1947 Brooklyn Dodgers season

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1947 Brooklyn Dodgers
1947 National League Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Branch Rickey, Walter O'Malley, James Lawrence Smith
Manager(s) Clyde Sukeforth/Burt Shotton
Local radio WHN
Red Barber, Connie Desmond
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On April 15, Jackie Robinson was the opening day first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first black player in Major League Baseball since 1884. Robinson went on to bat .297, score 125 runs, steal 29 bases and be named the very first Rookie of the Year. The Dodgers won the National League title and went on to lose to the New York Yankees in the 1947 World Series. This season was dramatized in the movie 42.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Due to the suspension of Leo Durocher for a year for "conduct detrimental to baseball", coach Clyde Sukeforth managed the first 2 games of the season on an emergency basis, but declined to manage for the full season, so Burt Shotton took over as manager for the rest of the season.

The Dodgers had a home attendance of 1.8 million paying fans, a National League record at the time.[6] On road, the Dodgers drew 1.9 million paying fans, also a National League record at that time.

Season standings[edit]

National League W L GB Pct.
Brooklyn Dodgers 94 60 -- .610
St. Louis Cardinals 89 65 5 .578
Boston Braves 86 68 8 .558
New York Giants 81 73 13 .526
Cincinnati Reds 73 81 21 .474
Chicago Cubs 69 85 25 .448
Philadelphia Phillies 62 92 32 .403
Pittsburgh Pirates 62 92 32 .403

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Opening Day lineup
Name Position
Eddie Stanky Second baseman
Jackie Robinson First baseman
Pete Reiser Center fielder
Dixie Walker Right fielder
Gene Hermanski Left fielder
Bruce Edwards Catcher
Spider Jorgensen Third baseman
Pee Wee Reese Shortstop
Joe Hatten Starting pitcher

Season chronology[edit]

  • April 15: On Opening Day, Jackie Robinson made his debut as the Dodgers' first baseman. He went 0-for-3, scoring a run. He also had one sacrifice hit and grounded into a double play before being replaced late in the game by Howie Schultz. In the field, he had 11 putouts without an error.[7]
  • April 22: In a game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson committed an error for the first time in his major league career.[8]
  • May 13: Robinson played in his first game in Cincinnati. The Reds won the game 7-5. Despite the loss, Robinson had a walk, a single, and a run.[9] Various racial slurs were hurled at Robinson by the fans. Pee Wee Reese put his hand on Robinson's shoulder to hush the crowd.[10]
  • May 18: 46,572 paying fans (while there were 20,000 fans outside) came to Chicago's Wrigley Field to see Robinson play against the Cubs. The Dodgers won by a score of 4-2.[11]
  • June 24: Against the Pirates, Robinson stole home plate for the first time in his career.[12] The Pirates catcher was Dixie Howell, who had started the season in Brooklyn's farm system.
  • September 11: St. Louis Cardinals catcher Joe Garagiola and Robinson were involved in an incident at home plate. Garagiola stepped on Robinson’s foot and the two started arguing. Umpire Beans Reardon held back Garagiola while Robinson clapped.[13] The incident was later part of a children’s book titled Year of the Boar and Jackie.

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1947 Brooklyn Dodgers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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 130 471 139 .295 9 80
1B Robinson, JackieJackie Robinson 151 590 175 .297 12 48
2B Stanky, EddieEddie Stanky 146 559 141 .252 3 53
3B Jorgensen, SpiderSpider Jorgensen 129 441 121 .274 5 67
SS Reese, Pee WeePee Wee Reese 142 476 135 .284 12 73
OF Walker, DixieDixie Walker 148 529 162 .306 9 94
OF Reiser, PetePete Reiser 110 388 120 .309 5 46
OF Furillo, CarlCarl Furillo 124 437 129 .295 8 88

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
Hermanski, GeneGene Hermanski 79 189 52 .275 7 39
Vaughan, ArkyArky Vaughan 64 126 41 .325 2 25
Snider, DukeDuke Snider 40 83 20 .241 0 5
Hodges, GilGil Hodges 28 77 12 .156 1 7
Gionfriddo, AlAl Gionfriddo 37 62 11 .177 0 6
Stevens, EdEd Stevens 5 13 2 .154 0 0
Tatum, TommyTommy Tatum 4 6 0 .000 0 0
Schultz, HowieHowie Schultz 2 1 0 .000 0 0

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
Branca, RalphRalph Branca 43 280 21 12 2.67 148
Hatten, JoeJoe Hatten 42 225.1 17 8 3.63 76
Higbe, KirbyKirby Higbe 4 15.2 2 0 5.17 10

