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1969 in baseball

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The following are the baseball events of the year 1969 throughout the world.


Four expansion teams joined Major League Baseball for this season: the San Diego Padres, the Kansas City Royals, the Seattle Pilots, and the first MLB team in Canada, the Montreal Expos. To accommodate the additional teams, the two leagues were split into two divisions of East and West. For the first time, extra post-season playoff series were added prior to the World Series, at this juncture best-of-five series between the East and West division leaders in each league.


Major League Baseball

The most notable part of the 1969 season were the Miracle Mets

Other champions

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVG Rod Carew MIN .332 Pete Rose CIN .348
HR Harmon Killebrew MIN 49 Willie McCovey SF 45
RBI Harmon Killebrew MIN 140 Willie McCovey SF 126
Wins Denny McLain DET 24 Tom Seaver NYM 25
ERA Dick Bosman WSH 2.19 Juan Marichal SF 2.10
Ks Sam McDowell CLE 279 Ferguson Jenkins CHC 273

The save is introduced as an official statistic this year. Ron Perranoski lead the majors with 31.[1]

Major league baseball final standings























  • January 5 – Tiny Osborne, 75, 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m), 215 lb (98 kg) pitcher who worked in 142 games for the Chicago Cubs (1922–1924) and Brooklyn Robins (1924–1925); father of Bobo Osborne.
  • January 6 – Hank Olmsted, 89, pitcher for the 1905 Boston Americans.
  • January 7 – Bill Lobe, 56, minor-league catcher who spent nine years (1951–1959) as bullpen coach of the Cleveland Indians.
  • January 18 – Ray Kennedy, 73, second baseman turned executive; general manager of Pittsburgh Pirates (1946), farm system director of Pirates (1947–1948) and Detroit Tigers (1949–51), and player personnel director of Kansas City Athletics (1955); appeared in one MLB game as a player for the St. Louis Browns (1916).
  • January 23 – Al Bridwell, 85, shortstop whose apparent game-winning single for the New York Giants in a 1908 contest led to the controversial play in which baserunner Fred Merkle was eventually called out for not touching second base.
  • February 19 – Doc White, 89, Chicago White Sox pitcher whose record of five consecutive shutouts was finally broken by Don Drysdale in 1968.
  • March 10 – Max Rosenfeld, 66, outfielder who got into 42 games with Brooklyn of the National League between 1931 and 1933.
  • March 12 – Joe Engel, 76, left-handed pitcher in 102 games between 1912 and 1920, 99 of them for the Washington Senators, then longtime Washington scout and operator of Senators' top farm team, the Chattanooga Lookouts, and the namesake of Engel Stadium.
  • March 14 – Heinie Zimmerman, 82, third baseman who played 1,456 games for Chicago Cubs (1907–1916) and New York Giants (1916–1919) who won the NL triple crown in 1912; barred from baseball in 1919 for his role in fixing games.
  • March 16 – William Bell, 71, All-Star pitcher of the Negro leagues who posted the highest career winning percentage in black baseball.
  • March 16 – Néstor Chávez, 21, pitcher who played for the 1967 San Francisco Giants.
  • March 21 – Pinky Higgins, 59, third baseman for the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers for 14 years between 1930 and 1946; held American League record for career games at that position; three-time All-Star; later manager (1955–1959 and 1960–1962) and general manager (1963–1965) of the Red Sox.


  • April 3 – Charley Stanceu, 53, pitcher who worked in 39 career games for the New York Yankees (1941 and 1946) and Philadelphia Phillies (1946).
  • April 4 – Les Wilson, 83, outfielder who played for the 1911 Boston Red Sox.
  • April 7 – Si Rosenthal, 65, outfielder who played from 1925 to 1926 for the Boston Red Sox.
  • April 13 – William Walsingham Jr., 59, front-office executive; vice president of St. Louis Cardinals (1942–1955) and executive VP of Baltimore Orioles (1957–1958).
  • April 19 – Bob "Rip" Collins, 59, catcher who appeared in 50 career games for the Chicago Cubs (1940) and New York Yankees (1944).
  • April 23 – Freddie Moncewicz, 65, backup shortstop for the 1928 Boston Red Sox.
  • April 27 – Harry Taylor, 61, first baseman who played 10 games with the 1932 Chicago Cubs.
  • May 1 – Gary Wilson, 90, second baseman for the 1902 Boston Americans.
  • May 5 – Eddie Cicotte, 84, pitcher who won 208 games for the Tigers, Red Sox and White Sox, but was thrown out of baseball as one of the eight "Black Sox" involved in fixing the 1919 World Series; he was the first of the eight to come forward, confessing his involvement and testifying before the grand jury.
  • May 17 – Pants Rowland, 90, manager of the 1917 World Series champion Chicago White Sox, later president of the Pacific Coast League from 1944 to 1954.
  • May 20 – Lee Allen, 54, historian at the Baseball Hall of Fame since 1959, former sportswriter.
  • May 25 – Jim Riley, 74, Canadian infielder who played in six total MLB games for the St. Louis Browns (1921) and Washington Senators (1923); the only athlete in sports history to play both Major League Baseball and in the National Hockey League.
  • May 27 – Lou Jackson, 33, outfielder who played 34 total games for the 1958–1959 Chicago Cubs and 1964 Baltimore Orioles; achieved success in Nippon Professional Baseball, smashing 68 home runs over three seasons (1966–1968).
  • June 24 – John Perrin, 71, right fielder for 1921 Boston Red Sox; later a fullback/quarterback for the NFL Hartford Blues.


