1963 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1963 throughout the world.  

Champions[edit]

Major League Baseball[edit]

Other champions[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

MLB statistical leaders[edit]

Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax
American League National League
AVG Carl Yastrzemski BOS .321 Tommy Davis LAD .326
HR Harmon Killebrew MIN 45 Hank Aaron MLN &
Willie McCovey SFG
44
RBI Dick Stuart BOS 118 Hank Aaron MLN 130
Wins Whitey Ford NYY 24 Sandy Koufax1 LAD &
Juan Marichal SFG
25
ERA Gary Peters CHW 2.33 Sandy Koufax1 LAD 1.88
Ks Camilo Pascual MIN 202 Sandy Koufax1 LAD 306

1Major League Triple Crown Pitching Winner

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League final standings[edit]

Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st New York Yankees 104   57 .646     –
2nd Chicago White Sox 94   68 .580   10.5
3rd Minnesota Twins 91   70 .565   13.0
4th Baltimore Orioles 86   76 .531   18.5
5th Cleveland Indians 79   83 .488   25.5
5th Detroit Tigers 79   83 .488   25.5
7th Boston Red Sox 76   85 .472   28.0
8th Kansas City Athletics 73   89 .451   31.5
9th Los Angeles Angels 70   91 .435   34.0
10th Washington Senators 56   106 .346   48.5

National League final standings[edit]

Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Los Angeles Dodgers 99   63 .611     –
2nd St. Louis Cardinals 93   69 .574   6.0
3rd San Francisco Giants 88   74 .543   11.0
4th Philadelphia Phillies 87   75 .537   12.0
5th Cincinnati Reds 86   76 .531   13.0
6th Milwaukee Braves 84   78 .519   15.0
7th Chicago Cubs 82   80 .506   17.0
8th Pittsburgh Pirates 74   88 .457   25.0
9th Houston Colt .45s 66   96 .407   33.0
10th New York Mets 51   111 .315   48.0

Events[edit]

January–April[edit]

  • March 22 – The New York Mets, who finished last in the National League with a 40–120 record in their inaugural season, purchase pitcher Carlton Willey from the Milwaukee Braves. Willey will boost a pitching rotation that includes Roger Craig, Al Jackson and Tracy Stallard. The Mets will improve to 51–111 in 1963.

May–August[edit]

  • July 9 – At Municipal Stadium, the National League wins 5–3 over the American League in the All-Star Game. After four years, MLB had decided to return to the original single-game format. The American League out-hit the National League 11–6, but the effort went in vain as MVP Willie Mays put on a one-man show. Although he was held to a single, Mays collected two runs, two RBI, two stolen bases and made the defensive play of the game — a running catch that deprived Joe Pepitone of an extra base in the eighth inning. This game also marked the 24th and final All-Star appearance of Stan Musial, who pinch-hit in the fifth inning. He lined out to right field, leaving behind a .317 batting average (20-for-63) and an All-Star Game record of six home runs.

September–December[edit]

  • September 10 – The Alous become the first brother trio to bat consecutively in one game, the eighth inning of the San Francisco Giants' 4–2 loss to the New York Mets at the Polo Grounds. Jesús pinch-hits in his Major League debut and grounds out to shortstop Al Moran; Matty, also pinch-hitting, strikes out, and Felipe ends the inning by grounding out to pitcher Carl Willey, who goes the distance for the victory.
  • October 6 – At Dodger Stadium, Sandy Koufax defeats the New York Yankees, 2–1, completing a shocking World Series sweep for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Whitey Ford gives up only two hits, both by Frank Howard, who belts a long home run in the fifth inning to start the Dodgers' scoring. In the Series, the Yankees bat just .171 and score only four runs, the second-lowest total in World Series history. Curiously enough, the Dodgers would set the mark for the least runs scored in a World Series only three years later, falling victim to a decisive sweep at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles.
  • November 26 – Second baseman Pete Rose is a landslide winner of National League Rookie of the Year honors, taking 17 of 20 first place votes, with the others going to Ron Hunt (2) and Ray Culp (1). Rose becomes the second Cincinnati Reds player to win the award, joining Frank Robinson.

