1968 New York Yankees season

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1968 New York Yankees
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) CBS
Manager(s) Ralph Houk
Local television

WPIX

(Phil Rizzuto, Jerry Coleman, Frank Messer)
Local radio WHN
(Frank Messer, Phil Rizzuto, Jerry Coleman)
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The 1968 New York Yankees season was the 66th season for the team in New York, and its 68th season overall. The team finished above .500 for the first time since 1964, with a record of 83-79, finishing 20 games behind the Detroit Tigers. New York was managed by Ralph Houk. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. The 1968 season was notable for being Mickey Mantle's final season before he announced his retirement the following spring. The Yankees batted .214 as a team, the lowest total ever for the live-ball era (as of 2011).

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

In 1968, Yankees executive E. Michael Burke was a candidate to become Commissioner of Baseball. Bowie Kuhn would eventually get the appointment.[5]

Season standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB
Detroit Tigers 103 59 .636
Baltimore Orioles 91 71 .562 12
Cleveland Indians 86 75 .534 16½
Boston Red Sox 86 76 .531 17
New York Yankees 83 79 .512 20
Oakland Athletics 82 80 .506 21
Minnesota Twins 79 83 .488 24
California Angels 67 95 .414 36
Chicago White Sox 67 95 .414 36
Washington Senators 65 96 .404 37½

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1968 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R= Runs; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Gibbs, JakeJake Gibbs 124 423 31 90 .213 3 29 9
1B Mantle, MickeyMickey Mantle 144 435 57 103 .237 18 54 6
2B Clarke, HoraceHorace Clarke 148 579 52 133 .230 2 26 20
3B Cox, BobbyBobby Cox 135 437 33 100 .229 7 41 3
SS Tresh, TomTom Tresh 152 507 60 99 .195 11 52 10
LF White, RoyRoy White 159 577 89 154 .267 17 62 20
CF Pepitone, JoeJoe Pepitone 108 380 41 93 .245 15 56 8
RF Kosco, AndyAndy Kosco 131 466 47 112 .240 15 59 2

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Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R= Runs; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Robinson, BillBill Robinson 107 342 34 82 .240 6 40 7
Howser, DickDick Howser 85 150 24 23 .153 0 3 0
Fernández, FrankFrank Fernández 51 135 15 23 .170 7 30 1
Michael, GeneGene Michael 61 116 8 23 .198 1 8 3
Colavito, RockyRocky Colavito 39 91 13 20 .220 5 13 0
Whitaker, SteveSteve Whitaker 28 60 3 7 .117 0 3 0
Amaro, RubénRubén Amaro 47 41 3 5 .122 0 0 0
Solaita, TonyTony Solaita 1 1 0 0 .000 0 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Stottlemyre, MelMel Stottlemyre 36 278.7 21 12 2.45 140
Bahnsen, StanStan Bahnsen 37 267.3 17 12 2.05 162
Peterson, FritzFritz Peterson 36 212.3 12 11 2.63 115
Barber, SteveSteve Barber 20 128.1 6 5 3.23 87

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bouton, JimJim Bouton 12 44 1 1 3.68 24

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Womack, DooleyDooley Womack 45 3 7 2 3.21 27
Hamilton, SteveSteve Hamilton 40 2 2 11 2.13 42
Wyatt, JohnJohn Wyatt 7 0 2 0 2.16 6
Michael, GeneGene Michael 1 0 0 0 0.00 3
Colavito, RockyRocky Colavito 1 1 0 0 0.00 1

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Gary Blaylock and Frank Verdi
AA Binghamton Triplets Eastern League Frank Verdi, Cloyd Boyer and Jim Gleeson
A Kinston Eagles Carolina League Bob Bauer
A Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League Billy Shantz
Short-Season A Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League Jerry Walker
Rookie Johnson City Yankees Appalachian League Gene Hassell

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Oneonta[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Andy Kosco page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Gene Michael page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Bobby Cox page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Merritt Ranew page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Madden, Bill (2010). Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball. New York: Harper Collins Publishing. p. 14. ISBN 978-0-06-169031-0. 
  6. ^ Thurman Munson page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Wayne Nordhagen page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ a b Rocky Colavito page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/NYY/1961.shtml
  10. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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