1947 BOSTON RED SOX ... 
NIGHT BASEBALL & JACKIE ROBINSON ...

 

    Johnny Evers   Del Gainor    
    Died: March 28th   Died: Jan 29th    
Bernie Carbo   Carlton Fisk   Doug Griffin   Joe Lahoud
Born: Aug 5th   Born: Dec 26th   Born: June 4th   Born: April 14th
Thurman Munson   Johnny Bench   Nolan Ryan   Joe Castiglione
Born: June 7th   Born: Dec 7th   Born: Jan 31st   Born: March 2nd

 

At Fenway Park, much of 1947 was spent hoping that 1946 was not an accident. The 1947 Red Sox team was a club that never got going. Everyone but Ted Williams and Johnny Pesky started the season where they left off in 1946. Bad luck, bad decision-making at a batting slump plagued the team at the beginning of the season.

Tex Hughson, Dave Ferriss and Mickey Harris won 62 games in 1946, in 1947 they all developed arm trouble. Dom DiMaggio hurt his shoulder and it handicapped him for the whole year.

 

The Red Sox stayed close and were in first place briefly in mid June, then fell behind the first-place Detroit Tigers and then the New York Yankees. By mid July, they were 12 games behind, having gone only 12-15 in that time span. The Sox tried to patch holes through trades. They dumped catcher Hal Wagner for Birdie Tebbetts. They traded one of their star players, Rudy York to Chicago for slugging firstbaseman Jake Jones, who couldn't hit a curve ball, and bought pitcher Denny Galehouse from the St. Louis Browns.

Nothing worked for the Red Sox and the Yankees with the pennant away in July. Boston finished in third place, 14 games behind, winners of 21 fewer games than in 1946.

But the year did have significant events. In early April, Tom Yawkey had a meeting with Yankee owner Dan Topping. They discussed exchanging problems, with the Yankees taking Ted Williams for Joe DiMaggio, who didn't get along with Yankee general manager Lee MacPhail, and was still on the bench after surgery from the bone spur on his left heel. Williams, in spite of his problematic personality, was in his prime and DiMaggio was damaged goods. Yawkey felt the swap was therefore unfair and wanted the addition of Yankee prospect Yogi Berra, and so the deal never got done.

About the same time, Brooklyn Dodger owner, Branch Rickey promoted Jackie Robinson to the major leagues. He had informed baseball's owners of his plan at a meeting in January. They all opposed him, including Yawkey. But baseball commissioner, Happy Chandler supported the move.

 

Night baseball team to Fenway Park on 1947, as the workers stalled seven light towers. On June 13th, Dave Ferriss beat the Chicago White Sox, 5 to 3 in Fenway's first night game. The advertisements were also taken off the left-field wall, because Ted Williams claimed that they caused glare. Thus the birth of the "Green Monster".

With little else to cheer for, Ted Williams became the entire story for 1947. In 1941 Williams hit .406, however Joe DiMaggio had a 56 game hitting streak. With the Yankees winning the 1941 pennant, DiMaggio was voted the MVP. In 1942, Williams won the "Triple Crown" for the first time, but the MVP voters went with the Yankees' Joe Gordon, second baseman on the New York Yankees, who had a fine year, but maybe not even the best on his own team. On his own team, DiMaggio and Charlie Keller knocked in more runs than Gordon.  Williams finally won the MVP in 1946 as Boston won the pennant. 

 

TED WILLIAMS

In 1947, Williams won his second "Triple Crown", finishing the year with a .343 batting average, 32 home runs and 114 RBI.  On May 6th he hit two home runs.  One tied the game in the ninth inning and the second one, won it in the 11th.  Then on May 16th he hit a grandslam home run, which gave him one every year of his career.  On May 19th, Ted hit a walk-off home run to beat the first place Tigers.  It was on July 26th that Ted hit two home runs in a row for his sixth consecutive base hit, four of which were homers.

