|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%.
|American League Team Stats|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|