1947 Baseball Season

More 1947 Baseball Season Highlights

Al Lopez played his final game September 16, 1947.
Al Lopez played his final game September 16, 1947.

Check out more 1947 baseball season highlights, including recordsetting attendance and lots of trades between teams:

  • Larry Doby debuts with Cleveland on July 5 to break the color line in the American League.
  • The Dodgers set a new National League attendance record.
  • Attendance everywhere is at an all-time high as the post-war baseball boom is in full swing.
  • The American League wins the All-Star Game 2-1 at Wrigley Field.
  • Hank Greenberg, the American League reigning homer and RBI king, is sold prior to the 1947 baseball season to Pittsburgh for $75,000.
  • Greenberg ties for the National League lead in walks (104) in his final season.
  • Greenberg persuades Pittsburgh brass to shorten the fences in Forbes Field, which boosts Kiner's career.
  • The Red Sox get Vern Stephens and Jack Kramer from the Browns for six players and $310,000.
  • Spud Chandler retires holding a major league record for the highest career win pct. (.717) -- minimum 100 career wins.
  • Don Black of Cleveland no-hits the A's on July 10.
  • Bill McCahan of the A's no-hits Washington on Sept. 3.
  • Dan Bankhead of the Dodgers is the first black to pitch in major league.
  • Ewell Blackwell wins 16 straight games, a Cincinnati club record.
  • A Las Vegas team in the Sunset League hits an OB record 270 home runs.
  • Johnny Mize tops the National League in RBI (138), runs (137), and runs produced (224).
  • Blackwell leads National League in wins (22), CGs (23), and Ks (193).
  • Warren Spahn tops the National League in ERA (2.33), innings (290), and shutouts (seven), and posts 21 wins.
  • Athletic Hank Majeski's .988 FA is a new major league record for third basemen.
  • The Phils trade Ken Raffensberger and Hugh Poland to the Reds for Al Lakeman.
  • The Phils trade Ron Northey to the Cards for Harry Walker and Freddy Schmidt.
  • The Red Sox swap Rudy York to the White Sox for Jake Jones.
  • Prior to the season, the Dodgers send five players to Pittsburgh for Al Gionfriddo and cash.
  • The Pirates send Billy Cox, Preacher Roe, and Gene Mauch to Brooklyn for Dixie Walker and two pitchers.
  • In the spring of 1947, the Dodgers train in Cuba for the last time.
  • After the 1947 World Series, GM Larry MacPhail is fired by the Yankees for brawling in public.
  • Al Lopez retires holding the record for most games at catcher -- 1,918 (since broken).
  • Bob Feller tops the American League in wins (20), Ks (196), innings (299), and shutouts (five).
  • Detroit's Roy Cullenbine walks in a major league record 22 straight games.

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