Williams still managed to lose the closest Most Valuable Player race in history, coming short by a single point to the eventual winner Joe D. Joltin' Joe had a solid 1947 campaign, but it didn't come close to approaching the Splendid Splinter's year. Williams' not only won the "Triple Crown" again led the league in runs scored, walks and slugging average. DiMaggio's numbers pale in comparison, as he won the award with 20 homers, 97 RBI and a .315 batting average. Indeed, Williams knocked in 16 more runs than the next highest player, Tommy Heinrich of DiMaggio's Yanks.  Williams poor showings in the MVP voting as often been attributed to his poor relationship with the media, who happened to vote for the award.

For the Red Sox, Johnny Pesky batted .324 and hit in 26 straight games, setting the table for Williams' RBI title.  The Sox played the longest night game in history, with a back-and-forth 15 inning duel against the Browns on June 18th, that Pesky won with a walk-off hit, his fifth one of the night.

 

GAME LOG
  RECORD PLACE GB/GF OPPONENT SCORE  PITCHER W/L
04/15/1947 Jackie Robinson's debut  Brooklyn Dodgers  (5) vs Boston Braves (3) at Ebbets Field
1-0 1st -  Washington Senators W 7-6 Harry Dorish 1-0
04/16/1947 1-0 1st -  Washington Senators pp  
04/17/1947 2-0 1st +1/2  Washington Senators W 4-1 Joe Dobson 1-0
04/18/1947 3-0 1st +1/2  at Philadelphia Athletics W 9-3 Dave Ferriss 1-0
04/19/1947 4-0 1st +1  at Philadelphia Athletics W 4-2 Harry Dorish 2-0
04/20/1947 4-1 1st +1/2  at Washington Senators L 3-1 Mel Parnell 0-1
04/21/1947 4-1 1st +1/2  at Washington Senators pp  
04/22/1947 4-2 3rd -1/2  at New York Yankees L 5-4 Earl Johnson 0-1
04/23/1947 4-3 3rd -1 1/2  at New York Yankees L 3-0 Dave Ferriss 1-1
04/24/1947 5-3 2nd -1/2  at New York Yankees W 1-0 Tex Hughson 1-0
04/25/1947 5-4 3rd -1  Philadelphia Athletics L 11-7 Harry Dorish 2-1
04/26/1947 5-5 4th -2  Philadelphia Athletics L 5-2 Tommy Fine 0-1
04/27/1947 5-5 4th -1 1/2  Philadelphia Athletics L 6-6  
04/28/1947 5-5 4th -1 1/2  
04/29/1947 5-6 6th -2  at Detroit Tigers L 8-3 Tex Hughson 1-1
04/30/1947 6-6 3rd -1  at Detroit Tigers W 7-1 Mel Parnell 1-1
05/01/1947 6-6 3rd -1  
05/02/1947 6-7 6th -2  at Cleveland Indians L 2-0 Dave Ferriss 1-2
05/03/1947 6-8 7th -2 1/2  at Cleveland Indians L 9-3 Tex Hughson 1-2
05/04/1947 7-8 5th -2 1/2  at St. Louis Browns W 3-2 Joe Dobson 2-0
8-8 5th -2 1/2 W 8-1 Tommy Fine 1-1
05/05/1947 8-8 3rd -2 1/2  
05/06/1947 9-8 3rd -1 1/2  at St. Louis Browns W 6-5 Earl Johnson 1-1
05/07/1947 9-8 4th -1 1/2  at St. Louis Browns pp  
05/08/1947 10-8 3rd -1/2  at Chicago White Sox W 3-0 Dave Ferriss 2-2
05/09/1947 10-8 4th -1  
