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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

  League Championship Series
World Series
East Baltimore 3  
West Minnesota 0  
    AL Baltimore 1
  NL NY Mets 4
East NY Mets 3
West Atlanta 0  

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 leads the majors with 31.[1]

Major league baseball final standings























  • January 6 – Hank Olmsted, 89, pitcher for the 1905 Boston Americans.
  • 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 14 – Heinie Zimmerman, 82, third baseman who won the NL triple crown in 1912 but was 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 who held the AL record for career games at that position, a three-time All-Star and later manager of the Red Sox.
  • 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 19 – Rip Collins, 59, catcher for the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees in the 1940s.
  • 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 for the St. Louis Browns and Washington Senators, who also is the only athlete in sports history to play both Major League Baseball and in the National Hockey League.
  • 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.


  • 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, played briefly for the 1930 Boston Red Sox.
  • September 30 – Hank Thompson, 43, third baseman who was the third black player in MLB history and 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, third baseman who played on 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers and 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates World Series championship teams.
  • 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.
  • November 15 – Billy Southworth, 76, manager who won World Series titles in 1942 and 1944 with the St. Louis Cardinals and the 1948 NL pennant with the Boston Braves, posting a .597 career winning percentage.
  • November 24 – Pablo Morales, 64, Venezuelan professional baseball executive for more than three decades, and former owner of the Leones del Caracas club.
  • 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 in his career and won two batting titles after being converted from a pitcher; became the winningest manager in Pacific Coast League history, and earned additional fame as the "father" of professional baseball in Japan.
  • December 11 – Ollie Fuhrman, 83, catcher who hit .333 for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1922.


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