Baseball from 1960 to 1969 Chronology

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Feb 20Pledging not to move the team from St. Louis, beer baron August A. Busch convinces the Board of Directors of Anheuser-Busch to purchase the Cardinals for $3.75 million dollars.Ref: 98
Jan 05Continental League, a proposed third major league, gets an assurance of congressional support from New York Senator Kenneth Keating.Ref: 4
Jan 21Stan Musial insists he take a $20,000 pay cut. 'Stan the Man' believes he was overpaid in 1957 and 1958 and his salary should be based on his play last season.Ref: 98
Jan 26Due to his fear of flying, Boston outfielder Jackie Jensen announces his retirement. The 1958 MVP will later change his mind.Ref: 98
Feb 04BBWAA voters fail to elect a new Hall of Fame member.Ref: 4
Feb 04Giants move their offices to Candlestick Park.Ref: 4
Feb 18Walter O'Malley, Los Angeles Dodger owner, purchases Chavez Ravine for $494,000.Ref: 4
Feb 21Stan Musial insists he take a $20,000 pay cut. 'Stan the Man' believes he was overpaid in 1957 and 1958 and his salary should be based on his play last season.Ref: 98
Feb 23Wrecking crews began to demolish the venerable home of the Brooklyn Dodgers: Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.Ref: 3
Mar 26Orioles-Reds series for Havana, is moved to MiamiRef: 1
Apr 12Candlestick Park opens as the home of the San Francisco Giants. 
Apr 12Bill Veeck & Chicago Comiskey Park debuts the "Exploding Scoreboard".Ref: 4
Apr 17Trigger happy GM, Frank Lane, shocks Cleveland Indian fans by trading away HR champion Rocky Colavito to the Detroit Tigers for batting champion Harvey Kuenn.Ref: 85
Apr 19Baseball uniforms begin displaying player's names on their backs.Ref: 4
Apr 19Comiskey Park's famed "exploding" scoreboard begins operating.Ref: 3
May 07Los Angeles Dodger Norm Sherry's 11th homerun wins the game for brother Larry.Ref: 4
May 13Phillies lose 3rd consecutive 1-0 game.Ref: 4
May 15Don Cardwell no-hits the Cardinals in his Cub debut after being traded from the Phillies. He becomes the first pitcher to keep the opponents hitless in a first start after being traded.Ref: 98
Jun 17Ted Williams hit his 500th home run.Ref: 4
Jun 18Tom Sheehan becomes the oldest person (66 yrs, 2 months, 18 days) to debut as a major league manager when he replaces fired Giant skipper Bill Rigney.Ref: 98
Jul 13The Yankees host the twenty-ninth All-Star game with American League losing 6-0.Ref: 98
Jul 15Giant Willie McCovey 'invisible triple' causes the umps to call a twenty-four minute fog delay at Candlestick Park, but the Dodgers go on to win 5-3.Ref: 98
Jul 16George Crowe sets record of 12 pinch hit HRs with a runner on.Ref: 4
Jul 18Baseball's NL votes to add Houston & NY franchises.Ref: 4
Jul 19Juan Marichal of the San Francisco Giants became the first pitcher to get a one-hitter in his major-league debut. Marichal allowed just one hit (a double in the eighth inning) as the Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies.Ref: 3
Aug 02The Continental (Baseball) League disbands on promises that four of its franchises would be accepted to the NL and AL as expansion franchises.Ref: 85
Aug 05In an unprecedented move, two major-league baseball clubs traded managers. Jimmy Dykes of the Detroit Tigers moved to manage the Cleveland Indians while Joe Gordon left the Indians to take over the managerial reins of the Tigers.Ref: 3
Aug 20The Philadelphia Phillies snapped their modern major-league record of 23 consecutive losses by beating the Milwaukee Braves (score: 7-3). 
Aug 28White Sox Ted Kluzewski's 3-run HR is disallowed as ump called time.Ref: 4
Sep 09Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams hits career homer 511 tying him with Mel Ott for third on the all-time HR list behind Babe Ruth and Jimmy Foxx.Ref: 98
Sep 16At the age of thirty-nine, Warren Spahn pitches a no-hitter beating the Phillies 4-0; the crafty lefty sets an all-time Braves record with 15 strikeouts.Ref: 98
Sep 18Braves' hurler Lew Burdette faces the minimum 27 batters as he no-hits the Phillies, 1-0. Tony Gonzalez, who is hit by a pitch in the fifth inning, is erased on a double play.Ref: 98
Sep 25Phillies beat Reds 7-1, ending 16 consecutive Sunday losses.Ref: 4
Sep 25Defeating the Red Sox, 4-3, the Yankees clinched the American League. It will be 70-year old Casey Stengel's 10th and last pennant as he will let go by the Yankees and be replaced by Ralph Houk next season.Ref: 98
Sep 28In his last major league at bat, Ted Williams hits home run #521 off of Orioles' Jack Fischer. 
Oct 03Yanks win 8-7, ending season on a 15 game win streak.Ref: 4
Oct 08Bobby Richarson hits a world series grand slammer (World Series #57).Ref: 4
Oct 16In the first structural change since the turn of the century, the National League votes to admit Houston and NY into the Senior Circuit.Ref: 98
Oct 18Five days after losing to the Pirates in Game 7 of the World Series, the Yankees fire 70-year old manager Casey Stengel.Ref: 98
Oct 26Calvin Griffith, president of the Washington Senators, made the historic decision to move his club to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, thereby giving birth to the "Minnesota Twins," named after the two Upper Midwest cities.Ref: 85
Oct 26The American League awards expansion franchise to Washington, D.C. following transfer of Calvin Griffith's franchise to Minnesota.Ref: 85
Nov 16Dick Groat is is selected as the National League's MVP. The World Champion Pirate shortstop led the league in hitting with a .325 average.Ref: 98
Nov 17General Elwood R. (Pete) Quesada's bid for the Washington franchise is approved by American League.Ref: 85
Nov 19James 'Mickey' Vernon will pilot the new Senators in the team's inaugural season.Ref: 98
Nov 22AL proposes MLB expand to nine teams in both leagues with interleague play; if the NL agrees, the AL will delay its plans for a LA franchise.Ref: 98
Dec 03The Indians trade outfielder Harvey Kuenn to the Giants for flycatchers Willie Kirkland and pitcher Johnny Antonelli.Ref: 98
Dec 06Gene Autry was attending the 1960 baseball winter meetings hoping to secure a broadcasting contract for KMPC, his Los Angeles radio station. The ‘Singing Cowboy’ wound up as the owner of the expansion Los Angeles Angels (when no one came forward to bid for the team, Autry made a bid of his own). The team became the showpiece for KMPC. The Angels played their first season in Wrigley Field (capacity 22,000), then rented Dodger Stadium and later moved to Anaheim. Former football player Bob Reynolds became the Angels co-owner.Ref: 3
Dec 14The two new AL franchises, the first expansion teams in over a half of a century, select their rosters in a player draft. The 'new' Washington Senators select Yankee southpaw Bobby Shantz and the Los Angeles Angels opt for Yankee righty Ed Grba.Ref: 98
Dec 21P.K. Wrigley announces that Cubs will not have a manager, opting instead for "College of Coaches."Ref: 85
Dec 23Rip Collins joins the Cubs' college of coaches.Ref: 98
Jan 01Briggs Stadium officially becomes Tiger Stadium.Ref: 98
Jan 09Twins agree on $500,000 payment to AA for Minneapolis/St Paul territory.Ref: 4
Jan 12Charlie Grimm and Verlon Walker are named to the Cubs' colleges of coaches. Using this system, a different coach will manage the team each month during the season.Ref: 98
Jan 16Mickey Mantle signs a contract for $75,000 which made him the highest paid baseball player in the American League.Ref: 3
Jan 24The A's trade Whitey Herzog and Russ Snyder to the Orioles for Wayne Causey, Jim Archer, Bob Boyd and Al Pilarcik.Ref: 98
Jan 31Houston voters approve financing for a domed stadium removing the hurdle to gain a major league franchise.Ref: 98
Feb 09Twins agree on $500,000 payment to AA for Minneapolis/St Paul territory.Ref: 4
Mar 06The New York Metropolitan Baseball Club Inc., formally receives a certificate of membership from National League President Warren Giles. The name was judged by club owner Joan Payson as the one that best met five basic criteria: 1) It met public and press acceptance; 2) It was closely related to the team's corporate name (Metropolitan Baseball Club, Inc); 3) It was descriptive of the metropolitan area; 4) It had a brevity that delighted copy readers everywhere; 5) It had historical background referring to the Metropolitans of the 19th century American Association. Other names considered included Rebels, Skyliners, NYBs, Burros (for the five boroughs), Continentals, Avengers... as well as Jets and Islanders, names that would eventually find their way into the New York sports scene.Ref: 85
Mar 09The Yankees annouce the team will be leaving its spring training home in St. Petersburg to move to Fort Lauderdale by 1963; the Yankee owners also encourage new unnamed NL New York franchise to play its home games at the Polo Grounds and not to consider Yankee Stadium.Ref: 98
