1960 Season News

On Opening Day, "Teddy Baseball" (Ted Williams) tied the "Iron Horse" (Lou Gehrig) with the four-hundred ninety-third home run of his career. The five-hundred foot blast in his first at-bat remained the only bright moment for Boston as the Washington Senators' Camilo Pascual struck out eleven Red Sox batters on the way to a 10-1 victory. Williams hit number five-hundred later that season with a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on June 17th.

Baltimore Orioles catcher Clint Courtney became the first at his position to complete two career unassisted double plays during a 5-3 loss to the New York Yankees.

Baseball's greatest defensive player became baseball's greatest offensive player with a single at-bat during the Pittsburgh Pirates versus New York Yankees World Series. After being statistically dominated by their American League rivals for six outings, the National League champions found themselves with their backs against the wall at Forbes Field for Game 7. Stats mattered little in the end though as second baseman Bill Mazeroski stepped up to the plate (in the bottom of the ninth) and delivered a desperate, bases-empty home run for the 10-9 victory and the first Pirates World Championship in thirty-five years.

Television icon Gene Autry attended the annual American League owners meeting while investigating possible broadcasting opportunities. After realizing Autry's true respect for the game of baseball as well as his political connections in California, American League President Joe Cronin nominated him for ownership. The result was the birth of the California Angels expansion franchise.
1960 American League
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 97-57 -
Baltimore Orioles 89-65 8.0
Chicago White Sox 87-67 10.0
Cleveland Indians 76-78 21.0
Washington Senators 73-81 24.0
Detroit Tigers 71-83 26.0
Boston Red Sox 65-89 32.0
Kansas City Athletics 58-69 39.0
1960 National League
Team Record GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 95-59 -
Milwaukee Braves 88-66 7.0
St. Louis Cardinals 86-68 9.0
Los Angeles Dodgers 82-72 13.0
San Francisco Giants 79-75 16.0
Cincinnati Reds 67-87 28.0
Chicago Cubs 60-94 35.0
Philadelphia Phillies 59-95 36.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Yankees 97 57 0.630 746 4.84 627 4.07 193 123 0.260 0.328 0.426 3.52 609 712 0.979 162
Baltimore Orioles 89 65 0.578 682 4.43 606 3.94 123 117 0.253 0.330 0.377 3.52 552 785 0.982 172
Chicago White Sox 87 67 0.565 741 4.81 617 4.01 112 127 0.270 0.342 0.396 3.60 533 695 0.982 175
Cleveland Indians 76 78 0.494 667 4.33 693 4.50 127 161 0.267 0.324 0.388 3.95 636 771 0.978 165
Washington Senators 73 81 0.474 672 4.36 696 4.52 147 130 0.244 0.320 0.384 3.77 538 775 0.973 159
Detroit Tigers 71 83 0.461 633 4.11 644 4.18 150 141 0.239 0.322 0.375 3.64 474 824 0.977 138
Boston Red Sox 65 89 0.422 658 4.27 775 5.03 124 127 0.261 0.333 0.389 4.62 580 767 0.976 156
Kansas City Athletics 58 96 0.377 615 3.99 756 4.91 110 160 0.249 0.316 0.366 4.38 525 664 0.979 149
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Pittsburgh Pirates 95 59 0.617 734 4.77 593 3.85 120 105 0.276 0.336 0.407 3.49 386 811 0.979 163
Milwaukee Braves 88 66 0.571 724 4.70 658 4.27 170 130 0.265 0.324 0.417 3.76 518 807 0.977 137
St. Louis Cardinals 86 68 0.558 639 4.15 616 4.00 138 127 0.254 0.320 0.393 3.64 511 906 0.976 152
Los Angeles Dodgers 82 72 0.532 662 4.30 593 3.85 126 154 0.255 0.323 0.383 3.40 564 1122 0.979 142
San Francisco Giants 79 75 0.513 671 4.36 631 4.10 130 107 0.255 0.315 0.393 3.44 512 897 0.972 117
Cincinnati Reds 67 87 0.435 640 4.16 692 4.49 140 134 0.250 0.316 0.388 4.00 442 740 0.979 155
Chicago Cubs 60 94 0.390 634 4.12 776 5.04 119 152 0.243 .0312 0.369 4.35 565 805 0.977 133
Philadelphia Phillies 59 95 0.383 546 3.55 691 4.49 99 133 0.239 0.300 0.351 4.01 439 736 0.974 129