1964 Baseball Season Highlights
In the finale of the 1964 baseball season, the Yankees were defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals in a thrilling seven games. Below, you will find highlights from the 1964 baseball season:
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- The Yanks tie their own record by winning a fifth consecutive flag in American League.
- The Cards emerge on top in the National League by a 1-game margin in a five-team race.
- The Cards win the 1964 World Series in seven games -- it's the first time since 1921-1922 that the Yankees have been beaten twice in a row in fall play.
- Tired Bob Gibson beats tired Mel Stottlemyre in game seven, as both start the third 1964 World Series game on only three days' rest.
- Gibson fans 13 men in ten innings in game five of the 1964 World Series.
- Tim McCarver of the Cards leads all World Series hitters with .478 BA.
Mickey Mantle has three
home runs in the
1964 World Series.
- Mickey Mantle has three homers and eight RBI in his last World Series.
- Yankee Bobby Richardson sets a Series record with 13 hits.
- Yogi Berra is fired as Yankees pilot after winning a flag as a rookie manager; Cards manager Johnny Keane is hired to replace him.
- St. Louis's Ken Boyer wins the 1964 National League MVP Award.
- Brooks Robinson of Baltimore is named 1964 American League MVP.
- Tony Oliva of the Twins is named 1964 American League Rookie of the Year, as he wins bat title (.323).
- Philly's Dick Allen is named 1964 National League Rookie of the Year, as he tops the National League in total bases (352) and runs (125), and ties in triples with 13.
- The Phils lose the National League flag after leading by 6½ games with 12 to play as they lose ten straight games down the stretch.
- Boston's Dick Radatz has 16 wins and major league-top 29 saves for a team that wins only 72 games.
- On May 31, Mets and Giants play twinbill that lasts record 10½ hours; the Mets lose both games.
- The Yankees are sold to CBS.
- Wally Bunker, age 19, wins 19 games for Orioles -- the most in the 20th Century by a teenage pitcher.
- New York's Shea Stadium opens on April 17 as the Mets host Pittsburgh.
- The National League wins the All-Star Game 7-4 at Shea Stadium.
- Jim Bunning pitches a perfect game vs. the Mets on June 21 -- it's the first perfect game in the National League during the 20th Century.
- Houston's Ken Johnson becomes the lone Major League hurler to lose a CG no-hitter in nine innings, as the Reds beat him 1-0 on April 23.
- Sandy Koufax no-hits Philadelphia on June 4.
- Koufax Ks 18 Cubs on April 24.
- Koufax is held to 223 innings by arm trouble, but still leads the National League in shutouts (seven), win pct. (.792), and ERA (1.74).
- Mickey Mantle receives his first $100,000 contract.
- Boston's Tony Conigliaro, age 19, hits 24 homers and has .530 SA -- both records for a teenage player.
- Baltimore's Luis Aparicio leads American League in steals (57) for a record ninth consecutive year.
- Don Drysdale tops the majors in innings pitched (321).
- Johnny Wyatt of KC is the first pitcher in Major League history to appear in at least half of his team's games (81 of 162).
- Pedro Oliva leads the majors in hits (217) and total bases (374), and the American League in runs (109) and doubles (43).
- Oliva sets American League rookie record for hits.
- Oliva ties Major League rookie record with 374 total bases.
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- 1963 Baseball Season
- 1965 Baseball Season
- Baseball History
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- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
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