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1948 Brooklyn Dodgers season

1948 Brooklyn Dodgers
Major League affiliations
  • Ebbets Field (since 1913)
  • Brooklyn, New York (since 1883)
  • 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

    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

    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

    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


    1948 Brooklyn Dodgers
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    Outfielders Manager


    Player stats


    Starters by position

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    League top five finishers

    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

    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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