1966 Baseball Season


More 1966 Baseball Season Highlights

Below are more highlights of the 1966 baseball season, including outstanding performances by Bill White, Luis Aparicio, Ron Santo, and others.

  • Juan Marichal wins 25 for San Francisco, topping the majors in win pct. (.806).
  • The American League has only two hitters above .288 -- Frank Robinson (.316) and Tony Oliva (.307).
  • Jim Kaat leads the American League with 25 wins, 305 innings, and 19 CGs.
  • Pirates Gene Alley and Bill Mazeroski participate in a major league keystone record 289 combined DPs.
  • Alley and Maz both win Gold Gloves for the first of two consecutive years.
  • The Mets finish a heady ninth as the Leo Durocher-led Cubs fall into the National League basement.
  • Cincinnati's Tommy Helms is the 1966 National League Rookie of the Year.
  • Chicago's Tommie Agee is named the 1966 American League Rookie of the Year.
  • Phillie Bill White wins the last of seven consecutive Gold Gloves as a National League first baseman.
  • Angel Bobby Knoop wins the first of three consecutive Gold Gloves as an American League second baseman.
  • The Phils trade Fergie Jenkins and two other players to the Cubs for Larry Jackson and Bob Buhl.
  • Giants trade Orlando Cepeda to the Cards for Ray Sadecki.
    1966 Baseball Season Highlights
    The Giants traded first
    baseman Orlando Cepeda
    to the Cardinals in 1966.

  • Yanks trade Clete Boyer to Atlanta for Bill Robinson and Chi-Chi Olivo.
  • Dodgers trade Tommy Davis to the Mets for Ron Hunt and Jim Hickman.
  • Knoop sets record for American League second basemen with 144 Ks.
  • On May 1, Knoop participates in a single-game record six DPs by a second baseman.
  • Bill Mazeroski performs a major league record 166 DPs by a second baseman.
  • Donn Clendenon sets National League record for first basemen by participating in 182 double plays.
  • Luis Aparicio leads American League shortstops in FA for a record eighth straight year.
  • On August 12, Art Shamsky of the Reds enters the game as a pinch hitter and hits three homers.
  • St. Louis' Tim McCarver becomes the only National League catcher ever to top loop in triples (13).
  • Yanks fire Johnny Keane after a 4-16 start, bringing Ralph Houk out of the front office to replace him.
  • The Yanks finish last to ruin Houk's perfect record of three flags in three years as a manager.
  • Yankee workhorse Mel Stottlemyre goes 12-20.
  • On August 26, Orioles Vic Roznovsky and Boog Powell hit the first back-to-back pinch homers in American League history.
  • Frank Delahanty, the last surviving member of the five baseball-playing Delahanty brothers, dies at 83 years of age.
  • Cub Ron Santo's National League record streak of 364 consecutive games played at third base comes to an end.
  • Santo tops National League in walks (95) and OBP (.417).
  • Phillie Johnny Callison tops majors with 40 doubles.
  • Phillie Richie Allen tops the National League in SA (.632), and is second in homers (40).
  • St. Louis' Lou Brock replaces Maury Wills as the National League steals king (74).
  • Bert Campaneris replaces Aparicio as the American League theft leader (52).
  • Dodger Phil Regan leads the National League in saves with 21.
  • Knoop leads the American League in triples (11), and tops American League second basemen in every major fielding department.
  • Harmon Killebrew tops the majors with 103 walks and is second in homers (39) and RBI (110).
  • Siebert (16-8) is the only American League pitcher to win as many as two-thirds of his decisions.
  • Chicago's Gary Peters wins American League ERA crown again (1.98).
  • Detroit's Denny McLain is second in the American League with 20 wins and 14 CGs.

To learn more about baseball, see: