1964 in baseball
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Major League Baseball 
- World Series: St. Louis Cardinals over New York Yankees (4–3); Bob Gibson, MVP
- All-Star Game, July 7 at Shea Stadium: National League, 7–4; Johnny Callison, MVP
Other champions 
- College World Series: Minnesota
- Japan Series: Nankai Hawks over Hanshin Tigers (4–3)
- Little League World Series: Mid Island, Staten Island, New York
Awards and honors 
- Most Valuable Player
- Cy Young Award
- Rookie of the Year
MLB statistical leaders 
|American League||National League|
|AVG||Tony Oliva MIN||.323||Roberto Clemente PIT||.339|
|HR||Harmon Killebrew MIN||49||Willie Mays SFG||47|
|RBI||Brooks Robinson BAL||118||Ken Boyer STL||119|
|Wins||Dean Chance LAA||20||Larry Jackson CHC||24|
|ERA||Dean Chance LAA||1.65||Sandy Koufax LAD||1.74|
|SO||Al Downing NYY||217||Bob Veale PIT||250|
|SV||Dick Radatz BOS||29||Hal Woodeshick HOU||23|
|SB||Luis Aparicio BAL||57||Maury Wills LAD||53|
Major league baseball final standings 
American League final standings 
National League final standings 
- January 3 – The Reds announce that manager Fred Hutchinson has contracted lung cancer. He will begin two months of radiology treatment in Seattle and will make spring training with the team.
- January 6:
- January 15:
- January 16 – American League owners vote 9-1 against Charlie Finley's Louisville moving proposal. Finley is given an ultimatum to sign a lease in Kansas City or lose his franchise.
- January 28 – Cincinnati Reds center fielder Vada Pinson is cleared of assault charges stemming from a September 5‚ 1963‚ incident when Cincinnati sportswriter Earl Lawson does not pursue charges further.
- January 29 – Pitcher-writer Jim Brosnan is given permission by the Chicago White Sox to make his own deal with another team. His in-season writing has been censured by Sox general manager Ed Short.
- January 30 – The United States Senate Subcommittee on Monopolies begins hearings on baseball.
- February 2 – Red Faber, Burleigh Grimes, Tim Keefe, Heinie Manush, John Montgomery Ward, and Miller Huggins are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee.
- February 17 – Former Chicago White Sox shortstop Luke Appling is selected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in a runoff vote. In 1953, the first year of eligibility for Appling, he received just two votes.
- March 23:
- Finally, Charlie Finley gives in to American League pressure and signs a four-year lease with the municipal government to keep the Athletics in Kansas City. Finley wanted two years. His exasperated AL colleagues voted 9-1 that KC's offer was reasonable.
- The San Francisco Giants sign pitcher Masanori Murakami‚ third baseman Tatsuhiko Tanaka‚ and catcher Hiroshi Takahashi, the first Japanese ballplayers ever to play for American teams. All three are assigned to the Magic Valley Cowboys of the Pioneer League.
- April 8 – Houston Colt .45s relief pitcher Jim Umbricht dies of cancer at the age of 33. The franchise would retire his number in 1965, by which time it is known as the Astros.
- April 14 – Sandy Koufax goes all the way in his only opening day start, allowing no walks and beating the St. Louis Cardinals, 4–0. at Dodger Stadium. Frank Howard homers for the Dodgers.
- April 17 – The New York Mets play their first game at brand-new Shea Stadium and lose 4–3 to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Willie Stargell hits the first home run in the stadium's history, a second-inning solo shot off the Mets' Jack Fisher. In the first-ever "Kiner's Korner" from Shea, Ralph Kiner's guest is Casey Stengel.
- April 23 – At Colt Stadium, Ken Johnson of the Houston Colt .45's no-hits the Cincinnati Reds, and loses 1–0. Two ninth-inning errors allow the Reds to score the game's lone run: a two-base throwing error by Johnson himself on Pete Rose's ground ball, and the second by Nellie Fox on Vada Pinson's grounder, which scores Rose. To date, the game is the only one in Major League history whose losing pitcher had pitched a nine-inning no-hitter.
