1966 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1966 throughout the world.

List of years in baseball

Champions

Major League Baseball

Other champions

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

Sandy Koufax
Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax
American League National League
AVG Frank Robinson1 BAL .316 Matty Alou PIT .342
HR Frank Robinson1 BAL 49 Hank Aaron ATL 44
RBI Frank Robinson1 BAL 122 Hank Aaron ATL 127
Wins Jim Kaat MIN 25 Sandy Koufax2 LA 27
ERA Gary Peters CHW 1.98   Sandy Koufax2 LA 1.73  
SO Sam McDowell CLE 225 Sandy Koufax2 LA 317
SV Jack Aker KC 32 Phil Regan LA 21
SB Bert Campaneris KC 52 Lou Brock STL 74

1American League Triple Crown Batting winner
2Major League Triple Crown Pitching winner

Major league baseball final standings

American League final standings

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Baltimore Orioles 97 63 .606
Minnesota Twins 89 73 .549 9
Detroit Tigers 88 74 .543 10
Chicago White Sox 83 79 .512 15
Cleveland Indians 81 81 .500 17
California Angels 80 82 .494 18
Kansas City Athletics 74 86 .463 23
Washington Senators 71 88 .447 25.5
Boston Red Sox 72 90 .444 26
New York Yankees 70 89 .440 26.5

National League final standings

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 95 67 .586
San Francisco Giants 93 68 .578 1.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 92 70 .568 3
Philadelphia Phillies 87 75 .537 8
Atlanta Braves 85 77 .525 10
St. Louis Cardinals 83 79 .512 12
Cincinnati Reds 76 84 .475 18
Houston Astros 72 90 .444 23
New York Mets 66 95 .410 28.5
Chicago Cubs 59 103 .364 36

Events

January

February

March

  • March 5 – In what will prove to be one of the more influential off-the-field events in Major League history, United Steelworkers union official Marvin Miller is elected the Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA). Under Miller's guidance, the players' union will make major gains such as salary increases, improvements in pension benefits, and the advent of free agency and salary arbitration. Miller will occupy his position from 1966 to 1982, as the players' union was transformed into one of the strongest unions in the United States.
  • March 8 – The Special Veterans Committee waives Hall of Fame election rules and inducts Casey Stengel, recently retired manager of the New York Mets.
  • March 17 – Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale escalate their threat of retirement by signing movie contracts. On March 30, they will end their 32-day holdout, signing for $130,000 and $105,000 respectively.

April

May

June

July

August

  • August 15 – The Orioles left-handed slugger Boog Powell hits 3 opposite-field homers over the left-field Green Monster at Fenway Park. Powell has 13 total bases in the game, won by Baltimore, 4-2, in 11 innings.
  • August 29 – The Detroit Tigers' Denny McLain wins his 16th start of the season, even though he doesn't do it that way. He throws 229 pitches, walks 9, and allows 8 hits. However, he strikes out 11 in a 6-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

September

October

  • October 2 – In the second game of a doubleheader at Connie Mack Stadium, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 6–3 as Sandy Koufax bests Jim Bunning in what will be the final regular-season game of Koufax's career. Despite giving up the three runs in the ninth inning, Koufax goes the distance and strikes out Jackie Brandt for the final out.
  • October 9 – In Game Four of the World Series, Dave McNally wrapped up a brilliant pitching display, and the first World Series Championship for the Baltimore Orioles, with a four-hit, 1–0 shutout against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Series MVP Frank Robinson hits a home run off Don Drysdale for the only run of the game and gave Baltimore a sweep of the defending World Series Champion Dodgers. The shutout completes a World Series record 33​23 scoreless innings pitched by Orioles pitchers, beginning with Moe Drabowsky pitching 6​23 innings in relief of McNally in Game One, followed by shutouts by Jim Palmer and Wally Bunker—neither of whom had pitched a shutout during the regular season. The Orioles are the last of the original eight American League franchises to win their first World Series.

November

December

  • December 1 – The Los Angeles Dodgers send former National League stolen base king Maury Wills to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for infielders Bob Bailey and Gene Michael. Wills upset the Dodgers when he left the team during its recent tour of Japan.

Births

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Deaths

January

  • January 15 – Stover McIlwain, 26, pitcher for the Chicago White Sox from 1957 to 1958.
  • January 15 – Walt Walsh, 66, Pinch runner for two games with the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • January 29 – Homer Summa, 67, right fielder who collected a .302 average over 10 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Athletics.

February

  • February 14 – Jack Coffey, 79, infielder who played from 1909 to 1918 for the Boston Doves, Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox.

March

  • March   9 – Aaron Robinson, 50, All-Star catcher for the New York Yankees who replaced Bill Dickey and was then replaced by Yogi Berra as the Yankees starting catcher who then later played for the Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox.
  • March 18 – Frank Bennett, 61, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in the 1920s.

April

  • April   5 – Sam Dodge, 76, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in the 1920s.
  • April 12 – Joe Harris, 84, pitched with the Boston Americans in the early 20th century.