05/10/1947 10-9 3rd -1  New York Yankees L 9-6 Joe Dobson 2-1
05/11/1947 11-9 2nd -1 1/2  New York Yankees W 8-7 Harry Dorish 3-1
05/12/1947 12-9 2nd -1  New York Yankees W 4-3 Earl Johnson 2-1
05/13/1947 13-9 2nd -1  Chicago White Sox W 19-6 Bill Zuber 1-0
05/14/1947 14-9 2nd -1  Chicago White Sox W 5-1 Joe Dobson 3-1
05/15/1947 14-10 2nd -2  St. Louis Browns L 2-1 Tommy Fine 1-2
05/16/1947 15-10 2nd -1  St. Louis Browns W 12-7 Harry Dorish 4-1
05/17/1947 15-11 3rd -2  St. Louis Browns L 4-2 Mel Parnell 1-2
05/18/1947 15-11 2nd -2  Detroit Tigers pp  
05/19/1947 15-12 2nd -2  Detroit Tigers L 3-2 Dave Ferriss 2-3
16-12 2nd -2 W 5-4 Tex Hughson 2-2
05/20/1947 17-12 2nd -1  Detroit Tigers W 8-3 Joe Dobson 4-1
05/21/1947 17-12 2nd -1/2  Cleveland Indians pp  
05/22/1947 17-12 2nd -1/2  Cleveland Indians pp  
05/23/1947 17-13 2nd -1 1/2  at New York Yankees L 9-0 Harry Dorish 4-2
05/24/1947 17-14 2nd -2 1/2  at New York Yankees L 5-0 Dave Ferriss 2-4
05/25/1947 17-15 2nd -3  at New York Yankees L 17-2 Tex Hughson 2-3
05/26/1947 17-16 2nd -4  at New York Yankees L 9-3 Joe Dobson 4-2
05/27/1947 18-16 2nd -4  at Philadelphia Athletics W 4-2 Earl Johnson 3-1
05/28/1947 19-16 2nd -3 1/2  at Philadelphia Athletics W 9-2 Dave Ferriss 3-4
05/29/1947 19-17 3rd -3 1/2  at Philadelphia Athletics L 3-2 Harry Dorish 4-3
05/30/1947 19-18 4th -4 1/2  at Washington Senators L 13-6 Tex Hughson 2-4
19-19 4th -5 L 5-3 Joe Dobson 4-3
06/01/1947 19-19 4th -5  at Chicago White Sox pp      
pp      
06/02/1947 20-19 4th -5 1/2  at Chicago White Sox W 6-2 Dave Ferriss 4-4
20-20 4th -5 L 6-5 Harry Dorish 4-4
06/03/1947 20-21 4th -5  at St. Louis Browns L 4-3 Tex Hughson 2-5
06/04/1947 21-21 4th -4 1/2  at St. Louis Browns W 5-2 Joe Dobson 5-3
06/05/1947 21-21 4th -4  
06/06/1947 21-21 4th -4  at Detroit Tigers pp  
06/07/1947 21-21 4th -4  at Detroit Tigers pp  
06/08/1947 21-22 4th -5  at Detroit Tigers L 5-0 Dave Ferriss 4-5
06/09/1947 22-22 3rd -4  at Cleveland Indians W 7-5 Tex Hughson 3-5
06/10/1947 23-22 3rd -3  at Cleveland Indians W 3-2 Joe Dobson 6-3
06/11/1947 24-22 3rd -2 1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 3-0 Mickey Harris 1-0
06/12/1947 24-22 3rd -2 1/2  
06/13/1947 25-22 3rd -2  Chicago White Sox W 5-3 Dave Ferriss 5-5
06/14/1947 25-22 3rd -2  Chicago White Sox pp  
06/15/1947 26-22 2nd -1  Chicago White Sox W 7-3 Tex Hughson 4-5
27-22 2nd -1 W 8-4 Joe Dobson 7-3
06/16/1947 27-22 2nd -1  
06/17/1947 28-22 2nd -1  St. Louis Browns W 6-5 Dave Ferriss 6-5
06/18/1947 29-22 2nd -1/2  St. Louis Browns W 6-5 Mel Parnell 2-2
06/19/1947 29-22 1st -  Lynn Red Sox W 11-4  
06/20/1947 29-23 2nd -1  Cleveland Indians L 3-2 Tex Hughson 4-6