  • July 8 – Bill Carrigan, 85, manager and backup catcher for the Boston Red Sox' world champions in 1915 and 1916.
  • July 8 – Red Rolfe, 60, third baseman for New York Yankees (1931 and 1934–1942); played on five World Series champions; three-time AL All-Star; manager of Detroit Tigers from 1949 to July 4, 1952; Ivy League baseball coach (Yale) and athletics director (Dartmouth).
  • July 23 – Roy Mahaffey, 65, pitcher in 224 games—197 for the Philadelphia Athletics—for three MLB clubs over nine seasons between 1926 and 1936; member of 1930 World Series champion Athletics.
  • July 30 – Flint Rhem, 68, pitcher who won 20 games (losing 7) for the 1926 world champion St. Louis Cardinals and went 105–97 over 12 National League seasons (1924–1928 and 1930–1936) with Cardinals, Boston Braves and Philadelphia Phillies.
  • August 9 – Glenn Myatt, 72, lefty-swinging catcher who appeared in 1,004 games between 1920 and 1936 for four MLB clubs, principally the Cleveland Indians.
  • August 17 – Frank Shellenback, 70, spitball pitcher who played for 1918–1919 Chicago White Sox and won 295 games in the Pacific Coast League; later a longtime pitching coach.
  • September 11 – Dick Carter, 53, third-base coach of the Philadelphia Phillies from 1959 to May 30, 1960; previously, scouted for Phils and played and managed in their farm system.
  • September 18 – Joe Grace, 55, outfielder who appeared in 484 games over six seasons between 1938 and 1947 with the St. Louis Browns and Washington Senators.
  • September 29 – Tommy Leach, 91, third baseman and center fielder, primarily for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who led the NL in runs twice and home runs once.
  • September 30 – Jim Galvin, 62, minor league catcher who played briefly for the 1930 Boston Red Sox, seeing action in two pinch-hitting assignments.
  • September 30 – Hank Thompson, 43, third baseman who was the third black player in MLB history as a member of the 1947 St. Louis Browns, then played on the 1954 New York Giants World Series championship team.


  • October 2 – Gordon Cobbledick, 70, sportswriter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer from 1928 to 1964.
  • October 9 – Don Hoak, 41, fiery third baseman on 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers and 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates World Series championship teams; played 11 seasons in National League for five clubs; selected to 1957 NL All-Star team.
  • October 9 – Ray Lucas, 61, pitcher who worked in 22 total games for the 1929–1931 New York Giants and 1933–1934 Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • October 23 – Monk Dubiel, 51, pitcher who appeared in 187 career games for 1944–1945 New York Yankees, 1948 Philadelphia Phillies and 1949–1952 Chicago Cubs.
  • October 27 – Charlie Jamieson, 76, standout outfielder for Cleveland Indians (1919–1932) and two other AL cubs; batted .303 lifetime in 1,779 games, eclipsing .300 mark ten times and leading Junior Circuit in hits (222) in 1923; member of Cleveland's 1920 World Series champions.
  • November 1 – George Winn, 72, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox (1919) and Cleveland Indians (1922–23).
  • November 14 – Curt Roberts, 40, first black player in Pittsburgh Pirates history (debuting April 13, 1954); second baseman who played in 171 games over three seasons (1954–1956) with Bucs.
  • November 15 – Billy Southworth, 76, Hall of Fame manager who won 1,044 regular-season games as skipper of the St. Louis Cardinals (1929 and 1940–1945) and Boston Braves (1946–1951); captured World Series titles in 1942 and 1944 and National League pennants with St. Louis (1943) and Boston (1948); his .597 career winning percentage is second, all-time, to Joe McCarthy; in his playing days, an outfielder who appeared in 1,192 games in 13 seasons for five teams between 1913 and 1929, and batted .297.
  • November 24 – Pablo Morales, 64, Venezuelan professional baseball executive for more than three decades, and former owner of the Leones del Caracas club.
  • November 26 – Emil Kush, 53, pitcher who won 21 of 33 decisions for the Chicago Cubs (1941–1942 and 1946–1949).
  • November 30 – Eddie Eayrs, 79, outfielder/pitcher who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Braves and Brooklyn Robins in the early 20th century.
  • December 3 – Roy Wilson, 83, pitcher for the Chicago White Sox in the 1920s.
  • December 7 – Lefty O'Doul, 72, left fielder who batted .349 with 1,140 hits in his 970-game career and won two batting titles after being converted from a pitcher; winningest manager in Pacific Coast League history, and earned additional fame as the "father" of professional baseball in Japan.
  • December 10 – Jack Tobin, 77, diminutive (142 lb (64 kg)) but hard-hitting right fielder who batted .309 and amassed 1,906 hits over a 13-year career (1914–1916 and 1918–1927) spent mostly with St. Louis Browns; led American League in triples (18) in 1921; later a Browns' coach.
  • December 11 – Ollie Fuhrman, 83, catcher who hit .333 for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1922.


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