1946 Brooklyn Dodgers season

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1946 Brooklyn Dodgers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Branch Rickey, Walter O'Malley, James Lawrence Smith
Manager(s) Leo Durocher
Local radio WHN
Red Barber, Connie Desmond
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The 1946 Brooklyn Dodgers finished the season tied for first place with the St. Louis Cardinals. The two teams played in the first ever playoff series to decide the pennant, and the Cardinals took two straight to win the title.

With their star players back from the war, Brooklyn had jumped back into serious contention. They would be respectable until their move to Los Angeles 10 years later.

This season was the team's – and Major League Baseball's – last non-integrated one.

Offseason[edit]

On October 23, 1945, the Dodgers signed Jackie Robinson as a free agent. Robinson was the first black player to be officially a part of a major league organization in over 60 years, since the barring of Fleet and Welday Walker in 1884. For the 1946 season, Robinson was assigned to the Montreal Royals, the Dodgers' top farm team.

Later in the offseason, the Dodgers signed two more players from the Negro leagues, Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe, who were assigned to the Nashua Dodgers.

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

National League W L GB Pct.
St. Louis Cardinals 98 58 -- .628
Brooklyn Dodgers 96 60 2 .615
Chicago Cubs 82 71 14.5 .536
Boston Braves 81 72 15.5 .529
Philadelphia Phillies 69 85 28 .448
Cincinnati Reds 67 87 30 .435
Pittsburgh Pirates 63 91 34 .409
New York Giants 61 93 36 .396

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Opening Day lineup
Name Position
Pee Wee Reese Shortstop
Billy Herman Second baseman
Dick Whitman Left fielder
Gene Hermanski Right fielder
Jack Graham First baseman
Carl Furillo Center fielder
Lew Riggs Third baseman
Ferrell Anderson Catcher
Hal Gregg Starting pitcher

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1946 Brooklyn Dodgers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Edwards, BruceBruce Edwards 92 292 78 .267 1 25
1B Stevens, EdEd Stevens 103 310 75 .242 10 60
2B Stanky, EddieEddie Stanky 144 483 132 .273 0 36
3B Lavagetto, CookieCookie Lavagetto 88 242 57 .236 3 27
SS Reese, Pee WeePee Wee Reese 152 542 154 .284 5 60
OF Furillo, CarlCarl Furillo 117 335 95 .284 3 35
OF Reiser, PetePete Reiser 122 423 117 .277 11 73
OF Walker, DixieDixie Walker 150 576 184 .319 9 116

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Whitman, DickDick Whitman 104 265 69 .260 2 31
Herman, BillyBilly Herman 47 184 53 .288 0 28
Hermanski, GeneGene Hermanski 64 110 22 .200 0 8

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Behrman, HankHank Behrman 47 150.2 11 5 2.93 78
Branca, RalphRalph Branca 24 67.1 3 1 3.88 42
Barney, RexRex Barney 16 53.2 2 5 5.87 36

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Taylor, HarryHarry Taylor 4 0 0 1 3.86 6

Awards and honors[edit]

League top five finishers[edit]

Kirby Higbe

  • #2 in NL in strikeouts (134)
  • #3 in NL in wins (17)

Pete Reiser

  • MLB leader in stolen bases (34)

Eddie Stanky

  • #3 in NL in runs scored (98)

Dixie Walker

  • #2 in NL in RBI (116)
  • #3 in NL in batting average (.319)

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Montreal Royals International League Clay Hopper
AAA St. Paul Saints American Association Ray Blades
AA Ft. Worth Cats Texas League Ray Hayworth
AA Mobile Bears Southern Association Alfred Todd
B Asheville Tourists Tri-State League William Sayles
B Danville Dodgers Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League Jake Pitler
Paul Chervinko
B Nashua Dodgers New England League Walter Alston
B Newport News Dodgers Piedmont League John Fitzpatrick
C Abilene Blue Sox West Texas-New Mexico League Hayden Greer
C Grand Forks Chiefs Northern League Glenn Chapman
Rae Blaemire
C Johnstown Johnnies Middle Atlantic League Cyril Pfeifer
C Santa Barbara Dodgers California League Jack Knight
Jack Mele
D Trois Rivieres Royals Canadian-American League Frenchy Bordagaray
D Cambridge Dodgers Eastern Shore League Jimmy Cooney
Barney DeForge
D Daytona Beach Islanders Florida State League Jason Sosh
D Miami Blues Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League Guy Froman
D Olean Oilers Pennsylvania-Ontario-New York League Greg Mulleavy
D Thomasville Dodgers North Carolina State League John Carey
Jay Kirke, Jr.
D Valdosta Dodgers Georgia-Florida League Bill Welp
D Zanesville Dodgers Ohio-Indiana League Clay Bryant

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Montreal, Nashua, Newport News, Trois Rivieres, Zanesville

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