06/21/1947 30-23 2nd -1 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 9-1 Joe Dobson 8-3
06/22/1947 30-24 2nd -2 1/2  Cleveland Indians L 8-2 Dave Ferriss 6-6
31-24 2nd -2 W 6-3 Harry Dorish 5-4
06/23/1947 32-24 2nd -2  Detroit Tigers W 8-2 Denny Galehouse 1-0
06/24/1947 32-24 2nd -2  Detroit Tigers pp  
06/25/1947 32-25 2nd -3  Cleveland Indians L 4-2 Tex Hughson 4-7
33-25 2nd -2 1/2 W 4-3 Dave Ferriss 7-6
06/26/1947 33-26 2nd -2 1/2  at Washington Senators L 7-3 Earl Johnson 3-2
06/27/1947 33-27 2nd -3 1/2  at Washington Senators L 3-0 Harry Dorish 5-5
06/28/1947 34-27 2nd -3 1/2  at Washington Senators W 8-0 Denny Galehouse 2-0
06/29/1947 34-28 2nd -4 1/2  at Philadelphia Athletics L 3-2 Dave Ferriss 7-7
34-29 2nd -4 1/2 L 6-5 Harry Dorish 5-6
06/30/1947 34-30 2nd -5 1/2  New York Yankees L 3-1 Joe Dobson 8-4
07/01/1947 34-30 2nd -5 1/2  
07/02/1947 34-31 2nd -6 1/2  Philadelphia Athletics L 7-6 Mel Parnell 2-3
07/03/1947 34-22 4th -7  Philadelphia Athletics L 8-4 Harry Dorish 5-7
07/04/1947 34-33 4th -8  Philadelphia Athletics L 8-6 Earl Johnson 3-3
35-33 4th -8 W 4-0 Tex Hughson 5-7
07/05/1947 36-33 2nd -8  Washington Senators W 7-6 Joe Dobson 9-4
07/06/1947 37-33 2nd -8  Washington Senators W 7-4 Mickey Harris 2-0
38-33 2nd -8 W 10-1 Denny Galehouse 3-0
07/07/1947 All Star Game Break
07/08/1947
07/09/1947
07/10/1947 38-33 2nd -8 1/2  at Detroit Tigers T 2-2  
07/11/1947 39-33 2nd -8 1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 4-3 Tex Hughson 6-7
39-34 2nd -9 L 3-0 Denny Galehouse 3-1
07/12/1947 40-34 2nd -9 1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 2-0 Earl Johnson 4-3
07/13/1947 40-35 3rd -10 1/2  at Cleveland Indians L 8-0 Harry Dorish 5-8
40-36 3rd -11 1/2 L 6-2 Joe Dobson 9-5
07/14/1947 41-36 3rd -11  at Detroit Tigers W 1-0 Dave Ferriss 8-7
07/15/1947 41-37 3rd -12 1/2  at Chicago White Sox L 5-1 Tex Hughson 6-8
07/16/1947 42-37 3rd -12 1/2  at Chicago White Sox W 7-2 Denny Galehouse 4-1
07/17/1947 43-37 3rd -12 1/2  at Chicago White Sox W 4-1 Joe Dobson 10-5
44-37 3rd -12 1/2 W 6-3 Earl Johnson 5-3
07/18/1947 44-38 3rd -12 1/2  at St. Louis Browns L 9-8 Bob Klinger 0-1
07/19/1947 45-38 3rd -12 1/2  at St. Louis Browns W 1-0 Earl Johnson 6-3
07/20/1947 45-39 3rd -12 1/2  at St. Louis Browns L 4-3 Tex Hughson 6-9
45-40 3rd -12 1/2 L 7-6 Dave Ferriss 8-8
07/21/1947 45-40 3rd -12 1/2  
07/22/1947 46-40 3rd -12 1/2  Chicago White Sox W 3-2 Joe Dobson 11-5
07/23/1947 47-40 3rd -11 1/2  Chicago White Sox W 8-7 Tex Hughson 7-9
07/24/1947 48-40 2nd -11 1/2  Chicago White Sox W 8-2 Denny Galehouse 5-1
07/25/1947 49-40 2nd -11 1/2  St. Louis Browns W 7-6 Harry Dorish 6-8