Mar 16The state of New York approves a bond issue for the construction of a 55,000-seat stadium on the site of the 1939-40 World Fair in Queen's Flushing Meadow area.Ref: 98
Mar 20The Yankees announce the team will oppose any plan that would enable the new NL expansion franchise to use Yankee Stadium which leaves the Polo Grounds as the only viable option for the new team until their new Flushing stadium is completed.Ref: 98
Mar 24New York Senate approves $55M for a baseball stadium at Flushing Meadows.Ref: 4
Apr 03Connie Mack Stadium (formerly known as Shibe Park) is sold and will be torn down after the 1963 season to make room for bowling alleys.Ref: 98
Apr 10After JFK throws out the first ball, the 'new' Washington Senators (the old team moved to Minnesota at the start of the season) played their first game in history and lose to the White Sox, 4-3.Ref: 98
Apr 11The upstart Angels playing their first game in franchise history defeat a strong Oriole team, 7-2. Ted Kluszewski homers twice and Eli Grba tosses a complete game for Los Angeles.Ref: 98
Apr 12Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner.Ref: 4
Apr 23Striking out at least one batter in each inning, Phillies hurler Art Mahaffey sets a new club record with 17 K's.Ref: 98
Apr 26Roger Maris of the NY Yankees hit the first of a record 61 home runs in a single season.Ref: 63
Apr 28Five days past his 40th birthday, Milwaukee Braves' southpaw Warren Spahn no-hits Cardinals, 1-0.Ref: 98
Apr 30At Milwaukee, Willie Mays slams 4 HRs in one game in a 14-4 Giant win over the Braves. The San Francisco slugger is left on deck in the top of the ninth when the third out is made.Ref: 98
May 03Warren Spahn pitches a 2 hitter after pitching a no hitter.Ref: 4
May 08New York's National League club announces that the team would begin play at the Polo Grounds in 1962 and their nickname will be "Mets," a natural shortening of the corporate name ("New York Metropolitan Baseball Club, Inc.")Ref: 85
May 09In a 13-5 victory over the Twins, Jim Gentile becomes first major leaguer to hit consecutive grand slams in the same game. The Oriole first basrman accomplishes the feat in the first two innings of the contest.Ref: 98
May 18Ryne Duren strikes out 4 batters in the 7th inning.Ref: 31
May 30Roger Maris hits his 10th & 11th of 61 homeruns.Ref: 4
May 31Batting for Carl Yastrzemski, Red Sox pinch hitter Carroll Hardy bunts for a single in the eighth inning of 7-6 loss to the Yankees. He will be the only player to pinch-hit for both Captain Carl and Ted Williams.Ref: 98
Jun 08At Crosley Field, Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock and Frank Thomas hit four consecutive HRs for the Braves in the seventh inning off Reds' pitchers Jim Maloney (2) and Marshall BridgesRef: 98
Jun 11Norm Cash becomes first Det Tiger to hit a ball out of Tiger Stadium.Ref: 4
Jun 11Roger Maris hits 19th & 20th of 61 HRs.Ref: 4
Jun 18Don Leppert of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a home run in his first major league at bat (first game).Ref: 11
Jun 19Roger Maris' 25th HR, a ninth inning shot off KS City ptcher Jim Archer, puts him seven games ahead of Babe Ruth's record pace.Ref: 98
Jun 25The Orioles and the Angels set a major league record by using 16 pitchers, eight by each side as Ron Hansen's 14th-inning homer gives Baltimore the victory, 9-8.Ref: 98
Jun 25Yankee's Roger Maris hits his 40th of 61 HRs.Ref: 4
Jul 05Cardinal first baseman Bill White hits three HRs and a double in a 9-1 rout over the Dodgers.Ref: 98
Jul 13NL beats AL 5-4 (10 innings) in 30th All Star Game (SF Candlestick).Ref: 4
Jul 17Roger Maris loses a HR (of his 61) due to a rain-out in 5th. Ford Frick rules that if anyone breaks Babe Ruth 60 HR record, it must be done in first 154 games.Ref: 4
Jul 18At Busch Stadium, Bill White ties Ty Cobb's 49-year old record by collecting 14 hits in consecutive doubleheaders as the Cardinal first baseman goes three for four in both games of a doubleheader sweep over the Cubs. Yesterday, the future NL president had gone 8 for 10 in twin bill action also against Chicago.Ref: 98
Jul 25Maris hits home runs 37, 38, 39 & 40 in a double header.Ref: 4
Jul 26Johnny Blanchard hits his fourth consecutive home run over three games setting a major league mark. The backup catcher's two homers in this game pace the Yanks over the White Sox, 5-2.Ref: 98
Jul 29Phillies lose first of 23 straight games.Ref: 4
Jul 30The first tie in All-Star Game history was recorded as the second All-Star Game of the year (there were two a year back then) was stopped in the 9th inning due to rain at Boston’s Fenway Park.Ref: 3
Aug 11Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves gets his 300th major-league victory as he beat the Chicago Cubs, 2-1.Ref: 3
Aug 23Five Giants (Cepeda, F. Alou, Davenport, Mays & Orsino) hit homers in the same inning tying a major league record in a 14-0 rout of the Reds.Ref: 98
Aug 30Oriole Jack Fisher walks 12 LA Angels in a 9 inning game.Ref: 4
Sep 01Cuno Barragan of the Chicago Cubs hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
Sep 10Mickey Mantle becomes the 7th player to hit HR # 400.Ref: 3
Sep 20After 84 1/3 innings Bill Fischer gives up a base on balls.Ref: 4
Sep 20Roger Maris hits home run # 59 & barely misses # 60 in game 154 of the season. Yanks clinch pennant #26.Ref: 4
Sep 26Under Manager Fred Hutchinson, the Reds clinch the National League pennant, their last flag at Crosley Field. The Reds then lost to the Roger Maris-Mickey Mantle led Yankees, four games to one.Ref: 85
Oct 02Coming out of retirement, Casey Stengel agrees to manage the NY's NL expansion team, the Mets.Ref: 98
Oct 08In Game 4 at Crosley Field, Whitey Ford blanks the Reds for five innings to extend his World Series consecutive scoreless inning streak to 32 breaking Babe Ruth's previous record of 29 2/3 innings. Hector Lopez and Clete Boyer provide the offense driving in two runs each in the Yankee 6-0 victory.Ref: 98
Oct 09NY Yankees beat Cin Reds, 4 games to 1 in 58th World Series; Yank Whitey Ford breaks Ruth record of 29 2/3 consecutive inning of scoreless World Series pitching.Ref: 4
Oct 10In the first expansion draft in National League history, the New York Mets spend $1.8 million to draft 22 players at the Netherland-Hilton Hotel in Cincinnati.Ref: 85
Oct 28Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the Municipal Stadium at the former site of the New York World’s Fair in Flushing, NY. The name was later changed to Shea Stadium, after New York Commissioner William A. Shea.Ref: 3
Nov 14John Fetzer becomes the lone owner of the Tigers when he buys out the estate of Fred Knorr.Ref: 98
Nov 15For the second consecutive year, Roger Maris is named AL MVP; the new single-season HR record holder with 61 edges his Yankee teamate Mickey Mantle by four votes, 202-198.Ref: 98
Nov 16The circular Mets logo, designed by sports cartoonist Ray Gatto is unveiled. The design, which represents all five boroughs with various symbols, is blue and orange, the team colors of the Dodgers and Giants, the franchises which left the 'Big Apple' and moved to the West Coast leaving NY without a National League representative.Ref: 98
Nov 22Frank Robinson becomes the first Red in 21 years to win the National League MVP. The right fielder gets 219 of the 224 possible votes.Ref: 98
Nov 261st rule banning the spitball is ratified. 
Nov 30Cub Billy Williams (.278, 25, 86) is selected as the NL Rookie of the Year.Ref: 98
Nov 30The White Sox trade pitchers Don Larsen and Billy Pierce to the Giants for pitchers Eddie Fisher, Dom Zanni, Vele Tiefenhaler and first baseman Bob Farley.Ref: 98
Jan 03Ground is broken for the Houston Astrodome.Ref: 4
Jan 23Bob Feller & Jackie Robinson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Jan 24Jackie Robinson is 1st Black elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Jan 24The Southern Association suspends operation due to decreasing yearly attendance.Ref: 98
Feb 01NL releases its first 162-game schedule.Ref: 4
Feb 02Nedelya, a supplement of the Soviet newspaper Izvestia, claimed that, “ is an old Russian game.”Ref: 3
Feb 04Nedelya, a supplement of the Soviet newspaper Izvestia, claimed that, “ is an old Russian game.”Ref: 3
Mar 22Roger Maris declines to pose with Met coach Roger Hornsby because the Hall of Famer had criticized him in the Rajah's' book, "My Wars with Baseball".Ref: 98
Apr 09The Washington Senators beat Detroit, 4-1 in first game at new District of Columbia Stadium (renamed Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in 1969). JFK throws out the first ball.Ref: 85
Apr 10At Colt Stadium in Houston, thanks to a pair of three-run HRs by Roman Mejias, the Colt 45's, in their first ever major league game, defeat the Cubs, 11-2. Former Yankee hurler Bobby Shantz gets the win for the new franchise.Ref: 98
