1947 Leaders & Numbers

Ted Williams became the second and last player to win a second triple crown in batting—and amazingly failed to win the MVP each time, in this case because Boston sportswriter Mel Webb left Williams completely off the ballot. Webb’s spite gave Joe DiMaggio the award by a single point. After suffering something of a power outage throughout most of the 1940s, Johnny Mize charged back to life with career highs in homers, RBIs and runs. The Pirates brought in the left-field fence to accommodate Hank Greenberg, but Ralph Kiner was the one who took full advantage and tied Mize for the home run title. After hitting .237 in 1946 and .200 to start the year in Philadelphia, Harry Walker needed a change of pace and got it big time in St. Louis, joining brother Dixie Walker as the first siblings to win batting titles. Solid in time of war, George Kell trashed former boss Connie Mack’s belief that he couldn’t play well in postwar baseball by posting the second of eight straight .300+ campaigns. Johnny Pesky became the first major leaguer to collect 200 hits in each of his first three years. Warren Spahn won his first eight games, on his way to his first of a record 13 years with 20 or more wins. Bob Feller’s muted numbers over his awesome 1946 performance suggested his career was beginning to wane, but he was still the class of the AL. Phil Marchildon, who lost 40 pounds as a POW in Germany, crucially pitched the A’s over the .500 hump for the first time in 14 years. Larry Jansen had the highest winning percentage by a rookie with 20 wins since Russ Ford in 1910.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1947
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB GD
1. Johnny Mize New York 154 .302 586 137 177 26 2 51 138 74 4 2 6
2. Ralph Kiner Pittsburgh 152 .313 568 118 177 23 4 51 127 98 2 1 12
3. Whitey Kurowski St. Louis 146 .310 513 108 159 27 6 27 104 87 10 4 19
4. Bob Elliott Boston 150 .317 555 93 176 35 5 22 113 87 0 3 15
5. Stan Musial St. Louis 149 .312 587 113 183 30 13 19 95 80 4 4 18
6. Walker Cooper New York 140 .305 515 79 157 24 8 35 122 24 3 2 13
7. Willard Marshall New York 155 .291 587 102 171 19 6 36 107 67 2 3 14
8. Earl Torgeson Boston 128 .281 399 73 112 20 6 16 78 82 0 11 6
9. Jackie Robinson Brooklyn 151 .297 590 125 175 31 5 12 48 74 9 29 5
10. Harry Walker St. Louis-Philadelphia 140 .363 513 81 186 29 16 1 41 59 4 13 9
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1947
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS GD
1. Ted Williams Boston 156 .343 528 125 181 40 9 32 114 162 2 0 1 10
2. Joe DiMaggio New York 141 .315 534 97 168 31 10 20 97 64 3 3 0 14
3. Tommy Henrich New York 142 .287 550 109 158 35 13 16 98 71 3 3 2 9
4. Joe Gordon Cleveland 155 .272 562 89 153 27 6 29 93 62 1 7 3 16
5. George McQuinn New York 144 .304 517 84 157 24 3 13 80 78 0 0 2 6
6. Jeff Heath St. Louis 141 .251 491 81 123 20 7 27 85 88 1 2 1 14
7. Johnny Pesky Boston 155 .324 638 106 207 27 8 0 39 72 0 12 9 10
8. George Kell Detroit 152 .320 588 75 188 29 5 5 93 61 3 9 11 13
9. Roy Cullenbine Detroit 142 .224 464 82 104 18 1 24 78 137 0 3 2 10
10. Lou Boudreau Cleveland 150 .307 538 79 165 45 3 4 67 67 4 1 0 9
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1947
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Warren Spahn Boston 2.33 21 10 .677 3 40 35 289.2 290 75 84 5 1 0
2. Ewell Blackwell Cincinnati 2.47 22 8 .733 0 33 33 273 257 75 95 2 4 1
3. Ralph Branca Brooklyn 2.67 21 12 .636 1 43 36 280 317 83 98 7 6 1
4. Dutch Leonard Philadelphia 2.68 17 12 .586 0 32 29 235 266 70 57 4 2 0
5. Larry Jansen New York 3.16 21 5 .808 1 42 30 248 310 87 57 2 1 1
6. Al Brazle St. Louis 2.84 14 8 .636 4 44 19 168 207 53 48 4 2 0
7. Johnny Sain St. Louis 3.52 21 12 .636 1 38 35 266 322 104 79 3 4 0
8. Jim Hearn St. Louis 3.22 12 7 .632 1 37 21 162 178 58 63 0 1 0
9. George Munger St. Louis 3.37 16 5 .762 3 40 31 224.1 254 84 76 4 2 0
10. Murray Dickson St. Louis 3.07 13 16 .448 3 47 25 231.2 259 79 88 1 2 0
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1947
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Bob Feller Cleveland 2.68 20 11 .645 3 42 37 299 281 89 127 7 4 2
2. Hal Newhouser Detroit 2.87 17 17 .500 2 40 36 285 295 91 110 11 2 0
3. Joe Haynes Chicago 2.42 14 6 .700 0 29 22 182 189 49 61 4 2 1
4. Joe Dobson Boston 2.95 18 8 .692 1 33 31 228.2 248 75 73 11 1 1
5. Fred Hutchinson Detroit 3.30 18 10 .643 2 33 25 219.2 253 74 61 2 2 0
6. Ed Lopat Chicago 2.81 16 13 .552 0 31 31 252.2 292 79 73 0 2 0
7. Walt Masterson Washington 3.13 12 16 .429 1 35 31 253 248 88 97 3 2 0
8. Phil Marchidon Philadelphia 3.22 19 9 .679 0 35 35 276.2 273 99 141 1 7 0
9. Spec Shea New York 3.07 14 5 .737 1 27 23 178.2 157 61 89 0 4 0
10. Joe Page New York 2.48 14 8 .636 17 56 2 141.1 120 39 72 1 1 0

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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1947 Awards


NL MVP
Bob Elliott, Boston

AL MVP
Joe DiMaggio, New York


Rookie of the Year
Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn