January 6 – Happy Birthday Ralph Branca

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No this is not a misprint. The same Ralph Branca who was a twenty-game winner and mainstay of those Boys of Summer Brooklyn Dodger teams of the late forties and early fifties and the same Ralph Branca who gave up Bobby Thomson’s shot heard round the world in 1951, was once a Yankee. It happened after the Dodgers put the Mount Vernon, NY native on waivers during the 1953 season and after the Detroit Tigers did the same, the following season. The Yankees then signed the right-hander nicknamed “Hawk” to a contract and he made five appearances including three starts in pinstripes during the second half of the 1954 season. He won his only decision as a Yankee against the Red Sox. That turned out to be the eighty-eighth and final victory of Branca’s big league career.

Ralph was born on this date in 1926 This former Yankee pitcher, this one-time Yankee shortstop, this long-ago Highlander starter and this other reliever were also born on January 6th.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1954 NYY 1 0 1.000 2.84 5 3 1 0 0 0 12.2 9 5 4 0 13 7 1.737
12 Yrs 88 68 .564 3.79 322 188 74 71 12 19 1484.0 1372 702 625 149 663 829 1.371
BRO (11 yrs) 80 58 .580 3.70 283 166 66 64 12 18 1324.0 1202 609 545 132 589 757 1.353
DET (2 yrs) 7 10 .412 4.64 34 19 7 7 0 1 147.1 161 88 76 17 61 65 1.507
NYY (1 yr) 1 0 1.000 2.84 5 3 1 0 0 0 12.2 9 5 4 0 13 7 1.737
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/7/2014.

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