1960 Major League Baseball season

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1960 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationApril 12 – October 13, 1960
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Roger Maris (NY)
NL: Dick Groat (PIT)
Postseason
AL championsNew York Yankees
  AL runners-upBaltimore Orioles
NL championsPittsburgh Pirates
  NL runners-upMilwaukee Braves
World Series
ChampionsPittsburgh Pirates
  Runners-upNew York Yankees
Finals MVPBobby Richardson (NY)
MLB seasons

The 1960 Major League Baseball season was played from April 12 to October 13, 1960. It was the final season contested by 16 clubs and the final season that a 154-game schedule was played in both the American League and the National League. The AL began using the 162-game schedule the following season, with the NL following suit in 1962.

The season ended with the Pittsburgh Pirates, led by second baseman Bill Mazeroski, defeating the New York Yankees, led by outfield sluggers Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris in the World Series. The series ending, with Mazeroski hitting a walk-off home run in Game 7, is among the most memorable in baseball history.

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 NY 40 Ernie Banks CHC 41
RBI Roger Maris NY 112 Hank Aaron MIL 126
Wins Chuck Estrada BAL
Jim Perry CLE
18 Ernie Broglio STL
Warren Spahn MIL
21
ERA Frank Baumann CHW 2.67 Mike McCormick SF 2.70
SO Jim Bunning DET 201 Don Drysdale LA 246
SV Mike Fornieles BAL
Johnny Klippstein CLE
14 Lindy McDaniel STL 26
SB Luis Aparicio CHW 51 Maury Wills LA 50

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League final standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 97 57 0.630 55–22 42–35
Baltimore Orioles 89 65 0.578 8 44–33 45–32
Chicago White Sox 87 67 0.565 10 51–26 36–41
Cleveland Indians 76 78 0.494 21 39–38 37–40
Washington Senators 73 81 0.474 24 32–45 41–36
Detroit Tigers 71 83 0.461 26 40–37 31–46
Boston Red Sox 65 89 0.422 32 36–41 29–48
Kansas City Athletics 58 96 0.377 39 34–43 24–53


National League final standings[edit]

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 95 59 0.617 52–25 43–34
Milwaukee Braves 88 66 0.571 7 51–26 37–40
St. Louis Cardinals 86 68 0.558 9 51–26 35–42
Los Angeles Dodgers 82 72 0.532 13 42–35 40–37
San Francisco Giants 79 75 0.513 16 45–32 34–43
Cincinnati Reds 67 87 0.435 28 37–40 30–47
Chicago Cubs 60 94 0.390 35 33–44 27–50
Philadelphia Phillies 59 95 0.383 36 31–46 28–49

Managers[edit]

American League[edit]

Team Manager Comments
Baltimore Orioles Paul Richards
Boston Red Sox Billy Jurges Replaced during the season by Pinky Higgins
Chicago White Sox Al López
Cleveland Indians Joe Gordon Traded during the season for Jimmie Dykes
Detroit Tigers Jimmie Dykes Traded during the season for Joe Gordon
Kansas City Athletics Bob Elliott
New York Yankees Casey Stengel Won the American League pennant
Washington Senators Cookie Lavagetto

National League[edit]

Team Manager Comments
Chicago Cubs Charlie Grimm Traded during the season for Lou Boudreau
Cincinnati Reds Fred Hutchinson
Los Angeles Dodgers Walter Alston
Milwaukee Braves Chuck Dressen
Philadelphia Phillies Eddie Sawyer Replaced during the season by Gene Mauch
Pittsburgh Pirates Danny Murtaugh Won World Series
San Francisco Giants Bill Rigney Replaced during the season by Tom Sheehan
St. Louis Cardinals Solly Hemus

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 19 – In a brilliant pair of pitching performances, Orioles pitchers Hoyt Wilhelm and Milt Pappas throw shutouts to beat the host Detroit Tigers. Wilhelm allows two hits in winning the opener, 2–0, over Jim Bunning, and Pappas allows three hits in winning the nightcap, 1–0, over Don Mossi. Jim Gentile and Ron Hansen collect 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 belts two home runs and makes 10 putouts to lead the Giants in a 5–3 win at Cincinnati. Mays adds three RBI, three runs scored, a single and a steal of 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 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]

  • September 2 – Boston's Ted Williams hits a home run off Don Lee of the Senators. Williams had homered against Lee's father, Thornton, 20 years earlier.
  • September 3:
  • September 10 – In Detroit, Yankees Mickey Mantle hit a home run in the sixth inning, the ball clearing the right field roof and landing in the Brooks Lumber Yard across Trumbull Avenue. In June 1985, Mantle's blow was retroactively measured at 643 feet, and will be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records at that distance.
  • September 13–18-year-old outfielder Danny Murphy becomes the youngest Chicago Cubs player to hit a home run when he clouts a three-run homer off Bob Purkey of the Cincinnati Reds, as the Reds win 8–6 at home. Murphy will play just 49 games for the Cubs from 1960–62. He will come back as a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox in 1969–70.
  • September 15 – Willie Mays ties the modern major league record with three triples in a game against the Phillies. The last National League player to hit three triples in a game was Roberto Clemente, in 1958.
  • September 16:
    • At the age of 39, Warren Spahn notches his 11th 20-win season with a 4–0 no-hitter against the Phillies. Spahn also sets a Milwaukee club record with 15 strikeouts in handing the last-place Phils their 90th loss of the year.
    • The Baltimore Orioles (83–58) and New York Yankees (82–57) open a crucial four games series with the Orioles just .002 in back of New York. Three days later, during a doubleheader, the Yankees will sweep Baltimore. The faltering Birds, now four back, will end up in second place, eight games back.
  • September 18 – At Wrigley Field, Ernie Banks sets a record by drawing his 27th intentional walk of the season.
  • September 19 – The Chicago White Sox' pennant hopes are damaged with a nightcap 7–6 loss to the Detroit Tigers, after they win the opener, 8–4. Pinch hitter Norm Cash scores the decisive run in the second game; he thus ends the season by grounding into no double plays, becoming the first American League player since league records on this were started in 1940. Teammates Dick McAuliffe and Roger Repoz will duplicate this in 1968.
  • September 20 – Boston Red Sox outfielder Carroll Hardy pinch-hits for Ted Williams, who is forced to leave the game after fouling a ball off his ankle, and grounds into a double play. On May 31, 1961, Hardy will pinch hit for rookie Carl Yastrzemski, making him the only player to go to bat for both future Hall of Famers. Hardy also hit his first major league home run pinch-hitting for Roger Maris when both were at Cleveland (May 18, 1958).
  • September 25:
  • September 28 – In his last major league at bat, Ted Williams picks out a 1–1 pitch by Baltimore's Jack Fisher and drives it 450 feet into the right-center field seats behind the Boston bullpen. It is Williams' 521st and last career home run, putting him third on the all-time list. Williams stays in the dugout, ignoring the thunderous ovation at Fenway Park and refusing to tip his hat to the hometown fans.

October[edit]

November–December[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mackin, Bob (2004). The Unofficial Guide to Baseball's Most Unusual Records. Canada: Greystone Books. p. 240. ISBN 9781553650386.

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