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A moment in time : an American story of baseball, heartbreak, and grace

Author: Ralph Branca; David Ritz
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st scribner hardcover edView all editions and formats
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"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 one of baseball's most thrilling moments, but that notoriety belies a profoundly successful life and career. A Moment in Time details the remarkable story of a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Ralph Branca; Ralph Branca; Ralph Branca
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ralph Branca; David Ritz
ISBN: 9781451636871 1451636873 9781451636918 1451636911
OCLC Number: 707328032
Notes: Includes index.
Description: x, 223 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Ladies' Day --
League of Nations --
Teenage tryouts --
Teenage rookie --
The Lip --
El Cheapo --
The year that changed the world --
The buildup --
"Polka dots and moonbeams" --
In the year of our Lord, Nineteen-hundred Fifty-one --
In the year of our Lord, Nineteen-hundred Fifty-one, the month of September --
In the year of our Lord, Nineteen-hundred Fifty-one, the month of October --
The white handkerchief --
The Coca-Cola catastrophe --
One Wollensak telescope --
How sweet it is --
The stigma --
Hellos and good-byes --
Improbable friendship --
January 31, 2001 --
A moment in time.
Responsibility: Ralph Branca with David Ritz.

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"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 one of baseball's most thrilling moments, 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, the late 1940s. ... [It] offers a rare first-person perspective on the golden era of baseball, opening a window on a world populated by legendary characters such as Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Gil Hodges, Leo Durocher, Branch Rickey, and Walter O'Malley"--

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