yes, it's time to show off (?) another 2008 tristar signa cuts card from my collection. this one is of ralph branca, and features a chopped up 1988 pacific card
[this is the forty-fifth installment in the double dippers posts. here are the previous posts - brett butler, omar daal, eric young, nick willhite, chris gwynn, mickey hatcher, dave anderson, don zimmer, rafael landestoy, dave hansen, jose vizcaino, hideo nomo, greg maddux, mike maddux, jon garland, chan ho park, vicente romo, gene mauch, denny lewallyn, von joshua, joe moeller, dioner navarro, rudy seanez, bart shirley, randy wolf, ismael valdes, bobby castillo, mike devereaux, pete richert, jay johnstone, jesse orosco, lee lacy, giovanni carrara, jeff weaver, ted sizemore, orel hershiser, tom goodwin, joe ferguson, eddie murray, matt luke, ken mcmullen, tim wallach, jerry grote, and don sutton.]
branca was only 28 when the yankees released him, but he remained unsigned for the entire 1955 season and most of 1956. in fact, it wasn't until september 6th that the dodgers brought branca back to ebbets field for the last time. the next day, branca made his first and only appearance of the season, and the last of his career. he was brought in to relieve ed roebuck in a game which had the dodgers trailing the giants 6-1. branca pitched the eighth and ninth innings, allowing no runs and striking out two, including willie mays. not a bad way to go out.
usually i will show a card or two from the players year(s) in between their stints as dodgers, but i don't think there are any branca cards showing him as a tiger or a yankee, except for the 1991 topps archives 1953 card that should have been thingy which i don't own. i do have a couple of his cards from his first stint as a dodger, but there is no 1957 card to cap his career.
i do have this 1993 ted williams card
here's to you, ralph branca - another dodgers double dipper!
i can't believe i made it through the entire post without mentioning bobby thomson.