Brook­lyn Dodgers hurler Branca dead at age 90

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Ralph Branca, the Brook­lyn Dodgers pitcher and three­time All-Star who gave up the home run dubbed the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World,” has died at the age of 90.

Ralph Branca, the Brook­lyn Dodgers pitcher who gave up the home run dubbed the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World,” has died at the age of 90.

Son-in-law Bobby Valen­tine, a for­mer ma­jor league man­ager, says Branca died Wed­nes­day at a nurs­ing home in Rye, New York.

The home run that Branca gave up on Oct. 3, 1951, be­came one of the most fa­mous in base­ball his­tory.

Bobby Thomson hit a three-run homer off Branca with one out in the bot­tom of the ninth to give the New York Giants a dra­matic 5-4 play­off vic­tory and the Na­tional League pen­nant. Thomson’s hero­ics put the Giants into the World Se­ries.

Branca, a three-time All-Star, spent the first 11 sea­sons of his big-league ca­reer with the Dodgers. He also pitched for the Tigers and Yan­kees.

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