1947 in baseball
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- 1 Champions
- 2 Awards and honors
- 3 MLB statistical leaders
- 4 Major league baseball final standings
- 5 Negro league baseball final standings
- 6 Events
- 7 Births
- 8 Deaths
- World Series: New York Yankees over Brooklyn Dodgers (4-3)
- All-Star Game, July 8 at Wrigley Field: American League, 2-1
- First College World Series: California
- First Little League World Series: Maynard, Williamsport, Pennsylvania
- Negro League World Series: New York Cubans over Cleveland Buckeyes (4-1)
- Negro League Baseball All-Star Game: West, 5-2
- All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: Grand Rapids Chicks over Muskegon Lassies
- Most Valuable Player
- Rookie of the Year
- Jackie Robinson (ML)
- The Sporting News Player of the Year Award
- The Sporting News Manager of the Year Award
|American League||National League|
|AVG||Ted Williams BOS||.343||Harry Walker PHI||.363|
|HR||Ted Williams BOS||32||Ralph Kiner PIT &
Johnny Mize NYG
|RBI||Ted Williams BOS||114||Johnny Mize NYG||138|
|Wins||Bob Feller CLE||20||Ewell Blackwell CIN||22|
|ERA||Joe Haynes CHW||2.42||Warren Spahn BSB||2.33|
|Ks||Bob Feller CLE||196||Ewell Blackwell CIN||193|
|1st||New York Yankees||97||57||.630||--|
|3rd||Boston Red Sox||83||71||.539||14.0|
|6th||Chicago White Sox||70||84||.455||27.0|
|8th||St. Louis Browns||59||95||.383||38.0|
|2nd||St. Louis Cardinals||89||65||.578||5.0|
|4th||New York Giants||81||73||.526||13.0|
|Negro American League|
|No standings were published.|
- Cleveland Buckeyes won the Pennant.
|Negro National League|
|New York Cubans||42||16||.724|
|Washington Homestead Grays||38||27||.585|
|Baltimore Elite Giants||40||36||.526|
|New York Black Yankees||8||33||.195|
- April 15 - Major League Baseball's color line is officially broken forever when Jackie Robinson makes his Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field.
- April 27 - It is Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium. Despite having throat cancer, Ruth speaks to the packed house, proclaiming, "The only real game, I think, in the world is baseball."
- June 18 - Ewell Blackwell pitches a no-hitter, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-0 win over the Boston Braves.
- July 5 – Larry Doby makes his debut for the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black baseball player in the American League, and fully integrating Major League Baseball.
- July 8 – At Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, the American League defeats the National League, 2–1, in the All-Star Game.
- July 10 – Cleveland Indians pitcher Don Black tosses a no-hitter in a 3–0 win over the Philadelphia Athletics.
- July 19 - Hall of Fame Negro League player Willard Brown makes his major league debut with the St. Louis Browns. Brown would only appear in 21 games for St. Louis in his only major league season, batting .179 with one home run and six runs batted in.
- July 20 - With both Hank Thompson and Willard Brown in the starting line-up, the St. Louis Browns become the first major league club to field two black players at the same time. Both players play all nine innings of both games of a doubleheader with the Boston Red Sox.
- August 13 - The St. Louis Browns' Willard Brown clubs a pinch hit two run home run off Hal Newhouser in the eighth inning of the second game of a doubleheader to avoid being swept by the Detroit Tigers. It is the first home run hit in the American League by a black ball player.
- August 20 - Washington Senators relief pitcher Tom Ferrick loses both games of a doubleheader with the Cleveland Indians. While pitching with the St. Louis Browns the previous season, Ferrick won both games of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Athletics on August 4.
- August 26 – Brooklyn Dodgers' Dan Bankhead became the first black pitcher in the majors. He homered in his first major league plate appearance, but didn't fare well on the mound. In 3⅓ innings of relief, he gave up 10 hits and six earned runs to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who won the game, 16–3.
- September 3 – Bill McCahan of the Philadelphia Athletics no-hits the Washington Senators in a 3–0 victory.
- October 6 - The New York Yankees defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 5-2, in Game 7 of the World Series to win their eleventh World Championship, four games to three. This was the first World Series involving a nonwhite player, as Dodgers 1B Jackie Robinson had racially integrated Major League Baseball at the beginning of the season. It was also the first Series to be shown on television although coverage was limited to New York City and surrounding environs.
- November 27 - Triple Crown winner Ted Williams (.343 BA, 32 home runs, 114 RBI) is edged out by Joe DiMaggio (.315, 20, 97) for the American League MVP Award by one point. One BBWAA member fails to include Williams anywhere on his ballot.
