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1964 Baseball Season


More 1964 Baseball Season Highlights

Below are more highlights of the 1964 baseball season, including first-ever MVP wins by third basemen in both leagues.

  • Dick Allen sets National League rookie record with 352 total bases.
  • The Mets finish last for the third consecutive year under Casey Stengel, losing a major league record 340 games over a three-year period.

  • Willie Mays tops the National League in homers (47) and SA (.607).

  • Dean Chance of the Angels wins the Cy Young Award.

  • Chance tops the American League in ERA (1.65), shutouts (11), innings (278), and CGs (15).
  • Larry Jackson of the Cubs tops the majors with 24 wins.

  • The Cubs trade Lou Brock and two other players to the Cards for Ernie Broglio, Bobby Shantz, and Doug Clemens.

  • The Hall of Fame inducts Luke Appling, Red Faber, Burleigh Grimes, Miller Huggins, Tim Keefe, Heinie Manush, and Monte Ward.

  • Bobby Shantz wins the last of eight consecutive Gold Gloves.

  • Catchers Elston Howard of the Yankees and Johnny Edwards of the Reds both win second consecutive Gold Gloves.

  • Vic Power wins the last of seven straight Gold Gloves as an American League first baseman.

  • Chicago's Ron Santo replaces Ken Boyer as National League Gold Glove champ at third base; Santo will win five Gold Gloves in a row.

  • Ruben Amaro takes Bobby Wine's job as Phils shortstop and also replaces him as reigning National League Gold Glove champ.

  • Chicago's Jim Landis wins his last of five consecutive Gold Gloves given to American League outfielders.

  • Jesus Alou of the Giants goes 6-for-6 on July 10.

  • Oriole Jerry Adair's .994 FA sets a new major league record for second basemen.

  • For the first time in major league history, third basemen win both MVP Awards.

  • On Sept. 21, the Reds beat the Phils on a steal of home by Chico Ruiz; the game starts the Phils' incredible slide from the top.

  • Joe Stanka is selected the MVP of Japan's Pacific League, the first American player to be so honored.

  • Masanori Murakami of the Giants becomes the first Japanese-born player to play in the majors.

  • The White Sox give up an American League record-low 2.63 runs per game at home.

  • Cleveland deals Mudcat Grant to the Twins for George Banks and Lee Stange.

  • LA sends Frank Howard and four others to Washington for Claude Osteen, John Kennedy, and cash.

  • Milwaukee deals Roy McMillan to the Mets for Jay Hook and Adrian Garrett.

  • Houston pitcher Jim Umbricht dies of cancer.

  • Ken Hubbs of the Cubs dies in a private plane crash prior to the season.

  • Reds manager Fred Hutchinson dies of cancer.

  • Brooks Robinson leads the American League in games played for the fourth consecutive year to tie the loop record.

  • The Twins tie the record of 1961 Yankees when six of their players hit 20 or more homers.

  • The Reds blow their chance to win the National League flag by losing the last two games of the season to Phils.

  • The Cards nearly blow their pennant race by losing their next-to-last game to the Mets.

  • Jim Ray Hart sets a Giants franchise rookie record with 31 homers.

  • Roberto Clemente tops the National League in batting (.339), and ties St. Louis's Curt Flood for lead in hits (211).

  • Ken Boyer is the National League RBI leader (119) and is tops in runs produced (195).

  • Maury Wills cops his fourth National League steals crown in a row (53).

  • Ron Santo leads the National League in walks (86) and OBP (.401), and ties in triples (13).

  • Lee Maye of the Braves tops the majors with 44 doubles.

  • Juan Marichal tops the majors with 22 complete games.

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