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1962: Amazing

by Steve Ehresman

The 1962 baseball season was bookended by Marine Lieutenant John Glenn’s orbiting the earth three times in his spacecraft named Friendship Seven and by a thirteen-day standoff between the Soviet Union in the United States, remembered today as “The Cuban Missile Crisis.”  Between these history-making events, Major League Baseball enjoyed a memorable season, highlighted by another pennant for the New York Yankees in the American League; a thrilling pennant race, culminating in a three-game play-off in the National League; and a team with a 40-120 record becoming a legend to their devoted fans. 

The 1962 American League featured a strong first half by the Cleveland Indians, followed by a collapse; a surge by the Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Angels; and a familiar look to the post-season with the Yankees on top, despite their most famous player’s injury-plagued season.

The 1962 National League witnessed a photo-finish, with the San Francisco Giants catching the Los Angeles Dodgers on the final day of the season; new records set by a St. Louis Cardinal great; and a 162-game season, thanks to the addition of expansion teams in Houston and New York.

The New York Yankees held on to the American League flag, despite stiff competition throughout the summer.  Led once again by the M&M Boys--MVP Mickey Mantle (96 R, 30 HR, 89 RBI, a major league-leading 122 BB, .321 BA, a league-leading .605 SA in only 307 AB) and 1961 home run champion Roger Maris (92 R, 34 2B, 33 HR, 100 RBI, 87 BB) -- the Bronx Bombers bested the Minnesota Twins by 5 games, returning to the World Series for the third consecutive year.  The Yankees boasted a crackerjack infield:  Bill “Moose” Skowron (23 HR, 80 RBI) manning first base, Bobby Richardson (a league-leading 209 H, 99 R, 38 2B, .302 BA) and ROY Tom Tresh (94 R, 26 2B, 20 HR, 93 RBI) holding down the keystone, and Clete Boyer (24 2B, 18 HR) playing Gold Glove-caliber defense at the hot corner.  Behind the plate, Elston Howard (23 2B, 21 HR, 91 RBI, .474 SA) was Major League Baseball’s finest catcher.  The potent Yankee offense led the American League in runs (817), hits (1509), home runs (199) and RBI (791).

As had been the case since 1947, the Yankees put winners on the mound.  With Ralph Terry (43 G, a league-leading 39 GS, 14 CG, a league-leading 299 IP, a league-leading 23 wins with 12 losses, 3.19), Whitey Ford (38 G, 37 GS, 7 CG, 258 IP, 17-8, 2.90), and Bill Stafford (35 G, 33 GS, 7 CG, 213 IP, 14-9, 3.68) at the head of their corps, the Yankees reaped the benefits of a deep and talented pitching staff. 

Coming in 5 games behind New York, the Minnesota Twins scored 798 runs and stayed in the pennant chase thanks to the efforts of Harmon Killebrew (21 2B, a league-leading 48 HR, a league-leading 126 RBI, .545 SA) and Bob Allison (24 2B, 8 3B, 29 HR, 102 RBI, .511 SA).  On the hill, the Twins threatened their rivals with a four-headed Hydra:  Camilo Pascual (34 G, 33 GS, a league-leading 18 CG, 258 IP, a league-leading 206 K, 5 SHO, 20-11, 3.31), Jim Kaat (39 G, 35 GS, 16 CG, 269 IP, 5 SHO 18-14, 3.14), Dick Stigman (40 G, 15 GS, 6 CG, 143 IP, 12-5, 3.65), and Jack Kralick (39 G, 37 GS, 7 CG, 243 IP, 12-11, 3.85).  For good measure, Kralick tossed a no-hitter against the Kansas City Athletics on August 26. 

Hanging tough for much of the 1962 season, the Los Angeles Angels relied on Leon Wagner (21 2B, 37 HR, 107 RBI, .500 SA) and Lee Thomas (21 2B, 26 HR, 104 RBI) for their offense and Dean Chance (50 G, 24 GS, 6 CG, 207 IP, 14-10, 2.96) and Ken McBride (24 G, 23 GS, 6 CG, 149 IP, 11-5, 3.50) for their steady pitching. In addition, the Angels’ pitching staff featured a colorful young left-hander named Bo Belinsky (33 G, 31 GS, 5 CG, 187 IP, 10-11, 3.56), who recorded four-straight season-opening wins, the fourth of which was a no-hitter against his former organization, the Baltimore Orioles, on May 5. 

