April 11 – Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves becomes the all-time winningest left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball history. His 6–1 victory over the New York Mets gives him 328 career wins, moving him ahead of Eddie Plank as the all-time winningest left-hander. Except for Duke Snider's home run in today's game, no Mets get past second base.
May 19 – Detroit Tigers center fielder Bill Bruton tied a Major League record for most doubles in a single game. Brutton hit his four doubles in a row, as Detroit defeated the Washington Senators, 5–1. Teammate and rookie pitcher Bill Faul matched Bruton's efforts on the mound, while tossing a three-hitter in his first Major League start.
July 2 - The Giants' Juan Marichal pitched a 16-inning shutout against the Milwaukee Braves, outdueling Warren Spahn, who pitched 15_1/3 scoreless innings before Willie Mays won it 1-0 with a home run in the bottom of the 16th. In the 9th inning when the Giants' manager suggested Marichal should come out for a pinch hitter, he angrily replied “I am not going to come out of that game as long as that old man is still pitching.” Later, when the Braves manager suggested to Spahn that it was time for him to come out he was told that if that young kid could still pitch, then so could he. When it was over, Marichal had thrown 227 pitches and Spahn had thrown 201.
July 9 – At Municipal Stadium, the National League wins 5–3 over the American League in the All-Star Game. After four years, MLB had decided to return to the original single-game format. The American League out-hit the National League 11–6, but the effort went in vain as MVP Willie Mays put on a one-man show. Although he was held to a single, Mays collected two runs, two RBI, two stolen bases and made the defensive play of the game — a running catch that deprived Joe Pepitone of an extra base in the eighth inning. This game also marked the 24th and final All-Star appearance of Stan Musial, who pinch-hit in the fifth inning. He lined out to right field, leaving behind a .317 batting average (20-for-63) and an All-Star Game record of six home runs.
September 10 – The Alous become the first brother trio to bat consecutively in one game, during the eighth inning of a San Francisco Giants' 4–2 loss to the New York Mets at the Polo Grounds. Jesús pinch-hits in his Major League debut and grounds out to shortstop Al Moran; Matty, also pinch-hitting, strikes out, and Felipe ends the inning by grounding out to pitcher Carl Willey, who goes the distance for the victory.
September 13 – Cleveland Indians pitcher Early Wynn finally won his 300th and final game thanks to a little help from the Indian's bullpen. After losing eight straight starts and struggling through five innings against the Kansas City Athletics, Wynn was replaced by relief man Jerry Walker, who tossed four scoreless innings en route to a 7–4 win over the Athletics.
September 22 – Outfielder Jimmie Hall of the Minnesota Twins hits his 33rd and final home run of the year. No other rookie without previous-year at bats has hit more. Hall tops the current record-holder, Boston's Ted Williams, who hit 31 in 1939.
October 6 – At Dodger Stadium, Sandy Koufax defeats the New York Yankees, 2–1, completing a shocking World Series sweep for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Whitey Ford gives up only two hits, both by Frank Howard, who belts a long home run in the fifth inning to start the Dodgers' scoring. In the Series, the Yankees bat just .171 and score only four runs, the second-lowest total in World Series history. Curiously enough, the Dodgers would set the mark for the least runs scored in a World Series only three years later, falling victim to a decisive sweep at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles.
November 26 – Second baseman Pete Rose is a landslide winner of National League Rookie of the Year honors, taking 17 of 20 first place votes, with the others going to Ron Hunt (2) and Ray Culp (1). Rose becomes the second Cincinnati Reds player to win the award, joining Frank Robinson.
Chicago White Sox pitcher Gary Peters, who posted a 19–8 record with 189 strikeouts and a 2.33 ERA, edges teammate third baseman Pete Ward (.295 BA, 22 HR, 84 RBI) and Minnesota Twins outfielder Jimmie Hall (.260, 33, 80) for American League Rookie of the Year honors. Peters takes 10 of 20 first-place votes, Ward six and Hall four.
January 2 – Al Mamaux, 68, pitcher who twice won 20 games for the Pittsburgh Piates.
January 5 – Rogers Hornsby, 66, Hall of Fame second baseman who posted the highest lifetime batting average (.358) of any right-handed batter, also a seven-time batting champion including a .424 mark in 1924, twice MVP, and the first National League player to hit 300 home runs.
January 29 – Lee Meadows, 68, pitcher won 188 games for the Cardinals, Phillies and Pirates, as well as the first modern major leaguer to wear glasses.
January 31 – Ossie Vitt, 73, third baseman for the Tigers and Red Sox, manager of the Indians (1938–1940) and a longtime minor league skipper.
