1969 Season News

On March 1st, "The Commerce Comet" also known as Mickey Mantle announced his retirement after eighteen years in professional baseball. During his Hall of Fame tenure with the New York Yankees, "The Mick" batted .298, hit five-hundred thirty-six home runs and appeared in an amazing sixty-five World Series games in which he tallied a record eighteen home runs and forty RBIs.

The 1969 season was the 8th regular season for the Mets. They went 100-62 and finished 1st in the NL East, becoming the first-ever NL East Champions. From there, they defeated the Atlanta Braves, three games to zero in the inaugural National League Championship Series for their first-ever National League pennant, followed by their first-ever World Series Championship as they defeated the American League Champion Baltimore Orioles in five games.

In the first regular season Major League Baseball game ever to be played outside of the borders of the United States, the Montreal Expos defeated the visiting St. Louis Cardinals 8-7. Both teams were introduced to the capacity crowd of 29,184 in both English and French Canadian.

Both leagues agreed to try the new "designated pinch hitter" rule during spring training, but under two different variations. The American League allowed the optional use of a DPH only for the home team while the National League required home managers to obtain the visiting skipper's approval for the experimental substitution.

In an effort to prevent an impending strike, Major League Baseball and the Players Association finally settled on a new revised pension plan. The tenure for qualifying was shortened from five years to four and the minimum age requirement was also lowered from fifty to forty-five. The players also agreed to get $5.45 million per year (retroactive to 1959) as well as a percentage of all televised game revenues.
1969 American League East
Team Record GB
Baltimore Orioles 109-53 -
Detroit Tigers 90-72 19.0
Boston Red Sox 87-75 22.0
Washington Senators 86-76 23.0
New York Yankees 80-81 28.5
Cleveland Indians 62-99 46.5
1969 American League West
Team Record GB
Minnesota Twins 97-65 -
Oakland Athletics 88-74 9.0
California Angels 71-91 26.0
Kansas City Royals 69-93 28.0
Chicago White Sox 68-94 29.0
Seattle Pilots 64-98 33.0
1969 National League East
Team Record GB
New York Mets 100-62 -
Chicago Cubs 92-70 8.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 88-74 12.0
St. Louis Cardinals 87-75 13.0
Philadelphia Phillies 63-99 37.0
Montreal Expos 52-110 48.0
1969 National League West
Team Record GB
Atlanta Braves 93-69 -
San Francisco Giants 90-72 3.0
Cincinnati Reds 89-73 4.0
Los Angeles Dodgers 85-77 8.0
Houston Astros 81-81 12.0
San Diego Padres 52-110 41.0
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 109 53 0.673 779 4.81 517 3.19 175 117 0.265 0.341 0.414 2.83 498 897 0.984 145
Minnesota Twins 97 65 0.599 790 4.88 618 3.81 163 119 0.268 0.338 0.408 3.24 524 906 0.977 177
Detroit Tigers 90 72 0.556 701 4.33 601 3.71 182 128 0.242 0.315 0.387 3.31 586 1032 0.979 130
Oakland Athletics 88 74 0.543 740 4.57 678 4.19 148 163 0.249 0.324 0.376 3.71 586 887 0.978 162
Boston Red Sox 87 75 0.537 743 4.59 736 4.54 197 155 0.251 0.331 0.415 3.92 685 935 0.975 178
Washington Senators 86 76 0.531 694 4.28 644 3.98 148 135 0.251 0.328 0.378 3.49 656 835 0.978 159
New York Yankees 80 81 0.497 562 3.49 587 3.65 94 118 0.235 0.309 0.344 3.23 522 801 0.979 158
California Angels 71 91 0.438 528 3.26 652 4.02 88 126 0.230 0.298 0.319 3.54 517 885 0.978 164
Kansas City Royals 69 93 0.426 586 3.62 688 4.25 98 136 0.240 0.306 0.338 3.72 560 894 0.975 114
Chicago White Sox 68 94 0.420 625 3.86 723 4.46 112 146 0.247 0.316 0.357 4.21 564 810 0.981 163
Seattle Pilots 64 98 0.395 639 3.94 799 4.93 125 172 0.234 0.313 0.346 4.35 653 963 0.974 149
Cleveland Indians 62 99 0.385 573 3.56 717 4.45 119 134 0.237 0.306 0.345 3.94 681 1000 0.976 153
National 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 Mets 100 62 0.617 632 3.90 541 3.34 109 119 0.242 0.309 0.351 2.99 517 1012 0.980 146
Atlanta Braves 93 69 0.574 691 4.27 631 3.90 141 144 0.258 0.319 0.380 3.53 438 893 0.981 114
Chicago Cubs 92 70 0.568 720 4.44 611 3.77 142 118 0.253 0.322 0.384 3.34 475 1017 0.979 149
San Francisco Giants 90 72 0.556 713 4.40 636 3.93 136 120 0.242 0.329 0.361 3.26 461 906 0.974 155
Cincinnati Reds 89 73 0.549 798 4.93 768 4.74 171 149 0.277 0.333 0.422 4.11 611 818 0.973 158
Pittsburgh Pirates 88 74 0.543 725 4.48 652 4.02 119 96 0.277 0.331 0.398 3.61 553 1124 0.975 169
St. Louis Cardinals 87 75 0.537 595 3.67 540 3.33 90 99 0.253 0.316 0.359 2.94 511 1004 0.978 144
Los Angeles Dodgers 85 77 0.525 645 3.98 561 3.46 97 122 0.254 0.314 0.359 3.08 420 975 0.981 130
Houston Astros 81 81 0.500 676 4.17 668 4.12 104 111 0.240 0.328 0.353 3.6 547 1221 0.975 136
Philadelphia Phillies 63 99 0.389 645 3.98 745 4.60 137 134 0.241 0.311 0.372 4.14 570 921 0.978 157
San Diego Padres 52 110 0.321 468 2.89 746 4.60 99 113 0.225 0.281 0.329 4.24 592 764 0.975 140
Montreal Expos 52 110 0.321 582 3.59 791 4.88 125 145 0.240 0.307 0.359 4.33 702 973 0.970 179