1966 Baseball Season

1966 Baseball Season Highlights

The 1966 baseball season saw the tearful farewell of the legendary Sandy Koufax (forced into retirement due an arthritic elbow), as well as record-setting plays by baseball greats like Jim Palmer, Frank Robinson, and Willie Mays. You'll find some of the highlights of the 1966 season, below:

  • The Dodgers repeat as National League champs.
  • The Orioles take their first flag since move to Baltimore.
  • The Orioles sweep the 1966 World Series.
  • The Dodgers are blanked for a Series record 33 consecutive innings after scoring two runs in game one.
  • Jim Palmer, Wally Bunker, and Dave McNally shut out the Dodgers in succession in the 1966 World Series.
  • In the 1966 World Series, Paul Blair and Frank Robinson win back-to-back 1-0 games for Orioles with home runs.
  • The Dodgers bat .142 in the 1966 World Series.
  • At age 20, Jim Palmer becomes the youngest pitcher in history to hurl a World Series shutout, as he wins 6-0 in game two.
  • Frank Robinson earns the American League MVP Award after winning the Triple Crown (.316 BA, 49 homers, 122 RBI).
  • Robinson leads the American League in runs (122), total bases (367), runs produced (195), OBP (.415), and slugging (.637).
  • An arthritic elbow forces Sandy Koufax to retire after 1966 season.
  • In his final season, Koufax tops the majors with 27 wins, 27 CGs, 317 Ks, 323 innings, and 1.73 ERA.
  • The Yankees tumble into the cellar for the first time since 1912.
  • Prior to the season, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale stage the first dual holdout by teammates in major league history.
  • Marvin Miller is elected president of the Major League Players Association.
  • The Yankees fire broadcaster Red Barber after he calls attention on television to a sparse crowd in Yankee Stadium.
  • Pitcher Tony Cloninger of the Braves hits two grandslams in game on July 3.
  • The Braves move to Atlanta; their first game in Dixie is vs. the Pirates on April 12 at Fulton County Stadium.
  • Willie Mays plays 150 or more games for a major league record 13th consecutive year.
  • Pittsburgh's Matty Alou leads the National League in BA (.342); brother Felipe Alou of Atlanta is second (.327).
  • Tony Oliva tops the American League in hits in each of his first three seasons in the majors, as he collects 191 in 1966.
  • Cards rookie Larry Jaster ties for the National League lead in shutouts with five, and all five are achieved vs. the Dodgers.
  • Sandy Koufax wins his third unanimous Cy Young Award in the last four years.
  • Koufax tops the National League in ERA a record fifth consecutive time, and he wins the 1966 title by 49 points.
  • Sonny Siebert of Cleveland no-hits Washington on June 10.
  • First game in Anaheim Stadium -- White Sox vs. Angels on April 19.
  • First game in Busch Stadium -- Braves vs. Cards on May 16.
  • Jack Aker's 32 saves for Kansas City set a new major league record.
  • California pitcher Dean Chance fans 54 times in 76 at-bats for the Angels.
  • The National League wins the All-Star Game 2-1 at St. Louis.
  • Felipe Alou leads the National League in runs (122) and total bases (355), and leads the majors in hits (218).
  • Hank Aaron paces National League in homers (44), and majors in RBI (127) and runs produced (200).
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