Arguably the most memorable event of the 1969 baseball season was the Mets incredible World Series win. But the year also saw a number of other firsts -- it was Bowie Kuhn's first year as the new commissioner and the first year that both leagues had 12 teams. You can find highlights of the 1969 baseball season below:
- American League and National League both expand to 12 teams and divide into two divisions, with division winners to play best-of-five playoffs.
- Mets become second major league team in three years to win flag after finishing as low as ninth the preceding year.
- Orioles take American League flag.
- Braves win National League West title, bow to Mets in three straight games in first NLCS.
- Twins win first American League West title, are swept by Orioles in first ALCS.
- Mets beat heavily favored Orioles in 1969 World Series in five games to top off miracle season.
- Donn Clendenon raps three homers and hits .357 to lead Mets in the 1969 World Series.
- Jerry Koosman wins two World Series games for Mets.
- Bowie Kuhn named new commissioner, replacing Spike Eckert.
- To add more offense, rules are made to reduce the height of the pitcher's mound and the size of the strike zone.
- The National League's batting average jumps seven points and the American League's jumps 16 points.
- Harmon Killebrew leads majors with 49 homers and 140 RBI and is American League MVP.
- Willie McCovey named National League MVP after leading league in homers (45), RBI (126), SA (.656), and OBP (.458).
- The Mets' Tom Seaver tops majors with 25 wins.
- Seaver wins 1969 National League Cy Young Award.
- Detroit's Denny McLain leads American League with nine shutouts and 24 wins to repeat as American League Cy Young winner.
- Minnesota's Rod Carew steals home seven times to tie Pete Reiser's major league season record.
- Orioles' 109 wins tie 1961 Yanks for most wins in 162-game season.
- National League wins 1969 All-Star Game 9-3 at Washington.
- Dave McNally sets Orioles franchise record by winning 15 games in a row.
- Ted Williams is hired as Washington manager; the team finishes over .500 for the first time in its nine-year history.
- The Curt Flood case begins vs. OB after Flood is traded to Phils by Cards and refuses to report to new team.
- Twins manager Billy Martin beats up one of his own pitchers, Dave Boswell.
- On August 5, Pirate Willie Stargell becomes first to hit a homer out of Dodger Stadium.
Willie Stargell steps into
baseball history by hitting
the first home run
out of Dodger Stadium.
- LA's Willie Davis hits in 31 consecutive games.
- Houston hurlers fan major league record 1,221 hitters.
- Wayne Granger of Reds is first pitcher to appear in 90 games.
- Bobby Bonds of Giants fans major league record 187 times.
- McCovey receives major league record 45 intentional walks.
- McCovey's .656 SA sets record for National League first basemen.
- Boston's Rico Petrocelli sets American League shortstop record with 40 homers.
- Bob Moose of Pittsburgh no-hits Mets on Sept. 20.
- Ken Holtzman of Cubs no-hits Atlanta on August 19.
- Jim Palmer of Baltimore no-hits Oakland on August 13; this comes in the midst of his 15 consecutive wins.
- Bill Stoneman of Montreal no-hits Phils on April 17.
To learn more about baseball, see:
- 1968 Baseball Season
- 1970 Baseball Season
- Baseball History
- How Baseball Works
- How the Baseball Hall of Fame Works
- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
- Babe Ruth