Tag:Ralph Branca
Posted on: February 6, 2012 12:37 am

Verlander correctly picked Super Bowl score

Justin VerlanderBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Justin Verlander is on a roll. Not only did he pick up the American League MVP and Cy Young, but the Tigers' pitcher nailed the Super Bowl score in a celebrity Super Bowl poll.

Earlier this week, Verlander predicted the Giants' 21-17 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl in the Scripps Howard Celebrity Super Bowl Poll. He was the only celebrity to nail the winner and score. Adam West, the original Batman on TV, had the score right, but the winner wrong, picking the Patriots to win 21-17.

Verlander took to Twitter to gloat:

As for other baseball players, Yogi Berra picked the Giants to win 23-20, former Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca picked the Patriots to win, 20-13 and the San Diego Chicken also picked the Giants.

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 1:29 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 3:47 pm

Bobby Thomson dies at 86

Bobby Thomson -- the man behind the most famous home run in baseball history -- has died.

The New York Daily News reports Thomson died peacefully Monday night at his home in Savannah, Ga.

Thomson, who played parts of 15 seasons for five teams, was 86.

A career .270/.332/.462 hitter and three-time All-Star, Thomson will always be known for his walk-off home run for the New York Giants in the third game of the 1951 three-game playoff against the Brooklyn Dodgers for the National League pennant.

The Giants trailed the Dodgers by 13 1/2 games as late as August 11 before winning 16 consecutive games and finishing 37-7 through the rest of the season, forcing the playoff. Thomson also delivered the deciding blow in the first game, a two-run homer off of Ralph Branca in a 3-1 Giants win.

He would face Branca again in Game 3, giving the Giants a 5-4 victory with his three-run home run, capping a four-run ninth. It is known now as the "shot heard 'round the world" and for the radio call of Ross Hodges, who famously screamed, "the Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant."

 The Giants would lose to the Yankees in six games in the World Series.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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