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An Ode to Ralph Branca

November 24, 2016


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