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Branca, Ralph Theodore Joseph (Hawk)

Born: 1926 AD
Currently alive, at 89 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Baseball Player


1926 - Born on the 6th of January in Mount Vernon, New York. He is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball.

1944-1956 - Branca played for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1947 - A three-time All-Star, he won 80 games for the Dodgers with a career-high 21 wins.

1951 - He is also remembered for one infamous relief appearance in a playoff game against the crosstown rival New York Giants.

1953-1954 - Played for Detroit Tigers.

1954 - Played for New York Yankees.

1986 - Branca's experience is in stark contrast to that of Donnie Moore of the California Angels, who gave up a dramatic home run to Boston's Dave Henderson in the American League Championship Series, and committed suicide three years later.

2001 - Branca later learned from Detroit Tiger Ted Gray that the Giants had stolen the signs to the two pitches he threw Thomson.

       - That rumor was confirmed in The Wall Street Journal, when Giant Sal Yvars admitted that he relayed to Thomson the stolen signs for Branca's fastballs.

2007 - Branca lives at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York, where he has been a member for about 40 years. He is also a member of the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.


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