Year In Review : 1960 American League

Off the field...

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.

In 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.

In 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.

Around 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.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"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
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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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