1947 Boston Red Sox season

1947 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Tom Yawkey
General manager(s) Eddie Collins
Manager(s) Joe Cronin
Local radio WHDH
(Jim Britt, Tom Hussey)
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The 1947 Boston Red Sox season was the 47th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished third in the American League (AL) with a record of 83 wins and 71 losses.


Regular season

After a memorable 1946 season, the Red Sox added lights to Fenway Park for the first time. 1947 looked like another big year for Boston, but Boo Ferriss, Mickey Harris, and Tex Hughson all had arm trouble, and from 62 wins in 1946 they dropped to 29 in 1947. Boston finished 3rd, 21 less than their American League Championship season a year earlier, 14 games behind the eventual world champion New York Yankees. Joe Dobson was the top winner with 18 wins, and Ted Williams hit .343, with 22 homers and 114 RBIs.

On July 20, Hank Thompson and Willard Brown of the St. Louis Browns played against the Boston Red Sox. It was the first time that two black players appear in a major league game together since 1884.[4]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees9757.630--
Detroit Tigers8569.55212
Boston Red Sox8371.53914
Cleveland Indians8074.51917
Philadelphia Athletics7876.50619
Chicago White Sox7084.45527
Washington Senators6490.41633
St. Louis Browns5995.38338

Record vs. opponents

1947 American League Records

Boston 16–6–19–1312–10–19–1310–12–115–712–10
Chicago 6–16–111–117–1510–1211–1111–1114–8
Cleveland 13–911–118–14–27–1511–11–117–513–9
Detroit 10–12–115–714–8–28–14–111–1115–712–10
New York 13–912–1015–714–8–113–915–715–7
Philadelphia 12–10–111–1111–11–111–119–1313–911–11
St. Louis 7–1511–115–177–157–159–1313–9
Washington 10–128–149–1310–127–1511–119–13

Opening Day lineup

39Eddie Pellagrini   3B
 6Johnny PeskySS
 7Dom DiMaggioCF
  9Ted WilliamsLF
 1Bobby Doerr2B
 3Rudy York1B
14Sam MeleRF
 8Hal WagnerC
21Tex HughsonP

Notable transactions


1947 Boston Red Sox
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CBirdie Tebbetts9029187.299128
1BJake Jones10940495.2351676
2BBobby Doerr146561145.2581795
3BSam Dente4616839.232011
SSJohnny Pesky155638207.324039
OFTed Williams156528181.34332114
OFSam Mele123453137.3021273
OFDom DiMaggio136513145.283871

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Leslie Aulds341.25000
Matt Batts7168.50015
Frankie Hayes5132.15401
Eddie McGah9140.00002
Roy Partee6016939.231016
Hal Wagner216515.23106


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Joe Dobson33228.21882.95110
Dave Ferriss33218.112114.0464
Tex Hughson29189.112113.33119

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mickey Harris1551.2542.4435
Cot Deal512.2019.246

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Bill Butland10004.501

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Louisville Colonels American Association Nemo Leibold
AAA Toronto Maple Leafs International League Elmer Yoter
AA New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association Fred Walters
A Scranton Red Sox Eastern League Eddie Popowski
B Lynn Red Sox New England League Mike Ryba
B Roanoke Red Sox Piedmont League Pinky Higgins
C San Jose Red Sox California League Marv Owen
C Oneonta Red Sox Canadian–American League Red Marion
D Milford Red Sox Eastern Shore League Wally Millies
D Wellsville Nitros PONY League Tom Carey



  1. Virgil Stallcup page at Baseball Reference
  2. Tom Poholsky page at Baseball Reference
  3. 1 2 Frankie Hayes page at Baseball Reference
  4. Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, p. 188, Jonathan Eig, Simon & Schuster, 2007, New York, ISBN 978-0-7432-9461-4
  5. Hal Wagner page at Baseball Reference
  6. Birdie Tebbetts page at Baseball Reference
  7. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
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