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
Lombardi, VicVic Lombardi 33 174.2 12 11 2.99 72
Taylor, HarryHarry Taylor 33 162 10 5 3.11 58
Gregg, HalHal Gregg 37 104.1 4 5 5.87 59
Barney, RexRex Barney 28 77.2 5 2 4.75 36
Banta, JackJack Banta 3 7.2 0 1 7.04 3

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
Casey, HughHugh Casey 46 10 4 18 3.99 40
Behrman, HankHank Behrman 38 5 3 8 5.30 31
Chandler, EdEd Chandler 15 0 1 1 6.37 8
Bankhead, DanDan Bankhead 4 0 0 1 7.20 6
Dockins, GeorgeGeorge Dockins 4 0 0 0 11.81 1

1947 World Series[edit]

Main article: 1947 World Series

Game 1[edit]

September 30, 1947 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 6 0
New York 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 X 5 4 0
WP: Spec Shea (1-0)   LP: Ralph Branca (0-1)

Game 2[edit]

October 1, 1947 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 9 2
New York 1 0 1 1 2 1 4 0 X 10 15 1
WP: Allie Reynolds (1-0)   LP: Vic Lombardi (0-1)
Home runs:
BKLYN: Dixie Walker (1)
NY: Tommy Henrich (1)

Game 3[edit]

October 2, 1947 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 8 13 0
Brooklyn 0 6 1 2 0 0 0 0 X 9 13 1
WP: Hugh Casey (1-0)   LP: Bobo Newsom (0-1)
Home runs:
NY: Joe DiMaggio (1), Yogi Berra (1)
BRK: None

Game 4[edit]

October 3, 1947 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 1
Brooklyn 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 3 1 3
WP: Hugh Casey (2-0)   LP: Bill Bevens (0-1)

Game 5[edit]

October 4, 1947 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 5 0
Brooklyn 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 1
WP: Spec Shea (2-0)   LP: Rex Barney (0-1)
Home runs:
NY: Joe DiMaggio (2)
BRK: None

Game 6[edit]

October 5, 1947 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn 2 0 2 0 0 4 0 0 0 8 12 1
New York 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 15 2
WP: Ralph Branca (1-1)   LP: Joe Page (0-1)

Game 7[edit]

October 6, 1947 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0
New York 0 1 0 2 0 1 1 0 X 5 7 0
WP: Joe Page (1-1)   LP: Hal Gregg (0-1)

Awards and honors[edit]

Farm System[edit]

Level
Team League Manager
AAA Montreal Royals International League Clay Hopper
AAA St. Paul Saints American Association Herman Franks
Curt Davis
AA Ft. Worth Cats Texas League Les Burge
AA Mobile Bears Southern Association Alfred Todd
A Greenville Spinners South Atlantic League Frenchy Bordagaray
Pepper Martin
A Pueblo Dodgers Western League Walter Alston
B Asheville Tourists Tri-State League William Sayles
B Danville Dodgers Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League Paul Chervinko
B Nashua Dodgers New England League John Dantonio
B Newport News Dodgers Piedmont League John Fitzpatrick
B Spokane Indians Western International League Ben Geraghty
C Abilene Blue Sox West Texas-New Mexico League Art Bowland
Hayden Greer
C Greenwood Dodgers Cotton States League Jim Bivin
C Johnstown Johnnies Middle Atlantic League Jay Kirke, Jr.
C Santa Barbara Dodgers California League Ray Hathaway
D Trois Rivieres Royals Canadian-American League Lou Rochelli
D Cambridge Dodgers Eastern Shore League Roy Nichols
D Kingston Dodgers North Atlantic League George Scherger
D Olean Oilers Pennsylvania-Ontario-New York League Greg Mulleavy
D Ponca City Dodgers Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League Boyd Bartley
D Pulaski Counts Appalachian League Larry Kinzer
D Valdosta Dodgers Georgia-Florida League Hugh Holliday
D Zanesville Dodgers Ohio-Indiana League Clay Bryant

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Mobile, Pueblo, Nashua, Spokane, Greenwood, Zanesville

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Steve Nagy page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Art Herring page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Augie Galan page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Eddie Basinski page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Marion Fricano page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, p. 231, Jonathan Eig, Simon & Schuster, 2007, New York, ISBN 978-0-7432-9461-4
  7. ^ Box score of Robinson's first game from Retrosheet
  8. ^ Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, p. 75
  9. ^ Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, p. 125
  10. ^ Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, p. 127
  11. ^ Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, p. 141
  12. ^ Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, p. 167
  13. ^ Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, p. 228
  14. ^ Kirby Higbe page at Baseball Reference
  15. ^ Howie Schultz page at Baseball Reference
  16. ^ Tommy Tatum page at Baseball Reference

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
St. Louis Cardinals
1946
National League Championship Season
1947
Succeeded by
Boston Braves
1948