Below are more headlines from the 1964 baseball season, including Mickey Mantle's 1964 World Series triumph.
Speedy Ken Boyer Tops in RBI
Ken Boyer swiped 22 bases as a rookie in 1955, an astounding total in that era for a third baseman. He was so fleet afoot early in his career that in 1957 the Cardinals moved him to center field, where he led all National League gardeners in fielding average. In 1964, Boyer spearheaded the majors with 119 RBI.
Bob Gibson Earns Clutch Wins
Bob Gibson's career win percentage came in below .500 after his first four seasons in the majors. For the remaining 13 years of his career, it ranked above .600. In World Series action, Gibson holds virtually every significant career record for a pitcher who played for a team other than the Yankees. In 1964, the hurler posted a 19-12 record, yet was on the money when it counted, pitching to victories in games five and seven of the fall classic.
Roberto Clemente Takes 1964 National League Crown
Roberto Clemente claimed his second National League batting title in 1964, posting a .339 average. When he repeated the feat in 1965, it was the seventh year in a row that the National League batting king was righthanded. The period between 1959 and 1965 in the National League is the longest run of dominance in either loop by righty swingers since the end of the dead-ball era.
Gene Mauch Goes Down
The jury is still out on whether Gene Mauch was the victim of bad luck or his own panic-stricken managing in the collapse of the Phillies. In any event, his club won on the season's final day to knock the Reds out of a tie for the flag.
PH Carl Warwick Sets Marks
Cardinals outfielder Carl Warwick tied both a single and a career Series record when he garnered three pinch blows in the 1964 classic. For the remainder of his career, he batted just .140 as a pinch hitter.
Mel Stottlemyre Starts Three Games
Mel Stottlemyre began the 1964 season with Triple-A Richmond in the International League and was not called up by the Yankees until August. With Whitey Ford idled, manager Yogi Berra was forced to start Stottlemyre in three games of the 1964 World Series. The rookie won his first fall classic contest 8-3, then lost 5-2 and 7-5. Never again in his 11-year career did he pitch in postseason play.
Mickey Mantle Wins Game Three
In the bottom of the ninth of game three of the 1964 World Series, Mickey Mantle tagged Schultz's first pitch for a home run to win the contest 2-1. Schultz, the Cards' bullpen ace during the regular season, had little success in the 1964 World Series. He went 0-1 with an 18.00 ERA.
Jim Bouton Wins Two in 1964 World Series
Not yet a writer in 1964, Jim Bouton was still a pitcher -- and a good one. He topped the American League with 37 starts that season, posting 18 victories, then won games three and six in the 1964 World Series. Bouton nose-dived to a 4-15 record the following year, joining in the overall Yankees collapse.
Bob Gibson Beats the Yankees
Bob Gibson started three games in an eight-day period and was hit freely by the Yankees throughout. Only in Gibson's first outing, however, was New York able to administer a knockout punch.
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