The Team That Forever Changed Baseball and America: The 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers

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Chapter 20. Timeline, May l-May 20

Lyle Spatz

Thursday, May 1, vs. Chicago—The Dodgers took advantage of ten walks to top the Cubs, 5–2. Eddie Stanky had three hits, and Jackie Robinson ended a o-for-20 slump with a first-inning double off Bob Chipman. Kirby Higbe was the winner, aided by three and one-third innings of strong relief by Ed Chandler. 9–3, First, games ahead.

Friday, May 2, vs. Cincinnati—Rained out. 9–3, First, games ahead.

Saturday, May 3, vs. Cincinnati—Rained out. The Dodgers traded pitchers Kirby Higbe, Hank Behrman, and Cal McLish, infielder Gene Mauch, and catcher Dixie Howell to the Pittsburgh Pirates for outfielder Al Gionfriddo and a reported $100,000. Higbe had allegedly been one of the most vocal Dodgers in his opposition to playing with Jackie Robinson. 9–3, First, games ahead.

Sunday, May 4, vs. Pittsburgh—Rained out. 9–3, First, games ahead.

Monday, May 5, vs. Pittsburgh—Rained out. 9–3, First, games ahead.

Tuesday, May 6, vs. St. Louis—Following four straight rainouts, which wiped out a two-game series with the Reds and Pirates, the Dodgers returned to action. They defeated the Cardinals 7–6 in the first meeting between the two teams since the 1946 playoff. Hugh Casey entered the game in the seventh inning with the score tied at 6–6 and pitched three scoreless innings to earn the win. Carl Furillo’s bases-loaded triple in the sixth inning tied the score, and Pee Wee Reese’s seventhinning home run was the game winner. 10–3, First, 2 games ahead.

Wednesday, May 7, vs. St. Louis—After three straight losses, Cardinals ace Howie Pollet won his first game of the season. Despite yielding nine hits and eight walks, he edged the Dodgers 2–1. Pollet’s teammates backed him with four double plays, and Terry Moore’s two-run homer off Vic Lombardi in the seventh was the difference. 10–4, First, 1 game ahead.

Thursday, May 8, vs. St. Louis—World Series hero Harry Brecheen held Brooklyn scoreless for eight innings in the first night game of the season at Ebbets Field. The Dodgers finally pushed across a run in the ninth, but fell to St. Louis, 5–1. Starter Ralph Branca was ineffective, suffering his third defeat of the season. Owner Branch Rickey refused to comment on a rumor that Dixie Walker, the alleged ringleader in the opposition to Jackie Robinson, would be sold to Cincinnati. The team did make one move, sending pitcher Paul Minner to Mobile of the Southern Association. National League president Ford Frick announced that a threatened strike by the Cardinals against Robinson had been averted. 10–5, First, .020 percentage points ahead.

Friday, May 9, at Philadelphia—The Phillies topped the Dodgers 6–5 in eleven innings, dealing Brooklyn its third consecutive loss and knocking them out of first place. The Dodgers tied the score with four runs in the eighth inning, but in

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