Ralph Branca - 1951 Bowman

Ralph Theodore Joseph Branca (January 6, 1926-) threw one of the most notorious pitches in Major League history when he served Bobby Thomson an 0-1 pitch that he drove over the left field wall to win the one-game playoff and entrance into the 1951 World Series. Dubbed “the Shot Heard Round the World”, Thomson’s most memorable moment haunted Branca for the rest of his career, despite pitching six more years in the Majors. In all, Ralph pitched 12 seasons of big league ball with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1944-1953, 1956), the Detroit Tigers (1953-1954) and the New York Yankees (1954). The three-time All-Star anchored the Dodgers pitching staff for 11 seasons, winning 10 or more games in four of five seasons from 1947 to 1951 including 21 wins in 1947. Branca led the National League in starts in 1947 (36) as well and then in winning percentage (.722 with a 13-5 record) in 1949. His Dodgers appeared in the 1947 and 1949 World Series, only to fall to the cross-town New York Yankees. Though he enjoyed early success, Thomson’s home run stalled Branca’s career and he struggled to return to the success he enjoyed early in his career. Ralph Branca ended his career following the 1956 season having compiled a, 88-68 record with 71 complete games, 12 shutouts, 19 saves, 829 strikeouts and a 3.79 ERA in 322 games and 188 starts.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT+ 8.5 (5)

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