Year In Review : 1960 National 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.

"There wasn't any one thing (that caused him to resign after an Opening Day loss in 1960), just a lot of things. I'm forty-nine and I want to live to be fifty." - Phillies Manager Eddie Sawyer
1960 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Chicago

116

Batting Average

Pittsburgh

.325

Doubles

Cincinnati

37

Hits

San Francisco

190

Home Runs

Chicago

41

On Base Percentage

Chicago

.416

RBI

Milwaukee

126

Runs

Milwaukee

112

Slugging Average

Cincinnati

.595

Stolen Bases

Los Angeles

50

Total Bases

Milwaukee

334

Triples

Milwaukee

13

1960 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Milwaukee

18

Pittsburgh

Milwaukee

ERA

San Francisco

2.70

Games

Pittsburgh

68

Saves

St. Louis

26

Shutouts

San Francisco

6

Strikeouts

Los Angeles

246

Winning Percentage

St. Louis

.700

Wins

St. Louis

21

Milwaukee

1960 National League

Team Standings

Pittsburgh Pirates

95 59 .617 0

Milwaukee Braves

88 66 .571 7

St. Louis Cardinals

86 68 .558 9

Los Angeles Dodgers

82 72 .532 13

San Francisco Giants

79 75 .513 16

Cincinnati Reds

67 87 .435 28

Chicago Cubs

60 94 .390 35

Philadelphia Phillies

59 95 .383 36

1960 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Chicago

531

Batting Average

Pittsburgh

.276

Doubles

Pittsburgh

236

Hits

Pittsburgh

1,493

Home Runs

Milwaukee

170

On Base Percentage

Pittsburgh

.338

Runs

Pittsburgh

734

Slugging Average

Milwaukee

.417

Stolen Bases

Los Angeles

95

Triples

San Francisco

62

1960 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Milwaukee

55

San Francisco

ERA

Los Angeles

3.40

Fewest Hits Allowed

Los Angeles

1,218

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Pittsburgh

105

Fewest Walks Allowed

Pittsburgh

386

Saves

Cincinnati

35

Shutouts

San Francisco

16

Strikeouts

Los Angeles

1,122



On July 19, 1960, Juan Marichal of the San Francisco Giants made his Major League debut and pitched a one-hitter, twelve strikeout, 2-0 victory versus the Philadelphia Phillies. Did you know that the lone single was hit by Clay Dalrymple ?

On August 18, 1960, Lew Burdette of the Milwaukee Braves hit Tony Gonzalez of the Philadelphia Phillies during the fifth inning. Burdette went on to record a complete game, no-hit , no-walk, 1-0, victory.

On September 16, 1960, Warren Spahn joined the twenty-wins club , for the eleventh time during his career, in style when he tossed a 4-0 no-hitter versus the Philadelphis Phillies.

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