1947 Brooklyn Dodgers season
|1947 Brooklyn Dodgers|
|1947 National League Champions|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Branch Rickey, Walter O'Malley, James Lawrence Smith|
|Manager(s)||Clyde Sukeforth/Burt Shotton|
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.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 1947 World Series
- 5 Awards and honors
- 6 Farm System
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 External links
- October 2, 1946: Steve Nagy was purchased from the Dodgers by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- October 19, 1946: Art Herring was purchased from the Dodgers by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- December 4, 1946: Augie Galan was traded by the Dodgers to the Cincinnati Reds for Ed Heusser.
- December 5, 1946: Eddie Basinski was traded by the Dodgers to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Al Gerheauser.
- Prior to 1947 season: Marion Fricano was signed as an amateur free agent by the Dodgers.
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. On road, the Dodgers drew 1.9 million paying fans, also a National League record at that time.
|St. Louis Cardinals||89||65||5||.578|
|New York Giants||81||73||13||.526|
Opening Day lineup
- 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.
- April 22: In a game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson committed an error for the first time in his major league career.
- 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. Various racial slurs were hurled at Robinson by the fans. Pee Wee Reese put his hand on Robinson's shoulder to hush the crowd.
- 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.
- June 24: Against the Pirates, Robinson stole home plate for the first time in his career. 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. The incident was later part of a children’s book titled Year of the Boar and Jackie.
- May 3, 1947: Kirby Higbe, Hank Behrman, Cal McLish, Gene Mauch and Dixie Howell were traded by the Dodgers to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Al Gionfriddo and cash.
- May 10, 1947: Howie Schultz was purchased from the Dodgers by the Philadelphia Phillies.
- May 13, 1947: Tommy Tatum was purchased from the Dodgers by the Cincinnati Reds.
|1947 Brooklyn Dodgers|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|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|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|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|
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|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|
|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|
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|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
Awards and honors
- 1947 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
- Rookie of the Year Award
- TSN Major League Executive of the Year
- TSN Major League All-Star Team
- TSN Rookie of the Year Award
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Mobile, Pueblo, Nashua, Spokane, Greenwood, Zanesville
- Steve Nagy page at Baseball Reference
- Art Herring page at Baseball Reference
- Augie Galan page at Baseball Reference
- Eddie Basinski page at Baseball Reference
- Marion Fricano page at Baseball Reference
- 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
- Box score of Robinson's first game from Retrosheet
- Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, p. 75
- Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, p. 125
- Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, p. 127
- Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, p. 141
- Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, p. 167
- Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, p. 228
- Kirby Higbe page at Baseball Reference
- Howie Schultz page at Baseball Reference
- Tommy Tatum page at Baseball Reference