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:
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- 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 has just 163
runs but leads the
- 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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