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Bragan receives VOA award

Bobby Bragan (photo by Drew Knarr)Bobby Bragan was honored Thursday, Nov. 13 by the Volunteers of America Texas as he received the 2008 Hero Award at a luncheon at the Colonial Country Club.

Co-chairman for the event were Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, both of whom spoke at the event.

Volunteers of America is one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive human service organizations. Serving more than 2 million people each year, we are committed to serving people in need, strenghthening families and building communities. (Photos by Drew Knarr)

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Happy Birthday Bobby
Bobby Bragan, chairman of the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation, celebrates his 91st birthday on Thursday, Oct. 30. Happy Birthday Bobby!

Pictured left, Bobby celebrates his birthday with former Cats Mike Napoli (center) and Carroll Beringer (right).
 
Dittrich at NE Tarrant Chamber Luncheon

Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation Board president John Dittrich pinch hit for Bobby Bragan as the guest speaker at the Northeast Tarrant Chamber Luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 18.

Chamber staff members wore Cats' uniforms and caps during the luncheon.

Bragan was unable to attend the luncheon because he was attending the funeral of his brother Walter in Birmingham, Ala. 

 
Bragan featured in Southlake Times

Christina Rowland/ Staff Writer

A baseball weighs five ounces. The circumference of a baseball is nine inches. There are 108 double stitches on a baseball. All useless facts to the average person, but to Bobby Bragan baseball was a way of life for 70 years.

Bragan, now 90, has been involved in baseball since1937 when he played for a minor league team in Panama City. In 1940, Bragan make it to the major-leagues as a shortstop for the Philadelphia Phillies’s. In 1943, he was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers. While with the Dodgers, he was able to play in the 1947 World Series.

“I had a two-base hit in the 1947 World Series. It was the Brooklyn Dodgers vs. The New York Yankees,” Bragan said. “I hit a double in the sixth inning and we won game six.”

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Bragan helps celebrate Beringer's 80th Birthday at LaGrave Field
Bobby Bragan was in attendance at LaGrave Field for Carroll Beringer's 80th birthday celebration on Thursday, Aug. 14 before the Cats took on the El Paso Diablos.

Beringer, who pitched for Bragan with the Cats in the 1940s and 50s, remains a close friend with Bragan and is a great supporter of the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation.

Pictured are Carroll (left), Bobby and Carroll's wife Jimmie.
 
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