Saturday, January 06, 2007

Happy Birthday, Ralph Branca

From "Today's Birthdays" at 6-4-2:

Ralph Branca BRO b. 1926, played 1944-1953, 1956, All-Star: 1947-1949. Poor Ralph Branca: though he did throw the Shot Heard Round The World, it wasn't entirely his fault; the Dodgers should have had Clem Labine on the mound (q.v.), and more depth in the pitching staff. (Interestingly, though, 1951 was Branca's last good season.) Years later, he toured with Bobby Thomson, and the two became friends.

And who knew Branca is Bobby Valentine's father-in-law?