More 1964 Baseball Season Highlights
Below are more highlights of the 1964 baseball season, including first-ever MVP wins by third basemen in both leagues.
- Dick Allen sets National League rookie record with 352 total bases.
- The Mets finish last for the third consecutive year under Casey Stengel, losing a major league record 340 games over a three-year period.
- Willie Mays tops the National League in homers (47) and SA (.607).
- Dean Chance of the Angels wins the Cy Young Award.
- Chance tops the American League in ERA (1.65), shutouts (11), innings (278), and CGs (15).
- Larry Jackson of the Cubs tops the majors with 24 wins.
- The Cubs trade Lou Brock and two other players to the Cards for Ernie Broglio, Bobby Shantz, and Doug Clemens.
- The Hall of Fame inducts Luke Appling, Red Faber, Burleigh Grimes, Miller Huggins, Tim Keefe, Heinie Manush, and Monte Ward.
- Bobby Shantz wins the last of eight consecutive Gold Gloves.
- Catchers Elston Howard of the Yankees and Johnny Edwards of the Reds both win second consecutive Gold Gloves.
- Vic Power wins the last of seven straight Gold Gloves as an American League first baseman.
Chicago's Ron Santo replaces Ken Boyer as National League Gold Glove
champ at third base; Santo will win five Gold Gloves in a row.
- Ruben Amaro takes Bobby Wine's job as Phils shortstop and also replaces him as reigning National League Gold Glove champ.
- Chicago's Jim Landis wins his last of five consecutive Gold Gloves given to American League outfielders.
- Jesus Alou of the Giants goes 6-for-6 on July 10.
- Oriole Jerry Adair's .994 FA sets a new major league record for second basemen.
- For the first time in major league history, third basemen win both MVP Awards.
- On Sept. 21, the Reds beat the Phils on a steal of home by Chico Ruiz; the game starts the Phils' incredible slide from the top.
- Joe Stanka is selected the MVP of Japan's Pacific League, the first American player to be so honored.
- Masanori Murakami of the Giants becomes the first Japanese-born player to play in the majors.
- The White Sox give up an American League record-low 2.63 runs per game at home.
- Cleveland deals Mudcat Grant to the Twins for George Banks and Lee Stange.
- LA sends Frank Howard and four others to Washington for Claude Osteen, John Kennedy, and cash.
- Milwaukee deals Roy McMillan to the Mets for Jay Hook and Adrian Garrett.
- Houston pitcher Jim Umbricht dies of cancer.
- Ken Hubbs of the Cubs dies in a private plane crash prior to the season.
- Reds manager Fred Hutchinson dies of cancer.
- Brooks Robinson leads the American League in games played for the fourth consecutive year to tie the loop record.
- The Twins tie the record of 1961 Yankees when six of their players hit 20 or more homers.
- The Reds blow their chance to win the National League flag by losing the last two games of the season to Phils.
- The Cards nearly blow their pennant race by losing their next-to-last game to the Mets.
- Jim Ray Hart sets a Giants franchise rookie record with 31 homers.
- Roberto Clemente tops the National League in batting (.339), and ties St. Louis's Curt Flood for lead in hits (211).
- Ken Boyer is the National League RBI leader (119) and is tops in runs produced (195).
- Maury Wills cops his fourth National League steals crown in a row (53).
- Ron Santo leads the National League in walks (86) and OBP (.401), and ties in triples (13).
- Lee Maye of the Braves tops the majors with 44 doubles.
- Juan Marichal tops the majors with 22 complete games.
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