Ralph Branca Stats

Ralph Branca was born on Wednesday, January 6, 1926, in Mount Vernon, New York. Branca was 18 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June 12, 1944, with the Brooklyn Dodgers. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Ralph Branca baseball stats page.

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" RALPH BRANCA : Ralph Branca spent a dozen years in the big leagues. Using his strong right arm he posted eighty-eight career wins, was named to three All-Star teams, and won a World Series game at the age of twenty-one. But all that was forever obscured, right or wrong, when he gave up The Shot Heard 'Round the World . According to two future Hall of Famers, Branca was expected to be a star when he arrived in the big leagues in the mid-1940s. 'He was real fast and there was a wide sweep to his curve,' said New York Giants manager Mel Ott in 1945. 'There was a slight deception to his delivery that had a tendency to throw the hitters off stride. He's a fine looking young pitcher.' That same year catcher Al Lopez said, 'Branca showed us a real fastball and a sharp curve. He has a chance to be one of the best right-handers in the National League.'" - Author Fay Vincent in We Would Have Played for Nothing: Baseball Stars of the 1950s and 1960s Talk About the Game They Loved (Simon & Schuster, 1 Apr. 2008, Page 3)

Ralph Branca

Ralph Branca Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#293 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1991top05' title='1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Ralph Branca Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#293 | Checklist )

Birth Name:
Ralph Theodore Joseph Branca
Nickname:
Hawk
Born On:
01-06-1926  (Capricorn)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Mount Vernon, New York
Year of Death Data Died On:
11-23-2016 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Rye, New York
Cemetery:
Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, New York
High School:
A. B. Davis High School (Mount Vernon, NY)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-03
Player Weight Chart Weight:
220
First Game:
06-12-1944 (Age 18)
Last Game:
09-07-1956
Draft:
Not Applicable

Ralph Branca

Ralph Branca Pitching Stats

1944 18 Dodgers 21 1 10 0 2 .000 7.05 0 0 1 44.2 214 46 35 36 2 32 5 16 4 5 0 -
1945 19 Dodgers 16 15 1 5 6 .455 3.04 7 0 1 109.2 476 73 37 44 4 79 8 69 6 0 0 -
1946 20 Dodgers 24 10 7 3 1 .750 3.88 2 2 3 67.1 297 62 29 34 4 41 6 42 1 0 1 -
1947 21 Dodgers 43 36 5 21 12 .636 2.67 15 4 1 280.0 1,158 251 83 100 22 98 10 148 7 6 1 -
1948 22 Dodgers 36 28 4 14 9 .609 3.51 11 1 1 215.2 905 189 84 93 24 80 4 122 9 4 0 -
1949 23 Dodgers 34 27 1 13 5 .722 4.39 9 2 1 186.2 813 181 91 100 21 91 3 109 3 2 0 -
1950 24 Dodgers 43 15 16 7 9 .438 4.69 5 0 7 142.0 621 152 74 80 24 55 5 100 1 0 4 -
1951 25 Dodgers 42 27 11 13 12 .520 3.26 13 3 3 204.0 855 180 74 81 19 85 6 118 6 3 0 -
1952 26 Dodgers 16 7 5 4 2 .667 3.84 2 0 0 61.0 251 52 26 29 8 21 3 26 2 4 0 -
1953 27 Dodgers 7 0 5 0 0 .000 9.82 0 0 0 11.0 51 15 12 12 4 5 0 5 0 2 0 -
1953 27 Tigers 17 14 3 4 7 .364 4.15 7 0 1 102.0 434 98 47 55 7 31 2 50 5 2 0 -
1954 28 Tigers 17 5 4 3 3 .500 5.76 0 0 0 45.1 227 63 29 33 10 30 3 15 0 2 0 -
1954 28 Yankees 5 3 1 1 0 1.000 2.84 0 0 0 12.2 61 9 4 5 0 13 0 7 0 1 0 -
1956 30 Dodgers 1 0 1 0 0 .000 0.00 0 0 0 2.0 9 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 -
12 Years 322 188 74 88 68 .564 3.79 71 12 19 1,484.0 6,372 1,372 625 702 149 663 55 829 44 31 6 -

Ralph Branca

Ralph Branca Hitting Stats

1944 18 Dodgers 21 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1945 19 Dodgers 16 40 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 2 0 0 0 .100 .100 .125
1946 20 Dodgers 24 18 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 8 0 0 0 1 .111 .304 .111
1947 21 Dodgers 43 97 8 12 1 0 0 0 9 7 0 34 9 0 0 2 .124 .183 .134
1948 22 Dodgers 36 74 3 15 1 0 0 0 2 5 0 16 3 0 0 3 .203 .253 .216
1949 23 Dodgers 34 62 5 5 1 0 0 0 2 9 0 26 8 0 0 1 .081 .197 .097
1950 24 Dodgers 43 34 3 4 0 0 2 0 7 4 0 10 7 0 0 1 .118 .211 .294
1951 25 Dodgers 42 63 6 11 1 0 0 0 4 2 0 26 6 0 0 1 .175 .200 .190
1952 26 Dodgers 16 19 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 9 1 0 0 0 .158 .158 .158
1953 27 Dodgers 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1953 27 Tigers 17 34 3 4 0 1 0 0 4 2 0 14 1 0 0 2 .118 .167 .176
1954 28 Tigers 17 13 2 4 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 1 .308 .400 .385
1954 28 Yankees 5 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
1956 30 Dodgers 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
12 Years 322 464 35 66 6 1 2 0 31 36 0 160 37 0 0 12 .142 .204 .172