Apr 101st baseball game at LA's Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers play the Reds.Ref: 4
Apr 10NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits his 375th HR.Ref: 4
Apr 11After being rained out the previous night and with some players getting stucked in an elevator, the New York Mets make their NL debut in St. Louis losing to the Cardinals, 11-4.Ref: 98
Apr 12Pete Richert strikes out 4 batters in the 3rd inning.Ref: 31
Apr 13The New York Mets play the first home game in franchise history, a 4-3 Pirate victory at the Polo Grounds.Ref: 85
Apr 23In the team's tenth attempt, the Mets win their first game in franchise history defeating the Pirates, 4-3 at Forbes Field.Ref: 98
Apr 24Dodger fireballer Sandy Koufax ties a major league record striking out 18 batters in a nine inning game, for the second time.Ref: 98
May 01Bo Belinsky pitches a no-hitter, in his 4th start.Ref: 4
May 05Los Angeles Angel Bo Belinsky no-hits Baltimore Orioles, 2-0.Ref: 4
May 19Bob Tillman of the Boston Red Sox hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
May 22Roger Maris walks 5 times (record 4 intentionally) in a 9 inning game.Ref: 4
May 23Joe Pepitone of the NY Yankees set a major-league baseball record by hitting two home runs in one inning. The rare feat lifted the Yankees past the KS City Athletics by a score of 13-7.Ref: 3
May 29Buck (John) O’Neil became the first black coach in major-league baseball. He accepted the job with the Chicago Cubs. O’Neil had previously been a scout with the Cubs organization.Ref: 3
Jun 15Phillies score 10 runs in an inning against Reds en route to 13-8 win.Ref: 4
Jun 22Oriole first baseman Boog Powell becomes first player homer over the center field hedge at Memorial Stadium as he goes deep off Red Sox Don Schwall who gives up the 469-foot shot.Ref: 98
Jun 24Baseball’s longest extra-inning game (to that time) was played. The 22-inning contest went on and on and on and on for seven hours. The NY Yankees finally edged the Detroit Tigers, 9-7.Ref: 3
Jun 26Boston Red Sox Earl Wilson no-hits LA Angels, 2-0.Ref: 4
Jul 03Jackie Robinson becomes the first African American to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.Ref: 1
Jul 04Gene Autry’s baseball team, the CA Angels, surprised fans everywhere by stunning the Washington Senators in a doubleheader sweep that propelled them into first place at the season’s midway point. The first place stay didn’t last. The Angels finished out of the running (by 10-1/2 games) at the end of the season.Ref: 3
Jul 05Bob Garibaldi got a bonus of $150,000 as he signed with the San Francisco Giants.Ref: 3
Jul 05Mantle hits 2 homers en route to 4 consecutive homers.Ref: 4
Jul 10NL beats AL 3-1 in 32nd All Star Game (DC Stadium, Wash).Ref: 4
Jul 18The Twins score 11 first inning runs against the Indians with help of two grand slams hit by Harmon Killebrew and Bob Allison.Ref: 98
Jul 23Pitcher Bob Feller, manager Bill McKechnie, infielder Jackie Robinson and outfielder Edd Roush are inducted into the Hall of Fame.Ref: 98
Jul 26Red Sox pitcher Gene Conley and infielder Pumpsie Green mysteriously disappear after leaving the team bus in traffic to use the bathroom. Later in the day Conley is refused a ticket at the airport to fly to Israel because he doesn't have a visa.Ref: 98
Jul 26Brave hurler Warren Spahn homers off Met Craig Anderson to set the NL record for round trippers hit by a pitcher. His 31st career home run helps Milwaukee to extend NY losing streak to 11 with 6-1 Milwaukee win.Ref: 98
Jul 30After mysteriously disappearing off the team bus to use the restroom three days ago and trying to fly to Israel, pitcher Gene Conley returns to the Red Sox and is fined $2000; yesterday he telegrammed manager Mike Higgins explaining he was tired and had other plans.Ref: 98
Jul 30AL beats NL 9-4 in 33rd All Star Game (Wrigley Field Chicago).Ref: 4
Aug 01At Chicago, Red Sox Bill Monbouquette no-hits the White Sox, 1-0.Ref: 98
Aug 26Minnesota Twins' Jack Kralick, throws the Twins second no-hitter, and first shutout no-hitter.Ref: 85
Sep 05John Kennedy of the Washington Senators hits a home run in his first major league at bat (first game).Ref: 11
Sep 07With four steals in a 10-1 loss to the Pirates, Dodger Maury Wills breaks the modern NL record for stolen bases in a season with his 82nd swipe. Bob Bescher had set the mark in 1911.Ref: 98
Sep 12At Memorial Stadium, twenty-seven year old Senator Tom Cheney sets a major league mark for K's in a single game by striking out 21 batters in complete-game 16 inning, 2-1 victory over the Orioles.Ref: 98
Sep 15Bill Fischer of the KS City Athletics set a major-league baseball record by not issuing a base on balls (a walk) for 69-1/3 innings. Fischer reached that mark in a game against the Baltimore Orioles on this day.Ref: 3
Sep 18The American League holds a meeting in New York to explore the possibilities of major league baseball coming to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Although the idea is deemed worthy, league owners reject Kansas City A's owner Charley Finley's attempt to move his team to the metroplex.Ref: 85
Sep 23LA Dodger Maury Wills steals record setting #97 on his way to 104.Ref: 4
Sep 26First to steal 100 bases in a season (Maury Wills goes on to 104).Ref: 4
Sep 30The NY Mets end their inaugural season with record 120th loss as Joe Pigatonio hits into an eighth inning triple play in his last career at-bat.Ref: 98
Oct 02SF & LA play a 4h18m 9 inning game.Ref: 4
Oct 02Bill Stoneman pitches his second career no-hitter, a 7-0 win over the Mets at Jarry Park.Ref: 85
Oct 04When Willie Mays scores on a surprise bunt by Jose Pagan in Game 1, Whitey Ford sees his World Series consecutive scoreless inning streak come to an end at 33 2/3 innings. Clete Boyer's 7th inning HR, however, helps Ford win a record 12th and final fall classic victory as the Yankees defeat the Giants, 6-2.Ref: 98
Oct 16Yanks (20th championship) beat SF Giants 4 games to 3 in 59th World Series (NY Yankees appear in 12 & win 9 of last 14 World Series).Ref: 4
Nov 15The White Sox release 299-game winner Early Wynn enabling him to deal with other clubs to reach the 300 career victory milestone.Ref: 98
Nov 16Braves' general manager John McHale and six others buy the team from Lou Perini. William Bartholomay, an insurance executive, will be chairman of the board.Ref: 98
Nov 19The Cardinals trade pitcher Don Cardwell and infielder Julio Gotay to the Pirates for shortstop Dick Groat and pitcher Diomedes Olivio.Ref: 98
Nov 26The Dodgers trade pitcher Stan Williams (14-12, 4.46) for Yankee first baseman Moose Skowron (.270, 23, 80).Ref: 98
Nov 26Batting champ Pete Runnels (.376) is traded by the Red Sox to Houston Colt .45s for outfielder Roman Mejias.Ref: 98
Nov 29Major-league baseball decided to return to playing only one All-Star Game a year beginning in 1963. There had been two games each year since 1959.Ref: 3
Dec 22Harris County voters approve a bond issue to complete the financing of an all-weather stadium for the Colt 45's.Ref: 98
Dec 31The State of Ohio drops its suit against the Reds when owner Bill DeWitt agrees in writing the team will stay in Cincinnati for ten years.Ref: 98
Jan 10The Chicago Cubs become the first baseball club to hire an athletic director. He was Robert Whitlow.Ref: 3
Jan 14The White Sox trade shortstop Luis Aparicio and outfielder Al Smith to the Orioles for pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm, outfielder Dave Nicholson and two other players.Ref: 98
Jan 26Major League Rules Committee votes to expand strike zone.Ref: 4
Jan 29James H. Johnston, James H. Lemon, and George M. Bunker buy out Quesada and four others to become majority owners of the Washington Senators.Ref: 85
Feb 20Baseball great Willie (‘Say Hey’) Mays signed with the San Francisco Giants as baseball’s highest-paid player. He earned $100,000 a year. Times have changed, haven’t they? Bat boys make that much now, it seems...Ref: 3
Feb 27Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees signs a baseball contract worth $100,000.Ref: 4
Mar 10Rookie Pete Rose goes 2 for 2 in his first apperance as a Red in an exhibition game against the White Sox.Ref: 98
Apr 13Pete Rose triples off of Pirate pitcher Bob Friend to collect his first major league hit.Ref: 98
Apr 26Houston Colt .45s' Bob Bruce one-hits the Cincinnati Reds.Ref: 85
May 03Leslie Narum is the only Baltimore Oriole to homer on his first at bat.Ref: 4
May 04Pitcher Bob Shaw sets record of 5 balks in a game.Ref: 4
May 07Houston Colt .45s' Don Nottebart no-hits the Philadelphia Phillies.Ref: 85
May 11Los Angeles Dodger Sandy Koufax 2nd no-hitter beats NY Giants, 8-0.Ref: 4
May 17At Colt Stadium, Don Nottebart throws the franchise's first no-hitter as the Colt 45's beat the Phillies, 4-1.Ref: 98
