1960 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1960 throughout the world.  

Champions[edit]

Major League Baseball[edit]

Continental League: Proposed 3rd Major League with teams in Atlanta, Buffalo, Denver, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis-St.Paul and New York disbanded before scheduled start of play in 1961.

Other champions[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

MLB statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Pete Runnels BOS .320 Dick Groat PIT .325
HR Mickey Mantle NYY 40 Ernie Banks CHC 41
RBI Roger Maris NYY 112 Hank Aaron MLN 126
Wins Chuck Estrada BAL
Jim Perry MIN
18 Ernie Broglio STL
Warren Spahn MLN
21
ERA Frank Baumann CHW 2.67 Mike McCormick SFG 2.70
SO Jim Bunning DET 201 Don Drysdale LAD 246
SV Mike Fornieles BAL
Johnny Klippstein CLE
14 Lindy McDaniel STL 26
SB Luis Aparicio CHW 51 Maury Wills LAD 50

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League final standings[edit]

Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st New York Yankees 97   57 .630     --
2nd Baltimore Orioles 89   65 .578   8.0
3rd Chicago White Sox 87   67 .565   10.0
4th Cleveland Indians 76   78 .494   21.0
5th Washington Senators 73   81 .474   24.0
6th Detroit Tigers 71   83 .461   26.0
7th Boston Red Sox 65   89 .422   32.0
8th Kansas City Athletics 58   96 .377   39.0

National League final standings[edit]

Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Pittsburgh Pirates 95   59 .617     --
2nd Milwaukee Braves 88   66 .571   7.0
3rd St. Louis Cardinals 86   68 .558   9.0
4th Los Angeles Dodgers 82   72 .532   13.0
5th San Francisco Giants 79   75 .513   16.0
6th Cincinnati Reds 67   87 .435   28.0
7th Chicago Cubs 60   94 .390   35.0
8th Philadelphia Phillies 59   95 .383   36.0

Events[edit]

January–February[edit]

March–April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

  • June 12 - In a record-tying three hour and 52 minute, 9-inning game, Willie McCovey's pinch-hit grand slam, the first slam of his career, and Orlando Cepeda's three-run double pace the Giants to a 16–7 rout of the Braves.
  • June 15 - Mexico City and Poza Rica combine to hit 12 home runs in one game, a Mexican League record.
  • June 19 - In a brilliant pair of pitching performances, Orioles pitchers Hoyt Wilhelm and Milt Pappas threw shutouts to beat the host Detroit Tigers. Wilhelm allowed two hits in winning the opener, 2–0, over Jim Bunning, and Pappas allows three hits in winning the nitecap, 1–0, over Don Mossi. Jim Gentile and Ron Hansen collected home runs as catcher Clint Courtney, using the big glove designed by manager Paul Richards, is twice charged with batter interference, the first loading the bases in the 4th inning.
  • June 24 - Willie Mays belted two home runs and made 10 putouts to lead the Giants in a 5–3 win at Cincinnati. Mays added three RBI, three runs scored, a single and stole home.
  • June 26 - Hoping to speed up the election process, the Hall of Fame changes its voting procedures. The new rules allow the Special Veterans Committee to vote annually, rather than every other year, and to induct up to two players a year. The BBWAA is authorized to hold a runoff election of the top 30 vote getters if no one is elected in the first ballot.
  • June 29 - The Cleveland Indians buy pitcher Don Newcombe from the Reds.
  • June 30 - Dick Stuart blasts three consecutive home runs, as the Pirates split with the Giants. Stuart drives in seven runs and joins Ralph Kiner as the second Pirates player to hit three home runs in a game at Forbes Field.

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November–December[edit]

  • November 23 - Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Frank Howard is selected National League Rookie of the Year with 12 of 24 votes. The six-foot, nine-inch Howard belted 23 home runs during the regular season.
  • November 26 - The relocated American League team in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis – Saint Paul chooses the appropriate nickname Twins to represent its franchise. The team recently moved from Washington, D.C., where they were known as the Senators.

