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Ralph Branca happy to have Bobby Valentine around

Famous father-in-law of Red Sox manager confident he’ll succeed

Bobby Valentine’s famous father-in-law, Ralph Branca, is best known for giving up the walkoff ‘’Shot Heard ‘Round the World’’ to Bobby Thomson in the 1951 National League playoff game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants that sent the Giants to the World Series.

In his new book, ‘’A Moment in Time,’’ Branca details his feelings about the pitch he never lived down and about an amazing life and career, including his relationship with Valentine, who married his daughter Mary.

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