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October 2, 1990 | ALAN DROOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Appropriately, Ramon Martinez's right arm was soaked in a tub of ice, along with a magnum of champagne. "Ramon's too young to drink," somebody joked. Martinez grinned. "Today I gonna drink," he said. Actually, Martinez is of age, barely. He's 22, and on Monday night he did something not many players--his age or otherwise--accomplish. He earned his 20th victory, although he needed some ninth-inning heroics to beat the San Diego Padres, 2-1.
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April 17, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
For some directors, it's a bolt of inspiration that prompts them to make their movie. For others, it's a serendipitous phone call outside the Lincoln Tunnel. It went down pretty much the second way for Brian Helgeland, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “L.A Confidential” who wrote, and was behind the camera for, the surprise baseball hit of the season, Jackie Robinson biopic “42.” The Massachusetts native was riding a bus on a roots trip of sorts to Brooklyn, where his father had grown up, when he received a call from the financier Thomas Tull.
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October 21, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
Jonathan Broxton descended to a place on Monday night visited by only a select group of players in Dodgers history. Ralph Branca was there in 1951 when he gave up a pennant-winning three-run home run to Bobby Thomson in a series-deciding playoff game against the Giants that came to be known as "The Shot Heard 'Round the World." Terry Forster was there on the final day of the 1982 regular season when he served up a home run to Joe Morgan that cost the Dodgers the National League West title.
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October 21, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
Jonathan Broxton descended to a place on Monday night visited by only a select group of players in Dodgers history. Ralph Branca was there in 1951 when he gave up a pennant-winning three-run home run to Bobby Thomson in a series-deciding playoff game against the Giants that came to be known as "The Shot Heard 'Round the World." Terry Forster was there on the final day of the 1982 regular season when he served up a home run to Joe Morgan that cost the Dodgers the National League West title.
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June 17, 2000 | LARRY STEWART
Bobby Thomson, the former New York Giant who hit "the shot heard round the world" on Oct. 3, 1951, and the Brooklyn Dodger pitcher he hit it against, Ralph Branca, will be together at noon today for the opening of a youth baseball and softball complex in Mira Loma.
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July 11, 2001 | STEVEN LINAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you're a Dodger fan, it still cuts deeply to hear announcer Russ Hodges yell those immortal words, "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!" At the risk of reopening old wounds, make it a point to catch "Shot Heard 'Round the World" (8 p.m. HBO), a nifty, nostalgic documentary recalling the dramatic ninth-inning home run that Bobby Thomson hit against Ralph Branca, leading the New York Giants to a stunning playoff victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951.
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July 21, 1988 | Jim Murray
If I were to put to you that Ralph Branca was the answer to what baseball trivia question, you'd be sure you knew. "Oh, yeah," you'd answer. "Who was the pitcher who threw the you-know-what to you-know-who in the playoff game between the Giants and Dodgers in 1951?" The most famous gopher ball in baseball history. The home run heard round the world, the little miracle of Coogan's Bluff. Not this time. That's not what I had in mind.
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April 17, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
For some directors, it's a bolt of inspiration that prompts them to make their movie. For others, it's a serendipitous phone call outside the Lincoln Tunnel. It went down pretty much the second way for Brian Helgeland, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “L.A Confidential” who wrote, and was behind the camera for, the surprise baseball hit of the season, Jackie Robinson biopic “42.” The Massachusetts native was riding a bus on a roots trip of sorts to Brooklyn, where his father had grown up, when he received a call from the financier Thomas Tull.
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October 16, 1991 | From Associated Press
Ralph Branca was at a media luncheon Tuesday to talk about harness racing. That's right, the former Brooklyn Dodger pitcher, who triggered Bobby Thomson's "shot heard 'round the world" in the New York Giants' playoff victory 40 years ago, was talking about pacers and trotters, which he has been involved with as an owner for 15 years. "We have pieces of three horses," Branca said, adding that he and his wife, Ann, used to be more involved in the sport, but that the upkeep of horses has doubled.
