.0 23 6 15 2 0 .913 1.01 0.62
1950 24 BRO NL MLB BRO P 43 142.0 27 8 19 0 0 1.000 1.71 0.63
1951 25 BRO NL MLB BRO P 42 204.0 31 12 19 0 2 1.000 1.37 0.74
1952 26 BRO NL MLB BRO P 16 61.0 13 5 7 1 1 .923 1.77 0.75
1953 27 2 Teams 2 Lgs MLB DET-BRO P 24 113.0 20 7 12 1 1 .950 1.51 0.79
1953 27 BRO NL MLB BRO P 7 11.0 2 0 2 0 1 1.000 1.64 0.29
1953 27 DET AL MLB DET P 17 102.0 18 7 10 1 0 .944 1.50 1.00
Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO
1954 28 2 Teams AL MLB DET-NYY P 22 58.0 13 3 9 1 1 .923 1.86 0.55
1954 28 DET AL MLB DET P 17 45.0 8 2 6 0 1 1.000 1.60 0.47
1954 28 NYY AL MLB NYY P 5 13.0 5 1 3 1 0 .800 2.77 0.80
1955 29 Minneapolis AA AAA NYG P 25 15 7 7 1 0 .933 0.56
1956 30 BRO NL MLB BRO P 1 2.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 4.50 1.00
MLB (12 seasons) MLB P 322 1485.0 253 72 169 12 7 .953 1.46 0.75
Minors (4 seasons) Minors P 66 67 13 52 2 0
All Levels (14 Seasons) P 388 1485.0 320 85 221 14 7
A 7890 (underlined) value in the totals indicates career mark is incomplete.

Sabr ID: 9655b2b0

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