1966 Major League Baseball season

The 1966 Major League Baseball season was contested from April 11 to October 9, 1966. The Braves played their inaugural season in Atlanta, following their relocation from Milwaukee. Three teams played the 1966 season in new stadiums. On April 12, the Braves ushered in Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium with the Pittsburgh Pirates taking a 3–2 win in 13 innings. One week later, Anaheim Stadium opened with the California Angels losing to the Chicago White Sox, 3–1 in the Angels' debut in neighboring Orange County. On May 8, the St. Louis Cardinals closed out old Sportsman's Park/Busch Stadium I with a 10–5 loss to the San Francisco Giants before opening the new Busch Memorial Stadium four days later with a 4–3 win in 12 innings over the Atlanta Braves.

1966 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationApril 11 – October 9, 1966
Draft
Top draft pickSteve Chilcott
Picked byNew York Mets
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Frank Robinson (BAL)
NL: Roberto Clemente (PIT)
Postseason
AL championsBaltimore Orioles
  AL runners-upMinnesota Twins
NL championsLos Angeles Dodgers
  NL runners-upSan Francisco Giants
World Series
ChampionsBaltimore Orioles
  Runners-upLos Angeles Dodgers
Finals MVPFrank Robinson (BAL)
MLB seasons

In the World Series the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4 games to 0.

Awards and honorsEdit

MLB statistical leadersEdit

 
Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax
  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Frank Robinson1 BAL .316 Matty Alou PIT .342
HR Frank Robinson1 BAL 49 Hank Aaron ATL 44
RBI Frank Robinson1 BAL 122 Hank Aaron ATL 127
Wins Jim Kaat MIN 25 Sandy Koufax2 LA 27
ERA Gary Peters CHW 1.98 Sandy Koufax2 LA 1.73
K Sam McDowell CLE 225 Sandy Koufax2 LA 317
SV Jack Aker KC 32 Phil Regan LA 21
SB Bert Campaneris KC 52 Lou Brock STL 74

1 American League Triple Crown Batting Winner
2 National League Triple Crown Pitching

Major league baseball final standingsEdit

American League final standingsEdit

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 97 63 0.606 48–31 49–32
Minnesota Twins 89 73 0.549 9 49–32 40–41
Detroit Tigers 88 74 0.543 10 42–39 46–35
Chicago White Sox 83 79 0.512 15 45–36 38–43
Cleveland Indians 81 81 0.500 17 41–40 40–41
California Angels 80 82 0.494 18 42–39 38–43
Kansas City Athletics 74 86 0.463 23 42–39 32–47
Washington Senators 71 88 0.447 25½ 42–36 29–52
Boston Red Sox 72 90 0.444 26 40–41 32–49
New York Yankees 70 89 0.440 26½ 35–46 35–43


National League final standingsEdit

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 95 67 0.586 53–28 42–39
San Francisco Giants 93 68 0.578 47–34 46–34
Pittsburgh Pirates 92 70 0.568 3 46–35 46–35
Philadelphia Phillies 87 75 0.537 8 48–33 39–42
Atlanta Braves 85 77 0.525 10 43–38 42–39
St. Louis Cardinals 83 79 0.512 12 43–38 40–41
Cincinnati Reds 76 84 0.475 18 46–33 30–51
Houston Astros 72 90 0.444 23 45–36 27–54
New York Mets 66 95 0.410 28½ 32–49 34–46
Chicago Cubs 59 103 0.364 36 32–49 27–54


ManagersEdit

American LeagueEdit

Team Manager Comments
Baltimore Orioles Hank Bauer Won the World Series
Boston Red Sox Billy Herman Replaced during the season by Pete Runnels
California Angels Bill Rigney
Chicago White Sox Eddie Stanky
Cleveland Indians Birdie Tebbetts Replaced during the season by George Strickland
Detroit Tigers Chuck Dressen Replaced during the season by Bob Swift and then Frank Skaff
Kansas City Athletics Alvin Dark
Minnesota Twins Sam Mele
New York Yankees Johnny Keane Replaced during the season by Ralph Houk
Washington Senators Gil Hodges

National LeagueEdit

Team Manager Comments
Atlanta Braves Bobby Bragan Replaced during the season by Billy Hitchcock
Chicago Cubs Leo Durocher
Cincinnati Reds Don Heffner Replaced during the season by Dave Bristol
Houston Astros Grady Hatton
Los Angeles Dodgers Walter Alston Won the National League pennant
New York Mets Wes Westrum
Philadelphia Phillies Gene Mauch
Pittsburgh Pirates Harry Walker
San Francisco Giants Herman Franks
St. Louis Cardinals Red Schoendienst

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