Births[edit]

January–February[edit]

March–April[edit]

May–June[edit]

July–August[edit]

September–October[edit]

November–December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January–July[edit]

  • January 12 - Jimmy Lavender, 75, pitcher for the Chicago Cubs from 1912 to 1916, and for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1917.
  • February 11 - Fritz Clausen, 90, a 19th-century pitcher for the Louisville Colonels and Chicago Colts
  • February 16 - Stuffy McInnis, 69, excellent fielding first baseman who batted .307 career, most prominently with the Philadelphia Athletics' "$100,000 infield"
  • March 2 - Howie Camnitz, 78, pitcher who had three 20-win campaigns for the Pirates
  • March 3 - Toussaint Allen, 63, outfielder in the negro leagues from 1914 to 1928
  • March 18 - Dixie Howell, 40, relief pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox between 1940 and 1958, who threw a no-hitter game in the American Association, and also was a POW during World War II
  • March 22 - Gordon Rhodes, 52, pitcher who played from 1929 to 1936 for the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Athletics
  • March 30 - Joe Connolly, 76, outfielder for the New York Giants, Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox in the 1920s
  • May 6 - Vern Bickford, 39, pitcher who won 66 games for the Braves, including a no-hitter
  • May 21 - George Cochran, 71, a third baseman for the 1918 Boston Red Sox
  • May 30 - George Hildebrand, 81, American League umpire from 1913 to 1934 who worked in four World Series; outfielder for Brooklyn in 1902, also credited with developing the spitball while in the minor leagues
  • June 25 - Tommy Corcoran, 91, longtime shortstop, and captain of the Cincinnati Reds for 10 years
  • July 14 - Al Kellett, 58, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Athletics in the 1920s
  • July 14 - Walter Thornton, 85, pitcher/outfielder for the early Chicago teams, 1895–1898. He later became a street preacher.
  • July 17 - Pat Duncan, 66, Cincinnati Reds outfielder who was the first player to homer over Crosley Field's left-field fence
  • July 18 - Terry Turner, 79, shortstop for the Cleveland Naps and Indians, who led American League shortstops in fielding percentage four times, ranks among the top 10 Cleveland all-timers in seven different offensive categories, and set team-records with 1,619 games played and 4,603 putouts that still stand

August–December[edit]

  • August 12 - Leo Murphy, 71, catcher for the 1915 Pittsburgh Pirates and manager of the AAGPBL Racine Belles
  • August 14 - Fred Clarke, 87, Hall of Fame left fielder and manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates who batted .312 in his career, and became one of the first dozen players to make 2500 hits and the first manager to win 1500 games
  • August 21 - John Kelleher, 66, backup infielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, Brooklyn Robins, Chicago Cubs and Boston Braves from 1912 to 1924
  • September 23 - Paul Hinson, 56, utility for the 1928 Boston Red Sox
  • October 16 - Arch McDonald, 59, broadcaster for the Washington Senators from 1934 to 1956
  • October 22 - Charlie Hartman, 72, pitcher for the 1908 Boston Red Sox
  • November 2 - Everett Scott, 67, shortstop who played in 1,307 consecutive games from 1916 to 1925, a record later broken by Lou Gehrig
  • November 3 - Bobby Wallace, 86, Hall of Fame shortstop for the St. Louis Browns who set several fielding records, later a scout for the Cincinnati Reds for 33 years
  • November 12 - Merle Keagle, 73, All-Star female outfielder who set several single-season records in the AAGPBL
  • December 10 - Ernie Quigley, 80, National League umpire from 1913 to 1937 who worked in six World Series, was later a league supervisor
  • December 18 - Art Nehf, 68, pitcher who won 184 games for four National League teams
  • December 22 - Jack Onslow, 72, manager of the White Sox in 1949-50, formerly a catcher, coach and scout