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Despite losing both Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris for extended periods of time with injuries, the New York Yankees captured their fourth straight American League pennant in 1963, finishing the regular season with a record of 104-57, 10 ½ games in front of the second-place Chicago White Sox.  The Minnesota Twins finished third, 13 games off the pace.

The losses of Mantle and Maris hurt New York’s offense considerably.  Mantle appeared in only 65 games and accumulated just 172 at-bats.  Maris played in only 90 games and came to the plate a total of just 312 times.  As a result, the Yankees scored 103 fewer runs than they tallied one year earlier.  Nevertheless, they remained the most well-balanced team in the American League, finishing second in the circuit with 714 runs scored, 188 home runs, a .252 team batting average, and a 3.07 team earned run average.

Whitey Ford anchored New York’s deep pitching staff, leading all A.L. hurlers with a record of 24-7 and 269 innings pitched.  He also compiled an outstanding 2.74 ERA, en route to earning a third-place finish in the league MVP voting.  Ralph Terry followed up his exceptional 1962 campaign with another solid season, posting 17 victories and a 3.22 ERA, while finishing second to Ford with 268 innings pitched and leading the league with 18 complete games.  Jim Bouton compiled a record of 21-7 and finished among the league leaders with a 2.53 ERA, six shutouts, and 249 innings pitched.  In his first full season, Al Downing went 13-5, with a 2.56 ERA and 171 strikeouts in only 175 innings of work

Joe Pepitone, Tom Tresh, and Elston Howard led New York on offense.  Pepitone hit 27 home runs and knocked in 89 runs.  Tresh hit 25 homers and finished third in the league with 91 runs scored.  In addition to establishing himself as New York’s on-field leader in the absence of Mantle and Maris, Howard hit 28 home runs, drove in 85 runs, and batted .287, en route to earning A.L. MVP honors.

Mantle and Maris returned to the Yankees in time to participate in the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Their presence hardly mattered, though.  Dodger pitchers dominated Yankee batters throughout the Series, surrendering a total of only four runs to New York during the four-game sweep.  Sandy Koufax hurled two complete-game victories, while Don Drysdale and Johnny Podres baffled New York’s lineup in the other two contests.  The sweep marked the first time ever the Yankees were eliminated from the Fall Classic in four straight games.

Although the Yankees represented the American League in the World Series, they had neither the league’s top offense nor its best pitching staff.  The third-place Minnesota Twins possessed the junior circuit’s most potent offense, finishing first in the league with 767 runs scored, 225 home runs, and a .255 team batting average.  Harmon Killebrew, Bob Allison, and rookie centerfielder Jimmie Hall paced the Minnesota attack.  Although Killebrew batted just .258, he knocked in 96 runs and led the league with 45 home runs and a .555 slugging percentage.  Allison hit 35 homers, drove in 91 runs, batted .271, and topped the circuit with 99 runs scored.  Hall slugged 33 homers, knocked in 80 runs, and scored another 88.

Meanwhile, the runner-up Chicago White Sox featured a pitching staff that compiled a league-best 2.97 team ERA.  Left-handers Gary Peters and Juan Pizarro served as Chicago’s top two starters.  A.L. Rookie of the Year Peters finished 19-8 with a league-leading 2.33 ERA.  Pizarro posted a record of 16-8 and placed second to his teammate with a 2.39 ERA.

The sixth-place Detroit Tigers and seventh-place Boston Red Sox had arguably the league’s two best all-around players.  Al Kaline hit 27 home runs, knocked in 101 runs, and batted .312 for the Tigers.  Carl Yastrzemski also had an outstanding year for the Red Sox, topping the circuit with a .321 batting average, 183 hits, 40 doubles, 95 walks, and a .419 on-base percentage.

Other notable events from around the league and players who distinguished themselves over the course of the season included:

• July 13 – Early Wynn of the Cleveland Indians earned his 300th career win.

• Chicago White Sox third baseman Pete Ward finished second to teammate Gary Peters in the A.L. Rookie of the Year voting.  Ward hit 22 homers, drove in 84 runs, and batted .295.

• By winning the A.L. MVP Award, Elston Howard became the first black player to attain the honor.

• Chicago’s Dave Nicholson established a new major league record by striking out 175 times.  

• Despite pitching for seventh-place Boston, reliever Dick Radatz saved 25 games, posted a record of 15-6, and struck out 162 batters in 132 1/3 innings of work.

