1960s Sports – Baseball

1960s Sports – Baseball was still America’s game. Originally mostly a spectator sport television brought an ever increasing popularity. Baseball was the game and the “Boys of Summer” ruled the sports world.

1960

1960 World Series
Pittsburgh Pirates – 4
NY Yankees – 3
MVP – Yankees / Bobby Richardson

Other Highlights:

  • Ted Williams retires
  • Mickey Mantle hits a 643 foot home run to go into the Guinness Book of World Records
  • Bill Mazeroski in the last game of the World Series in the bottom of the 9th inning hits a home run to break a 9-9 tie and win the game and the series
  • The National League expands to 10 teams by adding teams in Houston and New York the expansion won’t take effect until 1962

1961

1961 World Series
New York Yankees – 4
Cincinnati Reds – 1
MVP – Yankees / Whitey Ford
Other Highlights:

  • Roger Maris hits his 61st home run breaking Babe Ruth’s single season record
  • The newly formed Los Angles Angels play their first season
  • Roger Maris is named 1961 MVP
  • Sadly Ty Cobb passes away. he held more achievement records than any other player, ever

1962

1962 World Series
New York Yankees – 4
San Francisco Giants – 3
MVP – Yankees / Ralph Terry
Other Highlights:

  • Brothers Hank and Tommie Aaron both hit home runs at the same game in the same inning for the Braves
  • Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew connect to both hit grand slam home runs in the same inning for the Minnesota Twins
  • Jackie Robinson and Bob Feller are inducted into the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility
  • The Cy Young Award goes to Don Drysdale

1963

1963 World Series
Los Angeles Dodgers – 4
New York Yankees – 0
MVP – Yankees / Sandy Koufax
Other Highlights:

  • MLB returned to playing only one All Star Game – the NL defeats the AL 5-3
  • Expansion teams Houston Colt 45s, Don Nottebart pitches his first no hitter
  • Sandy Koufax wins the Cy Young award as well as MVP of the National League
  • Pete Rose is rookie of the year even though he went 11 at bats without a hit

1964

1964 World Series
St. Louis Cardinals – 4
New York Yankees – 3
MVP – St. Louis Cardinals / Bob Gibson
Other Highlights:

  • Brand new Shea Stadium has it’s first game with home town Mets losing
  • The National League bested the American League 7-4 in the All Star Game
  • The Boyer brothers, Ken for St. Louis and Clete for the Yankees both hit home runs in the World Series game
  • Jim Bunning of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches a perfect game
  • Dean Chance of the Los Angeles Angels wins the Cy Young Award

1965

1965 World Series
Los Angeles Dodgers – 4
Minnesota Twins – 3
MVP – Dodgers / Sandy Koufax
Other Highlights:

  • Willie Mays hits his 500th home run against Houston in the Astrodome
  • A fifteen minute brawl ensued between the Giants and the Dodgers, it was started by Juan Marichal at bat and the Dodger catcher
  • The National League wins the All Star Game again with a score of 6-5
  • The Cy Young Award went to Sandy Koufax

1966

1966 Worlds Series
Baltimore Orioles – 4
Los Angeles Dodgers – 0
MVP – Orioles / Frank Robinson
Other Highlights:

  • Ted Williams is inducted into the Hall of Fame
  • Frank Robinson wins the batting Triple Crown with a batting average of .316,  49 home runs and 122 RBIs.
  • Willie Mays hits his 512th breaking the National League record
  • The All Star Game is taken by the National League, 2-1
  • Sandy Koufax clinches the Cy Young Award

1967

1967 World Series
St. Louis Cardinals – 4
Boston Red Sox – 3
MVP – St. Louis / Bob Gibson
Other Highlights:

  • Mickey Mantle hits his 500th home run to join a select club with only 6 members
  • Eddie Mathews becomes the 7th member of the 500 home run club
  • Pete Rose hits 2 home runs, one as a lefty and one right handed, this is a first in a single game
  • The National League wins the longest ever All Star Game (15 innings, three hours and 41 minutes) by 2-1
  • The Cy Young Award is now awarded to players in both Leagues this year is Jim Lonborg (AL) and Mike McCormick (NL)

1968

1968 Worlds Series
Detroit Tigers – 4
St. Louis Cardinals – 3
MVP – Detroit / Mickey Lolich
Other Highlights:

  • Hank Aaron hits home run number 500 to become the ninth member of the 500 club
  • Jim Bunning ties Cy Young’s record of pitching 1000 strikeouts in both the American and National Leagues
  • The Rules Committee decided to decrease the size of the strike zone and lower the pitchers mound by 2 inches to allow for better batting
  • All Star Game, National League – 1, American League – 0
  • The Cy Young Award goes to Denny McLain (AL) and Bob Gibson (NL)

1969

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1969 World Series
New York Mets – 4
Baltimore Orioles – 1
MVP – NY Mets / Donn Clendenon
Other Highlights:

  • 4 expansion teams start play – Montreal Expos, Seattle Pilots, San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals
  • After several bad seasons Mickey Mantle retires from Major League Baseball
  • The National League pummels the American League, 9 – 4 in the All Star Game
  • Denny McLain (AL) and Tom Seaver (NL) were the Cy Young winners
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