07/26/1947 50-40 2nd -10 1/2  St. Louis Browns W 12-1 Joe Dobson 12-5
07/27/1947 51-40 2nd -9 1/2  St. Louis Browns W 4-3 Tex Hughson 8-9
52-40 2nd -9 1/2 W 11-2 Dave Ferriss 9-8
07/28/1947 52-40 2nd -10  
07/29/1947 52-41 2nd -10 1/2  Cleveland Indians L 5-1 Denny Galehouse 5-2
07/30/1947 52-42 2nd -11 1/2  Cleveland Indians L 13-7 Earl Johnson 6-4
07/31/1947 52-43 2nd -12  Cleveland Indians L 5-4 Joe Dobson 12-6
08/01/1947 52-44 2nd -12  Detroit Tigers L 3-1 Dave Ferriss 9-9
08/02/1947 53-44 2nd -12 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 2-1 Tex Hughson 9-9
08/03/1947 53-45 2nd -13 1/2  Detroit Tigers L 10-3 Denny Galehouse 5-3
08/04/1947 53-45 2nd -13  
08/05/1947 53-46 2nd -14  at Washington Senators L 3-1 Dave Ferriss 9-10
08/06/1947 53-47 3rd -14  at Washington Senators L 1-0 Earl Johnson 6-5
08/07/1947 54-47 3rd -13 1/2  at Washington Senators W 12-2 Denny Galehouse 6-3
08/08/1947 55-47 2nd -12 1/2  New York Yankees W 9-6 Mickey Harris 3-0
08/09/1947 56-47 2nd -11 1/2  New York Yankees W 6-4 Dave Ferriss 10-10
08/10/1947 56-48 3rd -12 1/2  New York Yankees L 2-1 Joe Dobson 12-7
08/11/1947 57-48 2nd -11 1/2  Washington Senators W 1-0 Earl Johnson 7-5
08/12/1947 58-48 2nd -11  Washington Senators W 2-1 Mickey Harris 4-0
08/13/1947 59-48 2nd -11  Washington Senators W 10-3 Tex Hughson 10-9
08/14/1947 59-48 2nd -11 1/2  
08/15/1947 59-49 2nd -12 1/2  at New York Yankees L 10-6 Mickey Harris 4-1
08/16/1947 59-50 2nd -13 1/2  at New York Yankees L 1-0 Earl Johnson 7-6
08/17/1947 60-50 2nd -12 1/2  at New York Yankees W 3-0 Denny Galehouse 7-3
08/18/1947 60-50 2nd -12 1/2  
08/19/1947 61-50 2nd -11 1/2  at St. Louis Browns W 9-5 Joe Dobson 13-7
08/20/1947 61-50 2nd -12  at St. Louis Browns pp  
08/21/1947 61-51 2nd -13  at Chicago White Sox L 3-2 Tex Hughson 10-10
08/22/1947 61-52 2nd -13  at Chicago White Sox L 7-2 Denny Galehouse 7-4
62-52 2nd -12 W 6-3 Earl Johnson 8-6
08/23/1947 62-52 2nd -12 1/2  at Chicago White Sox pp  
08/24/1947 63-52 2nd -11 1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 11-2 Dave Ferriss 11-10
63-53 2nd -12 1/2 L 2-1 Mickey Harris 4-2
08/25/1947 63-54 2nd -12 1/2  at Cleveland Indians L 10-8 Eddie Smith 0-1
08/26/1947 63-55 2nd -11 1/2  at Detroit Tigers L 12-1 Denny Galehouse 7-5
64-55 2nd -12 W 9-1 Tex Hughson 11-10
08/27/1947 64-56 2nd -12  at Detroit Tigers L 7-2 Earl Johnson 8-7
65-56 2nd -12 1/2 W 5-4 Joe Dobson 14-7
08/28/1947 66-56 2nd -12  at Detroit Tigers W 13-3 Eddie Smith 1-1
08/29/1947 67-56 2nd -12  Philadelphia Athletics W 2-1 Mickey Harris 5-2
08/30/1947 68-56 2nd -12  Philadelphia Athletics W 2-0 Tex Hughson 12-10
08/31/1947 69-56 2nd -12 1/2  Philadelphia Athletics W 5-1 Joe Dobson 15-7
