1947 October

1st New York’s Allie Reynolds spaces nine hits and coasts to a 10–3 victory. Tommy Henrich’s solo HR in the 5th puts the game away for the Yankees.

2nd The Dodgers squeak to a 9–8 win, jumping on Bobo Newsom and Vic Raschi in the 2nd for 6 runs. Yogi Berra becomes the first player to hit a pinch HR in WS history, hitting one off Brooklyn’s Ralph Branca in the 7th inning.

Ex-Giant Danny Gardella, suspended for 5 years for jumping to the Mexican League, files suit for $300,000 in damages. He charges that the reserve clause is “monopolistic and restrains trade.” It will be dismissed.

3rd Brooklyn pinch hitter Cookie Lavagetto doubles home 2 runs with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th to break up Floyd Bevens, dramatic no-hit bid and give the Dodgers a 3–2 victory over the Yankees in game 4 at Ebbets Field.

4th Frank Shea throws a 4-hitter and helps his own cause with 2 singles, as the Yankees win 2–1 in Game 5. A Joe DiMaggio HR in the 5th is the margin.

In the Negro League WS, Luis Tiant, Sr., and Pat Scantlebury pitch the New York Cubans to a 6–5 win over the Cleveland Buckeyes in the final game.

5th CF Al Gionfriddo’s magnificent catch takes a HR away from Joe DiMaggio, which would have tied the 6th game of the WS at Yankee Stadium. The Brooklyn Dodgers go on to win 8–6. There is another WS attendance record, with a crowd of 74,065 on hand to watch the game.

6th The New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 5–2 to win the WS in 7 games. Relief P Hugh Casey of the Dodgers appears in 6 games, winning 2 while notching an 0.87 ERA. Series heroes Bevens, Gionfriddo, and Lavagetto will not play another ML game. At the celebration following the WS victory, Larry MacPhail allegedly punches out George Weiss and then fires him. Tomorrow, a more sober MacPhail will sell his one-third interest to co-owners Dan Topping and Del Webb for $2 million and then retire from baseball. Topping and Webb then rehire George Weiss as GM.

20th Radio rights for the WS sell for $475,000 for 3 years. Every franchise but Pittsburgh has sold 1948 TV rights. The Giants get $400,000 for radio-TV rights from Chesterfield.

25th Commissioner Happy Chandler suspends the Chicago White Sox from the American League in a dust-up that started when the Sox inked prep star George Zoeterman in violation of the ban against signing high school players. Sox GM Leslie O’Connor argued that Zoeterman was a private school student and therefore not covered, a position that earned him a $500 fine. O’Connor refused to pay resulting in the suspension. On November 4, owner Lou Comiskey will pay the fine and the AL will once again be 8 teams.