This book is the result of the work of many members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). Mark Armour, the chairman of SABR’S BioProject Committee, and Bill Nowlin, in charge of team projects, first had the idea for books devoted to specific teams. It was Mark and Bill who convinced the SABR Board of Directors and Rob Taylor, our editor at the University of Nebraska Press, of the appeal a book on the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers would have.
I thank all the contributors, those who wrote player biographies and those who wrote articles, for their patience and cooperation. It was a long and often frustrating process from the germ of an idea to publication.
I offer my grateful appreciation to Len Levin and Maury Bouchard. Len and Maury read every word of the text and made numerous corrections to both language and statistics. Tom Bourke researched the genealogical history of every player and in many cases spoke to their descendants. Stephan Saks of the New York Public Library helped track down some difficult-to-find 1940s New York newspaper stories.
Bobby Bragan, Ralph Branca, Gene Hermanski, Don Lund, Howie Schultz, Ed Stevens, and Johnny Van Cuyk—all members of the 1947 Dodgers— were most generous in sharing their remembrances of their careers, as were the families of many of the players.
Gabriel Schechter, a former research associate at the National Baseball Library and Archive in Cooperstown, provided various authors access to their subject’s player files. And Patricia Kelly, of the National Baseball Library and Archive, and Mark Langill, the team historian for the Los Angeles Dodgers, furnished the photographs that appear in the book.