1947 Brooklyn Dodgers essays

  • 1947 Dodgers: Spring Training in Havana By Irv Goldfarb

    When Jackie Robinson trained with the Montreal Royals in Daytona Beach, Florida, in the spring of 1946, Brancy Rickey began to witness some of the racial confrontations he had feared. Trying to avoid as much of this as possible while preparing Robinson for his major-league debut, Rickey cited Cuba's passion for baseball and its easy access from the mainland as two good reasons for the Brooklyn Dodgers to hold training camp there in 1947.

  • 1947 Dodgers: The suspension of Leo Durocher By Jeffrey Marlett

    Just before the 1947 season began, baseball commissioner Albert “Happy” Chandler suspended Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher for a year. Chandler cited Durocher’s string of moral shortcomings. Branch Rickey often said Leo possessed “the fertile ability to turn a bad situation into something infinitely worse,” but Leo seemed finally to have hit rock bottom this time.

  • 1947 Dodgers: Branch Rickey and the Mainstream Press By Joe Marren

    Wesley Branch Rickey — even the name is wonderfully quirky and unique. And the man himself lived up to the matchlessness of his name. He was lionized and beatified or criticized and buried, depending on who was writing about him. But which Rickey was on stage in Brooklyn in 1947? The answer is easy: All of them. And it is the press that will guide the tour of that season.

  • Ebbets Field, 1947 By Bob McGee

    In the spring of 1947, Ebbets Field was entering its 35th season, and in that year, more fans would pass through the fabled ball yard’s portals than in any other.

  • 1947 Dodgers: Jackie Robinson's First Game By Lyle Spatz

    Jackie Robinson’s major-league debut was more than just the first step in righting an historical wrong. It was a crucial event in the history of the American civil rights movement, the importance of which went far beyond the insular world of baseball.

  • The protested Dodgers-Cardinals game of July 20, 1947 By David W. Smith

    It is well known that a manager may formally protest a game only if he claims an umpire has made a decision contrary to the rules. However, sometimes things get a little murky. Take the game of July 20, 1947, played by the Brooklyn Dodgers against the St. Louis Cardinals in Ebbets Field.

  • 1947 Dodgers: Jackie Robinson and the Jews By Rebecca T. Alpert

    An essay on being a Jewish fan growing up in Brooklyn during the era of Jackie Robinson.

  • Advertising and the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 By Roberta J. Newman

    The year 1947 was a banner one for the Brooklyn Dodgers. At the same time as the newly desegregated Dodgers seized the National League pennant, the team expanded its appeal to a demographic not traditionally served by organized baseball. It was also a banner year for the advertising industry. With the abatement of wartime shortages, 1947 marked the beginning of a period of unparalleled consumption, fueled by a newly invigorated Madison Avenue.

  • 1947 Dodgers: Al Gionfriddo's Memorable Game Six Catch By Rory Costello

    Ohhh-hooo, Doctor! Dodgers journeyman Al Gionfriddo made the catch of his life to rob Joe DiMaggio in Game Six of the 1947 World Series.

  • 1947 Dodgers: Cookie Lavagetto Ends Bill Bevens' World Series No-Hitter By Joe Dittmar

    With the favored New York Yankees leading the Brooklyn Dodgers two games to one, the clubs met for Game Four of the 1947 World Series at Ebbets Field. The thriller provided a storybook finish with tragic overtones.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers Attendance in 1947 By John Pastier

    The years immediately following World War II were a golden age for baseball attendance. In 1947, the Major Leagues drew a record 19.9 million fans. The Brooklyn Dodgers topped the league by drawing more than 1.8 million at Ebbets Field and nearly 1.9 million on the road. By filling nearly 79 percent of Ebbets Field’s available seats, the Dodgers also set a franchise record that stood for 35 years.

  • 1947 Dodgers: Ownership issues in Brooklyn By Andy McCue

    Behind the headlines in 1947, in the quiet of the Brooklyn Dodgers headquarters, issues that would profoundly affect the Dodgers and all of baseball were being shaped by three men. Two would leave large marks on the history of baseball, and the third would choose which of those two would finally control the team.