1963 Milwaukee Braves season

The 1963 Milwaukee Braves season was the 11th in Milwaukee and the 93st overall season of the franchise.

The sixth-place Braves finished the season with a 84–78 (.519) record, fifteen games behind the National League and World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers.[1] The season's home attendance was 773,018,[2] ninth in the ten-team National League.

1963 Milwaukee Braves
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record84–78 (.519)
League place6th
Other information
Owner(s)William Bartholomay
(chairman)
General manager(s)John McHale
Manager(s)Bobby Bragan
Local televisionWTMJ-TV
(Mike Walden, Blaine Walsh)
Local radioWEMP
(Earl Gillespie, Tom Collins)
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Offseason

Ownership change and managerial turnover

On November 16, 1962, the 17-year tenure of Louis Perini as owner of the Braves ended when the Boston construction magnate sold the team to a Chicago-based group of investors led by William Bartholomay.[9][10][11] The Braves' home attendance had been declining since its 1957 high-water mark of over 2.2 million fans to 767,000 in five short years, due to a drop-off in on-field success since its last postseason appearance (the 1959 NL playoff) and a ban on "bringing your own" food and beer to County Stadium. Within two years of buying the Braves, the Bartholomay group would be negotiating with Atlanta, in a successful bid to move the club to the Southeast as early as 1965.

The change in owners overshadowed the Braves' continued turbulence in the managerial chair. On October 5, 1962, Birdie Tebbetts, in office for only 13 months, resigned to join the Cleveland Indians in the American League.[12][13] His successor, Bobby Bragan, 45, was the team's fourth manager in five seasons.[14][15][16] He had been a coach with the expansion Houston Colt .45s in 1962 and had previously been fired from managing posts with the Pittsburgh Pirates (19561957) and the Indians (1958). Bragan was last Braves' manager in Milwaukee (1965)—and the first in Atlanta in 1966, although he was fired on August 9 of that year,[17][18] after guiding the team to an overall record of 310–287 (.519) in over 3½ seasons.

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 99 63 0.611 50–31 49–32
St. Louis Cardinals 93 69 0.574 6 53–28 40–41
San Francisco Giants 88 74 0.543 11 50–31 38–43
Philadelphia Phillies 87 75 0.537 12 45–36 42–39
Cincinnati Reds 86 76 0.531 13 46–35 40–41
Milwaukee Braves 84 78 0.519 15 45–36 39–42
Chicago Cubs 82 80 0.506 17 43–38 39–42
Pittsburgh Pirates 74 88 0.457 25 42–39 32–49
Houston Colt .45s 66 96 0.407 33 44–37 22–59
New York Mets 51 111 0.315 48 34–47 17–64

Record vs. opponents

1963 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
Team CHC CIN HOU LAD MIL NYM PHI PIT SF STL
Chicago 9–9 9–9 7–11 12–6 11–7 9–9 8–10 10–8 7–11
Cincinnati 9–9 11–7 8–10 10–8 10–8 8–10 11–7 8–10 11–7
Houston 9–9 7–11 5–13 5–13 13–5 8–10 6–12 8–10 5–13
Los Angeles 11–7 10–8 13–5 8–10–1 16–2 7–11 13–5 9–9 12–6
Milwaukee 6–12 8–10 13–5 10–8–1 12–6 10–8 7–11 10–8 8–10
New York 7–11 8–10 5–13 2–16 6–12 8–10 4–14 6–12 5–13
Philadelphia 9–9 10–8 10–8 11–7 8–10 10–8 13–5 8–10 8–10
Pittsburgh 10–8 7–11 12–6 5–13 11–7 14–4 5–13 5–13 5–13
San Francisco 8–10 10–8 10–8 9–9 8–10 12–6 10–8 13–5 8–10
St. Louis 11–7 7–11 13–5 6–12 10–8 13–5 10–8 13–5 10–8

Notable transactions

Roster

1963 Milwaukee Braves
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Joe Torre 142 501 147 .293 14 71
3B Eddie Mathews 158 547 144 .263 23 84
LF Lee Maye 124 442 120 .271 11 34
RF Hank Aaron 161 631 201 .319 44 130

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Norm Larker 64 147 26 .177 1 14
Len Gabrielson 46 120 26 .217 3 15
Lou Klimchock 24 46 9 .196 0 1
Bob Uecker 13 16 4 .250 0 0
Rico Carty 2 2 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Warren Spahn 33 259.2 23 7 2.60 102
Denny Lemaster 46 237 11 14 3.04 190
Bob Sadowski 19 116.2 5 7 2.62 72
Lew Burdette 15 84 6 5 3.64 28

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bob Hendley 41 169.1 9 9 3.93 105
Bob Shaw 48 159 7 11 2.66 105
Tony Cloninger 41 145.1 9 11 3.78 100
Hank Fischer 31 74.1 4 3 4.96 72

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Claude Raymond 45 4 6 5 5.40 44
Ron Piché 37 1 1 0 3.40 40
Dan Schneider 30 1 0 0 3.09 19
Frank Funk 25 3 3 0 2.68 19
Wade Blasingame 2 0 0 0 12.00 6

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toronto Maple Leafs International League Bill Adair
AAA Denver Bears Pacific Coast League Jack Tighe
AA Austin Senators Texas League Jimmy Brown
A Waycross Braves Georgia–Florida League Bill Steinecke
A Yakima Bears Northwest League Buddy Hicks
A Boise Braves Pioneer League Billy Smith
A Greenville Braves Western Carolinas League Jim Fanning and Paul Snyder

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Yakima, Greenville

Notes

  1. ^ "Baseball in a nutshell". Milwaukee Sentinel. (final standings). September 30, 1963. p. 4, part 2.
  2. ^ Thisted, Red (September 30, 1963). "Spahn spices finale, 2-0". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 2, part 2.
  3. ^ Ron Hunt page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Ellis Burton page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Hal Haydel page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Don Taussig page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ a b Norm Larker page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ a b Lou Klimchock page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Thisted, Red (November 17, 1962). "McHale, six others buy Braves for $5.5 million". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 1.
  10. ^ Wolf, Bob (November 17, 1962). "Midwestern group purchases Braves". Milwaukee Journal. p. 1, part 1.
  11. ^ "Perini sells Braves to Milwaukee group". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. November 17, 1962. p. 11.
  12. ^ Larson, Lloyd (October 6, 1962). "Tebbetts quits Braves!". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 1.
  13. ^ Wolf, Bob (October 6, 1962). "Braves suddenly have some room at the top in wake of Tebbetts' abrupt disappearing act". Milwaukee Journal. p. 14.
  14. ^ Thisted, Red (October 18, 1963). "Bragan new Braves' manager". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 2, part 2.
  15. ^ Walfoort, Cleon (October 18, 1963). "Bragan learned along way in baseball". Milwaukee Journal. p. 17, part 2.
  16. ^ "Bragan will pilot Braves". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. October 18, 1962. p. 16.
  17. ^ "Hitchcock plans changes". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. August 10, 1966. p. 2, part 2.
  18. ^ Wolf, Bob (August 10, 1966). "'Impulsive' best describes brash Bobby; orange drink costs him $100 and job". Milwaukee Journal. p. 2, part 21.
  19. ^ http://www.thebaseballpage.com/players/matheed01.php
  20. ^ http://www.thebaseballpage.com/players/snidedu01.php
  21. ^ a b Chico Fernández page at Baseball Reference
  22. ^ http://baseball-almanac.com/asgbox/yr1963as.shtml

References

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