BOBBY THOMSON - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL CO-SIGNED BY: RALPH "HAWK" BRANCA - HFSID 291038
BOBBY THOMSON and RALPH BRANCA Branca signed this ball with his team number (13!), Thomson - appropriately - with his World War II duty: bombardier! Annotated Baseball signed: "Ralph Branca/#13", "Bobby Thomson/2nd LT/bombardier". Rawlings Official Major League Baseball, Allan H.
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BOBBY THOMSON and RALPH BRANCA Branca signed this ball with his team number (13!), Thomson - appropriately - with his World War II duty: bombardier! Annotated Baseball signed: "Ralph Branca/#13", "Bobby Thomson/2nd LT/bombardier". Rawlings Official Major League Baseball, Allan H. Selig, Commissioner. On October 3, 1951, BOBBY THOMSON (1923-2010) of the New York Giants hit what is perhaps the most famous home run in baseball history. His dramatic "shot heard 'round the world" on October 3, 1951, a three-run, ninth-inning homer off Brooklyn pitcher RALPH BRANCA (1926-2016) capped the Giants' historic comeback to win the NL pennant. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Thomson, the Staten Island Scot, hit 24 or more homers six times in his seven full seasons with the Giants. Thomson had a comeback season for the Cubs in 1958, when he hit 21 homers and collected 82 RBI while batting .283. It's ironic that Ralph Branca, a fine pitcher in eleven Major League seasons (1944-1954) and a 3-time All-Star, is most remembered for giving up this historic home run. Although he never saw oversees duty, Thomson did indeed train as a US Army Air Force bombardier during World War II. That mission, and Branca's "unlucky" #13, nicely fit the theme of Thomson's famous home run. Fine condition. Previously authenticated by JSA.
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