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.
‘’Above everything, Bobby is a wonderful person who would do anything for you,’’ Branca said. ‘’We’ve been so close for so long.
‘’I knew Bobby before he married my daughter from alumni events and camps involving the Dodgers, and I couldn’t think of a better man to have married Mary. He’s like my son.’’
In the mid 1970s, Valentine invited Branca and his family to Santo Domingo for a vacation, and that’s where Valentine met Mary and started dating her.
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