• The Veterans Committee voted John Clarkson, Elmer Flick, Sam Rice, and Eppa Rixey into the Hall of Fame..

• Rogers Hornsby died.

• Frank “Home Run” Baker died.

• By hitting 42 home runs for Boston, Dick Stuart became the first player to hit 30 or more homers in a season in both leagues.  Stuart also led the American League with 118 runs batted in and 319 total bases.

• Luis Aparicio led the league with 40 stolen bases.

• Baltimore’s Stu Miller led the majors with 27 saves.

• Minnesota’s Camilo Pascual won 21 games and led all A.L. hurlers with 202 strikeouts.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BAL 2034 5448 644 1359 609 .218 207 32 146 97 34 2068 .374 .386 .846 119 37 73
BOS 1924 5575 666 1403 623 .181 247 34 171 27 16 2231 .280 .275 .607 138 25 44
CHA 2024 5508 683 1379 648 .193 208 40 114 64 28 2009 .312 .272 .618 97 44 79
CLE 2089 5496 635 1314 592 .188 214 29 169 59 36 2093 .300 .281 .622 105 43 88
DET 1986 5500 700 1388 649 .201 195 36 148 73 32 2099 .329 .290 .644 127 48 64
KC1 2013 5495 615 1356 582 .172 225 38 95 47 26 1942 .300 .245 .590 125 46 77
LAA 2118 5506 597 1378 551 .187 208 38 95 43 30 1947 .291 .249 .571 110 46 84
MIN 2029 5531 767 1408 722 .187 223 35 225 32 14 2376 .312 .301 .641 116 30 84
NYA 1911 5506 714 1387 666 .219 197 35 188 42 26 2218 .300 .328 .628 91 30 66
WS2 2094 5446 578 1237 538 .174 190 35 138 68 28 1911 .283 .269 .581 111 39 57

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BAL 410 86 76 1451 913 507 6098 1353 137 75.360 557 621 35 8 43 31 5
BOS 402 76 85 1451 1009 539 6202 1367 152 82.120 640 704 29 6 32 50 3
CHA 373 94 68 1469 932 440 6058 1311 100 71.570 485 544 49 19 39 37 0
CLE 419 79 83 1467 1018 478 6203 1390 176 74.590 619 702 40 11 25 38 3
DET 402 79 83 1456 930 477 6204 1407 195 95.200 631 703 42 6 28 42 10
KC1 409 73 89 1458 887 540 6247 1417 156 89.020 635 704 35 9 29 43 8
LAA 476 70 91 1454 889 578 6195 1317 120 68.560 570 660 30 9 31 48 5
MIN 395 91 70 1447 941 459 6040 1322 162 69.480 527 602 58 12 30 57 3
NYA 341 104 57 1448 965 476 5940 1239 115 48.310 495 547 59 17 31 33 3
WS2 438 56 106 1446 744 537 6301 1486 176 108.060 710 812 29 8 25 49 7

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BAL 2542 7187 5335 1730 122 .980 17425 47 24 0 11
BOS 2248 7181 5393 1631 157 .943 17397 62 17 0 12
CHA 2440 7361 5391 1818 152 .975 17628 51 32 1.00 23
CLE 2436 7224 5425 1640 159 .961 17626 51 34 2.00 12
DET 2306 7210 5434 1652 124 .973 17474 38 25 0 21
KC1 2376 7270 5369 1756 145 .963 17499 96 26 0 11
LAA 2451 7372 5332 1848 192 .970 17460 56 41 2.00 18
MIN 2527 7181 5386 1629 166 .969 17357 43 23 1.00 13
NYA 2369 7158 5284 1743 131 .978 17378 36 18 0 9
WS2 2391 7469 5407 1861 201 .954 17361 73 28 1.00 17

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1963 World Series, Al Downing, Al Kaline, American League, Bob Allison, Camilo Pascual, Carl Yastrzemski, Dave Nicholson, Dick Radatz, Dick Stuart, Don Drysdale, Early Wynn, Elmer Flick, Elston Howard, Eppa Rixey, Frank Baker, Gary Peters, Harmon Killebrew, Jim Bouton, Jimmie Hall, Joe Pepitone, John Clarkson, Johnny Podres, Juan Pizarro, Los Angeles Dodgers, Luis Aparicio, Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees, Pete Ward, Ralph Terry, Roger Maris, Rogers Hornsby, Sam Rice, Sandy Koufax, Stu Miller, Tom Tresh, Whitey Ford

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