January 18 – The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired baseman Hank Greenberg from the Detroit Tigers. The 36-year old veteran Greenberg led the American League in homers with 44 in 1946, as the Pirates will pair him with young slugger Ralph Kiner, who led the National League with 23 home runs in his rookie season. Greenberg will hit 25 homers in his farewell season, while Kiner will lead the major leagues with 51 home runs.
February 1 – MLB Commissioner Happy Chandler announces the creation of a pension plan for retired major leaguers. Any player with five years of experience will receive $50 a month at age 50 and $10 a month for each o the next five years. The plan extends to coaches, players and trainers active on Opening Day. The plan will be funded by $650,000‚ with the 16 teams providing 80% and the players the remaining 20%.
June 22 – Ewell Blackwell just misses pitching back-to-back no-hitters when Eddie Stanky of the Brooklyn Dodgerssingles with one out in the 9th inning. Stanky's hit ends Blackwell's hitless-inning skein at 19. Blackwell wins the game, 4–0, for his ninth consecutive victory and improve his record to 11-2.
July 19 – Hall of Fame Negro League player Willard Brown makes his major league debut with the St. Louis Browns. Brown would only appear in 21 games for St. Louis in his only major league season, batting .179 with one home run and six runs batted in.
July 20 – With both Hank Thompson and Willard Brown in the starting line-up, the St. Louis Browns become the first major league club to field two black players at the same time. Both players play all nine innings of both games of a doubleheader with the Boston Red Sox.
August 20 – Washington Senatorsrelief pitcherTom Ferrick loses both games of a doubleheader with the Cleveland Indians. While pitching with the St. Louis Browns the previous season, Ferrick won both games of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Athletics on August 4.
August 26 – Brooklyn Dodgers' Dan Bankhead became the first black pitcher in the majors. He homered in his first major league plate appearance, but didn't fare well on the mound. In 31⁄3 innings of relief, he gave up 10 hits and six earned runs to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who won the game, 16–3.
September 1 - Jack Lohrke lead off the eighth inning with a home run off Red Barrett, giving the New York Giants and pitcher Larry Jansen a 2-1 victory over the Boston Braves in the opening game of the Labor Day doubleheader at the Polo Grounds. The 43,106 fans see history as Lohrke's homer is the Giants 183rd homer of the season, surpassing the record of 182 set by the famed 1936 New York Yankees. The Giants win the nightcap, 12-2 and finished the season with 221 homers, but struggle to finish fourth.
November 27 – Triple Crown winner Ted Williams (.343 BA, 32 home runs, 114 RBI) is edged out by Joe DiMaggio (.315, 20, 97) for the American League MVP Award by one point. One BBWAA member fails to include Williams anywhere on his ballot.
December 11 – Brooklyn Dodgersgeneral managerBranch Rickey announces that the club have signed an agreement with Florida entrepreneur Bud Holman and the city of Vero Beach to rent 104 acres of a former pre-war municipal airport. The Dodgers will pay $1 a year and take over the maintenance. In 1952, they will sign a new 20-year lease for $1 a year and, on March 11, 1953, a new field will be named Holman Stadium.
January 15 – Jimmy Sheckard, 68, left fielder and leadoff hitter who played for eight different teams in a span of 17 seasons between 1897 and 61913, most notably for the Chicago Cubs from 1906–1912, a period in which the Cubs won four National League pennants and two World Series titles in 1907 and 1908.
January 20 – Josh Gibson, 35, Negro League All-Star catcher who is considered by baseball historians as one of the best power hitters and catchers in the history of any league, including Major League Baseball, becoming the second Negro league player to be inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame behind Satchel Paige.
January 21 – Jimmy Walsh, 60, third baseman who played from 1910 through 1915 for the Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Terrapins and St. Louis Terriers.
January 29 – Del Gainer, 60, solid first baseman and line drive hitter who played for the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals (1922) during ten seasons between 1909 and 1992.
January 31 – Johnny Kling, 71, catcher who was key part of the great Chicago Cubs dynasty from the early 1900s.
February 5 – Ed Callahan, 89, outfielder and shortstop who played in 1894 for the St. Louis Maroons, Kansas City Cowboys and Boston Reds clubs of the outlaw Federal League.
February 10 – Carney Flynn, 72, pitcher who played with the Cincinnati Reds in 1894 and for the New York Giants and Washington Senators in 1896.