Fortified with power hitters, the Detroit Tigers led the Major Leagues in home runs, walloping 209 long balls, thanks to stellar performances by Norm Cash (39 HR, 89 RBI, 104 BB, .513 SA), Al Kaline (16 2B, 6 3B, 29 HR, 94 RBI, .593 SA in only 398 Abs), and Rocky Colavito (30 2B, 37 HR, 112 RBI, 96 BB, .514 SA, a league-leading 309 TB).  The “Motor City” sluggers lead all of Major League Baseball with 209 home runs.  Aces Jim Bunning (41 G, 35 CG, 12 CG, 258 IP, 19-10, 3.59) and Hank Aguirre (42 G, 22 GS, 11 CG, 216 IP, 16-8, a Major League-leading 2.21) provided stability for the Detroit pitching staff.    

Rounding out the first division, the Chicago White Sox relied on Luis Aparicio (23 2B, a league-leading 31 SB), Al Smith (23 2B, 8 3B, 16 HR, 82 RB), and Floyd Robinson (a league-leading 45 2B, 10 3B, 109 RBI, .312 BA) to propel their home run-challenged offense (92 HR, last in the Major Leagues).  A quartet of pitchers helped the Pale Hose to a respectable finish:  Ray Herbert (35 G, 35 GS, 12 CG, 237 IP, 20-9, 3.27), Juan Pizarro (36 G, 32 GS, 9 CG, 203 IP, 12-14, 3.18), Eddie Fisher (57 G, 12 GS, 2 CG, 183 IP, 9-5, 3.10)), and Frank Baumann (40 G, 10 GS, 3 CG, 120 IP, 7-6, 3.38).      

Major League Baseball’s Jekyll and Hyde team, the Cleveland Indians got off to a fast start with a 48-36 record at the All-Star break.  After that pinnacle, the Tribe dropped 28 of their next 38 games and fell into the second division.  Nevertheless, the Indians possessed fire-power, thanks to Tito Francona (28 2B, 14 HR, 70 RBI), Chuck Essegian (21 HR, .497 SA), and Johnny Romano (25 HR, 81 RBI, .479 SA).  The pitching staff was led by a bona fide ace, Dick Donovan (34 G, 34 GS, 16 CG, 251 IP, 20-10, 3.59).

Although the Baltimore Orioles took a tumble in 1962, third-sacker Brooks Robinson (29 2B, 9 3B, 23 HR, 86 RBI, .303) became only the fifth player in Major League history to hit back-to-back grand slam home runs on May 6 and May 9. The Oriole attack also featured Jim Gentile (21 2B, 33 HR, 87 RBI, 77 BB, .475 SA), Jackie Brandt (29 2B, 19 HR, 75 RBI), and youngster Boog Powell (13 2B, 15 HR).  The mound crew was anchored by three starters and one stalwart reliever.  Milt Pappas (35 G, 32 GS, 9 CG, 205 IP, 12-10, 4.04), Robin Roberts (27 G, 25 GS, 6 CG, 191 IP, 10-9, 2.76), and Chuck Estrada (34 G, 33 GS, 6 CG, 223 IP, 9-17, 3.47) carried the water as starting pitchers, while Hoyt Wilhelm stood among the best at his craft as closer (52 G, 44 GF, 15 SV, 93 IP, 1.94).        

