1966 Major League Baseball season

1966 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 11 – October 9, 1966
Top draft pick Steve Chilcott
Picked by New York Mets
Regular season
Season MVP AL: Frank Robinson (BAL)
NL: Roberto Clemente (PIT)
AL champions Baltimore Orioles
  AL runners-up Minnesota Twins
NL champions Los Angeles Dodgers
  NL runners-up San Francisco Giants
World Series
Champions Baltimore Orioles
  Runners-up Los Angeles Dodgers
Finals MVP Frank Robinson (BAL)

The 1966 Major League Baseball season was contested from April 11 to October 9, 1966. The Atlanta Braves played their inaugural season in Atlanta, following their relocation from Milwaukee. Three teams played the 1966 season in new stadiums. On April 12, the Braves ushered in Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium with the Pittsburgh Pirates taking a 3–2 win in 13 innings. One week later, Anaheim Stadium opened with the California Angels losing to the Chicago White Sox, 3–1 in the Angels' debut in neighboring Orange County. On May 8, the St. Louis Cardinals closed out old Sportsman's Park/Busch Stadium I with a 10–5 loss to the San Francisco Giants before opening the new Busch Memorial Stadium four days later with a 4–3 win in 12 innings over the Atlanta Braves.

In the World Series the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4 games to 0.

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

 American LeagueNational League
AVGFrank Robinson1 BAL.316Matty Alou PIT.342
HRFrank Robinson1 BAL49Hank Aaron ATL44
RBIFrank Robinson1 BAL122Hank Aaron ATL127
WinsJim Kaat MIN25Sandy Koufax2 LAD27
ERAGary Peters CHW1.98Sandy Koufax2 LAD1.73
KSam McDowell CLE225Sandy Koufax2 LAD317
SVJack Aker KCA32Phil Regan LAD21
SBBert Campaneris KCA52Lou Brock STL74

1 American League Triple Crown Batting Winner
2 National League Triple Crown Pitching

Major league baseball final standings

American League final standings

American League
ClubWinsLossesWin %  GB
Baltimore Orioles 97 63 .606
Minnesota Twins 89 73 .549 9
Detroit Tigers 88 74 .543 10
Chicago White Sox 83 79 .512 15
Cleveland Indians 81 81 .500 17
California Angels 80 82 .494 18
Kansas City Athletics 74 86 .463 23
Washington Senators 71 88 .447 25.5
Boston Red Sox 72 90 .444 26
New York Yankees 70 89 .440 26.5

National League final standings

National League
ClubWinsLossesWin %  GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 95 67 .586
San Francisco Giants 93 68 .578 1.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 92 70 .568 3
Philadelphia Phillies 87 75 .537 8
Atlanta Braves 85 77 .525 10
St. Louis Cardinals 83 79 .512 12
Cincinnati Reds 76 84 .475 18
Houston Astros 72 90 .444 23
New York Mets 66 95 .410 28.5
Chicago Cubs 59 103 .364 36


American League

Team Manager Comments
Baltimore Orioles Hank Bauer Won the World Series
Boston Red Sox Billy Herman Replaced during the season by Pete Runnels
California Angels Bill Rigney
Chicago White Sox Eddie Stanky
Cleveland Indians Birdie Tebbetts Replaced during the season by George Strickland
Detroit Tigers Chuck Dressen Replaced during the season by Bob Swift and then Frank Skaff
Kansas City Athletics Alvin Dark
Minnesota Twins Sam Mele
New York Yankees Johnny Keane Replaced during the season by Ralph Houk
Washington Senators Gil Hodges

National League

Team Manager Comments
Atlanta Braves Bobby Bragan Replaced during the season by Billy Hitchcock
Chicago Cubs Leo Durocher
Cincinnati Reds Don Heffner Replaced during the season by Dave Bristol
Houston Astros Grady Hatton
Los Angeles Dodgers Walter Alston Won the National League pennant
New York Mets Wes Westrum
Philadelphia Phillies Gene Mauch
Pittsburgh Pirates Harry Walker
San Francisco Giants Herman Franks
St. Louis Cardinals Red Schoendienst


See also


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