- May 2 – The Minnesota Twins became the third club in MLB history to hit four consecutive home runs in the same inning, as Tony Oliva, Bob Allison, Jimmie Hall and Harmon Killebrew went deep in the top of the 11th inning in a 7–3 victory against the Kansas City Athletics. The Twins also became the first team to hit at least three consecutive home runs in an extra innings game.
- May 31 – The second game of a double header at Shea Stadium between the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets lasts 23 innings. The Giants eventually win it, 8–6.
- June 4 – Sandy Koufax pitches the third of his four career no hitters, to pace the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3–0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium.
- June 15 – The Chicago Cubs trade Lou Brock, Jack Spring and Paul Toth to the St. Louis Cardinals for Ernie Broglio, Doug Clemens and Bobby Shantz. The swap eventually gains notoriety as perhaps the most lopsided in the history of baseball, as Brock goes on to a Hall of Fame career in St. Louis while Broglio posts a 7–19 record in a Cubs uniform.
- June 21 – On Father's Day at Shea Stadium, Jim Bunning fans ten, drives in two runs, and pitches the first perfect game (excluding Don Larsen's 1956 World Series effort, and Harvey Haddix's 1959 extra-innings loss) since Charlie Robertson's on April 30, 1922, as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 6–0. Bunning also becomes the first pitcher to throw no-hitters in both leagues, and Gus Triandos becomes the first catcher to catch a no-hitter in each league. Bunning throws just 90 pitches in winning his second no-hitter. The next time Bunning faces the Mets he will shut them out, the first no-hit pitcher in the 20th century to do that. The Mets fare little better in the nightcap, as 18-year-old rookie Rick Wise pitches into the seventh inning to win his first game, giving up just three hits and three walks (Johnny Klippstein pitched the final three innings). The Phillies increase their National League lead to two games over the San Francisco Giants.
- July 7 – At Shea Stadium, Johnny Callison's ninth-inning three-run home run off Dick Radatz caps a four-run rally and gives the National League a 7–4 win over the American League in the All-Star Game. Callison is named Game MVP as the NL triumph evens the series at 17.
- July 19 – Luis Tiant pitches a complete-game, four-hit shutout in his Major League debut, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 3–0 victory over Whitey Ford and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Tiant allowed just four singles while striking out eleven.
- July 23 – Bert Campaneris of the Kansas City Athletics became the second player in Major League history to hit two home runs in his Major League debut, joining Bob Nieman, who did it in the 1951 season. Mark Quinn will join the select group in 1999.
- August 12 – Mickey Mantle hits a home run from both sides of the plate in a 7–3 Yankees win over the Chicago White Sox. It is the tenth time in his career that he has done so and a major league record for switch-hit homers in a game.
- August 20 – At Comiskey Park, the Chicago White Sox complete a four-game sweep of the New York Yankees with a 5–0 shutout. As the Yankees' team bus heads to O'Hare International Airport after the game, infielder Phil Linz takes out a harmonica and plays a plaintive version of "Mary Had a Little Lamb." Manager Yogi Berra tells Linz to put the harmonica away. After Linz asks what Berra had said, Mickey Mantle tells Linz to "play it louder," which he does, prompting an unusually angry Berra to storm to the back to the bus and slap the harmonica out of Linz' hands; the instrument strikes Joe Pepitone's knee. The "Harmonica Incident" convinces the Yankee front office that Berra has lost control of the team and cannot command respect from his players. As a result, the decision is made to fire Berra at the end of the season.
- August 31 – Ground breaking is held for the new Anaheim Stadium.
- September 1 – At Shea Stadium, pitcher Masanori Murakami of the San Francisco Giants becomes the first Japanese player to appear in the Major Leagues. He enters the game in the ninth inning of the Giants' 4–1 loss to the New York Mets and strikes out Charley Smith, the first batter he faces; Ed Kranepool also strikes out two batters later.
- September 9 – The St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies go into extra innings at Connie Mack Stadium tied at five. An error by Dick Allen leads to three unearned runs as the Cards score five in the eleventh for a 10–5 victory.
