1947 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1947 throughout the world.

Champions[edit]

Major League Baseball[edit]

Other champions[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

MLB statistical leaders[edit]

American League National League
AVG Ted Williams BOS .343 Harry Walker PHI .363
HR Ted Williams BOS 32 Ralph Kiner PIT &
Johnny Mize NYG
51
RBI Ted Williams BOS 114 Johnny Mize NYG 138
Wins Bob Feller CLE 20 Ewell Blackwell CIN 22
ERA Joe Haynes CHW 2.42 Warren Spahn BSB 2.33
Ks Bob Feller CLE 196 Ewell Blackwell CIN 193

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League final standings[edit]

Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st New York Yankees 97   57 .630     --
2nd Detroit Tigers 85   69 .552   12.0
3rd Boston Red Sox 83   71 .539   14.0
4th Cleveland Indians 80   74 .519   17.0
5th Philadelphia Athletics 78   76 .506   19.0
6th Chicago White Sox 70   84 .455   27.0
7th Washington Senators 64   90 .416   33.0
8th St. Louis Browns 59   95 .383   38.0

National League final standings[edit]

Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Brooklyn Dodgers 94   60 .610     --
2nd St. Louis Cardinals 89   65 .578   5.0
3rd Boston Braves 86   68 .558   8.0
4th New York Giants 81   73 .526   13.0
5th Cincinnati Reds 73   81 .474   21.0
6th Chicago Cubs 69   85 .448   25.0
7th Pittsburgh Pirates 62   92 .403   32.0
8th Philadelphia Phillies 62   92 .403   32.0

Negro league baseball final standings[edit]

Negro American League final standings[edit]

Negro American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
No standings were published.
  • Cleveland Buckeyes won the Pennant.

Negro National League final standings[edit]

Negro National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
New York Cubans 42 16 .724
Washington Homestead Grays 38 27 .585
Newark Eagles 41 35 .539
Baltimore Elite Giants 40 36 .526
Philadelphia Stars 24 27 .471
New York Black Yankees 8 33 .195

Events[edit]

January–March[edit]

April–June[edit]

  • April 27 - It is Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium. Despite having throat cancer, Ruth speaks to the packed house, proclaiming, "The only real game, I think, in the world is baseball."

July–September[edit]

  • July 19 - Hall of Fame Negro League player Willard Brown makes his major league debut with the St. Louis Browns. Brown would only appear in 21 games for St. Louis in his only major league season, batting .179 with one home run and six runs batted in.
  • July 20 - With both Hank Thompson and Willard Brown in the starting line-up, the St. Louis Browns become the first major league club to field two black players at the same time. Both players play all nine innings of both games of a doubleheader with the Boston Red Sox.
  • August 13 - The St. Louis Browns' Willard Brown clubs a pinch hit two run home run off Hal Newhouser in the eighth inning of the second game of a doubleheader to avoid being swept by the Detroit Tigers. It is the first home run hit in the American League by a black ball player.
  • August 20 - Washington Senators relief pitcher Tom Ferrick loses both games of a doubleheader with the Cleveland Indians. While pitching with the St. Louis Browns the previous season, Ferrick won both games of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Athletics on August 4.
  • August 26 – Brooklyn Dodgers' Dan Bankhead became the first black pitcher in the majors. He homered in his first major league plate appearance, but didn't fare well on the mound. In 313 innings of relief, he gave up 10 hits and six earned runs to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who won the game, 16–3.

October–December[edit]

  • November 27 - Triple Crown winner Ted Williams (.343 BA, 32 home runs, 114 RBI) is edged out by Joe DiMaggio (.315, 20, 97) for the American League MVP Award by one point. One BBWAA member fails to include Williams anywhere on his ballot.

Births[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January[edit]

  • January   2 – Joe Koukalik, 66, one of four Austrian players in Major League history, who pitched eight innings in one baseball game for the Brooklyn Superbas in the 1904 season.
  • January 15 – Jimmy Sheckard, 68, left fielder and leadoff hitter, most notably for the Chicago Cubs.
  • January 20 – Josh Gibson, 35, Negro League All-Star catcher.
  • January 21 – Jimmy Walsh, 60, third baseman who played from 1910 through 1915 for the Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Terrapins and St. Louis Terriers.
  • January 29 – Del Gainer, 60, solid first baseman and line drive hitter who played for the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals (1922) during ten seasons between 1909 and 1992.
  • January 31 – Johnny Kling, 71, catcher who was key part of the great Chicago Cubs dynasty from the early 1900s.

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

  • April   1 – Mike Lynch
  • April   2 – Charlie Jones, 72, a fine defensive outfielder with a strong arm, who played for the Boston Americans, Chicago White Sox, Washington Senators and St. Louis Browns between 1901 and 1908.
  • April 4   – Jot Goar
  • April 12 – Tom Sullivan, 87, pitcher for the Columbus Buckeyes and Kansas City Cowboys in parts of four seasons spanning 1884–1889.
  • April 20 – Jack Rothfuss
  • April 21 – Steamer Flanagan
  • April 25 – John Walsh

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

  • July   4 – Jeff Sweeney, 58, catcher for the New York Highlanders/Yankees in the early 1900s, who in 1914 stole 19 bases, the most ever by a Yankee catcher in a single season.
  • July   7 – Dick Egan, infielder who played from 1908 through 1916 for the Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Robins and Boston Braves.
  • July   8 – William G. Bramham, 72, president of the Minor Leagues from 1932 to 1946.
  • July 14 – Orval Overall, 66, pitcher for the 1907/1908 World Champion Chicago Cubs; a right-handed curveball specialist who compiled a lifetime 108-71 record with a 2.23 earned run average, the eighth best ERA in Major League history.
  • July 16 – Bill Keen, 54, first baseman who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1911 season.
  • July 29 – George Bausewine, 78, pitcher for the 1889 Philadelphia Athletics, and later an umpire in the National League.
  • July 30 – Chick Robitaille, 68, Franco-American pitcher who had a solid career with the Athletics club of the Quebec Provincial League in the late 1890s, and later posted a 12–8 record with a 2.56 ERA in 26 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1904 to 1905.
  • July 30 – Ed Seward, 80, Philadelphia Athletics pitcher who averaged 27 wins from 1887–1889, with a career-high 35 in 1888.

August[edit]

  • August   3 – Al Tesch
  • August   3 – Vic Willis, 71, Hall of Fame pitcher and an eight-time winner of 20 games, a key member of the pennant winning Boston Beaneaters as a rookie in 1898 and also a member of the 1909 world champion Pittsburgh Pirates, who finished with 249 wins, 1651 strikeouts and a 2.63 ERA in only a thirteen-year career.
  • August   6 – Gene Good
  • August 11 – Harry Davis, 74, first baseman and one of the most feared sluggers in the early 1900s, known today primarily for leading in home runs during four consecutive seasons, while guiding the Philadelphia Athletics teams who dominated the newly formed American League, winning six pennants and three World Series between 1902 and 1913, over a career that spanned more than thirty years as a player, coach, manager and scout.
  • August 14 – Woody Crowson
  • August 15 – Bill Hall
  • August 15 – Carlton Lord
  • August 21 – King Brady, 66, who pitched with the Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox and Boston Braves in a span of four seasons between 1905 and 1912.
  • August 21 – Jacob Fox
  • August 26 – Hugh McQuillan
  • August 27 – She Donahue

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]