February 10 – George Whiteman, 64, outfielder for the 1918 Boston Red Sox World Champions.
February 13 – Sam Shaw, 83, pitcher who played with the Baltimore Orioles of the American Association in 1888 and for the Chicago Colts of the National League in 1893.
February 19 – Hooks Warner, 52, third baseman who played for the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates in part of four seasons spanning 1916–1921.
March 2 – Dewey Metivier, 48, pitcher who played for the Cleveland Indians from 1922 to 1924.
March 7 – Dan McGarvey, 57, left fielder who played for the Detroit Tigers in the 1912 season.
March 20 – Mike Mowrey, 62, outstanding third baseman during the Deadball Era, who played from 1905 through 1915 for five different National League clubs, and was a member of the Brooklyn Robins team that defeated the strong Boston Red Sox in the 1916 World Series.
March 26 – Jim Bluejacket, 59, pitcher who played from 1914 to 1915 with the Brooklyn Tip-Tops and for the Cincinnati Reds in 1916.
March 27 – Pete Lister, 65, first baseman who played in 22 games for the Cleveland Naps during the 1907 season.
March 28 – Johnny Evers, 65, Hall of Fame second baseman who along shortstop Joe Tinker and first baseman Frank Chance formed the most famous double play combination in Major League history, which is memorialized in the legendary poem Baseball's Sad Lexicon, as the trio led the Chicago Cubs during the glory years of 1906–1910 to four National League pennants and two World Series.
April 1 – Mike Lynch, 71, center fielder for the 1902 Chicago Orphans of the National League.
April 2 – Charlie Jones, 72, a fine defensive outfielder with a strong arm, who played for the Boston Americans, Chicago White Sox, Washington Senators and St. Louis Browns between 1901 and 1908.
April 4 – Jot Goar, 77, pitcher who played with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1896 and for the Cincinnati Reds in 1898.
April 12 – Tom Sullivan, 87, pitcher for the Columbus Buckeyes and Kansas City Cowboys in parts of four seasons spanning 1884–1889.
April 20 – Jack Rothfuss, 75, first baseman for the 1897 Pittsburgh Pirates.
April 21 – Steamer Flanagan, 66, outfielder who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1905.
April 25 – John Walsh, 68, third baseman who played for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1903 season.
May 1 – Kitty Bransfield, 72, first baseman who played for the Boston Beaneaters, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs in a span of 12 seasons from 1898–1911.
May 2 – Ossie France, 88, pitcher for the 1890 Chicago Colts of the National League.
May 5 – Ty LaForest, 30, Canadian third baseman who played for the Boston Red Sox in 1945, one of many ballplayers who only appeared in the major leagues during World War II conflict.
May 6 – Ferdie Moore, 51, first baseman who played for the Philadelphia Athletics during the 1914 season.
May 7 – Michael McDermott, 83, pitcher who played for the Louisville Colonels of the American Association during the 1889 season.
May 18 – Hal Chase, 64, outstanding first baseman whose big league career lasted from 1905 to 1919, who was the most notoriously corrupt player in Major League history and was barred from baseball after a reputed long history of fixing games.
May 19 – Tex Hoffman, 53, third baseman for the 1915 Cleveland Indians.
May 23 – Harry Bemis, 73, catcher who played from 1902 through 1910 for the Cleveland Naps of the American League.
May 23 – Goat Cochran, 56, pitcher who played for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1915 season.
May 27 – Ed Konetchy, 62, who led National League first basemen in fielding eight times and batted .281 in 2,085 games, as is 2,150 hits included 344 doubles, 181 triples (17th all time), and 74 home runs.
May 27 – Harry Sage, 83, catcher who played in 1890 for the Toledo Maumees of the American Association.
May 31 – Jimmie Wilson, 46, two-time All-Star catcher who won World Series rings with the 1931 St. Louis Cardinals and the 1940 Cincinnati Reds.
July 14 – Orval Overall, 66, pitcher for the 1907/1908 World Champion Chicago Cubs; a right-handed curveball specialist who compiled a lifetime 108-71 record with a 2.23 earned run average, the eighth best ERA in Major League history.
July 16 – Bill Keen, 54, first baseman who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1911 season.
July 29 – George Bausewine, 78, pitcher for the 1889 Philadelphia Athletics, and later an umpire in the National League.
