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Branca, Ralph


From the "This Great Game" card back: Nietzschke wrote “Love your fate, for it is your life.” The fates dealt Ralph Branca a tough one when he surrendered the home run to Bobby Thomson that lost the 1951 pennant for the Dodgers. But Mr. Branca learned to accept his fate and even embrace his role in one of baseball’s most epic moments. When he was at his best, and well rested, Branca was a tough pitcher, winning 21 games for Brooklyn in 1947, the first of three seasons when the Mt. Vernon native was an All-Star.

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Birth Date: January 6, 1926
Birth Location: Mount Vernon, NY
Death Date: November 23, 2016
Death Location: Rye NY, USA
Weight: 220 lb
Height: 6 ft 3 in
Bats: R
Throws: R
Debut Date: June 12, 1944
Final Game Date: September 7, 1956
Years Played: 14
Games Played: 322
At Bats: 464
Runs: 35
Hits: 66
Doubles: 6
Triples: 1
Home Runs: 2
RBIs: 31
Stolen Bases: 0
Base on Balls: 36
Batting Average: 0.142
Position: Pitcher

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