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MLB Statistical Leaders

American League National League
AVG Tony Oliva MIN .321 Roberto Clemente PIT .329
HR Tony Conigliaro BOS 32 Willie Mays SFG 52
RBI Rocky Colavito CLE 108 Deron Johnson CIN 119
Wins Mudcat Grant MIN 21 Sandy Koufax1 LAD 26
ERA Sam McDowell CLE 2.18   Sandy Koufax1 LAD 2.04  
SO Sam McDowell CLE 325 Sandy Koufax1 LAD 382
SV Ron Kline WSA 29 Ted Abernathy CHC 31
SB Bert Campaneris KCA 51 Maury Wills LAD 94
1Major League Triple Crown Pitching Winner

Major League Baseball final standings

American League final standings

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Minnesota Twins 102 60 .630 --
Chicago White Sox 95 67 .586 7
Baltimore Orioles 94 68 .580 8
Detroit Tigers 89 73 .549 13
Cleveland Indians 87 75 .537 15
New York Yankees 77 85 .475 25
California Angels 75 87 .463 27
Washington Senators 70 92 .432 32
Boston Red Sox 62 100 .383 40
Kansas City Athletics 59 103 .364 43

National League final standings

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 97 65 .599 --
San Francisco Giants 95 67 .578 2
Pittsburgh Pirates 90 72 .556 7
Cincinnati Reds 89 73 .549 8
Milwaukee Braves 86 76 .531 11
Philadelphia Phillies 85 76 .528 11.5
St. Louis Cardinals 80 81 .497 16.5
Chicago Cubs 72 90 .444 25
Houston Astros 65 97 .401 32
New York Mets 50 112 .309 47




  • August 22 - A game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Parkmarker turns ugly when San Francisco's starting pitcher, Juan Marichal, batting against Sandy Koufax in the third inning, attacks Dodgers catcher John Roseboro with his bat. Both benches clear and a 14-minute brawl ensues, before peacemakers such as Koufax and the Giants' Willie Mays restore order. A shaken up Koufax then gives up a 3 run homer to Mays and the Giants win 4-3 to retake 1st place. National League president Warren Giles suspends Marichal for eight games and fines him $1,750, and also forbids him to travel with his team to Dodger Stadiummarker for the final series of the season against the Dodgers. Although the Giants take both games during a 14-game winning streak, the Dodgers would go on to win the pennant, using a 13 game winning streak of their own to clinch the pennant over the rival Giants on the season's next to last day.

  • August 30 - Casey Stengel announces his retirement as manager of the New York Mets, ending a fifty-five year career as player and manager. He is the only person to have played for or managed all four of New York's Major League clubs.


  • September 9 - At Dodger Stadiummarker, a duel between the Los Angeles Dodgers' Sandy Koufax and Bob Hendley of the Chicago Cubs is perfect until Dodger left fielder Lou Johnson walks in the fifth inning. Following a sacrifice bunt, Johnson steals third base and scores on a throwing error by Cubs catcher Chris Krug. Johnson later has the game's only hit, a 7th-inning double. Koufax's fourth no-hitter in four years is a perfect game, the first in Dodgers history. One hit by two clubs in a completed nine-inning game is also a major league record, as is the one runner left on base. The two base runners in a game is an ML record. For Chicago pitchers, it is the second one-hitter they've thrown against the Dodgers this year and lost. A week later in the rematch in Chicago's Wrigley Fieldmarker, Hendley beats Koufax and the Dodgers, 2-1.

  • September 25 - Though he has not pitched in the Major Leagues since 1953, the Kansas City Athletics send Satchel Paige to the mound. At (approximately) 59 years old, he is the oldest pitcher in Major League history. In three innings, he strikes out one, and gives up one hit, a single to Carl Yastrzemski. Paige does not earn a decision in the loss to Boston, 5-2.

  • October 2 - Sandy Koufax wins his 26th game as the Dodgers beat the Braves 2-1, for their 14th win in their last 15 games as they clinch the N.L. pennant.

  • October 7 - Jim Kaat gives Minnesota a 2-0 World Series lead by driving in two runs, defeating Sandy Koufax and the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 at Minnesota's Metropolitan Stadiummarker. The game is remembered for Minnesota's Bob Allison remarkable sliding catch of a Jim Lefebvre line drive in the wet grass of Metropolitan Stadium.

  • October 14 - Working on two days rest, Sandy Koufax strikes out 10 and throws a three-hit, 2–0 shutout against the Minnesota Twins in Game Seven of the World Series, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a second World Championship in three years. Lou Johnson's 4th inning leadoff home run off the left field foul pole gives Koufax the only run he'll need. A Ron Fairly double and Wes Parker single in the same inning add an insurance run to account for the 2-0 final. Koufax, who threw complete game shutouts in games 5 and 7, is named Series MVP.







  • March 5 - Pepper Martin, 61, 4-time All-Star with the Cardinals who led the league in steals three times

  • March 6 - Wally Schang, 75, American League catcher for 19 seasons, including three world champions

  • May 29 - Mike McNally, 72, infielder for the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Washington Senators from 1915 to 1925, and later a minor league manager and scout during almost two decades

  • August 21 - Bill Harris, 65, pitcher for the Reds, Pirates and Red Sox, who also tossed two no-hitters in the International League with the 1936 Buffalo Bisons

  • August 29 - Paul Waner, 62, Hall of Fame right fielder who won three batting titles and the NL's 1927 MVP award with the Pittsburgh Pirates, becoming the seventh player to make 3000 hits

  • October 29 - Bill McKechnie, 79, Hall of Fame manager who became the first person to lead three different teams to pennants: the Pirates (1925), Cardinals (1928), and Reds (1939-40), winning the World Series in 1925 and 1940

  • December 9 - Branch Rickey, 83, executive who revolutionized the game first by establishing the farm system of player development, and again by signing Jackie Robinson to integrate the major leagues

  • December 19 - John Knight, 80, shortstop who spent 24 years in baseball, including major league stints with the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Americans, New York Highlanders/Yankees and Washington Senators

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