A Moment in Time

An American Story of Baseball, Heartbreak, and Grace

A Moment in Time

  • Scribner | 
  • 240 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451636901 | 
  • October 2014

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The Shot Heard 'Round the World

Ralph Branca discusses the controversy that now surrounds his infamous pitch that became known as the "Shot Heard 'Round the World," when Bobby Thomson hit the historic home run that won the pennant for the New York Giants in 1951.

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Ralph Branca
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Ralph Branca

Ralph Branca was born in 1926 in Mount Vernon, New York. He was 18 years old when he signed his professional contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1947, Branca won 21 games and lost 12 with an ERA of 2.67. He appeared in three All-Star games, and was the starting pitcher in the 1947 All-Star Game at the age of 21. Branca made two post-Season Appearances in the 1947 and 1949 World Series. He played professional baseball for twelve seasons, from 1944 to 1956, during which he won 88 games and lost 68, with a career ERA is 3.79 in 1,484 innings pitched. Branca, still active as a Chartered Life Underwriter, is a successful businessman living in Rye, New York, with his wife Ann.

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