July 30 – Chick Robitaille, 68, Franco-American pitcher who had a solid career with the Athletics club of the Quebec Provincial League in the late 1890s, and later posted a 12–8 record with a 2.56 ERA in 26 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1904 to 1905.
July 30 – Ed Seward, 80, Philadelphia Athletics pitcher who averaged 27 wins from 1887–1889, with a career-high 35 in 1888.
August 3 – Al Tesch, 56, second baseman who played for the Brooklyn Tip-Tops in the 1915 season.
August 3 – Vic Willis, 71, Hall of Fame pitcher and an eight-time winner of 20 games, a key member of the pennant winning Boston Beaneaters as a rookie in 1898 and also a member of the 1909 world champion Pittsburgh Pirates, who finished with 249 wins, 1651 strikeouts and a 2.63 ERA in only a thirteen-year career.
August 6 – Gene Good, 64, outfielder for the 1906 Boston Beaneaters.
August 11 – Harry Davis, 74, first baseman and one of the most feared sluggers in the early 1900s, known today primarily for leading in home runs during four consecutive seasons, while guiding the Philadelphia Athletics teams who dominated the newly formed American League, winning six pennants and three World Series between 1902 and 1913, over a career that spanned more than thirty years as a player, coach, manager and scout.
August 14 – Woody Crowson, 28, pitcher for the 1945 Philadelphia Athletics of the American League.
August 15 – Bill Hall, 53, pitcher for the 1913 Brooklyn Superbas of the National League.
August 15 – Carlton Lord, 47, third baseman who played for the Philadelphia Phillies during the 1923 season.
August 21 – King Brady, 66, who pitched with the Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox and Boston Braves in a span of four seasons between 1905 and 1912.
August 21 – Jacob Fox, 67, pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies during the 1902 season.
September 8 – Ralph Pond, 59, outfielder who played briefly for the Boston Red Sox during the 1910 season.
September 13 – Ed Lennon, 50, pitcher for the 1928 Philadelphia Phillies.
September 28 – Jim Cockman, 74, Canadian third baseman who played for the New York Highlanders in 1905.
September 28 – Duke Kelleher, 53, catcher for the 1916 New York Giants.
September 29 – Ed Walker, 73, English pitcher who played for the Cleveland Bronchos and Naps clubs from 1902 to 1903.
September 30 – John Halla, 63, pitcher who played in 1905 for the Cleveland Naps.
October 1 – Hub Northen, 61, outfielder who played from 1910 through 1912 for the St. Louis Browns, Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers.
October 2 – Billy Hulen, 77, shortstop who played in 1896 with the Philadelphia Phillies and for the Washington Senators in 1899.
October 2 – Jim Kane, 65, first baseman for the 1908 Pittsburgh Pirates.
October 10 – Slim Embry, 46, pitcher who played with the Chicago White Sox during the 1923 season.
October 11 – Doc Martel, 64, catcher and first baseman who played from 1909 to 1910 for the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Doves.
October 15 – Pol Perritt, 56, pitcher who played 10 seasons from 1912 through 1921 for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants and Detroit Tigers, while helping the Giants win the National League pennant in 1917.
October 23 – Cy Rheam, 54, infield/outfield utility who played for the Pittsburgh Rebels of the Federal League in the 1914 and 1915 seasons.
November 2 – Dot Fulghum, 47, infielder for the 1921 Philadelphia Athletics.
November 7 – Cy Wright, 54, shortstop who played with the Chicago White Sox in the 1916 season.
November 14 – Stub Smith, 73, shortstop who played for the Boston Beaneaters of the National League in 1898.
November 21 – Slow Joe Doyle, 53, pitcher who played from 1906 to 1910 for the New York Highlanders and Cincinnati Reds.
November 23 – Charlie Newman, 79, outfielder who played for the New York Giants and Chicago Colts in the 1892 season.
December 7 – Jud Smith, 78, third baseman who played with the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Browns, Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Senators of the National League in a span of four seasons from 1893–1898.
December 9 – Bevo LeBourveau, 51, outfielder who played for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Philadelphia Athletics in all or parts of four seasons spanning 1919–1929.
December 17 – Lee Viau, 81, pitcher who played from 1888 through 1892 for the Cincinnati's Red Stockings and Reds, Cleveland Spiders, Louisville Colonels and Boston Beaneaters.
