An Ode to Ralph Branca


A Farewell Ode to Ralph Branca

By Bill McCurdy

The Pecan Park Eagle


We never know – when we take the mound

Of anything – that’s our main ground

This time – may not be the climb – we thought we needed


And so it was for Ralph – that day

He came to save – the Dodger say

In lining up the Yanks next – unimpeded


October 3rd of ’51 – the date now etched – in joy and none

Still echoes over time – in lamentation

The tears of Brooklyn rain ’til time is done


Ralph’s second pitch to Thomson – still unfurling

“The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” – is up and curling

Till 90 years of age – it keeps on swirling


Ralph Branca left us yesterday – up in Rye, NY – in the USA

As his last breath gave fully away – to the late day shadows dark

And the homer finally stops – at last – with no pain left to bark


“The Giants Won The Pennant” – that long ago Polo Grounds day

But you won our warrior hearts over time – Mr. B

With each never ending – grainy replay


Your gifts to the game of baseball and life

Are much larger – than that painful day thing

For you – they are done, sir – but our world carries on with your sting.


You deserve every second of tranquility that eternity has to offer

Rest In Peace, Ralph Branca


Triskaidekaphobia, Indeed ….


Ralph Branca? …. Not So Much.


 Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas


2 Responses to “An Ode to Ralph Branca”

  1. Tom Hunter Says:

    For those influenced by triskaidekaphobia, it might be noted that Raplh Branca wore number “13” when he gave up the home run to Bobby Thomson.

    In the last few years, controversy has arisen about the Giants stealing signs from center field in the Polo Grounds and whether Bobby Thomson knew what pitch was coming.

    “Bobby was the hero, but the fellow who came out of that incident 10 feet tall was Ralph Branca,” Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully said after Thomson died in 2010. “Ralph to me carried the cross exceptionally well. After a while it had to be excruciating.”

    (Quoted from Los Angeles Times writer Keith Thursby)

  2. Dennis Corcoran Says:

    Hi Bill.
    I was sad to hear of Ralph Branca’s passing having met him several times. Despite the fact he gave up the most famous home run in Major League history, I first met him when he went around signing autographs with Bobby Thomson. A little over a year ago I got to talk to him when he made a visit with his son-in-law, Bobby Valentine in my home town of Pleasantville, NY.

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