‘Light’ week here, folks, but we wanted to give you something to mull over as you prep those leftover turkey sandwiches balances precariously in that dinner roll.
To paraphrase Victor Mather, Hitters remembered for one swing are remembered as heros; pitchers remembered for one pitch are goats. It doesn’t matter whether the mistake is one low point in an otherwise stalwart career, or if that pitch pales in comparison to otherwise terrible acts, that pitch will be referenced in the obituary.
Ralph Branca died this past week. He was the pitcher who gave up Bobby Thompson’s famed ‘Shot Hear Round the World’. In addition to providing a more in-depth look of his life after the 1954 loss to the New York Giants, Mather runs down a list of other pitchers remembered for a losing moment. – PAL
Source: “Ralph Branca Wasn’t the Only One Branded by a Single Pitch”, Victor Mather, The New York Times (11/23/16)
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