May 22Hitting the right-field facade, Mickey Mantle once again just barely misses being the first player to hit a HR out of Yankee Stadium.Ref: 98
Jun 091st Sunday night game ever is played: Colt .45's (3) - Giants (0).Ref: 50
Jun 14In a 10-3 win over the Reds at Crosley field, Met outfielder Duke Snider hits his 400th carrer homer off of Bob Purkey.Ref: 98
Jun 15SF Giants Juan Marichal no-hits Houston Colt 45s, 1-0.Ref: 4
Jun 19Gates Brown of the Detroit Tigers hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
Jun 20First Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 6-2.Ref: 4
Jun 27Phillies Johnny Callison hits for cycle, but Phillie centerfielder Tony Gonzalez's error ends his record 205 consecutive errorless games.Ref: 4
Jul 09NL beats AL 5-3 in 34th All Star Game (Municipal Stad, Cleveland).Ref: 4
Jul 13At the age of 43, Early Wynn pitches the first five innings to register his 300th win as the Indians down the KS City A's, 7-4. It will be his last major league win.Ref: 98
Jul 19Phila Phillies Roy Siever hits HR # 300.Ref: 4
Jul 30Cleve ties record of 4 consecutive HRS (Held, Ramos, Francona, Brown).Ref: 4
Sep 06Major league baseballs 100,000th game.Ref: 4
Sep 10Phillies beat Houston Colt .45s, 16-0.Ref: 4
Sep 13Yanks clinch their 28th pennant.Ref: 4
Sep 15Jesus, Matty and Felipe Alou of the San Francisco Giants comprise the first all-brother outfield in Major League historyRef: 85
Sep 18Final game at Polo Grounds, 1,752 see Phillies beat Mets 5-1.Ref: 4
Sep 22Billy Williams of the Chicago Cubs plays in the first of his 1117 consecutive games.Ref: 17
Sep 29The St. Louis Cardinals retire Stan Musial's uniform No. 6, the first Cardinal number retired.Ref: 85
Sep 29Card's Stan Musial's final game, gets his 3,630th hit.Ref: 4
Sep 29Houston Colt .45 John Paciorek goes 3 for 3 in his only game.Ref: 4
Oct 02Pitcher Sandy Koufax struck out NY Yankee Harry Bright to end game one of the World Series. Bright was Koufax’ 15th strikeout victim, breaking the World Series single game record of 14 set by Brooklyn’s Carl Erskine against the Yankees in 1953Ref: 3
Oct 06The Dodgers complete a four-game World Series sweep of the Yankees as Sandy Koufax wins his second game, 2-1. Frank Howard leads the offense with a home run and a single and NY's first baseman Joe Pepitone's error (loses a thrown ball in white-shirted crowd) leads to the decisive run in the seventh inning.Ref: 98
Oct 30Sandy Koufax, who unanimously won the CY Young Award six days ago, is also named the NL's MVP. The Dodger legend out points Pirate infielder Dick Groat, 237-190.Ref: 98
Nov 04The Cardinals trade outfielder George Altman and pitcher Bill Wakefield to the Mets for veteran hurler Roger Craig .Ref: 98
Nov 07Yankee backstop Elston Howard wins the American League's Most Valuable Player Award becoming the first black player to receive the honor.Ref: 98
Dec 02The rules committee of the major leagues bans over-sized catcher gloves starting in 1965.Ref: 98
Dec 04The Tigers trade pitcher Jim Bunning to the Phillies for catcher Gus Triandos, pitcher Jack Hamilton and outfielder Don Demeter.Ref: 98
Jan 06Owner Charlie Finley signs a two-year deal to move the A's from KS City to Louisville. The league vetoes the franchise shift, and the team will stay put until it moves to Oakland after the 1967 season.Ref: 98
Jan 15Baseball executives vote to hold a free-agent draft in New York City.Ref: 98
Jan 15Giant outfielder Willie Mays, the highest paid player in baseball, signs for $105,000.Ref: 98
Jan 16With a 9-1 vote, the AL owners shoot down Charles Finley's proposal to move the A's to Louisville. The maverick owner is given an ultimatum to sign a lease in Kansas City or lose his franchise.Ref: 98
Jan 23The Milwaukee Braves’ legendary pitcher, Warren Spahn, signed a contract worth $85,000, making him the highest paid pitcher in baseball.Ref: 3
Feb 02Red Faber, Burleigh Grimes, Tim Keefe, Heinie Manush, John Montgomery Ward, & Miller Huggins are selected to Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Feb 17White Sox shortstop Luke Appling is elected to the Hall of Fame; 'Old Aches and Pains' holds the single-season highest average for his position hitting .388 in 1936.Ref: 98
Feb 23Charlie Finley signs a 4 year lease to keep A's in KS City.Ref: 4
Apr 16The Mets new home, Shea Stadium, is christened with Dodgers' Holy Water from the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn and Giants' Holy Water from the Harlem River at the location where it flowed passed the Polo Grounds. The Mets lose to the Pirates, 4-3. It was originally to be called Flushing Meadow Park, but a movement was launched to name it in honor of William A. Shea, the man that brought National League Baseball back to New York. It was also the first stadium capable of being converted from baseball to football and back using two motor-operated stands that moved on underground tracks.Ref: 98
Apr 17The Mets play their first game at Shea Stadium and lose to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3 with Willie Stargell hitting the park's first homer.Ref: 98
Apr 23Due to Nellie Fox's error, Ken Johnson becomes the first pitcher ever to lose a nine inning no-hitter as the Reds beat the Astros, 1-0.Ref: 98
May 02Posting a 7-3 victory, the Twins become only the third team in major league history to hit four consecutive HRs as Tony Oliva, Bob Allison, Jimmie Hall and Harmon Killebrew all go deep against A's pitchers Dan Pfister (3) and Vern Handrahan inning at KS City's Municipal Stadium.Ref: 98
May 17Phillies triple play Houston Colt .45s.Ref: 4
May 24Longest homerun (471') in Baltimore's Memorial Stadium (Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota).Ref: 4
May 24The major league mark for shut-outs in one day is broken as seven teams do not cross home plate.Ref: 98
May 30Giants sweep Mets 5-3 & 8-6 in 23 innings, records include elapsed time of 9:50, 47 strikeouts, 7:22 for 2nd game & NY's 22 K's in 2nd games.Ref: 4
May 31The longest major-league baseball doubleheader (to the time) ended in 19 hours, 16 minutes. The New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants battled it out at Shea Stadium in NY. The first game of the doubleheader set a major-league mark for the longest game (by time) as the Giants beat the Mets 8-6. The game lasted 23 innings and was played in 7 hours and 23 minutes.Ref: 3
Jun 04Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers tied Bob Feller’s 1951 record by pitching a third career no-hit baseball game. Koufax blanked the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0. He struck out a dozen Phillies’ batters.Ref: 3
Jun 13In a 7-1 victory over the Astros, Cardinal third baseman Ken Boyer hits for the cycle. In the same game, Lou Brock makes his debut in a St. Louis uniform with two hits, including a triple, and also steals a base.Ref: 98
Jun 15In a six player deal, the Cubs trade Lou Brock (will stay with team for fifteen years amassing 3,023 career hits) to Cards for Ernie Broglio (will last two and half seasons with 7-19 record for Chicago).Ref: 98
Jun 26University of Wisconsin star Rick Reichardt receives the highest bonus to date ($200,000) when he signs with Angels.Ref: 98
Jun 27Indian third baseman Max Alvis is stricken with spinial meningitis. A year later he will make the All-Star team.Ref: 98
Jul 10Giant outfielder Jesus Alou gets a hit off six different pitchers to go 6-for-6 as San Francisco beat the Cubs, 10-3.Ref: 98
Jul 17In Los Angeles, the Cub-Dodger contest becomes the first Pay-TV baseball game as Subscription Television offers the cablecast to subscribers for money. The Dodgers beat Chicago, 3-2, with Don Drysdale collecting 10 strikeouts.Ref: 98
Jul 18Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds connected for the only grand-slam home run of his career. It came against the team he would later play for -- the Philadelphia Phillies. Rose had been in the major leagues for only two years and was just 22 at the time. Dallas Green (later to become manager of the Phillies) gave up the gopher ball to Rose.Ref: 3
Jul 23KS City's Bert Campaneris homers off Twins' Jim Kaat on the first major league pitch he ever sees; the A's rookie homers again in the seventh.Ref: 98
Aug 09Bunning continues pitching perfectly to the NY Mets until 2 outs in 5th, when Joe Christopher beats out a bunt. He totals 15 innings.Ref: 4
Aug 12For the 10th time in his major-league baseball career, Mickey Mantle hit home runs from both the left and ride sides of the plate in the same game -- setting a new baseball record.Ref: 3
Aug 23St Louis Cards are 11 games back in NL, & win the World Series.Ref: 4
Aug 31Gene Autry wields the first shovel at the Los Angeles Angels Anaheim Stadium's groundbreaking ceremony.Ref: 85
Sep 01Masanori Murakami is 1st player from Japan. 