Although the Boston Red Sox finished deep in the second division, far off New York’s championship pace, Fenway Park was home to some good offensive players.  Pete Runnels (33 2B, .326) claimed the American League batting title; Ed Bressoud played like an extra-base-hit machine (40 2B, 9 3B, 14 HR); Frank Malzone (20 2B, 21 HR) led the Bosox with 95 RBI; Lou Clinton (24 2B, 10 3B, 18 HR, .294 BA, .540 SA) enjoyed a career-year; and 22-year-old Carl Yastrzemski led the way with a terrific all-around season (43 2B, 19 HR, 94 RBI, .296).  The Boston pitching staff also had a few moments of glory.  Earl Wilson (31 G, 26 GS, 4 CG, 191 IP, 12-8, 3.91) became the first black pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the American League when he no-hit the Los Angeles Angels on June 26.  Frank Malzone made a backhanded grab of a foul ball right at the top of the Angels’ dugout in the 8th inning to help preserve Wilson’s no-no.  Further, ace hurler Bill Monbouquette (35 G, 35 GS, 11 CG, 235 IP, 15-13, 3.33) no-hit the White Sox on August 1.  Gene Conley (34 G, 33 GS, 9 CG, 242 IP, 15-14, 3.94), a 6-8 225 lb. presence on the pitching   mound, as well as on the basketball court with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks, was a third hard-working hurler for the Red Sox.  Out of the bullpen, 6-6, 230 lb. Dick Radatz (a league-leading 62 G, a league-leading 53 GF, a league-leading 24 SV, 124.2 IP, 2.24) was the most dominant reliever in the American League.   

The Kansas City Athletics fielded some good hitters, scoring a respectable 745 runs and leading the league in triples with 58, but their pitching staff issued 655 bases on balls and posted a 4.79 earned run average—both of which were the worst in the American League.  Among the offensive stars for the Athletics were Norm Siebern (25 2B, 25 HR, 117 RBI, 110 BB, .308 BA, .495 SA), Jerry Lumpe (34 2B, 10 3B, 83 RBI, .301 BA), Ed Charles (24 2B, 7 3B, 17 HR, 74 RBI, 20 SB), Gino Cimoli (20 2B, a league-leading 15 3B, 71 RBI), and Manny Jimenez (24 2B, .301 BA).  Nevertheless, this production was eclipsed by the pitchers’ season-long struggles.  Ed Rakow (42 G, 35 GS, 11 CG, 235 IP, 14-17, 4.25) was the staff’s workhorse. 

Last in the American League was the latest version of a Major League Baseball team in our nation’s capital, the second-year Washington Senators.  With a 60-101 record, the Nats had little to offer their fans.  Chuck Hinton (25 2B, 17 HR, 75 RBI, 28 SB, .310 AV) was their star, although premier defensive outfielder Jimmy Piersall (20 2B, 12 SB) and versatile Bob Johnson (20 2B, 12 HR, 9 SB, .288 AV) chipped in where they could.  Dave Stanhouse (34 G, 26 GS, 9 CG, 197 IP, 11-12, 3.65) anchored the pitching staff, and young Claude Osteen (28 G, 22 GS, 7 CG, 150 IP, 8-13, 3.66) would realize his potential when he became a Los Angeles Dodger in 1965. 

Whereas the American League pennant race was between rivals from different parts of the country, the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins, the National League pennant race was between arch-rivals from the same state--the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Despite season-long heroics by the Dodgers, San Francisco caught Los Angeles on the last day of the season to force a three-game tie-breaker for the pennant, the first such contest since 1951, when Bobby Thompson broke hearts in Flatbush.         

Fueling the San Francisco Giants’ pennant drive throughout the summer were three stalwart batsmen: Orlando Cepeda (28 2B, 35 HR, 114 RBI, .308 BA, .518 SA). Felipe Alou (30 2B, 25 HR, 98 RBI, .316 BA, .513 SA), and—of course—Willie Mays (36 2B, a league-leading 49 HR, 141 RBI, 18 SB, .304 BA, .615 SA, a league-leading 382 TB).  The Candlestick Park sluggers led Major League Baseball in runs (878), hits (1552), home runs (204), and RBI (807).  On the mound, the Giants featured a trio of excellent pitchers: Jack Sanford (39 G, 38 GS, 13 CG, 265 IP, 24-7, 3.43), Billy O’Dell (43 G, 39 GS, 20 CG, 281 IP, 19-14, 3.52), and Juan Marichal (37 G, 36 GS, 18 CG, 263 IP, 18-11, 3.35).                   

