On April 15, 1947 — 28-year-old Jackie Robinson makes a historic debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first African-American to play major league baseball in the 20th century. Robinson goes 0 for 3 in his debut, but scores the deciding run in a 5 – 3 victory over the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field. He handles 11 chances at first base, a new position for him. Coach Clyde Sukeforth, interim manager and the man credited with first scouting Robinson, guides the Dodgers to two victories before stepping down. Robinson is the first black player to appear in the majors since 1884.

 


 

 

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Game Played on Tuesday, April 15, 1947 (D) at Ebbets Field

BOS N    0  0  0    0  1  2    0  0  0  -   3  8  1
BRO N    0  0  0    1  0  1    3  0  x  -   5  6  1
BOX+PBP
WP: Gregg (1-0)
LP: Sain (0-1)
SV: Casey (1)

Play by Play

BRAVES 1ST: Dodgers manager Leo Durocher suspended for the
1947 season for associating with known gamblers; coach Clyde
Sukeforth managed the team for the first two games; debut for
Jackie Robinson; debut for umpire Artie Gore; Culler
grounded out (third to first); Hopp struck out; M. McCormick
singled to center; Hatten threw a wild pitch [M. McCormick to
second]; B. Elliott walked; Litwhiler flied to center; 0 R, 1 H,
0 E, 2 LOB.  Braves 0, Dodgers 0.

DODGERS 1ST: Stanky grounded out (second to first); Robinson
grounded out (third to first); Reiser walked; Walker grounded
out (pitcher to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 0, Dodgers
0.

BRAVES 2ND: Torgeson walked; Masi made an out to shortstop; Ryan
grounded into a double play (second to shortstop to first)
[Torgeson out at second]; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Braves 0,
Dodgers 0.

DODGERS 2ND: Hermanski popped to second; Edwards flied to
center; Jorgensen walked; Reese popped to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E,
1 LOB.  Braves 0, Dodgers 0.

BRAVES 3RD: Sain grounded out (third to first); Culler grounded
out (shortstop to first); Hopp grounded out (second to first); 0
R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Braves 0, Dodgers 0.

DODGERS 3RD: Hatten struck out; Stanky grounded out (second to
first); Robinson flied out to left; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. 
Braves 0, Dodgers 0.

BRAVES 4TH: M. McCormick singled to left; B. Elliott singled to
center [M. McCormick to third]; Litwhiler reached on a fielder's
choice [M. McCormick out at home (pitcher unassisted), B.
Elliott to second]; Torgeson was called out on strikes; Masi
lined to left; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Braves 0, Dodgers 0.

DODGERS 4TH: Reiser walked; Walker grounded out (second to
first) [Reiser to second]; Hermanski singled to center [Reiser
to third]; Edwards forced Hermanski (third to second) [Reiser
scored]; Jorgensen grounded out (second to first); 1 R, 1 H, 0
E, 1 LOB.  Braves 0, Dodgers 1.

BRAVES 5TH: Ryan singled to center; Sain out on a sacrifice bunt
(first unassisted) [Ryan to second]; Culler out on a sacrifice
bunt (third to first) [Ryan to third]; Hopp singled to left
[Ryan scored]; M. McCormick walked [Hopp to second]; B. Elliott
popped to center; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Braves 1, Dodgers 1.

DODGERS 5TH: Reese doubled to left; On a bunt Hatten singled
[Reese to third]; Stanky lined to second; Robinson grounded into
a double play (shortstop to second to first) [Hatten out at
second]; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 1, Dodgers 1.

BRAVES 6TH: Litwhiler was hit by a pitch; On a bunt Torgeson
reached on an error by Edwards [Litwhiler to second]; Masi out
on a sacrifice bunt (third to first) [Torgeson to second,
Litwhiler to third]; Ryan singled to left [Torgeson scored
(unearned), Litwhiler scored (unearned)]; Sain out on a
sacrifice bunt (pitcher to first) [Ryan to second]; Culler
popped to first in foul territory; 2 R (0 ER), 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB. 
Braves 3, Dodgers 1.

DODGERS 6TH: Reiser singled to left; Walker singled to right
[Reiser to third]; TATUM RAN FOR WALKER; Hermanski flied out to
right; Edwards was hit by a pitch [Tatum to second]; RACKLEY RAN
FOR EDWARDS; Jorgensen grounded out (second to first) [Rackley
to second, Tatum to third, Reiser scored]; Reese was walked
intentionally; STEVENS BATTED FOR HATTEN; Stevens struck out; 1
R, 2 H, 0 E, 3 LOB.  Braves 3, Dodgers 2.

BRAVES 7TH: TATUM STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING RF); BRAGAN REPLACED
RACKLEY (PLAYING C ); GREGG REPLACED STEVENS (PITCHING); Hopp
flied out to left; M. McCormick grounded out (second to
pitcher); B. Elliott walked; Litwhiler struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0
E, 1 LOB.  Braves 3, Dodgers 2.

DODGERS 7TH: ROWELL REPLACED LITWHILER (PLAYING LF); Stanky
walked; Robinson reached on an error by Torgeson on a sacrifice
bunt [Stanky to third, Robinson to second]; the throw hit
Jackie Robinson and caromed into RF; Reiser doubled to right
[Stanky scored, Robinson scored (unearned)]; COOPER REPLACED
SAIN (PITCHING); VAUGHAN BATTED FOR TATUM; Vaughan grounded out
(pitcher to first) [Reiser to third]; Hermanski flied out to
center [Reiser scored (unearned)]; Bragan grounded out
(shortstop to first); 3 R (1 ER), 1 H, 1 E, 0 LOB.  Braves 3,
Dodgers 5.

BRAVES 8TH: FURILLO REPLACED VAUGHAN (PLAYING RF); Torgeson
struck out; Masi popped to first; Ryan singled to left; NEILL
BATTED FOR COOPER; Neill was hit by a pitch [Ryan to second];
HOLMES BATTED FOR CULLER; Holmes flied out to left; 0 R, 1 H, 0
E, 2 LOB.  Braves 3, Dodgers 5.

DODGERS 8TH: SISTI REPLACED HOLMES (PLAYING SS); LANFRANCONI
REPLACED NEILL (PITCHING); Jorgensen grounded out (second to
first); Reese was called out on strikes; Gregg struck out; 0 R,
0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Braves 3, Dodgers 5.

BRAVES 9TH: SCHULTZ REPLACED ROBINSON (PLAYING 1B); Hopp lined
to shortstop; M. McCormick singled to right; B. Elliott walked
[M. McCormick to second]; CASEY REPLACED GREGG (PITCHING);
Rowell popped to first in foul territory; Torgeson struck out; 0
R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Braves 3, Dodgers 5.

Final Totals      R   H   E  LOB
 Braves           3   8   1   12
 Dodgers          5   6   1    7