1966 Season News

On July 29th, Mickey Mantle hit his four-hundred ninety-fourth homerun off of Chicago White Sox ace Bruce Howard moving himself ahead of fellow Yankee Lou Gehrig for sixth place on the all-time list. Teammate Al Downing sweetened the deal with a clutch 2-1 performance on the mound.

Baltimore Orioles slugger "Boog" Powell astonished the crowd at Fenway Park after hitting not one, not two, but three, opposite-field homers OVER the "Green Monster" on the way to a 4-3, victory in which he totaled thirteen bases himself. Powell would also go on to become the first player ever to appear in the Little League World Series as well as the Major League version.

Teammate Frank Robinson was unanimously voted as the American League MVP becoming the first player to win the title in both the American and National Leagues since the Baseball Writers Association took it over in 1931. Robinson, who also won the American League Triple Crown, was also voted most valuable player in 1961 as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.

Tony Cloninger, of the recently transplanted Atlanta Braves, became the first National League pitcher to ever hit two grand-slams in a single game during a July 3rd, 17-3 triumph over the San Francisco Giants. Cloninger's first slam came off of rival pitcher Bob Priddy in the first, and then in the fourth he added another off of Ray Sadecki.

Willie Mays moved up to #2 (behind Babe Ruth) on the all-time list with his five-hundred thirty-fifth career home run, off of Ray Washburn, as the San Francisco Giants topped the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 on August 17th.

The infield at Houston's Astrodome became the first to be replaced by the new experimental surface known as "Astroturf". In the first game ever to be played on the artificial grass, the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers prevailed over the home team 6-3.
1966 American League
Team Record GB
Baltimore Orioles 97-63 -
Minnesota Twins 89-73 9.0
Detroit Tigers 88-74 10.0
Chicago White Sox 83-79 15.0
Cleveland Indians 81-81 17.0
California Angels 80-82 18.0
Kansas City Athletics 74-86 23.0
Washington Senators 71-88 25.5
Boston Red Sox 72-90 26.0
New York Yankees 70-89 26.5
1966 National League
Team Record GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 95-67 -
San Francisco Giants 93-68 1.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 92-70 3.0
Philadelphia Phillies 87-75 8.0
Atlanta Braves 85-77 10.0
St. Louis Cardinals 83-79 12.0
Cincinnati Reds 76-84 18.0
Houston Astros 72-90 23.0
New York Mets 66-95 28.5
Chicago Cubs 59-103 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
Baltimore Orioles 97 63 0.606 755 4.72 601 3.76 175 127 0.258 0.321 0.409 3.32 514 1070 0.981 142
Minnesota Twins 89 73 0.549 663 4.09 581 3.59 144 139 0.249 0.314 0.382 3.13 392 1015 0.977 118
Detroit Tigers 88 74 0.543 719 4.44 698 4.31 179 185 0.251 0.319 0.406 3.85 520 1026 0.981 142
Chicago White Sox 83 79 0.512 574 3.54 517 3.19 87 101 0.231 0.294 0.331 2.68 403 896 0.976 149
Cleveland Indians 81 81 0.500 574 3.54 586 3.62 155 129 0.237 0.295 0.360 3.23 489 1111 0.977 132
California Angels 80 82 0.494 604 3.73 643 3.97 122 136 0.232 0.301 0.354 3.56 511 836 0.979 186
Kansas City Athletics 74 86 0.463 564 3.53 648 4.05 70 106 0.236 0.292 0.337 3.56 630 854 0.977 154
Washington Senators 71 88 0.447 557 3.50 659 4.14 126 154 0.234 0.294 0.355 3.70 448 866 0.977 139
Boston Red Sox 72 90 0.444 655 4.04 731 4.51 145 164 0.240 0.308 0.376 3.92 577 977 0.975 153
New York Yankees 70 89 0.440 611 3.84 612 3.85 162 124 0.235 0.299 0.374 3.41 443 842 0.977 142
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 95 67 0.586 606 3.74 490 3.02 108 84 0.256 0.310 0.362 2.62 356 1084 0.979 128
San Francisco Giants 93 68 0.578 675 4.19 626 3.89 181 140 0.258 0.300 0.392 3.24 359 973 0.974 131
Pittsburgh Pirates 92 70 0.568 759 4.69 641 3.96 158 125 0.279 0.327 0.428 3.52 463 898 0.978 215
Philadelphia Phillies 87 75 0.537 696 4.30 640 3.95 117 137 0.258 0.320 0.378 3.57 412 928 0.982 147
Atlanta Braves 85 77 0.525 782 4.83 683 4.22 207 129 0.263 0.324 0.424 3.68 485 884 0.976 139
St. Louis Cardinals 83 79 0.512 571 3.52 577 3.56 108 130 0.251 0.296 0.368 3.11 448 892 0.977 166
Cincinnati Reds 76 84 0.475 692 4.33 702 4.39 149 153 0.260 0.309 0.395 4.08 490 1043 0.980 133
Houston Astros 72 90 0.444 612 3.78 695 4.29 112 130 0.255 0.316 0.365 3.76 391 929 0.972 126
New York Mets 66 95 0.410 587 3.65 761 4.73 98 166 0.239 0.298 0.342 4.17 521 773 0.975 171
Chicago Cubs 59 103 0.364 644 3.98 809 4.99 140 184 0.254 0.310 0.380 4.33 479 908 0.974 132