In a season-long attempt to stave off the indomitable Giants, the Los Angeles Dodgers turned to Tommy Davis and MVP Maury Wills.  Enjoying one of the best years ever by a Dodger---Brooklyn or Los Angeles variety—Tommy Davis (a major league-leading 230 H, 27 2B, 9 3B, 27 HR, a major league-leading 153 RBI, 18 SB, a major league-leading .346 BA. .535 SA) helped to keep Los Angeles in the lead until the final day of the season.  Tommy Davis was given ample assistance by Dodger giant Frank Howard (25 2B, 31 HR, 119 RBI, .296 BA, .560 SA) and Willie Davis (18 2B, 10 3B, 21 HR, 85 RBI, 32 SB, .285 BA).  Quite different from these home run hitters, Maury Wills (10 3B, .299) steadied the Dodgers infield, set a single-season record with 104 stolen bases, and swiped the National League MVP Award to boot.  The Los Angeles pitchers performed yeoman-like work, thanks to Cy Young Award winner Don Drysdale (43 G, a major league-leading 41 GS, 19 CG, a major league-leading 314 IP, a league-leading 232 K, a league-leading 25 wins with 9 loses, 2.84) and Johnny Podres (40 G, 40 GS, 8 CG, 255 IP, 15-13, 3.81).  Throughout the season, Los Angeles was reliant on indefatigable reliever Ron Perranoski (a major league-leading 70 G, 39 GF, 19 SV, 107.1 IP, 2.85).  The tide began to turn against Los Angeles on July 14, when Sandy Koufax (28 G, 26 GS, 11 CG, 184 IP, 14-7, a league-leading 2.54) was lost for the season with a circulatory ailment in his fingers.  As part of his resume, Koufax had no-hit the New York Mets on June 30.  Badly missing their star southpaw, the Dodgers won only 3 of the final 13 games of the season, while the Giants won 7, tying Los Angeles, forcing a 3-game play-off, and eliminating their Southern California rivals from World Series competition.      

Almost lost amid the strife emanating from Chavez Ravine and Candlestick were the third-place Cincinnati Reds, the defending National League Champions, who finished 3.5 games behind San Francisco’s pennant-winning pace.  Fueled by Frank Robinson (a major league-leading 134 R, a major league-leading 51 2B, 39 HR, 136 RBI, 18 SB, .342 BA, a major league-leading .624 SA) and Vada Pinson (31 2B, 7 3B, 23 HR, 100 RBI, 26 SB, .292 BA), the Reds possessed a ferocious offense and solid pitching.  Led by a trio of stalwart pitchers, Bob Purkey (37 G, 37 GS, 18 CG, 288 IP, 23-5, 2.81), Joey Jay (39 G, 37 GS, 16 CG, 273 IP, 21-14, 3.76), and Jim O’Toole (36 G, 34 GS, 11 CG, 252 IP, 16-13, 3.50), the Reds acquitted themselves well in the era before the Big Red Machine.

The Pittsburgh Pirates featured Roberto Clemente (28 2B, 9 3B, 10 HR, 74 RBI, .312), Bob Skinner (29 2B, 20 HR, 75 RBI, .302 BA, .504 SA), and Smoky Burgess (19 2B, 13 HR, 61 RBI, .328 BA, .500 SA in only 360 AB).  Reliable starting pitchers Bob Friend (39 G, 36 GS, 13 CG, 262 IP, 18-14, 3.06), Al McBean (33 G, 29 GS, 6 CG, 15-10, 3.69), and Vern Law (23 G, 20 GS, 7 CG, 139 IP, 10-7, 3.95) and relief ace Elroy Face (63 G, a major league-leading 57 GF, a major league-leading 28 SV, 91 IP, 1.88) kept the Pirates solidly in fourth place, only 8 games behind the pennant-winning Giants. 

Rounding out the first division were the Milwaukee Braves, led by sluggers Hank Aaron (28 2B, 6 3B, 45 HR, 128 RBI, 15 SB, .323 BA, .618 SA), Eddie Mathews (25 2B, 6 3B, 29 HR, 90 RBI, a league-leading 101 BB, .496 SA), and Joe Adcock (29 HR, 78 RBI, .506 SA) and by 41-year-old southpaw ace Warren Spahn (34 G, 34 GS, a major league-leading 22 CG, 269 IP, 15-14, 3.04).  Assisting Spahn on the mound were Bob Shaw (38 G, 29 GS, 12 CG, 225 IP, 15-9, 2.80) and Bob Hendley (35 G, 29 GS, 7 CG, 200 IP, 11-13, 3.60) 