- September 12 – Frank Bertaina of the Baltimore Orioles beats Bob Meyer of the Kansas City Athletics, 1–0, in a game in which both pitchers throw a one-hitter.
- September 20 – Jim Bunning strikes out Johnny Roseboro in the ninth inning to preserve the Philadelphia Phillies' 3–2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles. The win comes after two straight losses (both charged to Jack Baldschun) and leaves the first place Phils in front of the National League by six and a half games with 12 games to play. When they return to Philadelphia in the early morning, 2,000 fans, including mayor James Tate are on hand to greet the team.
- September 21 – John Tsitouris hurls a 1–0 shutout for the Cincinnati Reds over Art Mahaffey and the first-place Phillies, launching a 10-game Phillies losing streak. Rookie Chico Ruiz scores the only run when, with Frank Robinson at bat, he steals home with two outs in the sixth inning.
- September 27 – Johnny Callison hits three home runs, but the Phillies lose to the Milwaukee Braves 14–8. The Phils suffer the seventh loss in their 10-game losing streak, while the Reds sweep the New York Mets (4-1 and 3-1). These results knock Philadelphia out of first place, with the Reds replacing them atop the NL standings. The Phillies would never return to first place in 1964.
- September 29 – The Pittsburgh Pirates blank the Reds 2–0 at Crosley Field (despite the Reds getting 11 hits off Bob Friend) to end the Reds' nine-game winning streak. Meanwhile, Ray Sadecki records his 20th victory as his St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Phillies 4–2 at Busch Stadium, the seventh win in the Cardinals' eight-game winning streak and the ninth loss in the Phillies' 10-game losing streak. The win puts the Cardinals into a tie for first place with the Reds; St. Louis had been 11 games out of first on August 23.
- October 3 – The New York Yankees clinch their 14th American League pennant in 16 years with an 8–3 victory over the Cleveland Indians, holding off the Chicago White Sox by a single game.
- October 3 – As a result of the now-concluded Phillies' 10-game losing streak, this day begins with four teams still having a mathematical shot at the NL pennant, and it is still mathematically possible to get a 4-way tie for such. But then one of those four teams, the San Francisco Giants, is eliminated with a 10–7 loss to the Chicago Cubs. At the end of the day's play, the Reds and the Cardinals are tied for 1st place, with the Phillies a game back. In recent days, the NL has had to scramble to schedule various possible playoffs.
- October 4 – The Phillies defeat the Reds, 10–0, in the last regular-season game for both teams unless there is a playoff; because of the Reds' loss, the Cardinals clinch a tie for the NL pennant. At the end of that game, the Phillies and Reds are 1/2 game back of the Cardinals, and await the result of the Cardinals-Mets game. Then, the Cardinals, never in first place until the last week of the season, clinch their first pennant since 1946 with an 11–5 win over the Mets, who had just beaten the Cardinals twice in the two preceding days. The win by the Cardinals averts a three-way tie for the NL pennant, with the Phillies and the Reds both finishing one game back in a second-place tie.
- October 15 – The St. Louis Cardinals take an early lead in the deciding World Series Game Seven over the New York Yankees. Lou Brock hits a fifth-inning home run to give pitcher Bob Gibson a 6-0 lead. Mickey Mantle, Clete Boyer and Phil Linz homer for New York, but the Yankees fall short. The Cardinals win the game 7–5 and are the World Champions. The Boyer brothers, Ken for St. Louis and Clete for the Yankees, homer in their last World Series appearance, a first in major league history.
- October 16 – The day after the final game of the World Series, the managerial posts of both pennant winning teams are vacant. In the morning, Johnny Keane, manager of the victorious St. Louis Cardinals, resigns, much to the surprise of owner Gussie Busch. Hours later, New York Yankee general manager Ralph Houk fires Yogi Berra as his manager, citing Berra's lack of control over team and his inability to command respect from his players. Less than a week later, Houk replaces Berra with Keane, who himself will be replaced by coach and former Cardinal star Red Schoendienst. Meanwhile, Berra reunites with Casey Stengel by becoming a coach with the New York Mets.
