1963 New York Yankees season

The 1963 New York Yankees season was the 61st season for the team in New York, and its 63rd season overall. The team finished with a record of 104–57, winning their 28th pennant, finishing 10½ games ahead of the Chicago White Sox. New York was managed by Ralph Houk.

The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they were defeated by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 4 games, the first time the Yankees had ever been swept in the World Series (they had lost 4 games to none with one tied game in 1922).

1963 New York Yankees
1963 AL Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Dan Topping and Del Webb
General manager(s)Roy Hamey
Manager(s)Ralph Houk
Local televisionWPIX (Mel Allen, Red Barber, Phil Rizzuto, Jerry Coleman)
Local radioWCBS (AM)
(Mel Allen, Red Barber, Phil Rizzuto, Jerry Coleman)
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Offseason

Regular season

Elston Howard became the first black player in the history of the American League to win the AL Most Valuable Player award.[2]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 104 57 .646 --
Chicago White Sox 94 68 .580 10.5
Minnesota Twins 91 70 .565 13
Baltimore Orioles 86 76 .531 18.5
Cleveland Indians 79 83 .488 25.5
Detroit Tigers 79 83 .488 25.5
Boston Red Sox 76 85 .472 28
Kansas City Athletics 73 89 .451 31.5
Los Angeles Angels 70 91 .435 34
Washington Senators 56 106 .346 48.5

Record vs. opponents

1963 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC LAA MIN NYY WSH
Baltimore 7–11 7–11 10–8 13–5 9–9 9–9 9–9 7–11 15–3
Boston 11–7 8–10 10–8 9–9 7–11 9–8 7–11 6–12 9–9
Chicago 11–7 10–8 11–7 11–7 12–6 10–8 8–10 8–10 13–5
Cleveland 8–10 8–10 7–11 10–8 11–7 10–8 5–13 7–11 13–5
Detroit 5–13 9–9 7–11 8–10 13–5 12–6 8–10 8–10 9–9
Kansas City 9–9 11–7 6–12 7–11 5–13 10–8 9–9 6–12 10–8
Los Angeles 9–9 8–9 8–10 8–10 6–12 8–10 9–9 5–13 9–9
Minnesota 9–9 11–7 10–8 13–5 10–8 9–9 9–9 6–11 14–4
New York 11–7 12–6 10–8 11–7 10–8 12–6 13–5 11–6 14–4
Washington 3–15 9–9 5–13 5–13 9–9 8–10 9–9 4–14 4–14

Notable transactions

Roster

1963 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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 Elston Howard 135 487 140 .287 28 85
1B Joe Pepitone 157 580 157 .271 27 89
2B Bobby Richardson 151 630 167 .265 3 48
3B Clete Boyer 152 557 140 .251 12 54
SS Tony Kubek 135 557 143 .257 7 44
LF Héctor López 130 433 108 .249 14 52
CF Tom Tresh 145 520 140 .269 25 71
RF Roger Maris 90 312 84 .269 23 53

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
Johnny Blanchard 76 218 49 .225 16 45
Mickey Mantle 65 172 54 .314 15 35
Phil Linz 72 186 50 .269 2 12
Harry Bright 60 157 37 .236 7 23
Yogi Berra 64 147 43 .293 8 28
Jack Reed 106 73 15 .205 0 1
Pedro González 14 26 5 .192 0 1
Dale Long 14 15 3 .200 0 0
Jake Gibbs 4 8 2 .250 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
Whitey Ford 38 269.1 24 7 2.74 189
Ralph Terry 40 268 17 15 3.22 114
Jim Bouton 40 249.1 21 7 2.53 148
Al Downing 24 175.2 13 5 2.56 171
Stan Williams 29 146 9 8 3.21 98

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
Tom Metcalf 8 13 1 0 2.77 3
Luis Arroyo 6 6 1 1 13.50 5
Bud Daley 1 1 0 0 0.00 0

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
Hal Reniff 48 4 3 18 2.62 56
Bill Stafford 28 4 8 3 6.02 52
Steve Hamilton 34 5 1 5 2.60 63
Bill Kunkel 22 3 2 0 2.72 31
Marshall Bridges 23 2 0 1 3.82 35

1963 World Series

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Dodgers – 5, Yankees – 2 October 2 Yankee Stadium 69,000
2 Dodgers – 4, Yankees – 1 October 3 Yankee Stadium 66,455
3 Yankees – 0, Dodgers – 1 October 5 Dodger Stadium 55,912
4 Yankees – 1, Dodgers – 2 October 6 Dodger Stadium 55,912

Awards and honors

All-Stars

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Richmond Virginians International League Preston Gómez
AA Augusta Yankees Sally League Rube Walker
A Greensboro Yankees Carolina League Frank Verdi
A Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League Pinky May, Steve Souchock
and Cloyd Boyer
A Idaho Falls Yankees Pioneer League Loren Babe
A Shelby Colonels Western Carolinas League Billy Shantz
Rookie Harlan Yankees Appalachian League Gary Blaylock

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Augusta, Idaho Falls [5]

Notes

  1. ^ Stan Williams page at Baseball-Reference
  2. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 199, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  3. ^ Curt Blefary page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/asgbox/yr1963as.shtml
  5. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

References

Roy Hamey

Henry Roy Hamey (June 9, 1902 – December 14, 1983) was an American front-office executive in Major League Baseball. A longtime employee of the New York Yankees, he reached the pinnacle of his career when he was appointed the general manager of the Yanks in November 1960. Although he inherited a pennant winner from his predecessor, George Weiss, Hamey maintained the Yankee standard. He produced three additional American League champions and two World Series champions in his three full seasons in the GM chair, before retiring in the autumn of 1963.

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