The St. Louis Cardinals featured quality players, such as Bill White (31 2B, 20 HR, 102 RBI, .324 BA), Ken Boyer (27 2B, 24 HR, 98 RBI, 12 SB, .291 BA), Curt Flood (30 2B, 12 HR, 70 RBI, .296 BA), and 41-year-old Stan Musial (18 2B, 19 HR, 82 RBI, .330 BA, .506 SA in only 433 AB).  In addition, Musial became the all-time National League leader in runs scored (1,086) and in total bases (5,864).  Red Bird pitchers Larry Jackson (36 G, 35 GS, 11 CG, 252 IP, 16-11, 3.75), Bob Gibson (32 G, 30 GS, 15 CG, 252 IP, 15-13, 2.85), and Ernie Broglio (34 G, 30 GS, 11 CG, 222 IP, 12-9, 3.00) helped to keep games competitive in the “Gateway City.”         

The Philadelphia Phillies, while still a long way from their being competitive, improved upon their dismal 1961 performance, thanks to powerful years from their first baseman Roy Sievers (19 2B, 21 HR, 80 RBI), their third baseman Don Demeter (24 2B, 29 HR, 107 RBI, .307 BA, .520 SA), and a couple of their outfielders: Johnny Callison (28 2B, 10 3B, 23 HR, 83 RBI, .300 BA, .491 SA) and Tony Gonzalez (16 2B, 20 HR, 17 SB, .302 BA, .494 SA).  Although the Philadelphia pitching staff was sub-par (4.28 team ERA), starter Art Mahaffey (41 G, 39 GS, 20 CG, 274 IP, 19-14, 3.94) and reliever Jack Baldschun (65 G, 49 GF, 13 SV, 113 IP, 2.95) labored admirably in a losing cause.

The Houston Colt 45s debuted auspiciously, as they pounded the Chicago Cubs 11-2 on April 10 before a crowd of over 25,000 and went on to sweep the Cubs in Houston’s first 3-game series in mosquito-infested Colt Stadium.  Indeed, the 45s finished April 7-8, 4 games in front of the expansion New York Mets and only 5 games behind the National League-leading Pirates and Giants.  Eliminated from the postseason on August 21, the Houston Colt 45s finished in eighth place, 35.5 games behind the Giants.  Lacking offensive fire power, despite their rootin’-tootin’ nickname, Houston featured Roman Mejias (24 HR, 76 RBI, 12 SB, .286) and a cast of non-descript cast-offs.  Despite their deficiencies at the plate, the Colt 45s put Major League caliber pitchers on the hill, led by Ken Johnson (33 G, 31 GS, 5 CG, 197 IP, 7-16, 3.84), Dick Farrell (43 G, 29 GS, 11 CG, 242 IP, 10-20, 3.01), and Bob Bruce (32 G, 27 GS, 6 CG, 175 IP, 10-9, 4.06). 

Woe to the Chicago Cubs.  Not an expansion team, the Cubs, nevertheless, finished 59-103, 42.5 games behind San Francisco’s pennant-winning pace.  Still utilizing P.K. Wrigley’s College of Coaches, the Cubs plummeted in the standings, giving their fans little to cheer, but much to scorn.  Somewhere amid the cranage was a nucleus of good young players, led by third baseman Ron Santo (20 2B, 17 HR, 83 RBI) and outfielder Billy Williams (22 2B, 8 3B, 22 HR, 91 RBI, 70 BB, .298 BA).  Further, veterans like George Altman (27 2B, 22 HR, 74 RBI, 19 SB, .318 BA, .511 SA) and “Mister Cub” Ernie Banks (20 2B, 37 HR, 104 RBI, .503 SA) provided the North Siders with both fire-power and leadership.  A couple of youngsters, ROY second baseman Ken Hubbs (24 2B, 9 3B) and under-appreciated outfielder Lou Brock (24 2B, 7 3B, 16 SB) suggested that the Cubs possessed youngsters whose stardom would lead the way to brighter days. Veteran Bob Buhl (35 G, 31 GS, 8 CG, 214 IP, 12-14, 3.87) and youngster Cal Koonce (35 G, 39 GS, 3 CG, 191 IP, 10-10, 3.96) tried to hold together a pitching staff that looked Major League only in comparison to the “Amazin’ Mets.”          

