In 1960, Jim Brosnan's first baseball novel was published, and Roger Maris won American League MVP. Here are some of the headlines from the 1960 baseball season:
Lindy McDaniel Saves 26 Games
No pitcher during the past 40 years was more underrated than Lindy McDaniel. He was effective for nearly 21 years as both a closer and a long reliever; on occasion, he even took a turn as a starter. In 1960, he racked up 26 saves, a record in the National League. That McDaniel was never on a pennant-winner is the only black mark on what was otherwise a brilliant career.
Jim Brosnan Tells All
Jim Brosnan's first book, The Long Season, was a genuine literary work, yet the baseball community still reacted negatively. The novel was a tell-all chronicle of the life of a pitcher during a season, from spring training through the end of the then-regular schedule of 154 games. In 1988, Brosnan found that ex-Cardinals general manager Bing Devine remained upset by the book. The pitcher's second novel, Pennant Race, was a record of his stint with the 1961 National League Champion Reds.
Frank Howard Best National League Frosh
During his junior year at Ohio Stare, 6' 7" Frank Howard was an All-America candidate in both basketball and baseball. To the chagrin of NBA scouts, he went on to sign with the Dodgers. In I960, he was the National League Rookie of the Year, hitting .268.
Bobby Richardson and Tony Kubek Spark 1960 Yankees
Yankees shortstop Tony Kubek totaled 77 runs scored that season while second sacker Bobby Richardson came up with 45 runs to help the Yankees win 97 games in 1960.
1960 Yankees Come Again
The 1960 American League Champion New York Yankees had the best offensive attack and the best pitching in the league, but both were group efforts. Art Ditmar led the team in wins with just 15. Jim Coates won 13 for the ballclub.
Dick Groat Tallies .325 BA
Dick Groat, the National League batting champ in 1960 with a .325 average, was the third Pirates shortstop since 1900 to win a hitting crown. No other National League team has had a shortstop win a batting title. Luke Appling, Lou Boudreau, Alex Rodriguez, and Nomar Garciaparra have won the crown in the American League.
Ernie Banks Excels at Plate, Short
Ernie Banks in 1960 became the only shortstop ever to lead his league in home runs (41) and win a Gold Glove in the same season. He was virtually a one-man gang for the Cubs that year. Being that Banks and Richie Ashburn were the only two team members to score more than 58 runs, the RBI total of 117 turned in by Banks is incredible.
Roger Maris Edges Micky Mantle for MVP
Three votes separated Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle in the voting for the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1960. Maris, who topped the circuit in slugging with a .581 mark and RBI with 112, took the title. Mantle led the loop in home runs with 40, runs scored with 119, and total bases with 294.
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