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Ralph Branca and Chico Fernandez, former Dodgers players, pass away

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  • Ralph Branca and Chico Fernandez, former Dodgers players, pass away

    Ralph Branca pitched for the Dodgers from 1944 to 1953, earning three All-Star selections and winning as many as 21 games. Unfortunately, many people know him only as the pitcher who gave up Bobby Thomson's famed home run. He died November 23 at 90.
    Ralph Branca, who gave up one of the most famous home runs in baseball history, died Wednesday morning. The Mount Vernon product was 90.

    Ex-Mets manager Bobby Valentine, who is married to Branca's daughter Mary, shared the news on Twitter.
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    Shortstop Chico Fernandez played for Brooklyn in 1956, hitting .227 in 34 games. He died June 11 at 84.

    Humberto (Chico) Fernandez, the first regular starting Latino player for the Detroit Tigers, died Saturday night in Florida due to complications from a stroke suffered on May 19. He was 84.

    The Cuban native was the starting shortstop for the Tigers from 1960 to the beginning of 1963 when he was traded to the New York Mets and replaced by Dick McAuliffe. McAuliffe died May 13.
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    Ralph Brance was one of the last living players, who appeared in a pre-1950 all-star game. Branca was selected to three consecutive all-star teams while with the Brooklyn Dodgers -
    1947, 1948 & 1949. He appeared in only the 1948 game in which he was the National League's starting pitcher. In 1947 he had his only 20-win season going 21-12 in 280 innings.
    In his later years Branca was very active with B.A.T., which provides financial assistance to former players who are in need of help.


    • #3
      Branca was supposedly a nice guy- that matters.

      He was a good young pitcher who declined after the home run. I don't know if his problems stemmed from arm issues or the psychological blow of Thompson's homer.


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