Sep 02Lee Stange strikes out 4 batters in the 7th inning.Ref: 31
Sep 13The Cardinals become the only the second team in major league history this century to score at least one run in every inning as they rout Chicago, 15-2. A dropped pop-up in top of the ninth secures St. Louis' place in history.Ref: 98
Sep 17Mickey Mantle gets hits #1999, 2000 & 2001.Ref: 4
Sep 21Reds Chico Ruiz steals home, beats Phillies 1-0. Phillies start a 10 game losing streak that gives the Cards the pennant.Ref: 4
Sep 27Phillies 7th straight loses sends them into 2nd place.Ref: 4
Sep 30Bill Roman of the Detroit Tigers hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
Oct 02Phillies tie major league record with season's 3rd triple play (Reds).Ref: 4
Oct 04St Louis Cards clinch NL pennant.Ref: 4
Oct 11In Game 4 of the World Series, Ken Boyer's sixth inning grand slam off Yankee starter Al Downing gives the Cards a 4-3 victory over the Yankees. The Cardinal third baseman is the second National Leaguer to hit a post-season bases-loaded round-tripper.Ref: 98
Oct 17Despite a 99-63 record, the Yankees fire Yogi Berra after losing the 1964 World Series to the Cardinals in seven games.Ref: 98
Oct 17Manager Johnny Keane of the World Champs Cardinals resigns unexpectedly.Ref: 98
Oct 19Harry 'the Hat' Walker is named as manager of the Pirates.Ref: 98
Oct 19Reds' Fred Hutchinson resigns as manager after compiling an 60-49 record.Ref: 98
Oct 30American hurler Joe Stanka wins the league's MVP award pitching for the Nankai Hawks. His three straight victories over the Yomiuri Giants helps his team capture the Japanese Series.Ref: 98
Nov 02CBS becomes first corporate owner in MLB by buying eighty percent of Yankees for $11,200,000.Ref: 98
Nov 03Philadelphia voters approve $25 million dollars to build a new sport stadium.Ref: 98
Nov 07The Braves, for the second time in eleven years, receive permission to shift their franchise to another city. Hank Aaron and company will move from Milwaukee to Atlanta after the 1965 season.Ref: 98
Nov 10The Braves sign a twenty-five year lease to play in the newly constructed Atlanta Stadium.Ref: 98
Nov 23Future Hall of Fame southpaw Warren Spahn is purchased by the Mets from the Braves.Ref: 98
Nov 24Cardinal third baseman Ken Boyer is selected as NL's MVP.Ref: 98
Nov 29The Red Sox trade first baseman Dick Stuart to the Phillies for pitcher Dennis Bennett.Ref: 98
Dec 04The owners decides to use a free agent draft beginning next month. The inverse order of the previous year's standings will be used to select players every four months.Ref: 98
Dec 04Commissioner's office given full powers in baseball disputes.Ref: 4
Dec 17The Yankees fire long time television and radio voice Mel Allen; this well known broadcaster popularized the 'going, going, gone' HR call and often said 'how about that?' to describe happenings on the ballfield.Ref: 98
Dec 26The Seattle Angels of the Pacific Coast League select Bob Lemon as manager for the upcoming season.Ref: 98
Jan 31Pud Galvin elected to baseball Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Feb 01The National League adopts a disaster plan in the event a team's plane crashes.Ref: 98
Feb 03Braves offer Milwaukee $500,000 to terminate their lease a year earlier, the proposal is turned down.Ref: 4
Feb 11Braves propose to pay 5¢ from each ticket to bring a new team to Milwaukee.Ref: 4
Feb 17US-Japan baseball relations suspended over Masanori Murakami dispute.Ref: 4
Mar 18Jackie Robinson becomes the first black to be a member of a national network broadcasting team when he signs on to announce games with ABC.Ref: 98
Apr 09The first domed stadium opens Harris County Domed Stadium (Astrodome); Mickey Mantle hits 1st home run in a domed stadium.Ref: 98
Apr 09Cub Billy Williams of Chicago hits four consecutive doubles to helping the Cubs beat the Phillies, 11-3.Ref: 98
Apr 12Richie Allen hits the first NL home run in the Astrodome as the Phillies beats Houston, 2-0.Ref: 98
Apr 17Don Drysdale strikes out 4 batters in the 2nd inning.Ref: 31
Apr 23The Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs beat Albuquerque before 7,231 in the first game at Turnpike Stadium in Arlington, TX.Ref: 85
Apr 28Mets announcer Lindsey Nelson broadcasts the game from the Astrodome's gondola which is 208 feet above second base.Ref: 98
May 033rd Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yankees 2-1 in 10.Ref: 4
May 04Willie Mays 512th homerun breaks Mel Ott's 511th National League record homerun.Ref: 4
May 16Defeating the Yankees, 7-5, Orioles' nineteen-year old rookie Jim Palmer wins his first major league game and homers, also his first, off of Jim Bouton.Ref: 98
May 23Met outfielder Ron Swoboda takes up his position wearing a batting helmet on his foot. After kicking the protective head gear it got stuck on his spikes, and manager Casey Stengel ordered the young player to go out to the field.Ref: 98
Jun 06Tom Tresh hits three consecutive home runs as the Yankees blast the White Sox, 12-0.Ref: 98
Jun 08In the first major league free-agent draft of students and sandlot players, the A's select Arizona star Rick Monday making him the first player ever to be drafted.Ref: 98
Jun 14At Crosley Field, Jim Maloney no-hits the Mets for ten innings but loses 1-0 when Johnny Lewis connects for a homer in the eleventh.Ref: 98
Jul 03Phillies Dick Allen & Frank Thomas get into a fight during practice.Ref: 4
Jul 05Dave Boswell and Jim Perry are winning pitchers as the Twins sweep a doubleheader from Red Sox to move into first place for good.Ref: 98
Jul 13For the first time in All-Star history, the National League takes the lead in games won over the AL as the Senior Circuit edges the junior loop, 6-5 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota.Ref: 98
Jul 20Yankee pitcher Mel Stottlemyre hits an inside the park grand slam against the Red Sox en route to a 6-3 victory.Ref: 98
Jul 23In a 5-1 win over the Mets, Phillies' first baseman Dick Stuart homers at Shea Stadium becoming the first player to have gone deep in 23 major league ballparksRef: 98
Jul 24Casey Stengel resigns as manager of the NY Mets.Ref: 4
Jul 27Japanese officials increase the number of foreigners allowed on each team from 2 to 3; the Yomiuri Giants,however, announce their team will have not any foreigners on their roster (this policy lasts ten years until the team signs Davey Johnson.)Ref: 98
Jul 29Major league record 26 strikeouts, Phillies (16), Pirates (10).Ref: 4
Aug 18After hitting a ball on top of the pavillion at Sportman's Park, Brave Hank Aaron is denied a HR because ump Chris Pelekoudas calls him out for being out of the batter's box. 
Aug 29Giant Willie Mays breaks former Pirate Ralph Kiner record for HRs in the month of August when the 'Sey Hey Kid' connects for his 17th round tripper in an 8-3 victory over the Mets.Ref: 98
Aug 30After 55 years in baseball, Casey Stengel announces his retirement.Ref: 4
Sep 02At Wrigley Field, Ernie Banks hits his 400th career HR off of Card Curt Simmons as the Chicago tops St. Louis, 5-3. 
Sep 03In preparation of their move to Anaheim, the Los Angeles Angels change their name to the California Angels. 
Sep 08Bert Campaneris of the Kansas City Athletics plays all nine positions as the Athletics lost to the California Angels, 5-3 in 13 innings. He gave up one run while playing the role of pitcher.Ref: 3
Sep 09Sandy Koufax's perfect game against the Cubs bests Bob Hendley's one hit effort, 1-0. It is the Dodger's southpaw record fourth no-hitter .Ref: 98
Sep 10Phillies 10,000th game to a decision since 1900, Phils beat Cards.Ref: 4
Sep 12Brant Alyea of the Washington Senators hits a home run in his first major league at bat on the first pitch.Ref: 11
Sep 13Giant star Willie Mays hits his 500th career homer off Astro's pitcher Don Nottebart. (500 HRs)Ref: 98
Sep 16At Fenway Park, Red Sox Dave Morehead pitches a 2-0 no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians.Ref: 98
Sep 25At the age of 59, Satchel Paige becomes the oldest player ever to appear in a major league game. Pitching for the KS City A's, the future Hall of Famer blanks the Red Sox for three innings.Ref: 98
Sep 25Willie Mays hit his fiftieth home run of the baseball season, making him the oldest player to accomplish this. He was 34 years old. Ten years before, at the age of 24, he was the youngest man to accomplish the same feat.Ref: 98
Oct 02Phillies' Chris Short strikes-out 18 NY Mets.Ref: 4
Oct 02Mel Stottlemyre wins game #20.Ref: 4
Oct 02Willie Mays hits his 52nd homer of the season as the Giants beat the Reds, 3-2.Ref: 98
Oct 03On the last day of the season, Giants' outfielder Willie Mays hits his 52nd HR to break the franchise record he established in 1955. The 'Say Hey Kid's' league leading home run is given up by Reds hurler Billy McCool as San Francisco defeats Cincinnatti at Candlestick Park, 6-3.Ref: 98
Oct 03Whitey Ford notches #232 to become Yankees winningest pitcher.Ref: 4
Oct 25Leo Durocher is named Cubs manager, officially ending the five-year "College of Coaches" run.Ref: 85
Nov 03In an unanimous vote, Dodger southpaw Sandy Koufax is named the Cy Young Award winner.Ref: 98
Nov 04Chicago manager Al Lopez resigns as the field boss of the White Sox.Ref: 98
Nov 09Willie Mays named NL MVP.Ref: 4
Nov 28Future Red Sox owner Haywood Sullivan resigns as A's manager to become the Red Sox director of player personnel. He is replaced by Alvin Dark.Ref: 98
Nov 29Yankee veteran third baseman Clete Boyer is traded to the Braves for outfielder Bill Robinson and a player to be named later.Ref: 98
Nov 29The Yankees trade utility player Phil Linz to the Phillies for Ruben Amaro.Ref: 98
Dec 02The Cubs trade pitcher Lindy McDaniel and outfielder Don Landrum to the Giants for catcher Randy Hundley and pitcher Bill Hands.Ref: 98
Dec 04San Francisco Giant Masanori Murakami, 4-1 this year, does not renew his contract signing instead with the Nankai Hawks of Osaka for $40,000.Ref: 4
Dec 09The Reds trade Frank Robinson to the Orioles for Milt Pappas, Jack Baldschun and Dick Simpson.Ref: 98
Dec 15William Eckert replaces Ford Frick as 4th commissioner of baseball.Ref: 4
Feb 11Willie Mays became the highest-paid baseball player in either league as he signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants for a salary of about $130,000 a year.Ref: 3
Feb 24University of Southern California pitcher Tom Seaver is signed by the Braves. The deal will later be voided, and the USC stand-out will be selected by the Mets in a special draft.Ref: 98
Feb 28Seeking a three-year, $1.05 million contract, Dodger pitchers Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout.Ref: 98
Mar 17Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale play hardball when negoiating with the Dodgers; they sign movie contracts showing they are serious about retiring from baseball if their salary demands are not met.Ref: 98
Apr 02The New York Mets win a special lottery for the rights to USC pitcher Tom Seaver. Seaver was originally signed by the Atlanta Braves in February 1966 out of the University of Southern California, but his contract was voided by Commissioner William D. Eckert on the basis that the USC season had already started when Seaver signed. Eckert ruled that clubs wishing to match the Braves' bid for Seaver, could bid themselves. The Mets, the Phillies and the Indians were all willing to match, so their names were thrown in a hat, and when the winner was picked, the Mets had their future ace.Ref: 85
Apr 03After his name is picked from a hat in a special draft, Tom Seaver signs with the Mets for a reported $50,000 bonus.Ref: 98
Apr 09The Anaheim Angels christened Anaheim Stadium with an exhibition game against the San Francisco Giants. The Giants clobbered the Halos that day, outscoring them 9-3 before 40,474 in attendance.Ref: 85
Apr 11Emmett Ashford is the 1st black umpire in ML baseball game. 
Apr 12The first major league game played in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium features Braves' hurler Tony Cloninger pitching all thirteen innings in a losing effort to the Pirates, 3-2.Ref: 98
Apr 12Emmett Ashford becomes the first African-American major league umpire.Ref: 1
Apr 19The Los Angeles Angels lose their first game at new Anaheim Stadium to the Chicago White Sox 3-1. 
