There was little doubt of Robinson’s ability to play in the majors, and in the spring of 1947 the Dodgers officially added him to the parent roster. But Robinson was hardly home free, facing wave after wave of race-based resistance.
The 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers roster is above. All columns may be sorted by clicking the column name. Clicking on an individual player will display the player's career statistics including his time with the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers.
When twenty-eight-year-old Jackie Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, the Dodgers became the first racially integrated Major League Baseball team of the twentieth century. Led by outfielders Dixie Walker and Carl Furillo, shortstop Pee Wee Reese, and especially first baseman and National League Rookie of the Year Jackie Robinson, the 1947 Dodgers overcame the heavily favored St. Louis Cardinals to win the National League pennant, their first since 1941 and only second since 1920. Along the way they helped set new attendance records, captured headlines throughout the nation, forced America to confront racism and racial inequality, and became one of the iconic teams in American sports history.
Though there are numerous publications about Jackie Robinson and the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers, The Team That Forever Changed Baseball and America: The 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers, edited by Lyle Spatz, is the first publication to provide detailed biographies of all the players involved on that team, as well as a chronology of the season and accounts of momentous events, awards, and aspects of the historical season. It is part of a new series by the University of Nebraska Press and the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) focusing on iconic teams and their memorial seasons. With eighty-one individual essays from SABR members, this publication provides invaluable information and insights for the baseball historian, baseball enthusiast, and casual fan.