1948 Brooklyn Dodgers season

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1948 Brooklyn Dodgers
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Branch Rickey, Walter O'Malley, James Lawrence Smith
Manager(s) Leo Durocher/Ray Blades/Burt Shotton
Local radio WMGM
Red Barber, Connie Desmond, Ernie Harwell
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Leo Durocher returned as manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers to start the 1948 season but was fired in mid-season. He was replaced first by team coach Ray Blades and then by Burt Shotton, who had managed the team to the 1947 pennant. The Dodgers finished third in the National League after this tumultuous season.

The 1948 Dodgers were very much a work in progress, beginning to coalesce into the classic "Boys of Summer" teams of the 1950s. Gil Hodges was in the opening day lineup, but as a catcher. He would only be shifted to first base after the emergence of Roy Campanella. Jackie Robinson started the season at second base — Eddie Stanky had been traded just before the start of the season to make room for Robinson at his natural position; he had played first base during his 1947 rookie season. Pee Wee Reese was the only "Boys of summer" regular to already be ensconced at his position, shortstop. Billy Cox had been acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates during the offseason, but as one of nine players who would see time at third for the team that year, he only played 70 games at the position. Carl Furillo was already a regular, but in center field. Duke Snider was brought up to the team in mid-season, and it was not until 1949 that Furillo moved to right field and Snider became the regular center fielder.

Preacher Roe and Ralph Branca were in the starting rotation, but Carl Erskine only appeared in a handful,of games, and Don Newcombe would not join the staff until the following year.


Regular season[edit]

Future Hall of Famer Roy Campanella made his major league debut on April 20.[6] In July, Campanella replaced Bruce Edwards as the club's starting catcher. This marked the first time that a major league team had two black players in its everyday lineup.[7]

On September 9, Rex Barney pitched a no-hitter against the New York Giants. He walked two batters and struck out four in a 2–0 victory.

Season standings[edit]

National League W L GB Pct.
Boston Braves 91 62 -- .595
St. Louis Cardinals 85 69 6.5 .552
Brooklyn Dodgers 84 70 7.5 .545
Pittsburgh Pirates 83 71 8.5 .539
New York Giants 78 76 13.5 .506
Philadelphia Phillies 66 88 25.5 .429
Cincinnati Reds 64 89 27 .418
Chicago Cubs 64 90 27.5 .416

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Opening Day lineup
Name Position
Jackie Robinson Second baseman
Arky Vaughan Left fielder
Preston Ward First baseman
Carl Furillo Center fielder
Pee Wee Reese Shortstop
Dick Whitman Right fielder
Billy Cox Third baseman
Gil Hodges Catcher
Rex Barney Starting pitcher

Notable transactions[edit]


1948 Brooklyn Dodgers
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats[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 Campanella, RoyRoy Campanella 83 279 72 .258 9 45
1B Hodges, GilGil Hodges
2B Robinson, JackieJackie Robinson 147 574 170 .296 12 85
3B Cox, BillyBilly Cox 88 237 59 .249 3 15
SS Reese, Pee WeePee Wee Reese 151 566 155 .274 9 75
OF Hermanski, GeneGene Hermanski
OF Furillo, CarlCarl Furillo
OF Rackley, MarvMarv Rackley

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
Edwards, BruceBruce Edwards 96 286 79 .276 8 54
Shuba, GeorgeGeorge Shuba
Snider, DukeDuke Snider
Reiser, PetePete Reiser 64 127 30 .236 1 19
Vaughan, ArkyArky Vaughan 65 123 30 .244 3 22
Mauch, GeneGene Mauch 12 13 2 .154 0 0


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
Barney, RexRex Barney 44 246.2 15 13 3.10 138
Branca, RalphRalph Branca 36 215.2 14 9 3.51 122
Taylor, HarryHarry Taylor 17 80.2 2 7 5.36 32

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
Roe, PreacherPreacher Roe 34 177.2 12 8 2.63 86
Erskine, CarlCarl Erskine 17 64 6 3 3.23 29
Banta, JackJack Banta 2 3.1 0 1 8.10 1

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
Behrman, HankHank Behrman 34 5 4 7 4.05 42
Casey, HughHugh Casey 22 3 0 4 8.00 7

Awards and honors[edit]

League top five finishers[edit]

Rex Barney

  • #2 in NL in strikeouts (138)
  • #4 in NL in shutouts (4)

Ralph Branca

  • #5 in NL in strikeouts (122)

Pee Wee Reese

  • #2 in NL in stolen bases (25)

Jackie Robinson

  • #4 in NL in runs scored (108)
  • #4 in NL in stolen bases (22)
  • #4 in NL in doubles (38)

Preacher Roe

  • #4 in NL in ERA (2.63)

Farm system[edit]

Team League Manager
AAA Montreal Royals International League Clay Hopper
AAA St. Paul Saints American Association Walter Alston
AA Fort Worth Cats Texas League Les Burge
George Dockins
Bobby Bragan
AA Mobile Bears Southern Association Alfred Todd
A Greenville Spinners South Atlantic League Greg Mulleavy
A Pueblo Dodgers Western League John Fitzpatrick
B Asheville Tourists Tri-State League Clay Bryant
B Danville Dodgers Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League Paul Chervinko
B Lancaster Red Roses Interstate League Dibrell Williams
Jack Knight
B Nashua Dodgers New England League Al Campanis
B Newport News Dodgers Piedmont League Roy Schalk
C Abilene Blue Sox West Texas-New Mexico League Art Bowland
Otis Davis
C Greenwood Dodgers Cotton States League Jim Bivin
C Idaho Falls Russets Pioneer League Jay Kirke, Jr.
Lewis Garland
C Johnstown Johnnies Middle Atlantic League Roy Nichols
C Santa Barbara Dodgers California League Chester Kehn
D Trois Rivieres Royals Canadian-American League Ed Head
D Cairo Dodgers Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League Hugh Holliday
Norbert Hall
D Cambridge Dodgers Eastern Shore League Bob Vickery
Stew Hofferth
D Medford Nuggets Far West League Larry Shepard
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 George Pfister
D Sheboygan Indians Wisconsin State League Joe Hauser
D Valdosta Dodgers Georgia-Florida League Lou Rochelli
D Zanesville Dodgers Ohio-Indiana League Ray Hathaway

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Montreal, St. Paul, Ft. Worth, Greenville, Nashua, Newport News, Santa Barbara, Pulaski, Sheboygan, Zanesville


  1. ^ Stan Rojek page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Ed Stevens page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ a b Jimmy Bloodworth page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Dixie Walker page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Eddie Stanky page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, p. 267, Jonathan Eig, Simon & Schuster, 2007, New York, ISBN 978-0-7432-9461-4
  7. ^ Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, p. 267
  8. ^ Ray Sanders page at Baseball Reference


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