Baseball in the 1960s

Baseball in the 1960s

Much like the rest of American society, the early sixties in baseball was just like the late 50s. The Yankees were winning, Mickey Mantle was playing well (albeit through injury), and the world was turning as it should.

That was until 1965 when the wheels completely fell off the Yankee bus and the rest of Major League Baseball took over.

The Dodgers had a great young pitcher named Sandy Koufax who looked like he could be the best pitcher ever. Because of Koufax, the strike zone had to be adjusted. Then Bob Gibson came along and forced league rulemakers to lower the mound.

For me, the sixties are a breath of fresh air for those who like to watch teams other than the Yankees compete for American League pennants. The list of great players in the sixties is staggeringly long. I could probably name 15 different players from the 60s that you’ve heard of.

But instead of encumbering you with long lists, you can choose the year you want to read about below.

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List of World Series winners in the 1960s

Year

Winning Team

Series

Losing Team

1960

Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)

4–3

New York Yankees (AL)

1961

New York Yankees (AL)

4–1

Cincinnati Reds (NL)

1962

New York Yankees (AL)

4–3

San Francisco Giants (NL)

1963

Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)

4–0

New York Yankees (AL)

1964

St. Louis Cardinals (NL)

4–3

New York Yankees (AL)

1965

Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)

4–3

Minnesota Twins (AL)

1966

Baltimore Orioles (AL)

4–0

Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)

1967

St. Louis Cardinals (NL)

4–3

Boston Red Sox (AL)

1968

Detroit Tigers (AL)

4–3

St. Louis Cardinals (NL)

1969

New York Mets (NL)

4–1

Baltimore Orioles (AL)

List of American League MVPs in the 1960s

1960Roger MarisNew YorkOF
1961Roger MarisNew YorkOF
1962Mickey MantleNew YorkOF
1963Elston HowardNew YorkC
1964Brooks RobinsonBaltimore3B
1965Zoilo VersallesMinnesotaSS
1966Frank RobinsonBaltimoreOF
1967Carl YastrzemskiBostonOF
1968Denny McLainDetroitP
1969Harmon KillebrewMinnesota3B

List of National League MVPs in the 1960s

1960Dick GroatPittsburghSS
1961Frank RobinsonCincinnatiOF
1962Maury WillsLos AngelesSS
1963Sandy KoufaxLos AngelesP
1964Ken BoyerSt. Louis3B
1965Willie MaysSan FranciscoOF
1966Roberto ClementePittsburghOF
1967Orlando CepedaSt. Louis1B
1968Bob GibsonSt. LouisP
1969Willie McCoveySan Francisco1B

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Baseball in 1967

Baseball in 1967 »

Willie McCovey hit 3 grand slams in 1967. Pete Rose had a 25-game hitting streak. Micky Mantle & Ed Mathews reached the 500 HR mark. St. Louis won the WS.
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Last modified: Aug 09, 2013 | Written by Paul Phipps