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1963 Baseball Season

1963 Baseball Season Highlights

During the 1963 baseball season all eyes were on LA Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax. In 1963 he had 25 victories, 306 strikeouts, 11 shutouts, and a 1.88 ERA. He later led his team to defeat the Yankees in the 1963 World Series. Below, you will find the highlights from the 1963 baseball season:
  • The Yanks cop fourth straight flag in the American League.

  • The Dodgers triumph in the National League.

  • The Dodgers sweep the Yanks. It is the first time New York is swept since 1922.

  • Sandy Koufax wins two games in the 1963 World Series; Dodgers pitchers have 1.00 ERA.

  • Dodger Tommy Davis leads all batters in 1963 World Series with a .400 BA.

  • Dodger Bill Skowron comes back to haunt Yankees, hitting .385 in the 1963 World Series.

  • Yankees skipper Ralph Houk, Casey Stengel's replacement, wins flags in each of his first three seasons as pilot.

  • Ellie Howard is first black player to win an American League MVP.

    Al Kaline
    Al Kaline has just 163
    runs but leads the
    American League.

  • Al Kaline leads American League in runs produced with just 163.

  • Sandy Koufax wins the 1963 National League MVP.

  • Koufax is first unanimous choice for the Cy Young Award.

  • Koufax sets a new modern National League record with 306 Ks.

  • Koufax sets modern record for southpaws with 11 shutouts.

  • Koufax leads majors with a 1.88 ERA.

  • Carl Yastrzemski wins first American League bat crown (.321).

  • Yaz leads American League in hits (183), doubles (40), walks (95), and OBP (.419).

  • Tommy Davis repeats as the National League bat crown winner (.326).

  • Roger Craig of the Mets ties National League single-season record when he loses 18 consecutive games.

  • Warren Spahn breaks Eddie Plank's record for most career wins by a southpaw when he collects his 328th victory.

  • The Mets lose a major league record 22 straight games on the road.

  • White Sox Dave Nicholson fans 175 times, breaking the major league record by 33.

  • Twins lead majors in runs (767) and hit 225 home runs -- the most homers in history by a non-pennant winner.

  • Boston reliever Dick Radatz has 25 saves, a 15-6 record, and 162 Ks in 132-1/3 innings for a seventh-place team.

  • Majors return to one All-Star Game per season; National League wins 5-3 at Cleveland.

  • Cincinnati's Pete Rose wins the 1963 National League Rookie of the Year prize.

  • On September 13, the three Alou brothers briefly play together in the outfield for the Giants in the same game.

  • On July 31, Cleveland becomes first American League team to hit four consecutive homers -- all are off Angel Paul Foytack.

  • Roger Craig has a 5-22 record for Mets and suffers nine shutout losses.

  • Warren Spahn, at age 42, becomes the oldest 20-game winner in history when he goes 23-7 for Braves.

  • Stan Musial retires as holder of National League record for hits with 3,630 (since broken).

  • At time of retirement, Musial holds National League records for games (3,026), runs (1,949), and doubles (725).

  • Musial continues to hold record for most career homers (475) by player who was never a league leader in homers.

  • Musial leaves as the first major league player to play 1,000 or more games at two different positions -- first base and outfield.

  • Early Wynn picks up his 300th win on July 13.

  • Wynn retires with a 3.54 career ERA. -- highest by a 300-game winner.

  • Sandy Koufax no-hits the Giants on May 11.

  • Juan Marichal no-hits the Astros on June 15.

  • Don Nottebart of Houston no-hits Phillies on May 17.

  • Hank Aaron leads majors in runs (121), RBI (130), total bases (370), SA (.586), and runs produced (207).

  • Aaron ties Willie McCovey for National League homer crown (44).

  • Harmon Killebrew leads American League in homers (45) and SA (.555).

  • On July 6, Juan Marichal beats Warren Spahn 1-0 in 16 innings on a homer by Willie Mays.

  • The Hall of Fame inducts John Clarkson, Elmer Flick, Sam Rice, and Eppa Rixey.

  • On March 30, Pete Rose, a nonroster player for the Reds, goes 2-for-2 in his first major league exhibition game.

  • White Sox Gary Peters is American League Rookie of the Year.

  • Peters has American League's best ERA (2.33).
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