Brooklyn Dodgers legend Ralph Branca will be signing copies of “A Moment in Time: An American Story of Baseball, Heartbreak, and Grace.”
Branca is a former MLB starting pitcher, spending the majority of his 12-year baseball career with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1944–53, 1956). He also played briefly for the Detroit Tigers in 1953 and the Yankees in 1954. He has played in three All-Star games from 1947 to 1949, and participated in two World Series (1947 and 1949). Now 85 years of age, Branca lives with his wife Ann in Rye, New York, working as a Chartered Life Underwriter. “A Moment In Time” will be released on September 27, 2011.
Book Signing Dates
9/27/11 7:00 PM
East Ridgewood Avenue
9/28/11 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
86th & Lexington Ave
New York, NY.
9/29/11 7:00 PM
New York Avenue
From the Publisher
Ralph Branca is best known for throwing the pitch that resulted in Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ’Round the World,” the historic home run that capped an incredible comeback and won the pennant for the New York Giants in 1951. Branca was on the losing end of what many consider to be baseball’s most thrilling moment, but that notoriety belies a profoundly successful life and career.
A Moment in Time details the remarkable story of a man who could have been destroyed by a supreme professional embarrassment—but wasn’t. Branca came up as a young phenom, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers during their heyday. He was a staple of the Dodgers’ teams in the late 1940s, dominating the National League. It’s no stretch to say that New York baseball was the center of the sporting universe and that the players were part of the fabric of the neighborhoods, of the city itself.
A Moment in Time offers a rare first-person perspective on the golden era of baseball, opening a window on an amazing world populated by legendary characters such as Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Gil Hodges, Leo Durocher, Branch Rickey, and Walter O’Malley. Ralph Branca sits us down and tells us an entertaining, deeply inspiring, classic baseball tale.