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Branca, Ralph 1926-2016

Overview
Works: 49 works in 71 publications in 1 language and 1,549 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Autobiographies  History  Biographical films  Documentary films  Sports films  Historical films  Nonfiction films  Juvenile works  Children's songs 
Roles: Author, Performer, Speaker
Classifications: GV865.B7174, 796.357092
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Ralph Branca
Branca's pitch( Visual )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1951, Ralph Branca became a legendary figure in baseball history when the Brooklyn Dodgers lost the National League pennant to the New York Giants by giving up the game-winning homerun termed "The Shot Heard Round the World." Jeered and labeled a scapegoat for the rest of his life, he never reclaimed his career. Follow Branca's journey to pen a memoir that tells his side of the story, to try and restore his fascinating, yet overlooked legacy in baseball's Golden Age of the '40s and '50s
Voices of baseball's shot heard round the world by Bobby Thompson( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On October 3, 1951, the New York Giants' Bobby Thomson hit a dramatic ninth inning game-winning home run off the Brooklyn Dodgers' Ralph Branca at the Polo Grounds in the decisive third game of a three-game playoff to win the National League pennant. It would be known in baseball lore as the "Shot Heard 'Round the World." The game-the first ever televised nationally-was seen by millions of viewers across America and heard on radio by millions more, including thousands of American servicemen stationed in Korea, listening on Armed Forces Radio
Your golden childhood : the best of Little Golden Records, vol. 1( Recording )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A moment in time : [an American story of baseball, heartbreak, and grace] by Ralph Branca( )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ralph Branca is best known for throwing the pitch that resulted in Bobby Thomson's Shot Heard 'Round the World, the historic homerun that capped an incredible comeback and won the pennant for the Giants in 1951. And so Branca was on the losing end of what many consider to be baseball's most thrilling moment, but that notoriety belies a profoundly successful life and career. A Moment in Time is the remarkable story of a man who could have been destroyed by a supreme professional embarrassmentbut wasn't. Branca came up as a young phenom, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers during their heyday. He was a staple of the Dodgers' teams in the late 40's, dominating the National League. New York City itself was immersed in post-war optimism, and the three teams produced passionate rivalries. It's no stretch to say that New York baseball was the center of the sporting universe. In those days, the players were part of the fabric of the neighborhoods, of the city itself. It's a world populated by legendary characters like Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Gil Hodges, Leo Durocher, Branch Rickey, and Walter O'Malley. This is the world that Branca's memoir evokes. The infamous homerun is, of course, still deeply ingrained in that story. Seven years ago, Joshua Prager reported in the Wall Street Journal that the Giants had cheated, illegally stolen signs, and that Bobby Thomson knew a fastball was coming on that fateful pitch. Prager's story made international headlines and produced a bestselling book, but it wasn't news to Ralph Branca, who found out from a teammate in 1954. Over the years, Branca has always declined to comment on the scandal, out of respect for his friendship with Thomson. He is finally ready to tell his story, which is as entertaining and inspiring as any classic baseball tale
The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! by Bobby Thomson( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Brooklyn Dodgers : the original America's team( Visual )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... an intimate biographical look at four men who were the heart and soul of a sports dynasty [the Brooklyn Dodgers] ... It also examines the political and social forces of the time, the factors and personalities behind the team's move to California, and the unique place the Dodgers had, and have, in the hearts of its fans ... Dodger and American history, from the 1940's through the early 1960's"--Summary from 1996 Peabody Digest. Profiles the life of Duke Snider. Includes archival and home movie footage and interviews with friends, family, and associates
The Brooklyn Dodgers : the original America's team( Visual )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... examines the political and social forces of the time, the factors and personalities behind the team's move to California, and the unique place the Dodgers had, and have, in the hearts of its fans ... Dodger and American history, from the 1940's through the early 1960's"--Summary from 1996 Peabody Digest. Profiles the social and political climate of 1950's Brooklyn and Los Angeles that led to the Dodgers and NY Giants moves to California. Includes archival footage and interviews with players, fans, authors and others
A moment in time : an American story of baseball, heartbreak, and grace by Ralph Branca( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A first-hand account of the golden era of baseball from Jackie Robinson's friend, former teammate and featured player in the 2013 biopic "42." Ralph Branca is best known for throwing the pitch that resulted in Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard 'Round the World," the historic home run that capped an incredible comeback and won the pennant for the New York Giants in 1951. Branca was on the losing end of what many consider to be baseball's most thrilling moment, but that notoriety belies a profoundly successful life and career. A Moment in Time details the remarkable story of a man who could have been destroyed by a supreme professional embarrassment'but wasn't. Branca came up as a young phenom, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers during their heyday. He was a staple of the Dodgers' teams in the late 1940s, dominating the National League. It's no stretch to say that New York baseball was the center of the sporting universe and that the players were part of the fabric of the neighborhoods, of the city itself. A Moment in Time offers a rare first-person perspective on the golden era of baseball, opening a window on an amazing world populated by legendary characters such as Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Gil Hodges, Leo Durocher, Branch Rickey, and Walter O'Malley. Ralph Branca sits us down and tells us an entertaining, deeply inspiring, classic baseball tale. *** I LOVE BASEBALL. "Baseball is the reason I am writing this book, the reason I've led a life worth reexamining and dissecting. Baseball is the passion that carried me from childhood to manhood. It is how I fought my way from the working class to the middle class. Were it not for baseball, I would not have met Ann, my wife, the mother of our daughters, and my dearest friend for the past sixty years. Baseball has excited my mind, stirred my soul, and brought out the best in me. I look at baseball deeply. Most of us whose lives have been defined by baseball do. Of course, it's principally a sport'a beautiful sport based on a poetic geometry. It is a game played outside of time. You play it not until the clock runs out, but until there is a clear winner. That takes as long as it takes. It is a pastoral game usually set inside a city. You play in a pasture'an urban pasture'where an expanse of grass calls you to the competition. Of course, you can also play on the dirt field of a farm, a sandlot, or a concrete street. Wherever you play, though, time is suspended. Like millions of other kids, I lost track of time whenever I played'playing through breakfast, lunch, dinner; playing until the very last rays of daylight disappeared; playing under the glow of a street lamp or a full moon; playing with the hope that the game would never stop and that real time'any time but baseball time'would never resume. The dream was to turn life into a baseball game." 'from the Introduction
National Boys' Club week( Recording )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This recording contains music and celebrity speeches in observance of National Boys' Club week
[Baseball player Jackie Robinson is remembered] by Susan Spencer( Recording )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Baseball great Jackie Robinson is remembered in this retrospective of the Dodger player's entrance into the major league as its first African American player. Pitcher Ralph Branca and Robinson's wife Rachael reflect on the moment, the challenge, the harassment, and the triumph. Clips of the new movie "42" are interspersed with interviews of players, family and cast. Susan Spencer narrates for the CBS show "Sunday Morning."
Baseball's immortal heroes by Nat Bilsky( Recording )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Take me out to the ballgame by Jack Norworth( Recording )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

