By Ralph Branca
Ralph Branca is better identified for throwing the pitch that led to Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ’Round the World,” the old domestic run that capped a huge comeback and received the pennant for the hot York Giants in 1951. Branca used to be at the wasting finish of what many deliberate to be baseball’s such a lot exciting second, yet that notoriety belies a profoundly winning lifestyles and occupation.
A second in Time information the amazing tale of a guy who might have been destroyed through a splendid expert embarrassment—but wasn’t. Branca got here up as a tender phenom, taking part in for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the course of their heyday. He used to be a staple of the Dodgers’ groups within the past due Forties, dominating the nationwide League. It’s no stretch to assert that ny baseball used to be the heart of the carrying universe and that the gamers have been a part of the material of the neighborhoods, of the town itself.
A second in Time bargains a unprecedented first-person standpoint at the golden period of baseball, beginning a window on an awesome international populated by means of mythical characters similar to Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Gil Hodges, Leo Durocher, department Rickey, and Walter O’Malley. Ralph Branca sits us down and tells us an interesting, deeply inspiring, vintage baseball story.
I LOVE BASEBALL.
“Baseball is the explanation i'm penning this e-book, the explanation I’ve led a lifestyles worthy reexamining and dissecting. Baseball is the eagerness that carried me from youth to manhood. it really is how I fought my manner from the operating type to the center category. have been it now not for baseball, i wouldn't have met Ann, my spouse, the mum of our daughters, and my dearest pal for the earlier sixty years. Baseball has excited my brain, stirred my soul, and taken out the simplest in me. i glance at baseball deeply. so much people whose lives were outlined by means of baseball do. in fact, it’s mostly a sport—a appealing game in accordance with a poetic geometry. it's a video game performed open air of time. You play it now not until eventually the clock runs out, yet until eventually there's a transparent winner. That takes so long as it takes. it's a pastoral video game frequently set inside of a urban. You play in a pasture—an city pasture—where an expanse of grass calls you to the contest. after all, you may also play at the dust box of a farm, a sandlot, or a concrete road. anyplace you play, although, time is suspended. Like hundreds of thousands of different children, I misplaced tune of time at any time when I played—playing via breakfast, lunch, dinner; enjoying till the final rays of sunlight disappeared; taking part in lower than the glow of a road lamp or an entire moon; fidgeting with the wish that the sport might by no means cease and that actual time—any time yet baseball time—would by no means resume. The dream was once to show existence right into a baseball game.” —from the Introduction