1960 Major League Baseball season

1960 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 12 – October 13, 1960
Regular season
Season MVP AL: Roger Maris (NYY)
NL: Dick Groat (PIT)
AL champions New York Yankees
  AL runners-up Baltimore Orioles
NL champions Pittsburgh Pirates
  NL runners-up Milwaukee Braves
World Series
Champions Pittsburgh Pirates
  Runners-up New York Yankees
Finals MVP Bobby Richardson (NYY)

The 1960 Major League Baseball season was played from April 12 to October 13, 1960. It was the final season contested by 16 clubs and the final season that a 154-game schedule was played in both the American League and the National League. The AL began using the 162-game schedule the following season, with the NL following suit in 1962.

The season ended with the Pittsburgh Pirates, led by second baseman Bill Mazeroski, defeating the New York Yankees, led by outfield sluggers Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris in the 1960 World Series. The series ending, with Mazeroski hitting a walk-off home run in Game 7, is among the most memorable in baseball history.

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

 American LeagueNational League
AVGPete Runnels BOS.320Dick Groat PIT.325
HRMickey Mantle NYY40Ernie Banks CHC41
RBIRoger Maris NYY112Hank Aaron MLN126
WinsChuck Estrada BAL
Jim Perry MIN
18Ernie Broglio STL
Warren Spahn MLN
ERAFrank Baumann CHW2.67Mike McCormick SFG2.70
SOJim Bunning DET201Don Drysdale LAD246
SVMike Fornieles BAL
Johnny Klippstein CLE
14Lindy McDaniel STL26
SBLuis Aparicio CHW51Maury Wills LAD50

Major league baseball final standings

American League final standings

RankClubWinsLossesWin %  GB
1stNew York Yankees97  57.630   
2ndBaltimore Orioles89  65.578  8.0
3rdChicago White Sox87  67.565  10.0
4thCleveland Indians76  78.494  21.0
5thWashington Senators73  81.474  24.0
6thDetroit Tigers71  83.461  26.0
7thBoston Red Sox65  89.422  32.0
8thKansas City Athletics58  96.377  39.0

National League final standings

RankClubWinsLossesWin %  GB
1stPittsburgh Pirates95  59.617   
2ndMilwaukee Braves88  66.571  7.0
3rdSt. Louis Cardinals86  68.558  9.0
4thLos Angeles Dodgers82  72.532  13.0
5thSan Francisco Giants79  75.513  16.0
6thCincinnati Reds67  87.435  28.0
7thChicago Cubs60  94.390  35.0
8thPhiladelphia Phillies59  95.383  36.0


American League

Team Manager Comments
Baltimore Orioles Paul Richards
Boston Red Sox Billy Jurges Replaced during the season by Pinky Higgins
Chicago White Sox Al López
Cleveland Indians Joe Gordon Traded during the season for Jimmie Dykes
Detroit Tigers Jimmie Dykes Traded during the season for Joe Gordon
Kansas City Athletics Bob Elliott
New York Yankees Casey Stengel Won the American League pennant
Washington Senators Cookie Lavagetto

National League

Team Manager Comments
Chicago Cubs Charlie Grimm Traded during the season for Lou Boudreau
Cincinnati Reds Fred Hutchinson
Los Angeles Dodgers Walter Alston
Milwaukee Braves Chuck Dressen
Philadelphia Phillies Eddie Sawyer Replaced during the season by Gene Mauch
Pittsburgh Pirates Danny Murtaugh Won World Series
San Francisco Giants Bill Rigney Replaced during the season by Tom Sheehan
St. Louis Cardinals Solly Hemus