In an attempt to analyze the 1962 Mets, New York’s National League expansion team, one must defer to their manager, Casey Stengel: “Look at that guy.  He can’t hit, he can’t run, and he can’t throw.  Of course, that’s why they gave him to us.”  In an attempt to draw fans to the Polo Grounds, the Mets selected a number of “over-the-hill” National Leaguers,   Among these cast-offs were Gil Hodges (6 HR), Charlie Neal (14 2B, 9 HR, 11 HR), Frank Thomas (23 2B, 34 HR, 94 RBI, .496 SA), and Roger Craig (42 G, 33 GS, 13 CG, 233 IP, 10-24, 4.52), who, along with Jay Hook (37 G, 34 GS, 13 CG, 214 IP, 8-19, 4.84) and Al Jackson (36 G, 33 GS, 12 CG, 231 IP, 8-20, 4.40), had the thankless job of anchoring the Major League’s worst pitching staff (5.04 ERA).  Despite the Mets’ 40-120 record, their fans, all 922, 530 of them, cheered for their anti-heroes with devotion, giving the first-year Mets the 6th best attendance in the National League.  Amazing.           

The 1962 World Series matched the Giants and the Yankees for the first time since 1954, when Willie Mays made a catch “which must have been an optical illusion to a lot of people.”  This seven-game Series was the first for the Giants since they relocated to “The City by the Bay” in 1958.  For the Yankees, World Series appearances were so frequent that between 1923 (when New York won their first Series) and 1962, they won half of the Fall Classics.  Despite the fact that the Giants out-hit and out-pitched the Yankees in a record-setting 13 days of rainouts, everything came down to the seventh game in San Francisco.  With Matty Alou on third and Willie Mays on second, Willie McCovey (20 HR, 54 RB, .590 SA in 229 AB) connected with a Ralph Terry fast ball for what looked like a walk-off base hit.  Instead, a well-positioned Bobby Richardson made the catch without leaping to end the game and to give the Yankees their twentieth World Series Championship.  Ralph Terry, who went the distance to record a 1-0 victory, was named the Series MVP.   

In 1962, a number of familiar phrases entered the American lexicon.  To open the Tonight Show, Ed McMahon roused late-night television viewers with “Heeere’s Johnny [Carson].”  In Dr. No, Sean Connery gave life to Ian Fleming’s famous spy, identifying himself as “Bond, James Bond.” The small city of Orville, Ohio urged consumers to purchase their jams and jellies by boasting “With a name like Smucker’s it has to be good.”  Perhaps the slogan most indicative of America’s “can-do” spirit in the Age of Camelot came from Avis: “We Try Harder.”  Before the end of the decade, that spirit would put men on the moon.  Amazing.      

The 1962 Major League Season provided its fans with superb baseball:  outstanding hitting and pitching, competitive pennant races, and an all-time great World Series.  With two new teams added to baseball’s expanding geography, America’s Pastime was reaching more people in more places than ever before.  When Casey Stengel famously asked, “Can’t anybody here play this game,” the answer was “yes” and “no.”  Plenty of good, even great players patrolled the diamonds in windy Candlestick Park, brand-new Dodger Stadium, and venerable Yankee Stadium.  Unfortunately, the same could not be said for multi-purpose D.C. Stadium, historic Wrigley Field, and one-time home of champions The Polo Grounds.  Nevertheless, in 1962, New York’s National League fans--if not all of America--were introduced to a new phenomenon, loveable losers.  The old adage remains us that what counts is how one “plays the game.”  In the case of the New York Metropolitan Baseball Cub, what counted was how they did not play the game.  Simply Amazing.

The 1962 Deluxe Past Season database contains everything you need to play games using teams and players from the 1962 season -- a full set of ratings and statistics for every player who appeared in the big leagues that year, plus team rosters, manager profiles, ballpark ratings and league schedules. Statistics include official batting, pitching and fielding totals with left/right splits for all batters and pitchers.

Also included is a complete set of real-life player transactions -- trades, disabled list moves, promotions, demotions, suspensions, and more -- plus the actual starting lineups for every regular-season game played.

