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A Moment in Time: An American Story of Baseball, Heartbreak, and Grace

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  8 reviews
A first-hand account of the golden era of baseball from Jackie Robinson’s friend, former teammate and featured player in the 2013 biopic "42."


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
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ebook, 240 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Scribner
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Scott  Breslove
I bought this book because Ralph Branca was doing a signing at Bookends, which is a bookstore near my parents house. I waited on a relatively short line (very short, if I compare it to the one for Justin Tuck a few hours early), which was awesome for me, because it gave me time to chat with Ralph, have him also sign my Baseball Encyclopedia and take a picture without feeling rushed. Ralph and his wife Ann, who was there with him, were two of the nicest people ever, and I had a great time chattin ...more
John
Most of the contents of "A Moment in Time" are well known by fans of baseball history, but Branca's first person account gives a fresh turn to the subject. It's something of a bittersweet tale, not only because of the famous homer by Bobby Thomson, but also because it tells of the unfulfilled career of the very likable Branca. The Dodger pitcher had some very good seasons at a young age, but was essentially washed up at 30. It's a common story, but Branca tells it first-hand, with commendable ho ...more
Dave
My Dad was for some reason a die hard Brooklyn Dodgers fan. He grew up in the Midwest but the Dodgers, not the Cardinals and certainly not the KC A's were his team. Branca is famous becasue it was his misfortune to of given up the homerun to the hated NY Giants in a playoff game in 1951. The book tells of his love of the game of baseball and of an unlikely friendship with his protanganist Bobby Thompson. Would reccomend this book to anyone who wants to read from someone from the Golden Years of ...more
Dale Stonehouse
This is a great story line, even for those not yet born in 1951, but there is nothing outstanding about this book. I did learn that in addition to giving up the "shot heard around the world," Branca was one of the best pitchers in baseball for a few years. He describes the intimacy of playing in Ebbets Field, a neighborhood stadium many fans could walk to for games. Anyone who remembers baseball without all the flash and noise between innings will like this.
Lisa Kilbride
A real eye-opener; even though Hank Greenberg had already told about this in his autobiography, it's heartbreaking to read about from the point of view of the pitcher who was so hurt by it. Does this carry over to the Dodgers and Giants of today?
Jim Blessing
Considering that I'm normally very interested in books on baseball, this one was OK only. The most interesting point was that Bobby Thompson knew what pitch was coming when he hit the shot heard around the world.
Todd
If your a big baseball fan you will enjoy this book. If your not familiar with the history of 1950's era baseball in New York City this book might not be for you.
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“Brother John and I had our ears glued to the radio. It was a Sunday afternoon in early December 1941, and our football Giants were getting pounded by the Brooklyn Dodgers, an NFL team that played from 1930 to 1943 in Ebbets Field, a faraway ballpark I’d never seen. So far as I was concerned, Brooklyn was on the other side of the moon. The Polo” 0 likes
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