In 1947, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams vied for the American League MVP Award, while National League players Ralph Kiner and Johnny Mize competed on home runs. Here are some of the headlines from the 1947 baseball season:
Joe DiMaggio Named 1947 American League MVP
With .315, 20 home runs, and 97 RBI, Joe DiMaggio earned the 1947 American League MVP Award. Triple Crown-winner Ted Williams lost the plaque to DiMaggio by a single vote. Williams would have won the award had he not personally alienated many of the voters. In 1947, the Yankee Clipper became the first outfielder or first baseman to win the prize without leading his league in any of the Triple Crown departments.
Ewell Blackwell Triumphs in 22
Ewell "The Whip" Blackwell had a sidearm delivery so devastating that right-handed hitters begged out by the hordes on days he pitched. Blackwell went 22-8 in 1947. A kidney ailment sidelined him in 1948, and he was never the same. Like many former National League stars, he was acquired on waivers by the Yankees to aid them in a late-season pennant drive.
Lou Boudreau Leads American League With 45 Doubles
Thirty-year-old Lou Boudreau, completing his sixth year as Cleveland's player/manager, led the American League in doubles with 45 in 1947. After buying the Indians in '46, Bill Veeck had planned to fire Boudreau as manager, but public sentiment changed his mind. It's a good thing. Boudreau led the Tribe to a flag in 1948.
Ralph Kiner, Johnny Mize Hit 51 HRs
In 1947, both Ralph Kiner and Johnny Mize made a run at Hack Wilson's National League home run record of 56 dingers before ending in a tie for the crown with 51 four-baggers apiece. Three of Mize's New York Giants teammates -- Willard Marshall, Walker Cooper, and rookie Bobby Thomson -- rounded out the top five finishers.
Harry Walker Takes the 1947 National League Bat Title
After hitting .237 in 1946, the Cardinals were looking to dump Harry Walker. And on May 3, 1947, they shipped him and Freddy Schmidt to the Phillies for Ron Northey. Walker's bat caught fire in Philly and he ended up leading the National League in batting (.363). It was the only time in his career that he hit above .318.
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