- November 2 – CBS Broadcasting Inc. becomes the first corporate owner of a Major League team after buying eighty percent of the New York Yankees assets for $11,200,000.
- November 24 – St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Ken Boyer, who hit .295 with 24 home runs and 119 RBI, is named National League Most Valuable Player with 243 points. The Phillies' Johnny Callison (187) and Boyer's Cardinal teammate Bill White are the runners-up.
- December 1 – The Houston Colt .45s officially change their nickname to Astros. The change coincides with the team's impending move from Colt Stadium to the Harris County Domed Stadium, also known as the Astrodome. A change in name for the three-year old franchise is necessitated due to a dispute with the Colt firearm company; the Astros name is chosen due to Houston being the home of NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center (later the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center).
- December 4:
- The Minnesota Twins acquire extremely versatile utility César Tovar from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for pitcher Gerry Arrigo. Tovar will play eight seasons in Minnesota.
- MLB owners decide to use a free agent draft beginning in January 1965. The inverse order of the previous year's standings will be used to select players every four months.
- January 1 – Colby Ward
- January 3 – Howard Hilton
- January 3 – Luis Rivera
- January 3 – Russ Swan
- January 7 – Allan Anderson
- January 7 – Dave Meads
- January 9 – Stan Javier
- January 13 – José Núñez
- January 13 – Billy Jo Robidoux
- January 17 – Jeff Tabaka
- January 18 – Brady Anderson
- January 19 – Mark Grater
- January 19 – Jim Morris
- January 20 – Ozzie Guillén
- January 22 – Wayne Kirby
- January 24 – Rob Dibble
- January 25 – Francisco Meléndez
- January 28 – Fredi González
- January 29 – John Habyan
- January 30 – Hipólito Peña
- February 4 – Bien Figueroa
- February 4 – Jeff Gardner
- February 8 – Edgar Díaz
- February 9 – Ed Whited
- February 12 – Joe Bitker
- February 12 – Cameron Drew
- February 13 – Dann Howitt
- February 14 – Keith Brown
- February 14 – Bill McGuire
- February 16 – Rico Rossy
- February 17 – Mike Campbell
- February 18 – Kevin Tapani
- February 25 – Rich Rowland
- March 2 – Tim Layana
- March 4 – Tom Lampkin
- March 7 – Wayne Edwards
- March 8 – Lance McCullers
- March 13 – Will Clark
- March 19 – Jeff Hamilton
- March 26 – Mike Loynd
- March 28 – Mike Fitzgerald
- March 31 – Chris Cron
- March 31 – Balvino Gálvez
- March 31 – Rafael Montalvo
- April 2 – Pete Incaviglia
- April 6 – Kenny Williams
- April 9 – Blaise Ilsley
- April 10 – Eric King
- April 11 – Amalio Carreño
- April 11 – Bret Saberhagen
- April 11 – Wally Whitehurst
- April 12 – Jerry Goff
- April 12 – Mike Macfarlane
- April 13 – Doug Strange
- April 19 – Scott Kamieniecki
- April 20 – Jimmy Jones
- April 22 – Jack Savage
- April 25 – Blaine Beatty
- April 28 – Barry Larkin
- April 28 – Eric Nolte
- April 30 – Jeff Reboulet
- May 1 – Dan Gakeler
- May 1 – José Lind
- May 8 – Dave Rohde
- May 11 – Bill Bean
- May 11 – Trent Hubbard
- May 11 – Jeff Sellers
- May 11 – Bobby Witt
- May 11 – Floyd Youmans
- May 17 – Rob Nelson
- May 19 – Luis Aquino
- May 20 – Gordon Dillard
- May 20 – Jeff Schwarz
- May 23 – Gino Minutelli
- May 26 – Willie Fraser
- May 28 – Duane Ward
- June 3 – Nelson Liriano
- June 4 – Steve Searcy
- June 5 – Edgar Cáceres
