1968 New York Yankees season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

1968 New York Yankees
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)CBS
General manager(s)Lee MacPhail
Manager(s)Ralph Houk
Local televisionWPIX (Phil Rizzuto, Jerry Coleman, Frank Messer)
Local radioWHN
(Frank Messer, Phil Rizzuto, Jerry Coleman)
< Previous season     Next season >

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 2017).

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

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1968 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET MIN NYY OAK WSH
Baltimore 9–9 10–8 11–7 7–11 8–10 10–8 13–5 9–9 14–4
Boston 9–9 9–9 14–4 10–8 6–12 9–9 10–8 8–10 11–7
California 8–10 9–9 8–10 7–11 5–13 7–11 6–12 5–13 12–6
Chicago 7–11 4–14 10–8 5–13 5–13 10–8 6–12 10–8 10–8
Cleveland 11–7 8–10 11–7 13–5 6–12 14–4 10–8–1 6–12 7–10
Detroit 10–8 12–6 13–5 13–5 12–6 10–8 10–8–1 13–5–1 10–8
Minnesota 8–10 9–9 11–7 8–10 4–14 8–10 12–6 8–10 11–7
New York 5–13 8–10 12–6 12–6 8–10–1 8–10–1 6–12 10–8 14–4
Oakland 9–9 10–8 13–5 8–10 12–6 5–13–1 10–8 8–10 7–11
Washington 4–14 7–11 6–12 8–10 10–7 8–10 7–11 4–14 11–7


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 Jake Gibbs 124 423 31 90 .213 3 29 9
1B Mickey Mantle 144 435 57 103 .237 18 54 6
2B Horace Clarke 148 579 52 133 .230 2 26 20
3B Bobby Cox 135 437 33 100 .229 7 41 3
SS Tom Tresh 152 507 60 99 .195 11 52 10
LF Roy White 159 577 89 154 .267 17 62 20
CF Joe Pepitone 108 380 41 93 .245 15 56 8
RF Andy Kosco 131 466 47 112 .240 15 59 2

[9]

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
Bill Robinson 107 342 34 82 .240 6 40 7
Dick Howser 85 150 24 23 .153 0 3 0
Frank Fernández 51 135 15 23 .170 7 30 1
Gene Michael 61 116 8 23 .198 1 8 3
Rocky Colavito 39 91 13 20 .220 5 13 0
Steve Whitaker 28 60 3 7 .117 0 3 0
Rubén Amaro 47 41 3 5 .122 0 0 0
Tony 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
Mel Stottlemyre 36 278.7 21 12 2.45 140
Stan Bahnsen 37 267.3 17 12 2.05 162
Fritz Peterson 36 212.3 12 11 2.63 115
Steve 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
Jim 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
Dooley Womack 45 3 7 2 3.21 27
Steve Hamilton 40 2 2 11 2.13 42
John Wyatt 7 0 2 0 2.16 6
Gene Michael 1 0 0 0 0.00 3
Rocky 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
A-Short Season 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. ^ https://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, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

References[edit]