‘Shot Heard ‘Round the World’ pitcher dies at age 90
Former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca, best remembered as the pitcher for the "Shot Heard 'Round the World," died Wednesday morning in Rye, New York.
Sacred Heart University Athletic Director Bobby Valentine announced his father-in-law's death on Twitter. He says Branca died in a nursing home at age 90.
"His family that he has left, that will be mourning him, knows that he gave everything he had, every minute that he had," Valentine says.
Branca gave up a home run to New York Giants player Bobby Thomson in 1951 that won the pennant for the Giants in one of baseball's first nationally televised games.
Branca was a three-time all-star who made several appearances with Bobby Thomson years later, including one in Bridgeport in 2006. His autographed Dodgers jersey hangs in Valentine's restaurant in Stamford.
Valentine says Branca was one of 17 children and was all about family.