Remembering Bobby Thomson

Posted: August 19, 2010 by Rick Hogaboam in Sports
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“The Giants win the pennant, the Giants win the pennant” is how we all remember Bobby Thomson’s home run off of Brooklyn Dodgers’ pitcher Ralph Branca to win the pennant in 1951.

What many people don’t know is the friendship that ensued between Thomson and Branca. In Branca’s words from a FOXSPORTS article:

”I’ll miss him,” Branca said. ”I mellowed over the years and we became good friends. I enjoyed being around him.”

I am a baseball fan and memorabilia collector. I happened to write Bobby Thomson a few years ago and he was kind enough to return correspondence and also sent me an autographed photo of his memorable home run. The picture was signed by BOTH Thomson and Ralph Branca, which just shows you how classy Branca was. He also signed a custom 8×10 I sent, along with a baseball card, and responded to some questions I asked about his career. Will dig them out, scan, and include in this post later.

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