1947 St. Louis Browns
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record59–95 (.383)
League place8th
Other information
Owner(s)Richard Muckerman
General manager(s)Bill DeWitt
Manager(s)Muddy Ruel
Local radioWIL
(Dizzy Dean, Johnny O'Hara)
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The 1947 St. Louis Browns season was the Major League Baseball franchise's 47th in the American League (AL) and its 46th in St. Louis. The 1947 Browns finished eighth and last in the league with a record of 59 wins and 95 losses, 38 games in arrears of the eventual World Series champion New York Yankees. The Browns were managed by Muddy Ruel in the former catcher's only stint as an MLB pilot, and drew only 320,474 fans to Sportsman's Park, 16th and last in the majors. On July 17, they became the third big-league team to racially integrate its ranks. However, the experiment failed when the two pioneer players, Hank Thompson and Willard Brown, were sent back to the Negro leagues in late August; the Browns would not field another African-American player until all-time great Satchel Paige joined them in July 1951.

Regular season

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 97 57 0.630 55–22 42–35
Detroit Tigers 85 69 0.552 12 46–31 39–38
Boston Red Sox 83 71 0.539 14 49–30 34–41
Cleveland Indians 80 74 0.519 17 38–39 42–35
Philadelphia Athletics 78 76 0.506 19 39–38 39–38
Chicago White Sox 70 84 0.455 27 32–43 38–41
Washington Senators 64 90 0.416 33 36–41 28–49
St. Louis Browns 59 95 0.383 38 29–48 30–47


Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS CWS CLE DET NYY PHI STL WSH
Boston 16–6–1 9–13 12–10–1 9–13 10–12–1 15–7 12–10
Chicago 6–16–1 11–11 7–15 10–12 11–11 11–11 14–8
Cleveland 13–9 11–11 8–14–2 7–15 11–11–1 17–5 13–9
Detroit 10–12–1 15–7 14–8–2 8–14–1 11–11 15–7 12–10
New York 13–9 12–10 15–7 14–8–1 13–9 15–7 15–7
Philadelphia 12–10–1 11–11 11–11–1 11–11 9–13 13–9 11–11
St. Louis 7–15 11–11 5–17 7–15 7–15 9–13 13–9
Washington 10–12 8–14 9–13 10–12 7–15 11–11 9–13


Roster

1947 St. Louis Browns
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Les Moss 96 274 43 .157 6 27
1B Wally Judnich 144 500 129 .258 18 64
2B Johnny Berardino 90 306 80 .261 1 20
3B Bob Dillinger 137 571 168 .294 3 37
SS Vern Stephens 150 562 157 .279 15 83
OF Al Zarilla 127 380 85 .224 3 38
OF Paul Lehner 135 483 120 .248 7 48
OF Jeff Heath 141 491 123 .251 27 85

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Ray Coleman 110 343 89 .259 2 30
Billy Hitchcock 80 275 61 .222 1 28
Jake Early 87 214 48 .224 3 19
Jerry Witte 34 99 14 .141 2 12
Hank Thompson 27 78 20 .256 0 5
Willard Brown 21 67 12 .179 1 6
Rusty Peters 39 47 16 .340 0 2
Joe Schultz Jr. 43 38 7 .184 1 1
Perry Currin 3 2 0 .000 0 0
Glenn McQuillen 1 1 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jack Kramer 33 199.1 11 16 4.97 77
Ellis Kinder 34 194.1 8 15 4.49 110
Fred Sanford 34 186.2 7 16 3.71 62
Bob Muncrief 31 176.1 8 14 4.90 74
Cliff Fannin 26 145.2 6 8 3.58 77
Dizzy Dean 1 4 0 0 0.00 0

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Sam Zoldak 35 171 9 10 3.47 36
Nels Potter 32 122.2 4 10 4.04 65
Denny Galehouse 9 32.1 1 3 6.12 11

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Glen Moulder 32 4 2 2 3.82 23
Walter Brown 19 1 0 0 4.89 10
Bud Swartz 5 0 0 0 6.75 1
Hooks Iott 4 0 1 0 16.20 6

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Mud Hens American Association Frank Snyder
AA San Antonio Missions Texas League Jimmy Adair and Marc Carrola
A Elmira Pioneers Eastern League Ralph Winegarner
B Springfield Browns Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League Bennie Huffman
C Globe-Miami Browns Arizona–Texas League Lloyd Brown
C Gloversville-Johnstown Glovers Canadian–American League Packy Rogers
C Hannibal Pilots Central Association Herb Nordquist
C Aberdeen Pheasants Northern League Don Heffner
C Muskogee Reds Western Association Ray Baker
D Baton Rouge Red Sticks Evangeline League Eddie Moore
D Belleville Stags Illinois State League Walt DeFreitas
D Pittsburg Browns Kansas–Oklahoma–Missouri League Jim Crandall
D Mayfield Clothiers KITTY League Shan Deniston
D Newark Moundsmen Ohio State League Ed Dancisak
D Ada Herefords Sooner State League Uke Clanton
D Wausau Lumberjacks Wisconsin State League Joe Skurski

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Belleville

References

  1. ^ Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, p. 187, Jonathan Eig, Simon & Schuster, 2007, New York, ISBN 978-0-7432-9461-4
  2. ^ Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, p. 188
  3. ^ "Paul Lehner chronology". Baseball Library. Archived from the original on July 2, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.