On Wednesday morning, the baseball community woke up to the terrible news that Dodgers legend Ralph Branca had passed away. In 11 years with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branca posted a 3.70 ERA, accumulated 80 wins, and struck out 757 batters.

Though his legendary status comes from his talent, he is just as well-known for giving up the “Shot Heard ‘Round The World” to Bobby Thomson: a walk-off home run that made the Giants the 1951 pennant champions.

Here is how baseball reacted to the news:

Rest in peace, Ralph Branca. You will be deeply missed.

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