Brooklyn defeats #Giants stalwart Sal Maglie at Ebbets Field, roughing him up for six runs on 11 hits. Since coming into the National League in 1945, the “Barber” had recorded 10 straight victories in the #Dodgers ballpark.
1948 The Giants remove Mel Ott as manager and replace him with Leo Durocher, who obtains his release from Brooklyn. The Dodgers bring back Burt Shotton, who replaced Durocher once before. In a poll over the previous winter, an overwhelming majority voted for the gentlemanly Shotton to replace The Lip.
The New York Mets purchase veteran OF Duke Snider from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Snider, one of the most popular players in the New York area, starred for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947 to 1957. The future Hall of Famer will hit 14 home runs for the Mets in ’63.
1952 Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe is sworn into the Army. The 26-year old New Jersey native, who posted a 56-28 record his first three years with the team (and an All-Star in each of those seasons), will miss two seasons.
1945 At the age of 17, SS Tommy Brown of the Brooklyn Dodgers is the youngest player to hit a MLB home run. Brown belts his homer off Pirates southpaw Preacher Roe into the upper Left Field section at Ebbets Field.
1947 The Brooklyn Dodgers win 12 – 6 over the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field, as Jackie Robinson gets his first major league hit, a bunt single, off Glenn Elliott. Robinson will bunt 42 times, collecting 19 hits, during the season.
Brooklyn Dodgers’ pitcher Jack Quinn earns his 247th and final MLB victory at age 49, with a complete game 6 – 5 win over the Cardinals. Quinn will hold the record as oldest pitcher to win a game until April 17, 2012, when he will be eclipsed by the Rockies’ Jamie Moyer.