February 9 – Ray Starr, 56, All-Star pitcher who pitched for six teams and won 37 games.
February 15 – Bump Hadley, 58, pitcher who ended Mickey Cochrane's career with a 1937 pitch that fractured his skull; later a broadcaster.
February 20 – Bill Hinchman, 79, outfielder twice batted .300 for Pittsburgh, later a scout.
February 28 – Eppa Rixey, 71, pitcher elected to the Hall of Fame just one month earlier, until 1959 was winningest left-hander in NL history with 266 victories for Phillies and Reds.
March 1 – Irish Meusel, 69, left fielder batted .310 lifetime, led NL in RBI in 1923
March 11 – Joe Judge, 68, first baseman batted .300 nine times for Senators, later coach at Georgetown for 20 years
March 29 – Wilcy Moore, 65, relief pitcher who won last game of 1927 World Series for Yankees
April 23 – Harry Harper, 67, pitched from 1913 through 1923 for the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Brooklyn Robins.
April 27 – Johnny Hutchings, 47, pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Braves in the 1940s.
May 4 – Dickie Kerr, 69, pitcher who as a 1919 rookie won two World Series games for the Chicago White Sox, as one of the players not involved in fixing the Series; later helped a struggling pitcher-turned-hitter, Stan Musial.
May 22 – Dave Shean, 79, second baseman and captain of the World Series champion 1918 Boston Red Sox.
May 23 – Gavvy Cravath, 82, right fielder who won six home runs titles with Phillies.
May 27 – Dave Jolly, 38, knuckleball relief pitcher for the Milwaukee Braves from 1953–1957.
May 31 – Ernie Sulik, 52, Outfielder for the 1936 Philadelphia Phillies.
June 6 – Charlie Mullen, 74, first baseman for the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees in the 1910s.
June 8 – Earl Smith, 66, catcher for five National League champions, who batted .350 for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1925 World Series.
June 24 – Jud Wilson, 69, All-Star third baseman of the Negro Leagues.
June 28 – Frank "Home Run" Baker, 77, Hall of Fame third baseman, a lifetime .307 hitter and four-time home run champion, as well as the last surviving member of Philadelphia Athletics' "$100,000 infield".
July 5 - Ben Demott, 74, pitcher for the Cleveland Naps from 1910 to 1911
July 27 – Hooks Dauss, 73, pitcher won 222 games, all for Detroit
August 15 – Karl Drews, 43, pitcher for four teams including 1947 champion Yankees
August 24 – Ren Kelly, 63, pitched one game for the Philadelphia A's in 1923.
The second season of the Cuban National Series was a display of parity, as three of the four teams were within one game of .500. Tied at the top were Industriales, with the first of many titles, and Oriente, so they played a best-of-three-playoff to decide the title.
The 1963 Asian Baseball Championship was the fifth continental tournament held by the Baseball Federation of Asia. The tournament was held in Seoul, South Korea for the first time, and was won by the hosts for their first Asian Championship. Japan and Taiwan shared second place, the first time that a medal position had been shared in the tournament's history. Philippines were the other participants.
Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1963 followed a system established for odd-number years after the 1956 election.
Namely, the baseball writers were voting on recent players only in even-number years.
The Veterans Committee met in closed sessions to consider executives, managers, umpires, and earlier major league players. It selected four people: 19th-century 300-game winner John Clarkson, turn-of-the-century outfielder Elmer Flick, 266-game winner Eppa Rixey, and outfielder Sam Rice, who had 2987 career hits.
Following the death of J. G. Taylor Spink in December, the Baseball Writers' Association of America inaugurated the Spink Award honoring a baseball writer. It would be conferred as part of the induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, which would help ensure at least one living, honored guest. Spink was the first recipient, deceased.
The 1963 Claxton Shield was the 24th annual Claxton Shield, it was held at the Brisbane Cricket Ground and Bannister Park in Brisbane, Queensland. The participants were South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland. The series was won by New South Wales claiming their ninth Shield title and first since the 1955 Claxton Shield.The Helms Award was given to Kevin Cantwell from New South Wales.
The 1963 Little League World Series took place between August 20 and August 24 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Granada Hills National Little League of Granada Hills, California, defeated Stratford Original Little League of Stratford, Connecticut, in the championship game of the 17th Little League World Series.
For the first time, the championship game was televised, as highlights were broadcast by ABC on Wide World of Sports. This was the third consecutive title for the state of California. As of 2018, this is the longest winning streak by a U.S. state.
The 1963 Senior League World Series took place from August 15–17 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States. Monterrey, Mexico defeated Downey, California in the championship game. This was the only edition held in Bethlehem.
This was the first SLWS to feature an international squad.
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