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1963 Baseball Season


More 1963 Baseball Season Highlights

Below are more highlights of the 1963 baseball season, including great performances by Curt Flood, Whitey Ford, and others.

  • Minnesota's Zoilo Versalles breaks Luis Aparicio's reign as American League's Gold Glove shortstop.
  • Minnesota's Vic Power continues to be the only American League first baseman to win a Gold Glove.

  • Cardinal Curt Flood wins first of seven consecutive Gold Gloves.

  • Rogers Hornsby dies.

  • Home Run Baker dies.

  • The Pirates trade Bob Skinner to Reds for Jerry Lynch.

  • The Tigers deal Jim Bunning and Gus Triandos to Phillies for Don Demeter and Jack Hamilton.

  • Cleveland swaps Jim Perry to Twins for Jack Kralick.

  • White Sox send Al Smith and Luis Aparicio to the O's for Hoyt Wilhelm and three other players.

  • San Francisco trades Felipe Alou and three other players to Milwaukee for Del Crandall and two pitchers.

  • Jimmie Hall hits 33 homers to set Twins rookie record.

  • On June 9 in Houston, the Colt .45s beat the Giants in the first Sunday night game in Major League history.

  • Dick Stuart is the first player to hit 30 or more homers in a season in both leagues, as he clubs 42 for Boston.

  • In the final game of the season, Houston's John Paciorek goes 3-for-3 with two walks, three RBI, and four runs scored in his first Major League game.

  • After going 3-for-3 in his debut, Paciorek never plays another Major League game.

  • Vada Pinson tops majors with 204 hits and 14 triples.

  • Zolio Versalles tops the American League in triples with 13.

  • Eddie Mathews leads the majors in walks (124) and is the only National League player to have a .400 OBP.

  • Albie Pearson of the Angels is second in the American League in OBP (.403), runs (92), and walks (92).

  • Dick Stuart tops the American League in RBI (118) and total bases (319).

  • Cardinal Dick Groat tops majors with 43 doubles.

  • Maury Wills and Luis Aparicio again are stolen base kings, each with 40.

  • Whitey Ford leads American League in wins (24), win pct. (.774), and innings (269).

  • Stu Miller tops majors with 27 saves for Baltimore.

  • Camilo Pascual again tops American League in Ks (202) and wins 21 for Twins.

  • Chicago's Ray Herbert leads American League with seven shutouts.

  • Juan Marichal ties Sandy Koufax for Major League lead in wins (25) and also tops majors in innings (321).

  • Reliever Ron Perranoski leads majors in win pct. (.842) and has 21 saves for the Dodgers.

  • Lindy McDaniel tops the National League with 22 saves for the Cubs.

  • Warren Spahn tops the National League for the last time in CGs (22).

  • The White Sox lead the American League in ERA with a 2.97 mark.

  • LA leads the National League in ERA, strikeouts (1,095), and shutouts (24).

  • Cards finish in second place after leading National League in runs (747).

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