Ralph Branca, who served ‘shot’, dead at 90
Former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca, who gave up Bobby Thomson’s famed “Shot Heard ’Round the World” died Wednesday. He was 90.
His son-in-law, former big league manager Bobby Valentine, said Branca died at a nursing home in Rye Brook, N.Y.
Branca was brought in from the bullpen in the bottom of the ninth inning during the deciding Game 3 of the National League pennant playoff on Oct. 3, 1951, he gave up a three-run homer to Thomson that gave the rival New York Giants a stunning 5-4 victory.