1947 Season News

On April 17th, the Brooklyn Dodgers topped the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field 12-6, as baseball's first African-American player; Jackie Robinson tallied his first Major League hit (a bunt single). Robinson would go on to perfect the "squeeze play" while bunting forty-two times throughout the season.

Larry Doby became the first African-American to play in the American League after appearing as a pinch-hitter for the Cleveland Indians on July 5th during a 6-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox. The following day he started at first base and went one-for-five at the plate.

On August 13th, Willard Brown of the St. Louis Browns became the first African-American player to homer in the American League after hitting a pinch hit inside-the-park home run for a 6-5 victory over pitcher Hal Newhouser and the Detroit Tigers.

Johnny Mize of the New York Giants set a Major League record after hitting three successive home runs (for the fifth time in his career) during a 14-5 loss to the Boston Braves. Mize would later go on to add a sixth, three-homer performance while playing with the New York Yankees in 1950.

After several St. Louis Cardinal players were rumored to initiate a strike as a sign of protest against playing with Jackie Robinson, National League President Ford Frick and team owner Sam Breadon both announced that any player directly involved in any acts of racial prejudice or disobedience would be suspended indefinitely. Cardinal manager Eddie Dyer wholeheartedly denied the allegations and his "Redbirds" went on to play (and beat) the Brooklyn Dodgers 5-1.

Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler announced the development of the first official pension plan for major leaguers. The plan stated that any player with five years experience would receive a check for $50 a month at age fifty, and $10 a month over the next five years. The pension fund was initially set up for $650,000, with teams providing 80% and the players investing the remaining 20%.
1947 American League
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 97-57 -
Detroit Tigers 85-69 12.0
Boston Red Sox 83-71 14.0
Cleveland Indians 80-74 17.0
Philadelphia Athletics 78-76 19.0
Chicago White Sox 70-84 27.0
Washington Senators 64-90 33.0
St. Louis Browns 59-95 38.0
1947 National League
Team Record GB
Brooklyn Dodgers 94-60 -
St. Louis Cardinals 89-65 5.0
Boston Braves 86-68 8.0
New York Giants 81-73 13.0
Cincinnati Reds 73-81 21.0
Chicago Cubs 69-85 25.0
Philadelphia Phillies 62-92 32.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 62-92 32.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Yankees 97 57 0.630 794 5.16 568 3.69 115 95 0.271 0.346 0.407 3.39 628 691 0.981 151
Detroit Tigers 85 69 0.552 714 4.64 642 4.17 103 79 0.258 0.352 0.377 3.57 531 648 0.975 142
Boston Red Sox 83 71 0.539 720 4.68 669 4.34 103 84 0.265 0.347 0.382 3.81 575 586 0.977 172
Cleveland Indians 80 74 0.519 687 4.46 588 3.82 112 94 0.259 .323 0.385 3.44 628 590 0.983 178
Philadelphia Athletics 78 76 0.506 633 4.11 614 3.99 61 85 0.252 0.330 0.349 3.51 597 493 0.976 161
Chicago White Sox 70 84 0.455 553 3.59 661 4.29 53 76 0.256 0.319 0.342 3.64 603 522 0.975 180
Washington Senators 64 90 0.416 496 3.22 675 4.38 42 63 0.241 0.312 0.321 3.97 579 551 0.976 151
St. Louis Browns 59 95 0.383 564 3.66 744 4.83 90 103 0.241 0.318 0.350 4.33 604 552 0.977 169
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Brooklyn Dodgers 94 60 0.610 774 5.03 668 4.34 83 104 0.272 0.361 0.384 3.82 626 592 0.978 164
St. Louis Cardinals 89 65 0.578 780 5.06 634 4.12 115 106 0.270 0.344 0.401 3.53 495 642 0.979 169
Boston Braves 86 68 0.558 701 4.55 622 4.04 85 93 0.275 0.345 0.390 3.62 453 494 0.974 124
New York Giants 81 73 0.526 830 5.39 761 4.94 221 122 0.271 0.332 0.454 4.44 590 553 0.974 136
Cincinnati Reds 73 81 0.474 681 4.42 755 4.90 95 102 0.259 0.327 0.375 4.41 589 633 0.977 134
Chicago Cubs 69 85 0.448 567 3.68 722 4.69 71 106 0.259 0.319 0.361 4.04 618 571 0.975 159
Philadelphia Phillies 62 92 0.403 589 3.82 687 4.46 60 98 0.258 0.318 0.352 3.96 513 514 0.974 140
Pittsburgh Pirates 62 92 0.403 744 4.83 817 5.31 156 155 0.261 0.337 0.406 4.68 592 530 0.975 131