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April 24, 2007

Yankees Held to Two Hits in Loss to Red Sox

by @ 6:55 am. Filed under 1947 Yankees, 1947 Yankees Diary - April, Aaron Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Spec Shea

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 20, 2007

Yankees Sweep Athletics in Double Header

by @ 6:30 am. Filed under 1947 Yankees, 1947 Yankees Diary - April, Bobby Brown, Don Johnson, George McQuinn, Joe DiMaggio, Phil Rizzuto, Spud Chandler, Tommy Henrich

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.

January 14, 2007

Joe DiMaggio 1947 Retrospective

by @ 12:14 pm. Filed under 1947 Yankees, Joe DiMaggio

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:

Games 141
AB 534
Runs 97
Hits 168
Doubles 31
Triples 10
Homeruns 20
RBIs 97
Walks 64
Strikeouts 32
Stolen Bases 3
Caught Stealing 0
BA .315
OBA .391
SLG% .522
OPS .913
RC 112
RC/G 7.96
ISO .208

December 19, 2006

Joe DiMaggio 1937 Retrospective

by @ 3:36 am. Filed under 1937 Yankees, Joe DiMaggio

If Joe DiMaggio’s rookie season in 1936 was a good one, his second season in 1937 was even better.  DiMaggio developed his power stroke in 1937 and he set a career high and led the American League with 46 homeruns.  For the second straight year, DiMaggio finished in double figured in doubles (35), triples (15), and homeruns.  He led the league in runs (151 – career high) and he was second in RBIs (167 – also a career high).

Almost as impressive was the fact that DiMaggio walked 64 times versus only 37 strikeouts.  That would be the first of twelve consecutive seasons he’d walk more then he struck out.  This resulted in a .412 OBP.  DiMaggio’s .346 batting average was sixth in the league while his .673 slugging led the league.  All this put at second place for the Most Valuable Player, and in my opinion, he got jobbed.  The mechanical man, Charlie Gehringer, edged DiMaggio by a mere four points.

DiMaggio was the man, and 1937 might have been his best season ever and it’s not too bad for a 21 year old.  Here’s a look at DiMaggio’s 1937 numbers.

Games 151
AB 621
Runs 151
Hits 215
Doubles 35
Triples 15
Homeruns 46
RBIs 167
Walks 64
Strikeouts 37
Stolen Bases 3
Caught Stealing 0
BA .346
OBA .412
SLG% .673
OPS 1.085
RC 178
RC/G 11.34
ISO .327

November 25, 2006

Joe DiMaggio’s Birthday

by @ 11:57 am. Filed under Joe DiMaggio

Ninety two years ago, the late, great Yankee Clipper, Joe DiMaggio was born.  Man we could use a guy like DiMaggio, with a career OPS+ of 155, right now. 

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