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Ralph Branca Fielding Stats

1944 Dodgers P 21 1 134 10 0.5 10 2 8 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.01
1945 Dodgers P 16 15 329 29 1.8 27 7 20 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .931 2.22
1946 Dodgers P 24 10 202 10 0.4 9 3 6 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .900 1.20
1947 Dodgers P 43 36 840 47 1.1 44 9 35 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .936 1.41
1948 Dodgers P 36 28 647 29 0.8 28 10 18 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .966 1.17
1949 Dodgers P 34 27 560 23 0.7 21 6 15 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .913 1.01
1950 Dodgers P 43 15 426 27 0.6 27 8 19 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.71
1951 Dodgers P 42 27 612 31 0.7 31 12 19 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.37
1952 Dodgers P 16 7 183 13 0.8 12 5 7 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .923 1.77
1953 Dodgers P 7 0 33 2 0.3 2 0 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.64
1953 Tigers P 17 14 306 18 1.1 17 7 10 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .944 1.50
1954 Tigers P 17 5 136 8 0.5 8 2 6 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.59
1954 Yankees P 5 3 38 5 1.0 4 1 3 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .800 2.84
1956 Dodgers P 1 0 6 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
P Totals 322 188 4,452 253 0.8 241 72 169 12 7 n/a n/a n/a .953 1.46
12 Years 322 188 4,452 253 0.8 241 72 169 12 7 n/a n/a n/a .953 1.46

Ralph Branca

Ralph Branca Miscellaneous Stats

1944 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 0.50 3.22 6.45
1945 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.6 0.0 0.87 5.66 6.48
1946 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.3 0.0 1.02 5.61 5.48
1947 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.9 10.8 1.51 4.76 3.15
1948 Dodgers 0 1 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.6 37.0 1.53 5.09 3.34
1949 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.4 31.0 1.20 5.26 4.39
1950 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 17.0 3.4 4.9 1.82 6.34 3.49
1951 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.4 15.8 1.39 5.21 3.75
1952 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.1 9.5 1.24 3.84 3.10
1953 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.00 4.09 4.09
1953 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.4 8.5 1.61 4.41 2.74
1954 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.3 13.0 0.50 2.98 5.96
1954 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.54 4.97 9.24
1956 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.00 9.00 9.00
12 Years 0 1 .000 0 0 n/a 232.0 2.9 15.0 1.25 5.03 4.02

Ralph Branca

Ralph Branca Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1944 Brooklyn Dodgers 13 $2,000.00 - -
1945 Brooklyn Dodgers 13 $3,300.00 n/a -
1946 Brooklyn Dodgers 20 $5,000.00 - -
1947 Brooklyn Dodgers 20 , 13 $6,500.00 Stats Stats
1948 Brooklyn Dodgers 13 $12,500.00 Stats -
1949 Brooklyn Dodgers 13 Undetermined Stats Stats
1950 Brooklyn Dodgers 13 Undetermined - -
1951 Brooklyn Dodgers 13 Undetermined - -
1952 Brooklyn Dodgers 12 Undetermined - -
1953 Brooklyn Dodgers 13 Undetermined - -
1953 Detroit Tigers 16 , 35 Undetermined - -
1954 Detroit Tigers 35 Undetermined - -
1954 New York Yankees 24 Undetermined - -
1956 Brooklyn Dodgers 28 Undetermined - -
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In one mystical moment, Ralph Branca and Bobby Thomson became fused together forever in what was once described as the Miracle of Coogan's Bluff , now known as the Shot Heard 'Round the World . On October 3, 1951 , during a three-game playoff for the National League pennant, the New York Giants were trailing the Brooklyn Dodgers 4-2, in the ninth inning, when The Staten Island Scot hit a game winning, three run homer in the ninth inning off reliever Ralph Branca.

Bobby Thomson's Shot Heard 'Round The World | October 3, 1951 | MLB Advanced Media, L.P.

Ralph Branca was more than a man who "carried the cross of the Thomson home run" said Hall of Fame Broadcaster Vin Scully, then added that his friend did so, "with dignity and grace." Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda said, "Branca to me was a hero." Hawk was a New York native, the fifteenth of seventeen children, who pitched eleven years for the Boys in Blue , and after he died, Dodger CEO Stan Kasten summed it up nicely, saying Ralph, "made his debut as a teenager during World War II and soon became one of the top pitchers for the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1947, he embraced and welcomed a Dodger rookie named Jackie Robinson, displaying the warmth and dignity that defined his entire life. The Dodger organization has always treasured Ralph and will greatly miss him."

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