09/01/1947 70-56 2nd -11 1/2  New York Yankees W 6-3 Denny Galehouse 8-5
71-56 2nd -10 1/2 W 4-1 Earl Johnson 9-7
09/02/1947 71-56 2nd -10 1/2  New York Yankees pp  
09/03/1947 71-57 2nd -11 1/2  New York Yankees L 11-2 Tex Hughson 12-11
71-58 2nd -12 1/2 L 9-6 Eddie Smith 1-2
09/04/1947 71-58 2nd -12  
09/05/1947 71-59 2nd -12  at Philadelphia Athletics L 9-7 Mickey Harris 5-3
09/06/1947 72-59 2nd -11  at Philadelphia Athletics W 4-3 Earl Johnson 10-7
09/07/1947 72-60 2nd -12  at Philadelphia Athletics L 7-4 Denny Galehouse 8-6
72-61 2nd -12 1/2 L 4-3 Eddie Smith 1-3
09/08/1947 72-61 2nd -12  
09/09/1947 73-61 2nd -11 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 5-3 Joe Dobson 16-7
09/10/1947 73-62 2nd -12 1/2  Detroit Tigers L 5-0 Earl Johnson 10-8
09/11/1947 73-63 2nd -13 1/2  Cleveland Indians L 10-8 Mickey Harris 5-4
74-63 2nd -12 1/2 W 8-3 Dave Ferriss 12-10
09/12/1947 74-64 3rd -12 1/2  Cleveland Indians L 11-6 Denny Galehouse 8-7
09/13/1947 75-64 2nd -12 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 3-2 Earl Johnson 11-8
09/14/1947 75-64 2nd -13  Chicago White Sox T 1-1  
09/15/1947 75-65 3rd -13 1/2  Chicago White Sox L 6-3 Dave Ferriss 12-11
76-65 3rd -13 W 7-5 Harry Dorish 7-8
09/16/1947 77-65 3rd -13  Chicago White Sox W 5-0 Denny Galehouse 9-7
77-66 3rd -13 L 8-3 Coot Deal 0-1
09/17/1947 77-67 3rd -14  St. Louis Browns L 9-4 Earl Johnson 11-9
78-67 2nd -13 1/2 W 4-0 Joe Dobson 17-7
09/18/1947 79-67 2nd -13 1/2  St. Louis Browns W 10-6 Bob Klinger 1-1
09/19/1947 79-67 2nd -13  Washington Senators pp  
09/20/1947 79-68 2nd -14  Washington Senators L 6-3 Earl Johnson 11-10
80-68 2nd -13 W 7-2 Denny Galehouse 10-7
09/21/1947 80-69 2nd -14  Washington Senators L 3-0 Joe Dobson 17-8
09/22/1947 80-69 2nd -14  
09/23/1947 80-70 3rd -15  Philadelphia Athletics L 9-3 Chuck Stobbs 0-1
81-70 3rd -15 W 6-5 Earl Johnson 12-10
09/24/1947 81-70 3rd -15  
09/25/1947 81-70 3rd -15  at New York Yankees pp  
09/26/1947 82-70 3rd -14  at New York Yankees W 3-2 Denny Galehouse 11-7
09/27/1947 83-70 3rd -13  at Washington Senators W 8-1 Joe Dobson 18-8
09/28/1947 83-71 3rd -14  at Washington Senators L 5-1 Earl Johnson 12-11
 
1947 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING
 
 

 

 

FINAL 1947 STANDINGS

 

New York Yankees 97 57 -

 

 

Detroit Tigers 85 69 12

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

83 71 14

 

 

Cleveland Indians 80 74 17

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 78 76 19

 

 

Chicago White Sox 70 84 27

 

 

Washington Senators 64 90 33

 

 

St. Louis Browns 59 95 38

 

 

 
1946 RED SOX 1948 RED SOX
 
 
SPORTSCENTURY: JACKIE ROBINSON

 

 
 
1947 WORLD SERIES