John Branca is engaged to Jenna Nicole Hurt, age 32, a runway and fashion model, and has three children Jessica 28, John Connor (“JC”) 14, and Dylan 1


John with All-Star pitcher Uncle Ralph Branca

On November 23, 2016, John’s uncle, Brooklyn Dodgers’ great pitcher Ralph Branca, passed away at age 90. Tribute articles in the New York Times and New York Daily News hailed Branca for his baseball career, but also for his charitable acts and for his public embracing of Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball’s first black ballplayer, when Robinson was being shunned and subjected to racist taunts at the ballpark and on the field for breaking baseball’s color barrier. Ralph, Jackie and his wife, Rachel remained lifelong friends. More links follow.

NY Times: Ralph Branca, Who Gave Up ‘Shot Heard ‘Round the World, Dies at 90

NY Times: “Why Me?” Echoed in Ralph BAranca’s Mind, Even Before a Doomed Pitch

NY Daily News: Ralph Branca Should Be Rembered For a Life of Dignity, Not One Pitch

NY Daily News: Ralph Branca, Beloved Brooklyn Dodgers Pitcher, Dies at 90

NY Daily News: Willie Mays Shares His Memories of Ralph Branca