Apr 22Atlanta Braves win their 1st game, beating NY Mets 8-4.Ref: 4
Apr 23Fergie Jenkins homers and picks up his first win as Cub in a 2-0 victory vs. Dodgers.Ref: 85
May 05Willie Mays hit home run number 512th of his career. The San Francisco Giants' superstar broke Mel Ott's record and became the greatest home run hitter in the National League to that time.Ref: 3
May 06Most runs scored in 11th inning (9) Phillies score 5 to beat Pirates 8-7.Ref: 4
May 07After only four victories in the first twenty games, Yankee skipper Johnny Keane is fired and is replaced by the team's general manager, Ralph Houk.Ref: 98
May 08The St Louis Cardinals closed old Busch Stadium with a 10-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants.Ref: 85
May 08Oriole outfielder Frank Robinson hits the first ball ever completely out of Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. The 541-foot shot which lands on the other side of the over the left-field wall, comes off Indian hurler Luis Tiant.Ref: 98
May 12The St Louis Cardinals open new Busch Memorial Stadium in downtown St. Louis by defeating the Atlanta Braves, 4-3, in 12 innings.Ref: 85
May 16Tigers' manger Charlie Dressen suffers a heart attack, his second in two years. Bob Swift is named as acting manager.Ref: 98
Jun 07Bob Gibson strikes out 4 batters in the 4th inning.Ref: 31
Jun 274th Mayor's Trophy Game; Yanks beat Mets 5-2.Ref: 4
Jul 03Tony Cloninger hits two grand slams and has nine RBI's against Giants. The Braves' pitcher is the first National league player to hit two bases-full homers in the same game.Ref: 98
Jul 25Red Sox great Ted Williams and Yankee manager Casey Stengel are inducted into the Hall of Fame.Ref: 98
Jul 27The Wisconsin Supreme Court overrules a lower court decision and holds that the state doesn't have the jurisdiction to keep the Braves from moving to Atlanta.Ref: 98
Sep 11John Miller of the New York Yankees hits a home run in his first major league at bat. He is the first Yankee to do so.Ref: 11
Sep 19Mike Burke named Yankees president.Ref: 4
Sep 25Smallest Yankee stadium crowd, 413 see White Sox win 4-1.Ref: 4
Oct 02Sandy Koufax, in great pain from an arthritic elbow, won 27 games and, for the third time in four years, led the Los Angeles Dodgers to the National League pennant. However, the Baltimore Orioles swept the Dodgers 4-0 in the World Series that year.Ref: 3
Oct 05Reliever Moe Drabowsky ties a World Series record striking out six consecutive batters in the Oriole 5-2 Game 1 victory at Dodger Stadium. The game features first inning Robinson (Brooks and Frank) back-to back homers.Ref: 98
Oct 06The Baltimore Oriole’s Jim Palmer became the youngest pitcher (20 years, 11 months) to win a complete-game, World-Series shutout. He defeated Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers in Game Two of the 1966 Series.Ref: 4
Oct 08The Orioles managed only three hits of Claude Osteen, but Paul Blair's fifth inning 430-foot home run proves to be the difference as Baltimore beats the Dodgers in the Game 3 of the World Series, 1-0. Wally Bunker throws a six-hitter to get the victory in the In the first Fall classic game ever played in Baltimore.Ref: 98
Oct 09Happening just three times previously in World Series history, the Orioles for the second consecutive day win a Fall Classic game 1-0 game decided a home run. Frank Robinson takes a Don Drysdale pitch deep over the left field fence in the fourth inning accounting for the game's only run, and giving Baltimore a four-game sweep over the Dodgers.Ref: 98
Nov 01Sandy Koufax becomes the 1st pitcher to win 3 Cy Young awards. 
Nov 08Frank Robinson is 1st to win MVP from both Leagues. 
Nov 16Edging out Dodger hurler Sandy Koufax, Pirates right fielder Roberto Clemente is named National League MVP.Ref: 98
Nov 18The Mets name former Giant catcher Wes Westrum as the team's second manager in the franchise's brief history.Ref: 98
Nov 19Six weeks before his 31st birthday, LA Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax, plagued by arthritis, announced his retirement from baseball. Koufax compiled a 12-season record of 165 wins, 87 losses and 2,396 strikeouts.Ref: 3
Nov 29The Dodgers trade two-time batting champ Tommy Davis and outfielder Derrell Griffith to the Mets for outfielder Jim Hickman and infielder Ron Hunt.Ref: 98
Dec 08A terrible Yankee trade, Roger Maris for the Cardinal's Charlie Smith.Ref: 4
Dec 12Voting 4 to 3, the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to review Wisconsin's suit to block the Braves move to Atlanta.Ref: 98
Dec 31After fifteen years with the Braves, Eddie Mathews is traded to the Astros. The third baseman is the only person to play for the Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves.Ref: 98
Jan 23Former Cardinal standout Stan Musial is named general manager of the team.Ref: 98
Feb 16Former Yankee pitcher Red Ruffing, author of 273 major league wins, is elected to the Hall of Fame.Ref: 98
Feb 18During a special softball exhibition game, pitcher Eddie Fienger strikes six consecutive major leaguers; his victims include Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Brooks Robinson, Harmon Killebrew, Roberto Clemente and Maury Wills.Ref: 98
Apr 14At Yankee Stadium, Billy Rohr, 21, is one out from pitching a no-hitter in his major league debut when Elston Howard singles on a 3-2 pitch ruining the rookie's shot at immortality; a heartbroken six year-old fan, John-John, sitting near the Red Sox dugout has to be consoled by his mother, Jackie Kennedy.Ref: 98
Apr 21The Dodgers endure their 1st rain out in Los Angeles (after 737 consecutive games).Ref: 4
Apr 25Dodger third baseman Jim Lefebbvre commits three errors in the fourth inning paving the way for a Braves 7-1 win.Ref: 98
Apr 30The Tigers are no-hit by Oriole pitchers Steve Barber and Stu Miller but still manage to win the game, 2-1.Ref: 98
May 09Cardinal outfielder # 9 Roger Maris hits his first National League HR on the ninth day of the month in seat 9 of section 9.Ref: 98
May 10Braves' outfielder Hank Aaron hits an inside-the-park homer off Phillie hurler Jim Bunning. It will be 'Hamerin' Hank's' only HR which doesn't clear the fence out of his 755 round-trippers which is the all-time major league record.Ref: 98
May 13Mickey Mantle joined six other baseball legends as he hit home run number 500 -- in Yankee Stadium. He connected off of the ‘Junk Man’, Stu Miller.Ref: 3
May 14Mickey Mantle's 500th career HR off of Stu Miller helps the Yankees defeat the Orioles, 6-5; the "Commerce Comet' is the sixth major leaguer to reach this plateau.Ref: 98
May 16Reliever Phil Regan loses his first game in 77 appearances. The 'Vulture' gets pinned with his first defeat in over a year when Astro Bob Aspromonte hits a two-run triple in tenth to beat the Dodgers, 5-3.Ref: 98
May 16Philadelphia voters approve a $13 million bond issue to build a new stadium.Ref: 4
May 24Tommy McCraw drives in eight runs, including three HRs, to help the first-place White Sox beat the Twins, 14-1.Ref: 98
May 30Yankee Whitey Ford, nearing 41, announces his retirement from baseball.Ref: 4
Jun 04Cardinal outfielder Curt Flood errorless streak of 227 games and 568 chances ends when he drops a fly ball in a game against the Cubs at Busch Stadium.Ref: 98
Jun 11The Met (4) /Cub (7) doubleheader features eleven HRs tying the major league mark held by Yankees (6)/Tigers (5) in 1950.Ref: 98
Jun 12The Washington Senators beat the Chicago White Sox, 6-5, in 22 innings. The game lasted six hours, 38 minutes and ended at 2 43 a.m., causing the league to adopt a curfew stating that no inning may start after 1 00 a.m.Ref: 85
Jun 14Dean Chance of the Minnesota Twins pitched five innings of perfect baseball, leading his team to victory over the Boston Red Sox. Chance was only the third player to pitch a shortened, perfect game.Ref: 3
Jun 18Astro Don Wilson no-hits the Braves 2-0 striking out 15 of the 30 batters he faces.Ref: 98
Jun 20Phillies Larry Jackson beats NY Mets for 18th straight time.Ref: 4
Jun 27Al Kaline breaks his hand as he slams his bat into the bat rack after being struck out by Sam McDowell. He will miss 28 games for the second place Tigers.Ref: 98
Jul 14Eddie Mathews of the Houston Astros hit career homer #500.Ref: 3
Jul 15Cardinal pitcher Bob Gibson's right fibula is fractured by a Roberto Clemente line drive during a 6-3 loss to the Pirates.Ref: 98
Jul 26Twins beat Yanks 3-2 in 18.Ref: 4
Aug 06Brooks Robinson hits into his fourth career triple play setting a major league record.Ref: 98
Aug 29Yanks longest day, Red Sox take first game 2-1 in 9, Yanks win 2nd game in 20, 4-3 a total of 8 hours & 19 minutes.Ref: 4
Sep 10In the first game of a doubleheader, White Sox Joe Horlen no-hits the Tigers, 6-0.Ref: 98
Sep 27Phillies Jim Bunning ties NL record of 5, 1-0 losses in a year.Ref: 4
Oct 02Groundbreaking begins on Veteran Stadium in Philadelphia.Ref: 4
Oct 04First World Series since 1948 not to feature Yanks, Giants or Dodgers (World Series #64).Ref: 4
Oct 12The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3 in the World Series. A few stats worth remembering: In 27 innings, Bob Gibson allowed three runs and 14 hits to notch St. Louis’ eighth title. Although he and Boston’s Jim Lonborg pitched spectacularly, the series tied the record for most pitchers used (20). St. Louis’ Lou Brock collected 12 hits for a .414 average and a Series-record seven stolen bases. He also tied a Series mark with eight runs. Roger Maris batted .385, collecting ten hits. Julian Javier batted .360. Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski batted .400 with three homers. Dalton Jones batted .389.Ref: 3
Oct 18The American League grants Charley Finley permission to move the A's to Oakland and awards new franchises to Kansas City and Seattle.Ref: 98