  • June 12 – In a record-tying three-hour-and-52-minute, 9-inning game, Willie McCovey's pinch-hit grand slam, the first slam of his career, and Orlando Cepeda's three-run double pace the Giants to a 16–7 rout of the Braves.
  • June 19 – In a brilliant pair of pitching performances, Orioles pitchers Hoyt Wilhelm and Milt Pappas throw shutouts to beat the host Detroit Tigers. Wilhelm allows two hits in winning the opener, 2–0, over Jim Bunning, and Pappas allows three hits in winning the nightcap, 1–0, over Don Mossi. Jim Gentile and Ron Hansen collect home runs as catcher Clint Courtney, using the big glove designed by manager Paul Richards, is twice charged with batter interference, the first loading the bases in the 4th inning.
  • June 24 – Willie Mays belts two home runs and makes 10 putouts to lead the Giants in a 5–3 win at Cincinnati. Mays adds three RBI, three runs scored, a single and a steal of home.
  • June 26 – Hoping to speed up the election process, the Hall of Fame changes its voting procedures. The new rules allow the Special Veterans Committee to vote annually, rather than every other year, and to induct up to two players a year. The BBWAA is authorized to hold a runoff election of the top 30 vote getters if no one is elected in the first ballot.
  • June 30 – Dick Stuart blasts three consecutive home runs, as the Pirates split with the Giants. Stuart drives in seven runs and joins Ralph Kiner as the second Pirates player to hit three home runs in a game at Forbes Field.




  • September 2 – Boston's Ted Williams hits a home run off Don Lee of the Senators. Williams had homered against Lee's father, Thornton, 20 years earlier.
  • September 3:
  • September 10 – In Detroit, Yankees Mickey Mantle hit a home run in the sixth inning, the ball clearing the right field roof and landing in the Brooks Lumber Yard across Trumbull Avenue. In June 1985, Mantle's blow was retroactively measured at 643 feet, and will be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records at that distance.
  • September 13–18-year-old outfielder Danny Murphy becomes the youngest Chicago Cubs player to hit a home run when he clouts a three-run homer off Bob Purkey of the Cincinnati Reds, as the Reds win 8–6 at home. Murphy will play just 49 games for the Cubs from 1960–62. He will come back as a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox in 1969–70.
  • September 15 – Willie Mays ties the modern major league record with three triples in a game against the Phillies. The last National League player to hit three triples in a game was Roberto Clemente, in 1958.
  • September 16:
    • At the age of 39, Warren Spahn notches his 11th 20-win season with a 4–0 no-hitter against the Phillies. Spahn also sets a Milwaukee club record with 15 strikeouts in handing the last-place Phils their 90th loss of the year.
    • The Baltimore Orioles (83–58) and New York Yankees (82–57) open a crucial four games series with the Orioles just .002 in back of New York. Three days later, during a doubleheader, the Yankees will sweep Baltimore. The faltering Birds, now four back, will end up in second place, eight games back.
  • September 18 – At Wrigley Field, Ernie Banks sets a record by drawing his 27th intentional walk of the season.
  • September 19 – The Chicago White Sox' pennant hopes are damaged with a nitecap 7–6 loss to the Detroit Tigers, after they win the opener, 8–4. Pinch hitter Norm Cash scores the decisive run in the second game; he thus ends the season by grounding into no double plays, becoming the first American League player since league records on this were started in 1940. Teammates Dick McAuliffe and Roger Repoz will duplicate this in 1968.
  • September 20 – Boston Red Sox outfielder Carroll Hardy pinch-hits for Ted Williams, who is forced to leave the game after fouling a ball off his ankle, and grounds into a double play. On May 31, 1961, Hardy will pinch hit for rookie Carl Yastrzemski, making him the only player to go to bat for both future Hall of Famers. Hardy also hit his first major league home run pinch-hitting for Roger Maris when both were at Cleveland (May 18, 1958).
  • September 25:
  • September 28 – In his last major league at bat, Ted Williams picks out a 1–1 pitch by Baltimore's Jack Fisher and drives it 450 feet into the right-center field seats behind the Boston bullpen. It is Williams' 521st and last career home run, putting him third on the all-time list. Williams stays in the dugout, ignoring the thunderous ovation at Fenway Park and refusing to tip his hat to the hometown fans.



See also


  1. Mackin, Bob (2004). The Unofficial Guide to Baseball's Most Unusual Records. Canada: Greystone Books. p. 240. ISBN 9781553650386.
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