In a vote that included first-year players from both leagues, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s Rookie of the Year Award in 1947 went to Jackie Robinson. The Brooklyn first baseman batted .297, scored 125 runs, and had a leagueleading 29 stolen bases. His numbers, impressive as they were, did not tell the whole story of Robinson’s accomplishments. Despite the added pressure of being Major League Baseball’s first African American player in the twentieth century, he was the team’s sparkplug, and his daring on the bases was responsible for many forced errors by the opposition.
Four other rookies, two from the National League and two from the American League, received votes. Larry Jansen of the New York Giants, who won twenty-one games and had a league-leading .808 winning percentage, was second. New York Yankees pitcher Frank Shea was third. Shea, 14–5, had a .737 winning percentage to lead the American League.
Philadelphia Athletics first baseman Ferris Fain, who batted .291 and finished second in the American League in on-base percentage, was fourth. Cincinnati Reds outfielder Frank Baumholtz, a .283 hitter, finished just behind Fain.