Oct 30The White Sox announce the team will play nine regular season games in Milwaukee during the 1968 season. It's the first time since 1905 an AL team has played outside its own city.Ref: 98
Nov 22Twins' second baseman Rod Carew easily wins the AL Rookie of the Year Award.Ref: 98
Nov 27The Mets obtain the rights to manager Gil Hodges by sending pitcher Bill Denehy and $100,000 to the Washington Senators.Ref: 98
Dec 24While skiing at Lake Tahoe, Boston hurler Jim Lonborg (22-9) tears the ligaments in his left knee. After surgery, the Cy Young Award winner will return at mid-season to post a 6-10 record for the Red Sox.Ref: 98
Jan 11Ewing Kauffman becomes owner of the new AL franchise in Kansas City.Ref: 98
Jan 23Joe 'Ducky' Medwick is selected by the BBWAA to be in the Hall of Fame.Ref: 98
Feb 06The Xth Winter Olympic games are opened in Grenoble, France by President deGaulle. Some 18,000 people participated in the opening ceremonies as the games were dedicated by General Charles de Gaulle. Thousands of scented paper roses were dropped from helicopters against a background of five circles drawn in the sky by the smoke of parachutists. And Olympic flags were shot into the air by cannons.Ref: 3
Feb 21An agreement between baseball players and club owners increased the minimum salary for major-league players to $10,000 a year.Ref: 3
Mar 31The AL's new franchise in Seattle chooses Pilots as its nickname.Ref: 98
Apr 15The Astros defeat the Mets in 24 innings,1-0 making it the longest scoreless game in major league history.Ref: 98
Apr 17A's 1st game in Oakland-Alameda Stadium, lose 4-1 to Balt Orioles.Ref: 4
Apr 19After a five-hour meeting in Chicago, the National League approves expansion to Montreal and San Diego. Dallas-Fort Worth fails in its bid for an N.L. franchise.Ref: 85
Apr 25Groundbreaking ceremonies are held for Three Rivers Stadium, the new home of the Pirates (and Steelers) to be constructed on Pittsburgh's North Side. Among the featured speakers is former track star and Olympic Champion Jesse Owens.Ref: 85
Apr 303 Oriole pitchers walk 14 NY Yankees in a 9 inning game.Ref: 4
May 01Phillies J Boozer is ejected for throwing spitballs during his warmup.Ref: 4
May 06Giants' reliever Lindy McDaniel sets a National League record playing his 225th consecutive game without commiting an error. The streak includes108 chances handled successfully since June 16, 1964.Ref: 98
May 08In front of only 6,298 Oakland fans, Jim Catfish Hunter hurls the first AL perfect game in forty-six years as the A's defeat the Twins, 4-0.Ref: 98
May 15First American League game played in Milwaukee, is a 4-2 CA win against Chicago.Ref: 4
May 17Frank Howard belts record 8th homerun in 5th straight game.Ref: 4
May 18Al Kaline hits his 307th homerun, surpassing Hank Greenberg as a Tiger.Ref: 4
May 18Frank Howard ties American League record with homerun in his 6th consecutive game his 10 homeruns in the most in 6 games.Ref: 4
May 22At Wrigley Field, Pirate Willie Stargell hits three home runs and just misses a fourth in a 13-6 win over the Cubs. Stargell also hit a single and a double which bounced off the railing in left field fence back onto the playing field.Ref: 98
May 27The National League awards two expansion franchises for the 1969 season. The cities of Montreal and San Diego become the newest members of the senior circuit. Montreal business executive Charles Bronfman of the Seagram's distilling empire is the front man for the new team.Ref: 85
Jun 04En route to a 2-0 win at Wrigley, Met rookie southpaw Jerry Koosman strikes out seven consecutive batters.Ref: 98
Jun 04Dodger right hander Don Drysdale pitches his sixth consecutive shutout defeating the Pirates, 5-0.Ref: 98
Jun 08LA Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale’s major-league streak of scoreless innings pitched, was stopped at 58-2/3 as Howie Bedell, of the Philadelphia Phillies, hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. The Dodgers did go on to beat the Phillies 5-3 that day. The Drysdale record stood until 1987, when it was broken by Orel Hersheiser, also of the Dodgers (at that time).Ref: 3
Jun 24Jim Northrup hits two grand slam home runs in the same game.Ref: 33
Jun 25In his third at-bat, Bobby Bonds hits a grand slam in his first major league game off Dodger John Purdin. The 22-year old Giant outfielder joins Philadelphia National pitcher Bill Duggelby (1898 first AB) as the only other player to hit a base-loaded HR in his major league debut.Ref: 98
Jun 28Bobby Bonds hits a grand slam home run in his third major league at bat in his first major league game.Ref: 11
Jul 03Striking out nineteen Twins and scattering six hits in ten innings, Luis Tiant and the Indians win 1-0.Ref: 98
Jul 09In the first All-Star game played indoors, American Leaguers are held to just three hits in the Astrodome as National League wins All-star game, 1-0 , thanks to Willie Mays scoring an unearned run in the first inning.Ref: 98
Jul 11Rick Renick of the Minnesota Twins hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
Jul 14Hank Aaron hit his 500th career home run -- in Atlanta, GA -- leading the Braves to a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants. (In April of 1974, Hammerin’ Hank eclipsed the old home-run mark [714] held by Babe Ruth.)Ref: 3
Jul 14Houston Astro Don Wilson strikes out 18 Cincinnati Reds in 6-1 win.Ref: 85
Jul 24White Sox Hoyt Wilhelm breaks Cy Young's record when he makes his 907th career appearance, Chicago loses to the A's, 2-1.Ref: 98
Jul 29In a 10-1 loss to the Indians, Senator shortstop Ron Hansen becomes the eighth major leaguer to execute an unassisted triple play. All five AL unassisted triple killings have included a Cleveland player.Ref: 98
Jul 29Reds' George Culver throws a 6-1 no-hitter against the Phillies.Ref: 98
Jul 30Ron Hansen, of the Washington Senators, made the first unassisted triple play in the major leagues in 41 years. The shortstop speared a line drive by Joe Azcue, doubled up the runner at second by stepping on the bag and then tagged out the runner who was moving in from first base. The Senators still lost the game to Cleveland by a score of 10-1.Ref: 15
Aug 07Joe Keough of the Oakland Athletics hits a home run in his first major league at bat (second game).Ref: 11
Aug 23Yanks & Tigers play 3-3 tie in 19 due to 1 AM curfew.Ref: 4
Aug 25Outfielder Rocky Colavito of the New York Yankees pitches 2-2/3 innings of 1-hit, shutout relief to help out in a pitching jam. He earned the win by beating Detroit 6-5 and hit a home run.Ref: 3
Aug 29Preston Gomez is named the first San Diego Padres manager.Ref: 85
Sep 09Joe Gordon is hired to manage the KS City Royals.Ref: 98
Sep 16Umpires Al Salerno and Bill Valentine are fired by American League President Joe Cronin. The men in blue claim the dismissals are due to their efforts organizing a union.Ref: 98
Sep 17At Candlestick, Giant Gaylord Perry (14-14) no-hits the Cardinals and Bob Gibson,1-0, with the only run of the game being tallied on Ron Hunt's solo HR. Tomorrow the Redbirds will return the favor and no-hit San Francisco.Ref: 98
Sep 17The Tigers clinch the AL pennant with a 2-1 victory over the Yankees.Ref: 98
Sep 18After being no-hit yesterday by Gaylord Perry, the Cardinal hurler Ray Washburn returns the favor by no-hitting the Giants, 2-0.Ref: 98
Sep 20Yankee outfielder Mickey Mantle hit his 536th and final home run of his major league career.Ref: 98
Sep 24NY Met manager Gil Hodges suffers a heart attack.Ref: 4
Sep 26St Louis Cards' Bob Gibson's 13th shutout, ends with 1.12 ERA.Ref: 4
Sep 27Cardinal's super pitcher Bob Gibson's 13th shutout of the year.Ref: 4
Oct 02Bob Gibson sets a world series record of 17 strikeouts (World Series #65).Ref: 4
Oct 10Two of the season’s best pitchers were on the mound for game seven of the World Series between the Detroit Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals. It was Mickey Lolich against Bob Gibson, with Lolich winning and being named Series MVP in the process. The Tigers were only the third team to win a world championship after being down three games to one. The clubs combined for ninety-nine strikeouts in sixty-three innings of play.Ref: 3
Oct 14The San Diego Padres select 30 players in the expansion draft, with Ollie Brown as the first choice.Ref: 85
Nov 05Denny McLain becomes the first American League pitcher to win the Most Valuable Player award.Ref: 4
Nov 13Edging out Pete Rose, Bob Gibson wins the National League MVP award (22-9, 268 strikeouts, 1.12 ERA).Ref: 98
Nov 15First date in the controversial Jim Bouton baseball diary "Ball Four".Ref: 4
Nov 19Yankee pitcher Stan Bahnsen (17-12, 2.05, 162) is named AL Rookie of the Year.Ref: 98
Nov 22Reds' catcher Johnny Bench edges out Met lefty Jerry Koosman to win the National League Rookie of the Year award. The Cincinnatti's backstop is the third Reds' player in six years to win the award.Ref: 98
Dec 03The rules committee of major-league baseball announced that in 1969 the pitcher’s mound would be lowered from 15 to 10 inches in order to “get more batting action.”Ref: 3
Dec 03Robert E. Short, the Democratic National Committee Treasurer, purchases majority interest of the Washington Senators at the winter meetings in San Francisco.Ref: 85
Dec 06The Commissioner of Baseball, William Eckert was told, “Yer outta here!” after serving three years of his 7-year contract. Bowie Kuhn was his replacement and had as bad a time -- only for a longer period of time.Ref: 3
Jan 18Ted Williams is appointed manager of the Washington Senators.Ref: 85
Jan 21Stan Musial and Roy Campanella are selected by the baseball writers to join the elite group of players enshrined in Cooperstown.Ref: 98
Jan 22The Expos trade first baseman Donn Clendenon and outfielder Jesus Alou to the Astros for first baseman/outfielder Rusty Staub.Ref: 98
