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1947 Baseball Season

1947 Baseball Season Highlights

From the first televised World Series to New York's 19-game winning streak that tied the American League record -- the 1947 baseball season saw many firsts and numerous records. Below you will find the highlights from the 1947 baseball season:

  • The Yankees take the American League flag by 12 games.
  • The Dodgers win the National League pennant.
  • Yanks win an exciting, but erratically played, 1947 World Series in seven games.
  • Yankee Bill Bevens comes within one out of a no-hitter in game four of the Series, and loses the game on a two-run double by Cookie Lavagetto.
  • Dodger Al Gionfriddo makes a great catch to rob Joe DiMaggio of a homer in game five of the 1947 World Series.
  • Reliever Hugh Casey wins two games in the 1947 World Series for the Dodgers, and saves their third win.
  • Johnny Lindell leads the Yankees in the 1947 World Series with a .500 average and seven RBI.
  • On October 2, Yankee Yogi Berra hits the first pinch homer in World Series history.
  • DiMaggio wins the American League MVP by one vote over Ted Williams, 202 to 201.
  • Bob Elliott wins the National League MVP -- the first Brave to do so since 1914.
  • Williams again wins the Triple Crown, batting .343 with 32 homers and 114 RBI.
  • Williams leads the American League in runs (125), total bases (335), runs produced (207), walks (162), OBP(.499), and slugging (.634).
  • The Yanks tie the American League record by winning 19 straight games.
  • Brooklyn's Jackie Robinson, the first black American to play in a major league game in this century, goes 0-for-3 in his debut.
  • Robinson wins the Baseball Writers Association of America's first Rookie of the Year Award, as he posts a .297 average.
  • Harry Walker of the Phils, sent to them by the Cards, becomes the first player traded in Mid-season to win a National League bat crown (.363).
  • Cincinnati's Ewell Blackwell no-hits the Braves on June 18, and pitches eight hitless innings in his next start.
  • Kiner hits a record eight home runs in a four-game stretch.
  • Mize scores at least one run in a National League record 16 straight games.
  • Walker Cooper hits 35 homers for the Giants.
  • Bobby Thomson chips in 29 homers for the Giants, a new club rookie record.
  • The Giants hit 221 homers, a new major league record (since broken).
  • Giants' rookie Larry Jansen goes 21-5, topping the National League in win pct. (.808).

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