May

  • May   4 – Bob Elliott, 49, 7-time All-Star third baseman who won the NL's 1947 MVP award.
  • May   7 – Bing Miller, 71, outfielder for the Washington Senators, Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Browns and Boston Red Sox, who won two World Series with the Athletics in 1929 and 1930.

June

  • June 27 – Marty Krug, 77, third baseman who played for the Boston Red Sox (1912) and Chicago Cubs (1922).

July

  • July   9 – Mule Suttles, 66, All-Star first baseman of the Negro Leagues who hit the first home run in the East-West All-Star game.
  • July 16 – Les Howe, 80, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in the mid-1920s.

August

  • August   1 – Hank Gowdy, 76, catcher and first baseman who won the 1914 World Series and is the only player to have served in both World Wars.
  • August 10 – Chuck Dressen, 67, manager of five teams who led the Dodgers to pennants in 1952–53.
  • August 15 – George J. Burns, 76, left fielder, primarily with the New York Giants, who led the NL in runs and walks five times each.
  • August 17 – Bill Allington, 62, manager who won four Championship Titles in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
  • August 25 – Sam Zoldak, 47, pitcher for the St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians, and Philadelphia Athletics.
  • August 29 – Al DeVormer, 75, catcher for the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and New York Giants between 1918 and 1927.

September

  • September 12 – Bill Summers, 70, American League umpire from 1933 to 1959 who worked in eight World Series and a record seven All-Star games.
  • September 13 – Ralph Comstock, 75, pitched in the 1910s for the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Rebels, and Pittsburgh Pirates.

October

  • October   4 – Mike Tresh, 52, catcher for the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians from 1938 to 1949 and the father of New York Yankees slugger Tom Tresh.
  • October 11 – Red Smith, 76, solid third baseman for multiple Dodgers and Braves teams in the 1910s, including the 1914 World Champions Boston Braves.
  • October 17 – Bob Swift, 51, former catcher, coach, and acting manager of the Detroit Tigers, who caught the diminutive Eddie Gaedel in 1951.
  • October 30 – Dick Barrett, 60, pitcher from 1933 to 1945 for the Athletics, Braves, Cubs and Phillies, who was named Minor League Player of the Year by The Sporting News in 1942.

November

  • November   7 – Rube Bressler, 72, one of only a few players in major league baseball history to successfully convert from a pitcher to a position player as a first baseman/outfielder, who played for the Philadelphia Athletics & Phillies, Brooklyn Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, and St. Louis Cardinals between 1914 and 1931.

December

  • December 20 – Doc Farrell, 64, utility infielder for six different teams between 1925 and 1935, including the Yankees 1932 World Champions.

External links

1965–66 Cuban National Series

The fifth season of the Cuban National Series saw two simultaneous expansions: in the number of teams and the number of games played. Two new teams, Henequeneros and Centrales, were formed, and the schedule was nearly doubled, from 39 games per team to 65.

Industriales, after two years of dominating the standings, came back to the pack, as Orientales and the new Henequeneros squad, were within three games of winning the title. However, the Lions were able to win their fourth straight series.

1966 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting

Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1966 followed the system introduced for even-number years in 1956.

The Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from recent major league players with provision for a second, "runoff" election in case of no winner. Ted Williams tallied more than 90% on the first ballot.

Meanwhile, the Veterans Committee was meeting annually to consider executives, managers, umpires, and earlier major league players.

It selected Casey Stengel.

1966 Claxton Shield

The 1966 Claxton Shield was the 27th annual Claxton Shield, it was held in Adelaide, South Australia. The participants were South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland. The series was won by South Australia who finished ahead of Victoria on run percentage for their 9th title.The standard of the tournament was of poor quality with 114 errors committed over the 20 games. The 1966 Shield also marked the start of modern Australian players getting signed to the Major League system with Neil Page of South Australia getting signed to the Cincinnati Reds and Sid Thompson from New South Wales signing with the Philadelphia Phillies. Both players were released at the end of the 1967 Major League Baseball season.

1966 Little League World Series

The 1966 Little League World Series took place between August 22 and August 27 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Westbury American Little League of Houston, Texas, defeated American Little League of West New York, New Jersey, in the championship game of the 20th Little League World Series.

1966 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1966 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 37th midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was played on July 12, 1966, at then-new Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.

The 10-inning contest – which was played on a memorably hot and humid afternoon in St. Louis, with a game-time temperature of 105 °F (41 °C) – resulted in a 2–1 victory for the NL.

1966 Senior League World Series

The 1966 Senior League World Series took place from August 18–20 in Des Moines, Iowa, United States. East Rochester, New York defeated La Habra, California in the championship game.

Ken Lee (linebacker)

Kenneth Alan Lee (born September 3, 1948) is a former American football linebacker who played two seasons in the National Football League (NFL) for the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills, one season for in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with the Toronto Argonauts, and two final seasons for the Southern California Sun of the World Football League (WFL). He played college football at the University of Washington and was drafted in the second round of the 1971 NFL Draft.

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