1969 Baseball Season

More 1969 Baseball Season Highlights

In 1969, Hoyt Wilhelm cemented his place in baseball history as the first major league pitcher to achieve 200 career saves. Find more highlights of the 1969 baseball season below:

  • Cincinnati's Jim Maloney no-hits Houston on April 30; the next day, Houston's Don Wilson no-hits Cincinnati.
  • April 14, in the first major league game played outside the United States, Montreal beats the Cards 8-7.
  • Pete Rose wins second consecutive National League bat crown (.348).
  • Rod Carew takes his first American League bat crown (.332).
  • For the first time since 1914, Cleveland finishes last in American League, trailing the Seattle Pilots and KC Royals, two expansion teams.
  • Cleveland's Sam McDowell leads major league with 279 Ks.
  • Hoyt Wilhelm becomes first pitcher in major league history to achieve 200 career saves.
  • "Bleacher Bums" make their official debut in Wrigley Field; Cubs earn highest finish since 1945.
  • Pete Rose breaks up the Curt Flood-Roberto Clemente-Willie Mays National League Gold Glove monopoly as he replaces Mays as an outfield Gold Glover.
  • Baltimore's Davy Johnson takes first of three consecutive Gold Gloves as American League second baseman.
  • The Royals' Lou Piniella is 1969 American League Rookie of the Year.
  • LA's Ted Sizemore named 1969 National League Rookie of the Year.
  • Astros trade Rusty Staub to Montreal Expos for four players and $100,000.
  • Cleveland sends Luis Tiant and Stan Williams to Twins for Graig Nettles, Dean Chance, and two other players.
  • Yanks trade Joe Pepitone to Astros for Curt Blefary.
  • Cards trade Orlando Cepeda to Braves for Joe Torre.
  • Mets trade Amos Otis and Bob Johnson to Royals for Joe Foy.
  • On September 10, Royals use an major league record 27 men in a nine-inning game.
  • Houston's Jim Wynn ties National League record, receiving 148 walks.
  • Washington's Dick Bosman has best ERA in American League (2.19).
  • Boston's Rico Petrocelli sets American League record when he hits 40 homers as a shortstop.
  • Washington's Del Unser tops American League with eight triples, fewest ever by a loop leader.
  • Jim Northrup of Detroit goes 6-for-6 in a 13-inning game on August 28.
  • Royals' Bob Oliver goes 6-for-6 on May 4.
  • Steve Carlton of the Cards fans 19 Mets on September 15, but loses 4-3.
  • On September 12, Mets Koosman and Don Cardwell both shut out the Pirates 1-0, and each gets a game-winning RBI.
  • On July 9, Cubs Jim Quails singles with one out in the ninth to break up a perfect game bid by Tom Seaver.
  • Seattle Pilots, defunct after only one year of existence, at least win their first game in franchise history -- 7-0 over Chicago.
  • Pittsburgh's Matty Alou tops majors in hits (231) and doubles (41).
  • Oakland's Reggie Jackson tops American League with 123 runs and a .608 SA.
  • Tony Oliva leads American League in hits (197) and doubles (39).
  • Seattle's Tommy Harper tops major league with 73 steals.
  • Lou Brock leads National League with 53 thefts.
  • Clemente tops major league in triples (12); second in National League in batting (.345).
  • Rose and Bonds tie for National League lead in runs with 120.

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