Jan 22Roy Campanella & Stan Musial elected to baseball Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Feb 02Stan Coveleski & Waite Hoyt are voted into baseball Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Feb 04Bowie Kuhn took office as Commissioner of Baseball. He succeeded General William D. ‘Spike’ Eckert and served for 16 seasons, until Sep 30, 1984.Ref: 3
Feb 21Stan Musial and Roy Campanella are selected by the baseball writers to join the elite group of players enshrined in Cooperstown.Ref: 98
Feb 21Ted Williams signs 5-year contract to manage Washington Senators.Ref: 4
Feb 24The full Expos' team reports to Spring Training for the first time ever at West Palm Beach, Florida.Ref: 85
Feb 25Pension plan for baseball is agreed to.Ref: 4
Mar 01Mickey Mantle announced his retirement from baseball on this day. ‘Number 7’ was considered to be the final link to the great Yankee dynasty of the 1950s and 1960s. Mantle’s World Series records include: home runs (18), runs scored (42), RBIs (40), walks (43) and strikeouts (54). Mickey Mantle died in 1995.Ref: 3
Apr 08The San Diego Padres make their major league debut with a 2-1 victory over Houston in front of 23,370 fans at San Diego Stadium.Ref: 85
Apr 08The Expos play the first game in team history against the Mets at Shea Stadium and win 11-10. Lefthanded reliever Dan McGinn hits the first home run in team history in the 3rd inning off of Tom Seaver.Ref: 85
Apr 11Behind the shut out pitching of Gary Bell, the Seattle Pilots beat the White Sox, 7-0 at Sicks Stadium in their first home game in franchise history.Ref: 98
Apr 14In the first regular season game is played outside the U.S., the Expos played their first home game, treating 29,184 fans at Jarry Park to an 8-7 win over the Cardinals.Ref: 98
Apr 17In only the 10th game of the franchise¹s history, Expo hurler Bill Stoneman of Montreal pitches a no-hitter defeating the Phillies, 7-0.Ref: 98
Apr 30(and the 1st) Cincinnati Red Jim Maloney no-hits the Houston Astros on the 30th and the Astros' Don Wilson turns the tables by no-hitting the Reds the following day.Ref: 85
May 01At Crosley Field, Astro Don Wilson no-hits the Reds, 4-0 one day after the Reds' Jim Maloney beat Houston with a no-hitter.Ref: 98
May 04The Astros set an NL record turning seven double plays against Giants with first baseman Curt Belfry taking part in all of them.Ref: 98
Jun 08In front of a crowd of 60,096, the Mick's uniform number 7 is retired on Mickey Mantle Day at Yankee Stadium.Ref: 98
Jun 14Hitting two HRs, two doubles and a single, A's Reggie Jackson drives in ten runs as Oakland routs the Red Sox, 21-7.Ref: 98
Jun 29Jim Northrup of the Detroit Tigers wound up a most exciting week. Northrup connected for his third grand-slam home run in seven days, setting a major-league baseball record.Ref: 3
Jun 29The Chicago Cubs sweep two from Cardinals on "Billy Williams Day" at Wrigley Field, as Chicago outfielder sets the NL record for most consecutive games played.Ref: 85
Jul 05The Orioles break a three game losing streak as Dave McNally outfielder Mickey Stanley plays his 220th consecutive errorless game.Ref: 98
Jul 09Tom Seaver of the NY Mets retired the first 25 Chicago Cubs he faced this day. However, with just two outs to go to get a perfect game, Seaver gave up a single to Jimmy Qualls. The Mets blanked the Cubs 4-0 in that one-hitter.Ref: 3
Jul 10The National League was divided into two baseball divisions (wacky as the realignment turned out to be). For example, the Atlanta Braves were placed in the West Division, while the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs were Eastern Division teams. Cincinnati was also placed in the National League West. The Chicago Cubs sued to stay out of the west and remain in the east in the 1990s, when three divisions were formed. They ended up in the new Central division.Ref: 3
Jul 16Twin Rod Carew ties Pete Reiser's record when he steals home for the seventh time in one season.Ref: 98
Jul 17Gold Glove pitcher Jim Kaat commits three errors but still beat the Twins, 8-5.Ref: 98
Jul 20In 1963, Gaylord Perry said, "They'll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run." On this day, a few hours after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, Perry hits his first and only major league home run. (Ref: Gear Magazine, 5/2002, p. 128) 
Jul 23The National League scores a 9-3 win in the All-Star Game before 45,259 at R.F.K. Stadium.Ref: 85
Jul 24Hoyt Wilhelm, pitching for the Chicago White Sox, set a major-league baseball record by pitching in game number 907 of his career. Wilhelm went on to lead all major-league hurlers (number of games pitched) with 1,070 in his career (1952-1972).Ref: 3
Jul 30Braves' catcher Bob Tillman hits three consecutive home runs.Ref: 98
Aug 05Willie Stargell becomes the first player to hit a HR completely out of Dodger Stadium. The 512-foot blast helps the Pirates defeat Los Angeles, 11-3.Ref: 98
Aug 06Twin manager Billy Martin punches Dave Boswell sending his pitcher to the hospital to get twenty stitches. The incident happened after a scuffle between Boswell and teammate Bob AllisonRef: 98
Aug 06Willie ‘Pops’ Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the first fair ball to sail completely out of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Stargell’s blast measured 506 feet from home plate.Ref: 3
Aug 06Balt Orioles pull their 3rd triple play (5-4-3 vs KC Royals).Ref: 4
Aug 10For the second time this season, Twins' Cesar Tovar breaks up a no-hit bid by an Oriole pitcher by singling in the ninth inning; this time the victim is Mike Cuellar.Ref: 98
Aug 13Bowie Kuhn, who had been the acting commissioner of major-league baseball since February, started this day expecting his term to come to an end. He ended the day having signed a seven-year contract. He stayed on for almost a decade after that contract expired. 
Aug 19Chicago Cub Ken Holtzman tosses first of two no-hitters, blanking Braves 3-0.Ref: 85
Sep 04After thirty-one games, the third longest consecutive game hitting streak in National League history ends as Dodger Willie Davis is stopped in a 3-0 loss to the Padres.Ref: 98
Sep 10The Mets sweep the Montreal Expos , 3-2 in 12 innings and 7-1 and move into first place for the first time in their history.Ref: 98
Sep 12The Mets sweep Pirates in a twin bill as pitchers Jerry Koosman and Don Cardwell both pitch 1-0 victories and both drive in the winning run of each game.Ref: 98
Sep 15Against the New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinal Steve Carlton strikes out 19 batters, a major league record at the time. However, he loses the game, 4-3, as Ron Swoboda hit a pair of two-run homers.Ref: 85
Sep 20Pirate Bob Moose throws no-hitter at Shea Stadium defeating the Mets, 4-0.Ref: 98
Sep 22Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants hit the 600th home run of his during a game in San Diego.Ref: 69
Sep 24The New York Mets clinch the first National League East Championship in franchise history with a 6-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at home at Shea Stadium.Ref: 85
Sep 297th Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 7-6.Ref: 4
Sep 30With a 3-2 win over the Reds, Braves clinch the first ever NL West division.Ref: 98
Oct 01The Washington Senators close out the season with an 86-76 record after finishing 32 games under .500 a year earlier. The turnaround earns Ted Williams A.L. Manager of the Year honors.Ref: 85
Oct 02Only 5,473 patrons attend the Pilots' last game in Seattle as the last place team is defeated by the A's 3-1 for their 98th loss of year. The American League's newest franchise attracts only 677, 944 fans for the season and will play as the Brewers in Milwaukee next season.Ref: 98
Oct 04In the first ever League Championship Series playoff game, the Mets beat the Braves 9-5 in Atlanta.Ref: 98
Oct 06The New York Mets win the first National League Championship in their history, defeating the Atlanta Braves at Shea 7-4, to complete a three-game sweep.Ref: 85
Oct 11The New York Mets play in the first World Series game in their history, a 4-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore.Ref: 85
Oct 15Oriole Earl Weaver becomes 1st manager ejected in a World Series.Ref: 4
Oct 16New York Mets Donn Clendenon and Al Weis power home runs while Jerry Koosman tosses a five-hitter as the Mets win their first World Championship with a 5-3 victory over the Orioles before 57,397 delirious fans at Shea.Ref: 85
Nov 06A tie occurred -- for the first time -- in voting for the Cy Young Award. Pitchers Denny McLain of the Detroit Tigers and Mike Cuellar of the Baltimore Orioles won equal votes for best pitcher in the American League.Ref: 3
Dec 03The Mets trade outfielder Amos Otis to the Royals for third baseman Joe Foy.Otis will go on to have an outstanding 14-year career with KS City and will become a member of the team's hall of fame.Ref: 98
Dec 13Billy Martin fired as Twins' manager.Ref: 4
Dec 24In a letter to Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, traded Cardinal outfielder Curt Flood states his refusal to report to the Phillies citing he is not a piece of property to be sold. The MLB Players' Association announces support Flood's suit against baseball and will pay legal fees.Ref: 98
Dec 29The New York Times reports Curt Flood will challenge the reserve clause by suing MLB.Ref: 98
Sep 16Phillies' rookie third baseman Mike Schmidt hits his first career home run breaking Expo's Balor Moore's 25 consecutive scoreless inning streak.Ref: 98
Jul 29Tommy Lasorda, 68-year old Dodger manager of twenty years, announces his retirement due to his health after a mild heart last month.Ref: 98
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