1968 Season News

Denny McLain of the Detroit Tigers became the first Major League pitcher to win thirty games since Dizzy Dean in 1934 as well as the first American League ace since Lefty Grove in 1931.

Los Angeles Dodgers' ace Don Drysdale passed Walter Johnson's 1913 record of 55 2/3 scoreless innings after going from May 14th to June 8th while tossing 58 2/3 of his own. Drysdale finally allowed a runner to reach home after Howie Bedell, of the Philadelphia Phillies scored Tony Taylor on a sacrifice fly.

On June 14th, Hank Aaron joined the "500 Home Run Club" with a three-run, four-hundred foot shot over the left-center field fence courtesy of the San Francisco Giants' Mike McCormick. "Hammerin" Hank became only the eighth player in Major League history to accomplish the feat which was sweetened by a 4-2 Atlanta Braves victory.

Bob Gibson, of the St. Louis Cardinals, tallied his twenty-second win and thirteenth shutout of the season on September 27th marking the first time a National tallied thirteen scoreless games since 1916. Gibson also boasted an ERA of 1.12, the second lowest ever in the National League.

The Baseball Rules Committee made several major changes to the game resulting in the most modifications to be implemented at one time in the history of the game. They included: the pitcher's mound being lowered from fiteen inches to ten, the strike zone being decreased from the shoulders-to-knees to armpits-to-knees, tighter enforcement and penalties for illegal pitches, extra-inning ties resuming from the point of interruption instead of being replayed and finally the study of artificial surfaces on ball fields and the pros and cons of turf.
1968 American League
Team Record GB
Detroit Tigers 103-59 -
Baltimore Orioles 91-71 12.0
Cleveland Indians 86-75 16.5
Boston Red Sox 86-76 17.0
New York Yankees 83-79 20.0
Oakland Athletics 82-80 21.0
Minnesota Twins 79-83 24.0
California Angels 67-95 36.0
Chicago White Sox 67-95 36.0
Washington Senators 65-96 37.5
1968 National League
Team Record GB
St. Louis Cardinals 97-65 -
San Francisco Giants 88-74 9.0
Chicago Cubs 84-78 13.0
Cincinnati Reds 83-79 14.0
Atlanta Braves 81-81 16.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 80-82 17.0
Philadelphia Phillies 76-86 21.0
Los Angeles Dodgers 76-86 21.0
New York Mets 73-89 24.0
Houston Astros 72-90 25.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Detroit Tigers 103 59 0.636 671 4.14 492 3.04 185 129 0.235 0.302 0.385 2.71 486 1115 0.984 133
Baltimore Orioles 91 71 0.562 579 3.57 497 3.07 133 101 0.225 0.301 0.352 2.66 502 1044 0.981 131
Cleveland Indians 86 75 0.534 516 3.20 504 3.13 75 98 0.234 0.290 0.327 2.66 540 1157 0.979 130
Boston Red Sox 86 76 0.531 614 3.79 611 3.77 125 115 0.236 0.312 0.352 3.33 523 972 0.979 147
New York Yankees 83 79 0.512 536 3.31 531 3.28 109 99 0.214 0.290 0.318 2.79 424 831 0.979 142
Oakland Athletics 82 80 0.506 569 3.51 544 3.36 94 124 0.240 0.301 0.343 2.94 505 997 0.976 136
Minnesota Twins 79 83 0.488 562 3.47 546 3.37 105 92 0.237 0.295 0.350 2.89 414 996 0.973 117
California Angels 67 95 0.414 498 3.07 615 3.80 83 131 0.227 0.287 0.318 3.43 519 869 0.977 156
Chicago White Sox 67 95 0.414 463 2.86 527 3.25 71 97 0.228 0.281 0.311 2.75 451 834 0.977 152
Washington Senators 65 96 0.404 524 3.25 665 4.13 124 118 0.224 0.284 0.336 3.64 517 826 0.976 144
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
St. Louis Cardinals 97 65 0.599 583 3.60 472 2.91 73 82 0.249 0.297 0.346 2.49 375 971 0.978 135
San Francisco Giants 88 74 0.543 599 3.70 529 3.27 108 86 0.239 0.304 0.341 2.71 344 942 0.975 125
Chicago Cubs 84 78 0.519 612 3.78 611 3.77 130 138 0.242 0.295 0.366 3.41 392 894 0.981 149
Cincinnati Reds 83 79 0.512 690 4.26 673 4.15 106 114 0.273 0.318 0.389 3.56 573 963 0.978 144
Atlanta Braves 81 81 0.500 514 3.17 549 3.39 80 87 0.252 0.304 0.339 2.92 362 871 0.98 139
Pittsburgh Pirates 80 82 0.494 583 3.60 532 3.28 80 73 0.252 0.305 0.343 2.74 485 897 0.979 162
Philadelphia Phillies 76 86 0.469 543 3.35 615 3.80 100 91 0.233 0.294 0.333 3.36 421 935 0.98 163
Los Angeles Dodgers 76 86 0.469 470 2.90 509 3.14 67 65 0.230 0.289 0.319 2.69 414 994 0.977 144
New York Mets 73 89 0.451 473 2.92 499 3.08 81 87 0.228 0.277 0.315 2.72 430 1014 0.979 142
Houston Astros 72 90 0.444 510 3.15 588 3.63 66 68 0.231 0.294 0.317 3.26 479 1021 0.975 129