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1968 Baseball Season


More 1968 Baseball Season Highlights

Johnny Bench's rookie year is filled with triumphs for the catcher, while Jim Northrup hits three grandslams in five days. Find these and more highlights of the 1968 baseball season below:

  • Wilbur Wood of White Sox pitches in 88 games, a new major league record.
  • Pete Rose wins his first bat crown (.335) and becomes first switch-hitter in National League history to lead the loop in hitting.
  • Tigers win flag with a third baseman, Don Wert, who hits .200, and a shortstop, Ray Oyler, who hits .135 in 111 games.
  • Four teams in the major league score fewer than 500 runs.
  • Johnny Bench is the 1968 National League Rookie of the Year in a close vote over Met Jerry Koosman.
  • Yankee Stan Bahnsen is 1968 American League Rookie of the Year.
  • Chicago's Glenn Beckert ends Bill Mazeroski's reign as National League Gold Glove champ at second base.
  • Chicago's Ron Santo wins his fifth consecutive Gold Glove at third base.
  • For the sixth straight year, Mays, Roberto Clemente, and Cardinal Curt Flood sweep Gold Gloves for National League outfielders.
  • Angel second baseman Bobby Knoop wins third Gold Glove.
  • Koosman is the first rookie in 55 years to collect as many as seven shutouts in his frosh season.
  • Cub Fergie Jenkins is 20-15 with nine shutout losses, most in this century by a 20-game winner.
  • Mets batters strike out a major league record 1,203 times.
  • Detroit's Dick McAuliffe ties major league record when he grounds into no DPs in over 150 games.
  • Detroit's Gates Brown hits major league record .472 as a pinch hitter (since broken).
  • Howard hits record ten homers over a six-game span.
  • Cubs pitcher Bill Hands strikes out a record 14 times in a row.
  • Cubs backstop Randy Hundley catches major league record 160 games.
  • Curt Blefary, former American League Rookie of the Year, hits .200 for Houston -- lowest BA in history by an outfielder with 400 or more at-bats.
  • Jim McAndrew of Mets loses record four consecutive games in which his team is shut out.
  • McAuliffe, a .249 hitter, tops American League in runs with 95.
  • Jim Northrup of Detroit hits record-tying three grandslams in a five-day period.
  • Beckert tops majors in runs scored with 98.
  • Brock tops the National League with 46 doubles, 14 triples, and 62 steals.
  • Boston's Hawk Harrelson leads majors with 109 RBI.
  • Harrelson tops American League with just 153 runs produced, setting a record low for a loop leader.
  • Cincinnati's Tony Perez paces major league with 167 runs produced, setting a record low by an major league leader.
  • Yaz tops majors in walks (119) and OBP (.429).
  • Rose leads National League with a .394 OBP, lowest to top loop since 1917.
  • Rose and Atlanta's Felipe Alou tie for National League lead in hits with 210.
  • Bert Campaneris leads American League with 177 hits, fewest ever by American League leader in a full season.
  • Campaneris tops American League in stolen bases (62).
  • McLain leads American League in innings (336), win pct. (.838), and CGs (28).
  • Cub Phil Regan tops majors with 25 saves.
  • Minnesota's Al Worthington leads American League with just 18 saves.
  • Luis Tiant leads American League in ERA (1.60).
  • Cleveland's Sam McDowell leads American League in Ks (283).

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