Births[edit]

January–March[edit]

April–June[edit]

July–September[edit]

October–December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January–March[edit]

  • January 2 – Al Mamaux, 68, pitcher who twice won 20 games for Pittsburgh
  • January 5 – Rogers Hornsby, 66, Hall of Fame second baseman who posted the highest lifetime batting average (.358) of any right-handed batter, 7-time batting champion including a .424 mark in 1924; twice MVP, and the first NL player to hit 300 home runs
  • January 29 – Lee Meadows, 68, pitcher won 188 games for the Cardinals, Phillies and Pirates, was first modern major leaguer to wear glasses
  • January 31 – Ossie Vitt, 73, third baseman for the Tigers and Red Sox, later a minor league manager
  • February 9 – Ray Starr, 56, All-Star pitcher who pitched for six teams and won 37 games
  • February 15 – Bump Hadley, 58, pitcher who ended Mickey Cochrane's career with a 1937 pitch that fractured his skull; later a broadcaster
  • February 20 – Bill Hinchman, 79, outfielder twice batted .300 for Pittsburgh, later a scout
  • February 28 – Eppa Rixey, 71, pitcher elected to the Hall of Fame just one month earlier, until 1959 was winningest left-hander in NL history with 266 victories for Phillies and Reds
  • March 1 – Irish Meusel, 69, left fielder batted .310 lifetime, led NL in RBI in 1923
  • March 11 – Joe Judge, 68, first baseman batted .300 nine times for Senators, later coach at Georgetown for 20 years
  • March 29 – Wilcy Moore, 65, relief pitcher who won last game of 1927 World Series for Yankees

April–June[edit]

  • April 23 – Harry Harper, 67, pitched from 1913 through 1923 for the Senators, Red Sox, Yankees and Robins
  • May 4 – Dickie Kerr, 69, pitcher who as a 1919 rookie won two World Series games for the White Sox, as one of the players not involved in fixing the Series; later helping a struggling pitcher-turned-hitter, Stan Musial
  • May 22 – Dave Shean, 79, second baseman and captain of champion 1918 Red Sox
  • May 23 – Gavvy Cravath, 82, right fielder who won six home runs titles with Phillies
  • May 27 – Dave Jolly, 38, knuckleball relief pitcher for Milwaukee Braves from 1953–1957
  • June 6 – Charlie Mullen, 74, first baseman for White Sox and Yankees in 1910s
  • June 8 – Earl Smith, 66, catcher for five NL champions, batted .350 in 1925 World Series
  • June 18 – Ben Geraghty, 50, manager of the Jacksonville Suns of the International League and legendary minor league pilot who played a key role in the early career of Henry Aaron
  • June 24 – George Trautman, 73, president of the minor leagues since 1946
  • June 24 – Jud Wilson, 69, All-Star third baseman of the Negro Leagues
  • June 28 – Frank "Home Run" Baker, 77, Hall of Fame third baseman, lifetime .307 hitter and 4-time home run champion, last surviving member of Philadelphia Athletics' "$100,000 infield"

July–September[edit]

  • July 27 – Hooks Dauss, 73, pitcher won 222 games, all for Detroit
  • August 15 – Karl Drews, 43, pitcher for four teams including 1947 champion Yankees
  • August 24 – Ren Kelly, 63, pitched one game for the Philadelphia A's in 1923.
  • September 4 – Home Run Johnson, 88, early shortstop of the Negro Leagues
  • September 8 – Bill Knickerbocker, 51, infielder for five different teams from 1933–42, and a member of two Yankees champion teams as a backup for 2B Joe Gordon and 3B Frankie Crosetti
  • September 19 – Slim Harriss, 66, pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox in the early 1920s
  • September 27 – Andy Coakley, 80, pitcher won 18 games for 1905 Athletics, later coach at Columbia for 37 years

October–December[edit]

  • October 2 – Cy Perkins, 67, catcher for 16 seasons, most with Athletics, later a coach for many years
  • November 6 – Clarence Mitchell, 72, spitball pitcher won 125 games, hit into unassisted triple play in 1920 World Series
  • November 12 – Ed Connolly, 54, catcher for the Boston Red Sox between 1929 and 1932
  • November 13 – Muddy Ruel, 67, catcher for 19 seasons including 1924 champions Senators, later a coach, manager, front-office executive and assistant to the Commissioner of Baseball
  • November 14 – Oscar Melillo, 64, second baseman for Browns and Red Sox
  • December 8 – Red Worthington, 57, left fielder for Boston Braves from 1931–1934
  • December 30 – Wilbur Good, 78, outfielder for six teams, primarily the Cubs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New York Mets 10, Cincinnati Reds 3". Baseball-reference.com. 1963-06-14. 
  2. ^ "New York Mets 10, Houston Colt .45s 3". Baseball-reference.com. 1963-09-27.