- June 11 – Ron Jones
- June 18 – Tommy Hinzo
- June 21 – Brad Moore
- June 22 – Jim Hunter
- June 28 – Mark Grace
- June 28 – Kevin Reimer
- June 30 – Doug Dascenzo
- July 2 – José Canseco
- July 2 – Ozzie Canseco
- July 2 – Joe Magrane
- July 3 – Warren Newson
- July 8 – Bob Kipper
- July 8 – Ken Patterson
- July 12 – Mike Schwabe
- July 13 – Greg Litton
- July 14 – Darren Hall
- July 15 – Steve Cummings
- July 20 – Mark Lee
- July 20 – Jim Lewis
- July 24 – Barry Bonds
- July 25 – José Bautista
- July 28 – Bob Milacki
- July 28 – Terry Taylor
- August 2 – Cliff Young
- August 3 – Kevin Elster
- August 4 – Rubén Rodríguez
- August 4 – B. J. Surhoff
- August 10 – Andy Stankiewicz
- August 10 – Bill Wilkinson
- August 13 – Jay Buhner
- August 13 – Gary Cooper
- August 13 – Tom Prince
- August 14 – Mark Leonard
- August 14 – Tommy Shields
- August 15 – Jeff Huson
- August 16 – Rick Reed
- August 21 – Shawn Hillegas
- August 23 – Jeff Manto
- August 24 – Kip Gross
- August 26 – Chad Kreuter
- September 1 – Luis Lopez
- September 1 – David West
- September 5 – Ron Rightnowar
- September 6 – Mike York
- September 7 – Sergio Valdez
- September 10 – Joe Kraemer
- September 11 – Ellis Burks
- September 13 – Greg Hibbard
- September 17 – Jim Pena
- September 18 – Dan Murphy
- September 24 – Jim Neidlinger
- September 24 – Rafael Palmeiro
- September 26 – Dave Martinez
- September 26 – Joe Skalski
- September 30 – Doug Jennings
- September 30 – Scott Lusader
- October 1 – Roberto Kelly
- October 2 – Randy Byers
- October 2 – Héctor Villanueva
- October 4 – John Kiely
- October 4 – Mark McLemore
- October 5 – Terry Mathews
- October 7 – Jim Bruske
- October 7 – Rich DeLucia
- October 13 – Chris Gwynn
- October 14 – Joe Girardi
- October 15 – John Barfield
- October 19 – Mike Pérez
- October 22 – Gerald Young
- October 26 – Steve Adkins
- October 28 – Lenny Harris
- October 31 – Steve Rosenberg
- November 1 – Eddie Williams
- November 9 – Kevin Mmahat
- November 10 – Shawn Holman
- November 10 – Keith Lockhart
- November 10 – Junior Noboa
- November 10 – Kenny Rogers
- November 11 – Roberto Hernández
- November 12 – Dave Otto
- November 12 – Gary Thurman
- November 15 – Daryl Irvine
- November 16 – Rob Mallicoat
- November 16 – Dwight Gooden
- November 17 – Mitch Williams
- November 23 – José González
- November 24 – Bob Malloy
- November 25 – Mark Davis
- November 28 – Craig Wilson
- November 28 – John Burkett
- December 2 – Chip Hale
- December 3 – Jeff Carter
- December 3 – Steve Carter
- December 3 – Darryl Hamilton
- December 5 – Gene Harris
- December 6 – Kevin Campbell
- December 11 – Thomas Howard
- December 12 – Alonzo Powell
- December 13 – Steve Wilson
- December 14 – Mitch Lyden
- December 16 – Billy Ripken
- December 19 – Mike Fetters
- December 22 – Mike Jackson
- December 24 – Carlos Diaz
- December 24 – Tim Drummond
- December 29 – Rod Nichols
- December 26 – Jeff King
- December 29 – Craig Grebeck
- January [?] – Al Cabrera, 82, Spaniard shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1912 season.
- January 13 – Margaret Stefani, 46, All-Star infielder in the 1943 inaugural season of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
- January 15 – Ed Henderson, 79, who pitched in 1914 with the Pittsburgh Rebels and the Indianapolis Hoosiers of the Federal League.
- January 15 – Bob Larmore, 67, backup shortstop for the 1918 St. Louis Cardinals.
