More 1966 Baseball Season Highlights
Below are more highlights of the 1966 baseball season, including outstanding performances by Bill White, Luis Aparicio, Ron Santo, and others.
- Juan Marichal wins 25 for San Francisco, topping the majors in win pct. (.806).
- The American League has only two hitters above .288 -- Frank Robinson (.316) and Tony Oliva (.307).
- Jim Kaat leads the American League with 25 wins, 305 innings, and 19 CGs.
- Pirates Gene Alley and Bill Mazeroski participate in a major league keystone record 289 combined DPs.
- Alley and Maz both win Gold Gloves for the first of two consecutive years.
- The Mets finish a heady ninth as the Leo Durocher-led Cubs fall into the National League basement.
- Cincinnati's Tommy Helms is the 1966 National League Rookie of the Year.
- Chicago's Tommie Agee is named the 1966 American League Rookie of the Year.
- Phillie Bill White wins the last of seven consecutive Gold Gloves as a National League first baseman.
- Angel Bobby Knoop wins the first of three consecutive Gold Gloves as an American League second baseman.
- The Phils trade Fergie Jenkins and two other players to the Cubs for Larry Jackson and Bob Buhl.
- Giants trade Orlando Cepeda to the Cards for Ray Sadecki.
The Giants traded first
baseman Orlando Cepeda
to the Cardinals in 1966.
- Yanks trade Clete Boyer to Atlanta for Bill Robinson and Chi-Chi Olivo.
- Dodgers trade Tommy Davis to the Mets for Ron Hunt and Jim Hickman.
- Knoop sets record for American League second basemen with 144 Ks.
- On May 1, Knoop participates in a single-game record six DPs by a second baseman.
- Bill Mazeroski performs a major league record 166 DPs by a second baseman.
- Donn Clendenon sets National League record for first basemen by participating in 182 double plays.
- Luis Aparicio leads American League shortstops in FA for a record eighth straight year.
- On August 12, Art Shamsky of the Reds enters the game as a pinch hitter and hits three homers.
- St. Louis' Tim McCarver becomes the only National League catcher ever to top loop in triples (13).
- Yanks fire Johnny Keane after a 4-16 start, bringing Ralph Houk out of the front office to replace him.
- The Yanks finish last to ruin Houk's perfect record of three flags in three years as a manager.
- Yankee workhorse Mel Stottlemyre goes 12-20.
- On August 26, Orioles Vic Roznovsky and Boog Powell hit the first back-to-back pinch homers in American League history.
- Frank Delahanty, the last surviving member of the five baseball-playing Delahanty brothers, dies at 83 years of age.
- Cub Ron Santo's National League record streak of 364 consecutive games played at third base comes to an end.
- Santo tops National League in walks (95) and OBP (.417).
- Phillie Johnny Callison tops majors with 40 doubles.
- Phillie Richie Allen tops the National League in SA (.632), and is second in homers (40).
- St. Louis' Lou Brock replaces Maury Wills as the National League steals king (74).
- Bert Campaneris replaces Aparicio as the American League theft leader (52).
- Dodger Phil Regan leads the National League in saves with 21.
- Carl Yastrzemski tops the American League in doubles with 39.
- Knoop leads the American League in triples (11), and tops American League second basemen in every major fielding department.
- Harmon Killebrew tops the majors with 103 walks and is second in homers (39) and RBI (110).
- Siebert (16-8) is the only American League pitcher to win as many as two-thirds of his decisions.
- Chicago's Gary Peters wins American League ERA crown again (1.98).
- Detroit's Denny McLain is second in the American League with 20 wins and 14 CGs.
To learn more about baseball, see:
- 1965 Baseball Season
- 1967 Baseball Season
- Baseball History
- How Baseball Works
- How the Baseball Hall of Fame Works
- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
- Babe Ruth