December 24 – Joe Cobb, 52, catcher who appeared in one game for the Detroit Tigers in the 1918 season.
December 26 – Roxey Roach, 65, shortstop who played from 1910 to 1912 with the New York Highlanders and Washington Senators of the American League, and for the Buffalo Buffeds/Blues of the Federal League in 1915.
December 26 – Phil Stremmel, 67, pitcher who played for the St. Louis Browns of the American League in the 1909 and 1910 seasons.
December 29 – George Blaeholder, 43, pitcher for the St. Louis Browns, Philadelphia Athletics, and Cleveland Indians in 12 seasons between 1925 and 1936, who is most noted for popularizing the slider pitch.
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Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1947 followed yet another round of reform. The Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) continued to vote by mail but the Hall of Fame Committee had revised the procedures for that election and reduced its historical jurisdiction relative to the Old-Timers Committee.
The BBWAA now considered major league players retired no more than 25 years. The reform seemed to work, for it elected four: Mickey Cochrane, Frank Frisch, Lefty Grove, and Carl Hubbell.
In the wake of the successful BBWAA election, and perhaps in deference to those critics who believed that the 21 selections by the Old-Timers Committee in the previous two years had been too many in such a short time, the Hall of Fame Committee did not meet in 1947 to make further selections from among the players of the era before 1922, or to add names to the Roll of Honor. It was believed, with some optimism, that further revisions in the election process were currently unnecessary.
The new members of the Hall were formally inducted in Cooperstown on July 21, along with the previous year's 11 selections by the Old-Timers Committee, with National League president Ford Frick presiding. All four new electees were still living, as were four of the earlier choices; however, of the eight living inductees, only Ed Walsh attended the ceremonies.
The 1947 Claxton Shield was the eighth annual Claxton Shield, an Australian national baseball tournament. It was held at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide from 2 to 9 August, and was won by Victoria for the first time. The other participating teams were defending champions New South Wales, hosts South Australia and the returning Western Australian team.
The 1947 Little League World Series took place from August 21 through August 23, when the first Little League Baseball championship tournament was played at Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Maynard Midgets of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, defeated the Lock Haven All Stars of Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, 16–7 to win the championship. The event was called the National Little League Tournament, as the "World Series" naming was not adopted until 1949.
In 1947, the board of directors for the original Little League decided to organize a tournament for the 17 known Little League programs. The fields on which the games were played are between the street and a levee built to protect the town from the West Branch Susquehanna River. That levee provided most of the seating for the inaugural series' attendees. Although the Little League World Series has now moved to a stadium in South Williamsport, it's still possible to play baseball on the original field.The inaugural series was important in history in that it was integrated at a time when professional baseball was still integrating. More than 2,500 spectators enjoyed the final game, which helped to increase the League's overall publicity.
In the 1947 Negro World Series, the New York Cubans, champions of the Negro National League, beat the Cleveland Buckeyes, champions of the Negro American League, four games to one, with one tie called after 6 innings due to rain.
The Little League Baseball World Series is an annual baseball tournament in the eastern United States for children (typically boys) aged 10 to 12 years old. Originally called the National Little League Tournament, it was later renamed for the World Series in Major League Baseball. The Series was first held 72 years ago in 1947 and is held every August in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. (Although the postal address of the organization is in Williamsport, the Series itself is played at Howard J. Lamade Stadium and Volunteer Stadium at the Little League headquarters complex in South Williamsport.)
Initially, only teams from the United States competed in the Series, but it has since become a worldwide tournament. The tournament has gained popular renown, especially in the United States, where games from the Series and even from regional tournaments are broadcast on ESPN. The United States collectively as a country has won a plurality of the series, although from 1969 to 1991 teams from Taiwan dominated the series, winning in 15 out of those 23 years. Taiwan's dominance during those years has been attributed to a national effort to combat its perceived diplomatic isolation around the world. From 2010 to the present, teams from Tokyo, Japan, have similarly dominated the series, winning five of the last nine matchups.
While the Little League Baseball World Series is frequently referred to as just the Little League World Series, it is actually one of twelve tournaments sponsored by Little League International, in twelve different locations. Each of them brings community teams from different Little League International regions around the world together in baseball (five age divisions), girls' softball (four age divisions), and boys' softball (three divisions). The tournament structure described here is that used for the Little League Baseball World Series. The structure used for the other World Series is similar, but with different regions.
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