- January 16 – Howard Baker, 75, third baseman who played for the Cleveland Naps, Chicago White Sox and New York Giants in parts of three seasons spanning 1912-15.
- February 4 – Fred Smith, 85, pitcher for the 1907 Cincinnati Reds.
- February 12 – Al Pierotti, 68, pitcher for the Boston Braves from 1920–1921, who was also an offensive lineman in the American Professional Football League from 1920 through 1929.
- February 14 – Bill Stewart, 69, National League umpire from 1933 to 1954 who worked four World Series, four All-Star Games and the 1951 NL pennant playoff; also a hockey coach and referee who led the Chicago Black Hawks to the 1938 Stanley Cup title.
- February 15 – Ken Hubbs, 22, second baseman for the Chicago Cubs and the 1962 Rookie of the Year, in a plane crash.
- February 15 – Fred Trautman, 71, pitcher for the 1915 Newark Peppers of the Federal League.
- February 22 – Ike Samuels, 90, third baseman for the 1895 St. Louis Browns of the National League.
- February 24 – Henry Baldwin, 69, backup infielder for the 1927 Philadelphia Phillies.
- February 27 – Tony Smith, 79, shortstop for the AL Washington Senators (1907) and the NL Brooklyn Superbas/Dodgers (1910–1911).
- March 2 – Fred Vaughn, 45, second baseman for the AL Washington Senators over parts of two seasons from 1944–45.
- March 3 – Lefty Scott, 48, pticher for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1945 season.
- March 10 – Warren Shanabrook, 83, third baseman for the 1906 Washington Senators.
- March 13 – Mack Allison, 77, pitcher who played from 1911 through 1913 for the St. Louis Browns of the American League.
- March 19 – John Henry Lloyd, 79, Hall of Fame shortstop of the Negro Leagues who was dubbed as the black Honus Wagner.
- April 1 – Casey Hageman, 76, pitched from 1911 through 1914 for the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs.
- April 8 – George Moriarty, 79, third baseman, manager and umpire in the American League during 35 years.
- April 8 – Jim Umbricht, 33, relief pitcher for the Houston Colt .45s, who battled back from cancer surgery to post a 4–3 record for the club in 1963.
- April 20 – Eddie Dyer, 64, pitcher and manager for the St. Louis Cardinals who guided the team to the 1946 World Series title.
- June 11 – Jack Blott, 61, catcher for the 1924 Cincinnati Reds, and later a football coach in the Michigan and Wesleyab universities from 1924 through 1940.
- July 19 – Len Swormstedt, 85, pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds and the Boston Americans from 1901 to 1906.
- July 22 – Bill Narleski, 64, shortstop who played from 1929 to 1930 for the Boston Red Sox.
- August 17 – Happy Felsch, 72, center fielder and one of eight players banned from baseball for life for his role in the 1919 Black Sox Scandal.
- August 21 – J. L. Wilkinson, 86, owner of the Negro League Kansas City Monarchs from 1920 to 1948.
- September 11 – Tom Meany, 60, sportswriter for six New York newspapers, as well as Collier's magazine from 1923 to 1956; also publicity and promotions director for the New York Mets since their 1961 formation.
- September 26 – Paul Zahniser, 68, pitcher for the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox, and Cincinnati Reds from 1923 to 1929.
- September 27 – Jud McLaughlin, 52, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox between 1931 and 1933.
- November 12 – Fred Hutchinson, 45, manager of the Cincinnati Reds since 1959, previously a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers.
- November 19 – Fred Hofmann, 70, who spent 36 years in the major leagues as a catcher, coach and scout, and also won two minor league pennants as a manager.
- December 1 – Barbara Rotvig, 35, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League pitcher for the Kenosha Comets.
- December 31 – Red Rollings, 60, utility infielder/outfielder who played for the Red Sox and Braves Boston teams between 1927 and 1930.
- Baseball Reference – May 2, 1964, Twins at Athletics Box Score and Play by Play
- "Retrosheet Boxscore: Cleveland Indians 3, New York Yankees 0 (2)". Retrosheet.org. 1964-07-19. Retrieved 2012-06-08.