1948 Brooklyn Dodgers season

1948 Brooklyn Dodgers
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) James & Dearie Mulvey, Walter O'Malley, Branch Rickey, John L. Smith
General manager(s) Branch Rickey
Manager(s) Leo Durocher, Ray Blades, Burt Shotton
Local radio WMGM
Red Barber, Connie Desmond, Ernie Harwell
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Leo Durocher returned as manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers to start the 1948 season but was fired in mid-season. He was replaced first by team coach Ray Blades and then by Burt Shotton, who had managed the team to the 1947 pennant. The Dodgers finished third in the National League after this tumultuous season.

The 1948 Dodgers were very much a work in progress, beginning to coalesce into the classic "Boys of Summer" teams of the 1950s. Gil Hodges was in the opening day lineup, but as a catcher. He would only be shifted to first base after the emergence of Roy Campanella. Jackie Robinson started the season at second base — Eddie Stanky had been traded just before the start of the season to make room for Robinson at his natural position; he had played first base during his 1947 rookie season. Pee Wee Reese was the only "Boys of summer" regular to already be ensconced at his position, shortstop. Billy Cox had been acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates during the offseason, but as one of nine players who would see time at third for the team that year, he only played 70 games at the position. Carl Furillo was already a regular, but in center field. Duke Snider was brought up to the team in mid-season, and it was not until 1949 that Furillo moved to right field and Snider became the regular center fielder.

Preacher Roe and Ralph Branca were in the starting rotation, but Carl Erskine only appeared in a handful,of games, and Don Newcombe would not join the staff until the following year.


Regular season

Future Hall of Famer Roy Campanella made his major league debut on April 20.[6] In July, Campanella replaced Bruce Edwards as the club's starting catcher. This marked the first time that a major league team had two black players in its everyday lineup.[7]

On September 9, Rex Barney pitched a no-hitter against the New York Giants. He walked two batters and struck out four in a 2–0 victory.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Braves 91 62 0.595 45–31 46–31
St. Louis Cardinals 85 69 0.552 44–33 41–36
Brooklyn Dodgers 84 70 0.545 36–41 48–29
Pittsburgh Pirates 83 71 0.539 47–31 36–40
New York Giants 78 76 0.506 13½ 37–40 41–36
Philadelphia Phillies 66 88 0.429 25½ 32–44 34–44
Cincinnati Reds 64 89 0.418 27 32–45 32–44
Chicago Cubs 64 90 0.416 27½ 35–42 29–48

Record vs. opponents

1948 National League Records


Boston 14–8 16–6–1 13–8 11–11 14–8 12–10 11–11
Brooklyn 8–14 11–11 18–4 11–11–1 15–7 9–13 12–10
Chicago 6–16–1 11–11 10–12 11–11 7–15 8–14 11–11
Cincinnati 8–13 4–18 12–10 10–12 11–11 9–13 10–12
New York 11–11 11–11–1 11–11 12–10 14–8 12–10 7–15
Philadelphia 8–14 7–15 15–7 11–11 8–14 12–10–1 5–17
Pittsburgh 10–12 13–9 14–8 13–9 10–12 10–12–1 13–9–1
St. Louis 11–11 10–12 11–11 12–10 15–7 17–5 9–13–1

Opening Day lineup

Opening Day lineup
Name Position
Jackie RobinsonSecond baseman
Arky VaughanLeft fielder
Preston WardFirst baseman
Carl FurilloCenter fielder
Pee Wee ReeseShortstop
Dick WhitmanRight fielder
Billy CoxThird baseman
Gil HodgesCatcher
Rex BarneyStarting pitcher

Notable transactions


1948 Brooklyn Dodgers
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
CCampanella, RoyRoy Campanella8327972.258945
1BHodges, GilGil Hodges
2BRobinson, JackieJackie Robinson147574170.2961285
3BCox, BillyBilly Cox8823759.249315
SSReese, Pee WeePee Wee Reese151566155.274975
OFHermanski, GeneGene Hermanski
OFFurillo, CarlCarl Furillo
OFRackley, MarvMarv Rackley

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
Edwards, BruceBruce Edwards9628679.276854
Shuba, GeorgeGeorge Shuba
Snider, DukeDuke Snider
Reiser, PetePete Reiser6412730.236119
Vaughan, ArkyArky Vaughan6512330.244322
Mauch, GeneGene Mauch12132.15400


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
Barney, RexRex Barney44246.215133.10138
Branca, RalphRalph Branca36215.21493.51122
Taylor, HarryHarry Taylor1780.2275.3632

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
Roe, PreacherPreacher Roe34177.21282.6386
Erskine, CarlCarl Erskine1764633.2329
Banta, JackJack Banta23.1018.101

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
Behrman, HankHank Behrman345474.0542
Casey, HughHugh Casey223048.007

Awards and honors

League top five finishers

Rex Barney

Ralph Branca

Pee Wee Reese

Jackie Robinson

Preacher Roe

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAAMontreal RoyalsInternational LeagueClay Hopper
AAASt. Paul SaintsAmerican AssociationWalter Alston
AAFort Worth CatsTexas LeagueLes Burge
George Dockins
Bobby Bragan
AAMobile BearsSouthern AssociationAlfred Todd
AGreenville SpinnersSouth Atlantic LeagueGreg Mulleavy
APueblo DodgersWestern LeagueJohn Fitzpatrick
BAsheville TouristsTri-State LeagueClay Bryant
BDanville DodgersIllinois–Indiana–Iowa LeaguePaul Chervinko
BLancaster Red RosesInterstate LeagueDibrell Williams
Jack Knight
BNashua DodgersNew England LeagueAl Campanis
BNewport News DodgersPiedmont LeagueRoy Schalk
CAbilene Blue SoxWest Texas–New Mexico LeagueArt Bowland
Otis Davis
CGreenwood DodgersCotton States LeagueJim Bivin
CIdaho Falls RussetsPioneer LeagueJay Kirke, Jr.
Lewis Garland
CJohnstown JohnniesMiddle Atlantic LeagueRoy Nichols
CSanta Barbara DodgersCalifornia LeagueChester Kehn
DTrois-Rivières RoyalsCanadian–American LeagueEd Head
DCairo DodgersKentucky–Illinois–Tennessee LeagueHugh Holliday
Norbert Hall
DCambridge DodgersEastern Shore LeagueBob Vickery
Stew Hofferth
DMedford NuggetsFar West LeagueLarry Shepard
DOlean OilersPennsylvania–Ontario–New York LeagueGreg Mulleavy
DPonca City DodgersKansas–Oklahoma–Missouri LeagueBoyd Bartley
DPulaski CountsAppalachian LeagueGeorge Pfister
DSheboygan IndiansWisconsin State LeagueJoe Hauser
DValdosta DodgersGeorgia–Florida LeagueLou Rochelli
DZanesville DodgersOhio–Indiana LeagueRay Hathaway

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Montreal, St. Paul, Ft. Worth, Greenville, Nashua, Newport News, Santa Barbara, Pulaski, Sheboygan, Zanesville


  1. Stan Rojek page at Baseball Reference
  2. Ed Stevens page at Baseball Reference
  3. 1 2 Jimmy Bloodworth page at Baseball Reference
  4. Dixie Walker page at Baseball Reference
  5. Eddie Stanky page at Baseball Reference
  6. Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, p. 267, Jonathan Eig, Simon & Schuster, 2007, New York, ISBN 978-0-7432-9461-4
  7. Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, p. 267
  8. Ray Sanders page at Baseball Reference


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