Ralph Branca, Brooklyn, and Dodgers fans may want to forget about 1951 and “The Shot Heard Round the World,” but it seems history has other plans. Strand Releasing has acquired North American rights to Andrew Muscato’s baseball documentary about the pitcher, Branca, who gave up what is perhaps the most famous game-winning home run of all time. Former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine served as an executive producer on the film, which chronicles the life of the once-beloved pitcher. The two were also EP’s of the 2012 Strand film, “Ballplayer: Pelotero.”
“Bobby and I are pleased to see our partnership with Strand Releasing continue,” said Muscato in a statement. “‘Branca’s Pitch’ is a film close to both of our hearts, and we’re excited to have Strand share it with baseball fans and independent film fans alike.”
Branca desperately wants to tell his side of the story. He believe the New York Giants cheated and seemingly wants everyone to know it. The film tracks the 85-year-old pitcher as he writes his memoir with the help of ghostwriter David Ritz, meaning not one but two versions of Branca’s story will eventually be out there.
Strand Releasing plans to distribute the film using a multi-digital platform and DVD release in September or October of this year.