1947 World Series
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The 1947 World Series matched the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers, with the Yankees winning the Series in 7 games for their first title since 1943, and the 11th championship in team history. Yankees manager Bucky Harris won the Series for the first time since managing the Washington Senators to their only title in 1924.
At the direction of Commissioner Happy Chandler, six umpires were used in the Series for the first time. In Series from 1918 through 1946, four umpires were used in the infield, with two alternates available for emergencies; however, no alternate had ever been needed, and Chandler believed they would be better used to make calls along the outfield lines. However, not until 1964 would the additional two umpires rotate into the infield during the course of the Series.
In Game 4, The Cookie Game, Yankee pitcher Bill Bevens was one out away from pitching a no-hitter, when Brooklyn's Cookie Lavagetto lined a base hit in the 9th inning, bringing home two runs for a miraculous 3-2 victory for the Dodgers.
Television: NBC, CBS, and DuMont
|1||New York 5, Brooklyn 3||September 30||73,365|
|2||New York 10, Brooklyn 3||October 1||69,865|
|3||Brooklyn 9, New York 8||October 2||33,098|
|4||Brooklyn 3, New York 2||October 3||33,443|
|5||New York 2, Brooklyn 1||October 4||34,379|
|6||Brooklyn 8, New York 6||October 5||74,065|
|7||New York 5, Brooklyn 2||October 6||71,548|
|New York Yankees||2||1||7||8||10||3||6||0||1||38||67||4|
|Total Attendance: 389,763 Average Attendance: 55,680|
|Winning Player’s Share: – $5,830 Losing Player’s Share – $4,081|
- This was the first World Series to be shown on television. Coverage was limited to New York City and environs.
- It was also the first World Series involving a non-white player, as Jackie Robinson had racially integrated Major League Baseball at the beginning of the 1947 season.
- This was the first World Series to produce total receipts over $2,000,000: Gate Receipts = $1,781,348.92, Radio Rights = $175,000.00 and Television Rights = $65,000.
- Bucky Harris became the first manager to win the World Series with two different teams.
- Yogi Berra pinch-hit for Sherm Lollar in the 7th inning of Game #3 and hit the first ever World Series pinch-hit home run off Ralph Branca.
- Bevens, Lavagetto, and Gionfriddo never played again in the majors after this Series ended.
- David S. Neft and Richard M. Cohen: The World Series, 1st ed. St Martins Press, New York, NY, 1990, pp. 213-218.
- Lyle Spatz, ed.: Bridging Two Dynasties: The 1947 New York Yankees, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, 2013. ISBN 978-0-8032-4094-0
- 1947 World Series at WorldSeries.com (MLB.com)
- 1947 World Series at Baseball-Almanac.com
- Baseball's 25 Greatest Moments: Cookie Lavagetto beats Bill Bevens
- Audio - Bill Bevens describes his lost no-hit bid
- Audio - Al Gionfriddo's Catch of DiMaggio's Blast
- Bill Bevens No-Hit Bid in '47 World Series
- Audio - Cookie Lavagetto breaks up Bill Bevens' No-Hit Bid in 1947 World Series
- Sporting News' Baseball's 25 Greatest Moments
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