Year In Review : 1960 American League

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The fifty-star Flag of the United States was officially dedicated on July 4. The newly expanded banner had been modified following the admission of the 50th state, Hawaii, on August 21, 1959 with an Executive Order filed by President Eisenhower providing the arrangement of nine rows of stars staggered horizontally and eleven rows staggered vertically.

President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960 enabling federal judges to appoint referees to hear persons claiming that state election officials had denied minorities the right to register and vote. Though well intended, the statute proved ineffective, making it necessary for President Lyndon B. Johnson to persuade Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

John F. Kennedy, a first-ballot nominee, defeated Richard Nixon to become the youngest President ever elected in the United States. Winning by a narrow margin in the popular vote, Kennedy became the first Roman Catholic President and immediately set out to redeem his campaign pledge to get America moving again. His economic programs launched the country on its longest sustained expansion since World War II.

I n the American League

On Opening Day, "Teddy Baseball" (Ted Williams) tied the "Iron Horse" (Lou Gehrig) with the 493rd home run of his career. The 500' blast in his first at-bat remained the only bright moment for Boston as the Washington Senators' Camilo Pascual struck out 11 Red Sox batters on the way to a 10-1 victory. Williams hit number 500 later that season with a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on June 17.

American League Most Valuable Player Roger Maris debuted as a New York Yankee against the Boston Red Sox with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs en route to an 8-4 win at Fenway Park.

Baltimore Orioles catcher Clint Courtney became the first at his position to complete 2 career unassisted double plays during a 5-3 loss to the New York Yankees.

I n the National League

George Crowe of the St. Louis Cardinals hit four-pinch homers for a Major League career record of fourteen.

Baseball's greatest defensive player became baseball's greatest offensive player with a single at-bat during the Pittsburgh Pirates versus New York Yankees World Series. After being statistically dominated by their American League rivals for six outings, the National League champions found themselves with their backs against the wall at Forbes Field for Game 7. Stats mattered little in the end though as second baseman Bill Mazeroski stepped up to the plate (in the bottom of the ninth) and delivered a desperate, bases-empty home run for the 10-9 victory and the first Pirates World Championship in thirty-five years.

The Los Angeles Dodgers set an all-time National League record for attendance with 2,253,887 coming out to the Coliseum.

A round the League

Bill Veeck became the first to break uniform tradition after putting the names of his players on the backs of their Chicago White Sox jerseys. In reaction, the rest of the league's teams sent formal protests to the commissioner's office demanding that the names be removed. After hearing both sides, it was determined that each team would have the option to add their names or stay with the traditional number only.

Television icon Gene Autry attended the annual American League owners meeting while investigating possible broadcasting opportunities. After realizing Autry's true respect for the game of baseball as well as his political connections in California, American League President Joe Cronin nominated him for ownership. The result was the birth of the California Angels expansion franchise.

The Sporting News named Boston Red Sox icon Ted Williams as their "Player of the Decade" for the 1950s.

The last remaining chapter in the Negro Leagues disbanded after a steady decline in talent due to the inclusion and rapid growth of African-American players in the Major Leagues.

"They examined all my organs. Some of them are quite remarkable and others are not so good. A lot of museums are bidding for them." - Casey Stengel
1960 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Detroit

125

Batting Average

Boston

.320

Doubles

Cleveland

36

Hits

Chicago

184

Home Runs

New York

40

On Base Percentage

Detroit

.416

RBI

New York

112

Runs

New York

119

Slugging Average

New York

.581

Stolen Bases

Chicago

51

Total Bases

New York

294

Triples

Chicago

10

1960 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Detroit

15

ERA

Chicago

2.67

Games

Boston

70

Saves

Cleveland

14

Boston

Shutouts

New York

4

Cleveland

Chicago

Strikeouts

Detroit

201

Winning Percentage

Cleveland

.643

Wins

Baltimore

18

Cleveland

1960 American League

Team Standings

New York Yankees

97 57 .630 0

Baltimore Orioles

89 65 .578 8

Chicago White Sox

87 67 .565 10

Cleveland Indians

76 78 .494 21

Washington Senators

73 81 .474 24

Detroit Tigers

71 83 .461 26

Boston Red Sox

65 89 .422 32

Kansas City Athletics

58 96 .377 39

1960 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Detroit

636

Batting Average

Chicago

.270

Doubles

Chicago

242

Hits

Cleveland

1,415

Home Runs

New York

193

On Base Percentage

Chicago

.348

Runs

New York

746

Slugging Average

New York

.426

Stolen Bases

Chicago

122

Triples

Washington

43

1960 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Baltimore

48

ERA

New York

3.52

Fewest Hits Allowed

Baltimore

1,222

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Baltimore

117

Fewest Walks Allowed

Detroit

474

Saves

New York

42

Shutouts

New York

16

Strikeouts

Detroit

824



Ted Williams hit some interesting home runs in 1960 including: June 17, when he joined the 500 Home Runs Club ; September 2, when he hit a home run off Don Lee - the son of pitcher Thornton Lee who Williams hit a home run off of twenty years earlier; and September 26, when Williams hit a home run in his final major league at-bat .

On April 19, 1960, Roger Maris made his debut in a New York Yankees uniform and responded in style with four hits, four runs batted in, and two home runs.

On September 10, 1960, Mickey Mantle hit a home run over the right-field roof at Tiger Stadium. Did you know that this was the third time during his career where he cleared the roof at Tiger Stadium and the first time the ball cleared Trumbull Avenue?

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