October 29, 2013•2 min
Russ Hodge called the the game in which Bobby Thompson’s miracle home run sealed the pennant for the New York Giants in 1951. Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca was on the mound that day, and for 62 years he has carried the weight of that fateful pitch. Now 87, Branca is the subject of a new documentary, Branca’s Pitch. Utterly dejected after the game, Branca told me, he and his wife Ann were consoled by their friend, a Catholic priest.