1963 Season News

On May 22nd, Mickey Mantle hit what is considered by many experts to be the longest homerun in Major League history. Batting left-handed against the visiting Kansas City A's at Yankee Stadium, Mantle opened the eleventh inning with a monumental blast off Bill Fisher that traveled three-hundred seventy-four feet from home plate, bouncing off of the third tier facade and falling just inches short of going out of the stadium. A senior physicist from the University of Arizona, Professor J.E. McDonald, calculated the estimated distance the ball would have traveled at six-hundred twenty feet.

Cleveland pitcher Early Wynn finally won his 300th (and final) game thanks to a little help from the Indian's bullpen. After losing eight straight and struggling through five innings during the second half of a Kansas City doubleheader, Wynn was replaced by relief man Jerry Walker who tossed four scoreless sides en route to a 7-4 win over the Athletics.

Chicago Cubs first baseman Ernie Banks became the first National League player to tally twenty-two putouts (and twenty-three chances) in a game, during a May 9th, 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

On June 15th, Juan Marichal set two records after becoming the first Latin American pitcher AND only the second Giant (Carl Hubbell, 1929) to pitch a no-hitter during a 1-0 triumph over the Houston Colt 45s (Astros) at Candlestick Park.

Milwaukee Brave veteran Warren Spahn topped the National League record for most starts (previously held by Grover Alexander) with his 601st appearance on the mound during a 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 23rd. Later in the season Spahn tied Christy Mathewson's National League record with his thirteenth, twenty-win season and became the oldest to do so at age forty-two.
1963 American League
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 104-57 -
Chicago White Sox 94-68 10.5
Minnesota Twins 91-70 13.0
Baltimore Orioles 86-76 18.5
Cleveland Indians 79-83 25.5
Detroit Tigers 79-83 25.5
Boston Red Sox 76-85 28.0
Kansas City Athletics 73-89 31.5
Los Angeles Angels 70-91 34.0
Washington Senators 56-106 48.5
1963 National League
Team Record GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 99-63 -
St. Louis Cardinals 93-69 6.0
San Francisco Giants 88-74 11.0
Philadelphia Phillies 87-75 12.0
Cincinnati Reds 86-76 13.0
Milwaukee Braves 84-78 15.0
Chicago Cubs 82-80 17.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 74-88 25.0
Houston Colt .45's 66-96 33.0
New York Mets 51-111 48.0
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 104 57 0.646 714 4.43 547 3.40 188 115 0.252 0.307 0.403 3.07 476 965 0.982 162
Chicago White Sox 94 68 0.580 683 4.22 544 3.36 114 100 0.250 0.321 0.365 2.97 440 932 0.979 163
Minnesota Twins 91 70 0.565 767 4.76 602 3.74 225 162 0.255 0.322 0.430 3.28 459 941 0.976 140
Baltimore Orioles 86 76 0.531 644 3.98 621 3.83 146 137 0.249 0.309 0.380 3.45 507 913 0.984 157
Cleveland Indians 79 83 0.488 635 3.92 702 4.33 169 176 0.239 0.299 0.381 3.79 478 1018 0.977 129
Detroit Tigers 79 83 0.488 700 4.32 703 4.34 148 195 0.252 0.325 0.382 3.90 477 930 0.981 124
Boston Red Sox 76 85 0.472 666 4.14 704 4.37 171 152 0.252 0.310 0.400 3.97 539 1009 0.978 119
Kansas City Athletics 73 89 0.451 615 3.80 704 4.35 95 156 0.247 0.313 0.353 3.92 540 887 0.980 131
Los Angeles Angels 70 91 0.435 597 3.71 660 4.10 95 120 0..250 0.307 0.354 3.52 578 889 0.974 155
Washington Senators 56 106 0.346 578 3.57 812 5.01 138 176 0.227 0.292 0.351 4.42 537 744 0.971 165
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Los Angeles Dodgers 99 63 0.611 640 3.95 550 3.40 110 111 0.251 0.308 0.357 2.85 402 1095 0.975 129
St. Louis Cardinals 93 69 0.574 747 4.61 628 3.88 128 124 0.271 0.326 0.403 3.32 463 978 0.976 136
San Francisco Giants 88 74 0.543 725 4.48 641 3.96 197 126 0.258 0.313 0.414 3.35 464 954 0.975 113
Philadelphia Phillies 87 75 0.537 642 3.96 578 3.57 126 113 0.252 0.303 0.391 3.09 553 1052 0.978 147
Cincinnati Reds 86 76 0.531 648 4.00 594 3.67 122 117 0.246 0.307 0.371 3.29 425 1048 0.978 127
Milwaukee Braves 84 78 0.519 677 4.18 603 3.72 139 149 0.244 0.309 0.370 3.27 489 924 0.980 161
Chicago Cubs 82 80 0.506 570 3.52 578 3.57 127 119 0.238 0.295 0.363 3.08 400 851 0.976 172
Pittsburgh Pirates 74 88 0.457 567 3.50 595 3.67 108 99 0.250 0.307 0.359 3.10 457 900 0.972 195
Houston Colt .45's 66 96 0.407 464 2.86 640 3.95 62 95 0.220 0.281 0.301 3.44 378 937 0.974 100
New York Mets 51 111 0.315 501 3.09 774 4.78 96 162 0.219 0.281 0.315 4.12 529 806 0.967 151