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Brooklyn Dodger Documentary ‘Branca’s Pitch’ Gets Distribution

Documentary set for fall release

A documentary on Ralph Branca, the pitcher who gave up “The Shot Heard Round the World,” has received North American distribution from Strand Releasing.

The distributor has acquired all North American rights to Andrew Muscato’s documentary “Branca’s Pitch”and is planning a release on DVD and VOD to coincide with the end of the baseball season in late September and early October.

Branca played 13 seasons in the major leagues and is best known for a relief appearance in 1951 for the Brooklyn Dodgers when he gave up a season-ending three-run homer to Bobby Thomson.  Branca later learned the Giants had stolen the signs to the pitches he threw Thomson, according to Joshua Prager’s book “The Echoing Green: The Untold Story of Bobby Thomson, Ralph Branca and The Shot Heard Round the World.”

Thomson denied he had been tipped off about the pitch but Branca has remained convinced Thomson knew what was coming.

The documentary includes a friendship Branca formed with ghostwriter David Ritz in penning a memoir.

Branca was portrayed by Hamish Linklater in this year’s Jackie Robinson biopic “42.”

Former MLB player and manager Bobby Valentine exec produced “Branca’s Pitch.” Muscato and Valentine were exec  producers of last year’s baseball documentary “Ballplayer: Pelotero,” which Strand also distributed, and are in post-production on their latest documentary “Schooled: the Shame of College Sports,” an adaptation of Taylor Branch’s book “The Cartel.”

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