CD with accompanying book of the familiar baseball song. CD includes two other songs also performed by Carly Simon
Famous moments in sports( Recording )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Compilation of old time radio shows covering sports and sports personalities from the 1930's, 1940's, and 1950's. Mel Allen covers moments in baseball featuring Yankee slugger Babe Ruth, Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell, Cincinnati pitcher Johnny Vander Meer on his successive no-hit games, Lou Gerhig's retirement, hits by Yankees' "Cookie" Lavagetto and Joe DiMaggio, Ruth's final address to Yankees fans as he dies of cancer, Russ Hodges calling Bobby Thompson's home run to win the 1951 pennant for the Giants, and Ralph Branca the losing pitcher with Duke Snider commenting with Eddie Stanky and manager Leo Durocher. Dodger Roy Campanella wishes the Giants well. Don Dunphy narrates a look at the world of boxing featuring Jack Dempsey on his fight with Jess Willard, the Dempsey vs. Gene Tunney fight "long count", the Joe Louis vs. Tommy Farr fight and the Louis vs. Max Schmeling 1939 knockout in two minutes, Louis' inductions into the U.S. Army, then more Louis fights after the war. Clem McCarthy narrates a feature about college football including Roy Riegels wrong-way run for California against Georgia Tech in the 1929 Rose Bowl, and a news bulletin on the Pearl Harbor attack interrupting a pro football game. Marty Glickman looks at the 1936 Olympics, the success of Jesse Owens, and Roger Bannister's four minute mile in 1954. Clem McCarthy covers horse racing
Take Me Out To The Ball Game; The Umpire by Norworth( Recording )

and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Brooklyn Dodgers Jump by Simon( Recording )

and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Brooklyn Dodgers Jump by Simon( Recording )

and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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A moment in time : an American story of baseball, heartbreak, and graceA moment in time : [an American story of baseball, heartbreak, and grace]The echoing green : [the untold story of Bobby Thomson, Ralph Branca, and the shot heard round the world]
Alternative Names
Ralph Branca American baseball player

Ralph Branca Amerikaans honkballer

Ralph Branca joueur américain de baseball

Ralph Branca yhdysvaltalainen baseballpelaaja

Ральф Бранка

ラルフ・ブランカ

Languages
English (53)