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September 6, 2001 | Jason Reid
Although the Dodgers repeatedly declined to participate, the San Francisco Giants plan to proceed with a turn-back-the-clock game Sept. 16 at Pacific Bell Park to commemorate Bobby Thompson's home run against Ralph Branca to clinch the 1951 National League pennant. The Giants wanted the Dodgers to wear uniforms resembling the clubs' styles in 1951 to honor Thompson on the 50th anniversary of the "the shot heard round the world," but the Dodgers said that would not be appropriate.
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July 11, 2001 | STEVEN LINAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you're a Dodger fan, it still cuts deeply to hear announcer Russ Hodges yell those immortal words, "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!" At the risk of reopening old wounds, make it a point to catch "Shot Heard 'Round the World" (8 p.m. HBO), a nifty, nostalgic documentary recalling the dramatic ninth-inning home run that Bobby Thomson hit against Ralph Branca, leading the New York Giants to a stunning playoff victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951.
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June 18, 2000 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ralph Branca reared back and delivered, Bobby Thomson swung mightily and, well, you know the rest. The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! Nearly half a century has passed since "the shot heard 'round the world," Thomson's ninth-inning, three-run home run off Branca at New York's Polo Grounds that gave the Giants a stunning playoff-series victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers for the 1951 pennant. Yet, somehow, it seems like only yesterday.
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June 17, 2000 | LARRY STEWART
Bobby Thomson, the former New York Giant who hit "the shot heard round the world" on Oct. 3, 1951, and the Brooklyn Dodger pitcher he hit it against, Ralph Branca, will be together at noon today for the opening of a youth baseball and softball complex in Mira Loma.
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November 19, 1995 | DICK BRINSTER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The computer screen went through its machinations as "Old Time Baseball" booted to life. Suddenly, the Polo Grounds appeared. And a baby boomer too young at the time to understand the gloom that engulfed a Brooklyn Dodgers household that dark October afternoon 44 years ago was about to right the wrong, via computer. This time, Ralph Branca would throw Bobby Thomson a curve ball. This time, the late Russ Hodges would have to change his tune. "Branca throws. There's a long drive.
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September 6, 2001 | Jason Reid
Although the Dodgers repeatedly declined to participate, the San Francisco Giants plan to proceed with a turn-back-the-clock game Sept. 16 at Pacific Bell Park to commemorate Bobby Thompson's home run against Ralph Branca to clinch the 1951 National League pennant. The Giants wanted the Dodgers to wear uniforms resembling the clubs' styles in 1951 to honor Thompson on the 50th anniversary of the "the shot heard round the world," but the Dodgers said that would not be appropriate.
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June 18, 2000 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ralph Branca reared back and delivered, Bobby Thomson swung mightily and, well, you know the rest. The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! Nearly half a century has passed since "the shot heard 'round the world," Thomson's ninth-inning, three-run home run off Branca at New York's Polo Grounds that gave the Giants a stunning playoff-series victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers for the 1951 pennant. Yet, somehow, it seems like only yesterday.
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October 16, 1991 | From Associated Press
Ralph Branca was at a media luncheon Tuesday to talk about harness racing. That's right, the former Brooklyn Dodger pitcher, who triggered Bobby Thomson's "shot heard 'round the world" in the New York Giants' playoff victory 40 years ago, was talking about pacers and trotters, which he has been involved with as an owner for 15 years. "We have pieces of three horses," Branca said, adding that he and his wife, Ann, used to be more involved in the sport, but that the upkeep of horses has doubled.
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August 4, 1991 | ROSS NEWHAM
In the environmentally conscious Bay Area, the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants have adopted differing policies on recycling when it comes to their pitching staffs. The A's, racked by injuries and ineffectiveness, have been forced to go the recycling route, whereas the Giants, sizzling in the second half, are trying to avoid that method, which they used in recent years.
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