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One of the star pitchers in the era following World War II, in 1947 Ralph Branca had a breakout season for the pennant winning Brooklyn Dodgers. He had a 21-12 record, with the third best NL ERA of 2.67, and posted the second highest total of strikeouts with 148. A fastball hurler Ralph Branca started a league leading 36 games, completed 15, and relieved in 7 others, worked 280 innings, second in the NL, trailing only Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn who registered 290 innings. In the 1947 World Series against the NY Yankees, Ralph Branca started and was the losing pitcher in Game 1 and in Game 3 was the winning pitcher in two innings of relief work.
Ralph Branca, Brooklyn Dodgers Pitcher RH
Nicknamed the Hawk
Ralph Branca compiled an outstanding 13-5 record in '49... pitched in 34 games, struck out 109 in 187 innings and posted a 4.39 ERA to help Brooklyn win another pennant. In the World Serieshe started and pitched 8.2 innings only to lose 4-3 to a Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra led New York Yankees, who swept Dodgers in 4 games. Baseball History