- January 12 - Paul Reuschel
- January 15 - Tony Solaita
- January 21 - Bob Reynolds
- January 23 - Kurt Bevacqua
- January 27 - John Lowenstein
- January 31 - Nolan Ryan
- February 1 - Danny Thompson
- February 1 - Jim McKee
- February 3 - Joe Coleman
- February 7 - Ted Ford
- February 16 - Terry Crowley
- February 28 - Marty Perez
- March 5 - Kent Tekulve
- March 16 - Tom Bradley
- March 19 - Garry Jestadt
- March 19 - Ángel Mangual
- March 21 - Bill Plummer
- April 4 - Ray Fosse
- April 14 - Joe Lahoud
- April 21 - Al Bumbry
- April 26 - Amos Otis
- April 29 - Tom House
- April 29 - Jim Williams
- May 5 - Larry Hisle
- May 14 - Dick Tidrow
- May 26 - Darrell Evans
- June 4 - Doug Griffin
- June 7 - Thurman Munson
- June 7 - Don Money
- June 10 - Ken Singleton
- July 6 - Néstor Chávez
- July 6 - Lance Clemons
- July 12 - Scipio Spinks
- July 14 - Steve Stone
- July 14 - Danny Walton
- July 15 - Enrique Romo
- July 22 - Cliff Johnson
- July 25 - Mick Kelleher
- July 25 - Mickey Scott
- July 30 - Jim Spencer
- July 31 - John Vukovich
- August 1 - Tony Muser
- August 4 - Ken Poulsen
- August 5 - Bernie Carbo
- August 8 - José Cruz
- August 9 - Buddy Hunter
- August 13 - Fred Stanley
- August 15 - Billy Conigliaro
- August 31 - Boots Day
- September 1 - Craig Skok
- September 7 - Dave Wallace
- September 14 - Harry Parker
- September 18 - Bill Champion
- October 1 - Buzz Capra
- October 4 - Glenn Adams
- October 6 - Steve Kline
- October 9 - Bob Moose
- October 10 - Roger Metzger
- October 20 - Rafael Batista
- November 8 - Lewis Yocum
- November 12 - Ron Bryant
- November 13 - Gene Garber
- November 19 - Bob Boone
- November 26 - Larry Gura
- November 26 - Richie Hebner
- December 3 - Wayne Garrett
- December 7 - Johnny Bench
- December 13 - Dave Hamilton
- December 21 - Elliott Maddox
- December 26 - Carlton Fisk
- December 28 - Aurelio Rodríguez
- January 15 - Jimmy Sheckard, 68, left fielder and leadoff hitter, most notably for the Chicago Cubs
- January 20 - Josh Gibson, 35, star catcher of the Negro Leagues
- January 31 - Johnny Kling, 71, catcher for the Chicago Cubs champions of the late 1900s (decade)
- February 10 – George Whiteman, 64, outfielder for the 1918 Boston Red Sox World Champions
- February 24 - Jack Glasscock, 89, brilliant fielding shortstop of the 19th century, and the sixth player to make 2000 hits
- March 28 – Johnny Evers, 65, Hall of Fame second baseman remembered for his work at the center of the Chicago Cubs' double play combination of Tinker, Evers and Chance, later the NL's MVP with the 1914 "Miracle Braves"
- April 2 - Charlie Jones, 72, a fine defensive outfielder with a strong arm, who played for the Boston Americans, Chicago White Sox, Washington Senators and St. Louis Browns between 1901 and 1908
- April 12 - Tom Sullivan, 87, pitcher for four seasons from 1884 to 1889.
- May 18 - Hal Chase, 64, star first baseman, an outstanding fielder, who was barred from baseball after a reputed long history of fixing games
- July 7 - Dick Egan, infielder for the Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Robins and Boston Braves from 1908 through 1916
- July 8 - William G. Bramham, 72, president of the minor leagues from 1932 to 1946
- July 30 - Ed Seward, 80, won 35 games for the 1888 Philadelphia Athletics, and led the league in shutouts and strikeouts.
- August 3 - Vic Willis, 71, 8-time winner of 20 games
- August 21 - King Brady, 66, who pitched with the Phillies, Pirates, and for the Red Sox and Braves Boston teams between 1905 and 1912
- September 8 - Ralph Pond, 59, outfielder who appeared in one game for the 1910 Boston Red Sox
- November 14 - Jack Hoey, 66, outfielder for the Boston Americans/Red Sox in the 1900s (decade)