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April 30, 1947 at Sportsman’s Park
Browns 15, Yankees 5 (7-5)
The Browns took it to the Yankees and starter Allie Reynolds today in a blow out loss. It was the Yankees third loss in four games. Reynolds was tagged for seven runs on seven hits and unfortunately, the pen didn’t fare much better.
April 27, 1947 at Yankee Stadium
Senators 1, Yankees 0 (7-4)
For the second time in three games, the Yankees were shutout and lost the game 1-0. A great game by Spud Chandler went to waste in which he gave up only one run on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts.
April 26, 1947 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 3, Senators 1 (7-3)
Charlie Keller had a big game at the plate in the Yankees fifth win in the past six games. He drove in two with a double and a homerun in the win. Ralph Houk also had a good game and he finished with three hits.
Don Johnson picked up the win in a nice outing. He gave up one run on five hits and four walks in the win.
April 24, 1947 at Yankee Stadium
Red Sox 1, Yankees 0 (6-3)
Tex Hughson turned the tables on the Yankees and threw a two hit shutout to end the Yankees four game winning streak. Joe DiMaggio doubled and Aaron Robinson singled to account for all of the Yankees offense.
Spec Shea threw a great game himself and held the Red Sox to a run on three hits but it wasn’t good enough. He walked seven and struck out two in the loss.
April 23, 1947 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 3, Red Sox 0 (6-2)
Allie Reynolds took a no hitter into the seventh inning before Rudy York ruined his no hitter with a double. He finished the game with a two hitter (both hits were by York) and he walked five and struck out five. It was his second straight shutout win of the season.
Aaron Robinson led the way for the Yankees at the plate. He homered and drove in two runs to account for most of the Yankees’ offense.
April 22, 1947 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 5, Red Sox 4 (5-2)
The Yankees needed two runs in the bottom of the eighth to win this one, but they managed to win their third straight game. Charlie Keller had a big game at the plate. He went two for three with a homerun, four RBIs and a run. He had two of the Yankees three hits but the team drew six walks to put together five runs.
Bill Bevens threw a decent game and he picked up the win. He went the distance and gave up four runs on seven hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
April 20, 1947 at Shibe Park
Yankees 6, Athletics 2 (3-2)
Joe DiMaggio drove in three runs and homered to lead the way for the Yankees in the first game of their doubleheader with the A’s. It ws DiMaggio’s first game of the season after missing the first four because of his injured heel. George McQuinn was solid at the plate and he had three hits and a run while Bobby Brown scored twice.
Spud Chandler threw a good game and he held the A’s in check for most of the game. He was touched for only two runs on eight hits and two walks with a strikeout in the win.
April 20, 1947 at Shibe Park
Yankees 3, Athletics 2 (4-2)
The Yankees picked up the sweep in a ten inning thriller. Phil Rizzuto had one hit and two runs to lead the way for the Yankees while Tommy Henrich drove in two runs and doubled. Joe DiMaggio sat this one out as they didn’t want to aggravate his injured heel.
Don Johnson was very sharp in ten innings of work and he picked up the win. He held the A’s to two runs on eleven hits and a walk with three strikeouts.
April 19, 1947 at Griffith Stadium
Senators 4, Yankees 2 (2-2)
Yankees starter Joe Page gave up four walks in a four run fifth inning that cost the Yankees the game. He took the loss and finished the game with five walks and a strikeout.
April 18, 1947 at Griffith Stadium
Yankees 7, Senators 0 (2-1)
The Yankees made it two straight wins behind an eight hit shutout by Allie Reynolds. He walked two and struck out six.
Charlie Keller had the big hit of the game. His three run homerun capped off a four run third inning that opened the game. Yogi Berra also had a great game. He went four for five with an RBI and two runs.
April 17, 1947 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 2, Athletics 1 (1-1)
The Yankees came from behind and scored two runs in the eighth inning to squeak by the A’s for their first win of the season. Tommy Henrich doubled and scored a run while Phil Rizzuto singled and scored the other run.
Bill Bevens was very solid and he went the distance. He gave up only a single run on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
April 15, 1947 at Yankee Stadium
Athletics 6, Yankees 1 (0-1)
The Athletics offense knocked around Spud Chandler to the tune of six runs on eight hits and a walk with four strikeouts. A’s leadoff hitter Eddie Joost was particularly rough on Chandler, who tagged him for three hits, two runs and an RBI.
When it came to pitching, the 1947 Yankees ruled the roost. They led the American League in ERA (3.39), hits allowed (1,221) and strikeouts (691). They did give up their share of walks (628) but they got the job done. And oddly, for a team that won 97 games (remember, they only played 154 back then), only one Yankee finished with more then 14 wins. That pitcher was the ace of the staff, Allie Reynolds.
Reynolds made his debut in 1942 but he logged only five innings. His first full season was 1943, in which he finished with a losing record. He played in his first All Star Game in 1945 and he finished that season with a career high 18 wins but he regressed in 1946 when he finished with an ERA+ of only 85.
Then in 1947, he put it all together. His 19 wins were good for second in the American League and his 129 strikeouts put him at fourth in the American League. Like the rest of the team, he gave up his share of walks (123) but he had four shutouts which was good for second in the league.
And in a lot of ways, 1947 was when Reynolds grew up because he’d be very good very good going forward and he’d post winning records through out the rest of his career. This is a guy who threw some serious heat and Sporting News described him in 1954 as one of the hardest throwers in all of baseball (hat tip to the Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers) and a guy who had he thrown a little better earlier in his career, would probably be sitting in the Hall of Fame.
Here’s a look at Allie Reynolds numbers in 1947:
Games Started 30
Complete Games 17
Innings Pitched 242
Earned Runs 86
Runs Saved Above Average 7
Neutral Wins 14
Neutral Losses 13
You have to love Joe DiMaggio. How often do you have great teams that are ten years apart and the best player on those two teams is the same guy. 1947 was nowhere close to the numbers he put up in 1937 for DiMaggio but it was still good enough for his third and final Most Valuable Player award.
DiMaggio’s OPS says it all in 1947. While a lot of his numbers looked like they were down (like only hitting 20 homeruns), he finished the season with a .913 OPS and 154 OPS+. Both of those were second in the league to Ted Williams that year. Regardless, DiMaggio was the best hitter on the best team in baseball and that’s worth something, namely an MVP. Williams had better numbers, but he played for a Red Sox team that came in a distant third place in the American League. Not that the MVP race wasn’t close because DiMaggio edged Williams by a single point.
As in past seasons, DiMaggio did it all. He walked twice as many times as he struck out (64/32) and his 20 homeruns were good for sixth in the league. He drove in 97 runs (third in AL) and he scored 97 times (fifth in the AL). And it was his sixth season in which he had double figures in doubles, triples and homeruns.
Here’s a look at DiMaggio’s numbers in 1947:
Stolen Bases 3
Caught Stealing 0
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