Tuesday, April 15, vs. Boston—Coach Clyde Sukeforth filled in for suspended manager Leo Durocher on Opening Day at Ebbets Field. Spider Jorgensen, at third, and Jackie Robinson, at first, made their Major League debuts. Robinson became the first African American to play in the Major Leagues in the twentieth century. He went o for 3. Also making his big league debut was Marv Rackley, as a pinch runner for catcher Bruce Edwards. Pete Reiser’s seventh-inning double drove in the winning run in the Dodgers’ 5–3 victory over the Boston Braves. Hal Gregg, in relief of Joe Hatten, was the winner. 1–0, First (T), 1 game ahead.
Wednesday, April 16, vs. Boston—Rained out. 1–0, First (T), ½ game ahead.
Thursday, April 17, vs. Boston—Spider Jorgensen drove in six runs in a 12–6 win over Boston. Kirby Higbe, with relief help from Harry Taylor and Hugh Casey, got the win. Jackie Robinson got his first hit, as did twenty-year-old Duke Snider, playing in his first big league game. 2–0, First (T), ½ game ahead.
Friday, April 18, at New York—The Giants hit six home runs in a 10–4 win at the Polo Grounds, spoiling Dodgers manager Burt Shotton’s debut. Winning pitcher Dave Koslo yielded Jackie Robinson’s first Major League home run. Vic Lombardi suffered his first loss against the Giants after nine consecutive wins. Brooklyn’s Ed Chandler made his Major League debut, pitching three innings in relief. 2–1, Second, 1 game behind.
Saturday, April 19, at New York—Jackie Robinson had three hits, but Ralph Branca lost to the Giants, 4–3. 2–2, Third, 2 games behind.
Sunday, April 20, at Boston—Snowed out. 2–2, Third, 2 games behind.
Monday, April 21, at Boston—Snowed out. 2–2, Third (T), 2 games behind.
Tuesday, April 22, vs. Philadelphia—Hal Gregg pitched a one-hitter in shutting out the Phillies, 1–0. The only hit he allowed was a first-inning double by Del Ennis. Gene Hermanski’s eighthinning single scored Jackie Robinson, who had singled and stolen second. 3–2, Second, 1½ games behind.
Wednesday, April 23, vs. Philadelphia—Joe Hatten pitched a complete game to lead the Dodgers over the Phillies, 5–2. Eddie Stanky, Pete Reiser, and Carl Furillo each had two hits. 4–2, Second, 1½ games behind.
Thursday, April 24, vs. Philadelphia—Ralph Branca and Hugh Casey combined to shut out the Phillies, 2–0, giving Brooklyn a sweep of the threegame series. Dixie Walker’s first-inning single off Tommy Hughes drove in the only runs of the game. 5–2, Second, ½ game behind.
Friday, April 25, vs. New York—Rained out. 5–2, Second, ½ game behind.
Saturday, April 26, vs. New York—The Dodgers moved into first place with a 7–3 win over the