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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

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st New York Yankees 99   63 .611    --
2nd Chicago White Sox 98   64 .605   1.0
3rd Baltimore Orioles 97   65 .599   2.0
4th Detroit Tigers 85   77 .525   14.0
5th Los Angeles Angels 82   80 .506   17.0
6th Cleveland Indians 79   83 .488   20.0
6th Minnesota Twins 79   83 .488   20.0
8th Boston Red Sox 72   90 .444   27.0
9th Washington Senators 62   100 .383   37.0
10th Kansas City Athletics 57   105 .352   42.0

National League final standings

National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st St. Louis Cardinals 93   69 .574    --
2nd Cincinnati Reds 92   70 .568   1.0
2nd Philadelphia Phillies 92   70 .568   1.0
4th San Francisco Giants 90   72 .556   3.0
5th Milwaukee Braves 88   74 .543   5.0
6th Los Angeles Dodgers 80   82 .494 13.0
7th Pittsburgh Pirates 80   82 .494 13.0
8th Chicago Cubs 76   86 .469 17.0
9th Houston Colt .45s 66   96 .407 27.0
10th New York Mets 53   109 .327 40.0




  • July 23 - Bert Campaneris hits two home runs in his Major League debut; the first time this has happened since .

  • August 12 - Mickey Mantle hit a home run both left- and right-handed in a 7-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. It was the tenth time in his career and a major league record for switch-hit homers in a game.


  • September 20 - Jim Bunning, in relief, strikes out Johnny Roseboro in the 9th inning to preserve the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angelesmarker. The win comes after 2 straight losses 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 Philadelphiamarker in the early morning, 2,000 fans including mayor James Tate are on hand to greet the team.

  • September 27 - Johnny Callison hits three home runs, but the Phillies lose to the Milwaukee Braves, 14-8 (the 7th loss in the Phillies' 10-game losing streak), as the Reds sweep the Mets (4-1 and 3-1). These results put the Reds into 1st place in the NL, and the Phillies will never return there in 1964.

  • September 29 - The Pittsburgh Pirates blank the Reds 2-0 at Crosley Fieldmarker (despite the Reds getting 11 hits off Bob Friend) to end the Reds' 9-game winning streak. Meanwhile, the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Phillies 4-2 at Busch Stadiummarker, the 7th win in the Cardinals' 8-game winning streak and the 9th loss in the Phillies' 10-game losing streak. The win, Ray Sadecki's 20th of the season, 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 - As a result of the now-concluded Phillies' 10-game losing streak, this day begins with 4 teams still having a mathematical shot at the NL pennant. One of them, the San Francisco Giants, is eliminated today by a 10-7 loss to the Chicago Cubs. At the end of today's games, the Reds and the Cardinals are tied for 1st place, with the Phillies 1 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. At the end of that game, both teams are 1/2 game back of the Cardinals (who as a result of that game have clinched a tie for the NL pennant), and await the result of the Cardinals-Mets game. Then, the Cardinals, never in first place until the last week of the season, clinch the NL pennant with an 11-5 win over the New York Mets, who had just beaten the Cardinals twice in the two preceding days. Today's win by the Cardinals averts a three-way tie for the NL pennant, with the Phillies and the Reds finishing one game back in a 2nd-place tie. It is the first Cardinals pennant since 1946.

  • December 1 - The Houston Colt .45s officially change their nickname to Astros. The change coincides with the team's impending move from Colt Stadiummarker to the Harris County Domed Stadium, also known as the Astrodomemarker. The change in name for the three-year old franchise is necessitated due to a dispute with the Colt firearm company and the team's proximity to NASAmarker.

  • December 4:
    • The Minnesota Twins acquires 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 . The inverse order of the previous year's standings will be used to select players every four months.









  • February 13 - Ken Hubbs, 22, second baseman for the Chicago Cubs and the 1962 Rookie of the Year, in a plane crash
  • February 14 - Bill Stewart, 69, NL 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
  • March 19 - John Henry Lloyd, 79, Hall of Fame shortstop of the Negro Leagues who became known 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 for 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, pitched from 1901 to 1906 for the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Americans
  • 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; publicity and promotions director for the 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, spent 36 years in the major leagues as a catcher, coach and scout, and also won two minor league pennants as a manager
  • December 31 - Red Rollings, 60, utility infielder/outfielder who played for the Red Sox and Braves Boston teams betwenn 1927 and 1930

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