Customers who have previously bought Diamond Mind's 1962 Classic Past Season database are eligible to buy this upgraded edition for the discounted price of $10. Send an email to to request your discount promotion code.

** Important Note ** This season database is a companion product for the Diamond Mind Baseball version 11 game. To use this database, you must also have Diamond Mind Baseball version 11. The game software provides you with all of the tools you need to play simulated games, make roster moves, produce dozens of statistical reports, generate league schedules, and more.

1960 Deluxe Past Season with transaction and lineups available now!

1960: An End and A Beginning

by Steve Ehresman

Americans in the 1950s were on the move, enjoying unprecedented growth and prosperity, as well as a booming birth rate. More likely to be clothed in a gray flannel suit than to be “half naked [and] sweating” like Carl Sandburg’s personification of “Chicago,” we surged ahead, “under the terrible burden of destiny . . . as an ignorant fighter. . .who has never lost a battle.”

As General Electric bragged, “Progress is our most important product.”

When we turned the page and began writing a new chapter in our national narrative, few could have predicted the decade that lay ahead, ripe with promise and fraught with challenge. Perhaps we can think of 1960 as a moment when we looked back wistfully at what had seemed a time of innocence, then turned resolutely to face a future that would change how we thought about ourselves forever.

Kerry Keene wrote a baseball history called 1960:  The Last Pure Season.  It celebrates a season in the sun:  one in which the Beaver got into and out of trouble, one in which Chubby Checker showed us how to Twist, and one in which the Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series.  Last wearing the World Series crown in 1925, the underdog Bucs faced baseball’s most storied franchise, the New York Yankees, and did something no team had done before them:  win the World Series with a home run.

Lest we underestimate those Pirates, the Steel City’s 79th iteration of their Major League Baseball team, we must remember that the Bucs were not flukes.  Finishing with a record of 95-59, seven games ahead of the second-place Milwaukee Braves, the Pirates earned the right to represent the National League in the World Series.  With MVP Dick Groat, whose .325 average topped all of baseball, and Roberto Clemente, whose 16 home runs and 94 RBI led his team, the Pirates had star power.  On the mound, Cy Young winner Vern Law (35 GS, 18 CG, 271.2 IP, 20-9, 3.08) and Bob Friend (37 GS, 16 CG, 275.2 IP, 18-12, 3.00) were durable and reliable.  Elroy Face emerged from the Buc’s bullpen to do yeoman-like work (68 G, 61 GF, 24 SV, 114.2 IP, 3.28).  For the season, the Pirates led the National League in runs scored (734) and tied for the fewest runs allowed (593).

The New York Yankees finished with a 97-57 record, winning their 25th pennant and finishing eight games ahead of the second-place Baltimore Orioles.  With MVP Roger Maris (39 HR, 112 RBI, and a league-leading .581 SLG) and Mickey Mantle (40 HR, 94 RBI, and a league-leading 294 total bases) supplying the heavy ordnance, the Bronx Bombers outslugged the opposition.  Deep and talented, the Yankee pitching staff featured four solid starters and one shut-down relief ace.  Art Ditmar (28 GS, 8 CG, 200 IP, 15-9, 3.06), Whitey Ford (29 GS, 8 CG, 192.2 IP, 12-9, 3.08), Bob Turley (24 GS, 4 CG, 173.1 IP, 9-3, 3.27), and Ralph Terry (23 GS, 7 CG, 166.2 IP, 10-8, 3.40) made most of the starts for New York, while Bobby Shantz, listed at 5 feet, 6 inches and 139 pounds, enjoyed a superb year, appearing in 42 games, finishing 21, saving 11, pitching 67.2 innings, and posting a 2.79 E.R.A.  New York led the American League in runs scored (746), home runs (193), earned run average (3.52), and saves (42), while allowing a record low 2.83 runs per game on the road.

The National League runner-up Milwaukee Braves had, arguably, the best one-two punch in baseball, as Hank Aaron blasted 40 home runs with a league-leading 126 RBI, while Eddie Mathews shocked 39 home runs with 124 RBI.  Since Warren Spahn returned from World War II, he had been the leader of the Braves’ pitching staff.  The 1960 season was no different, as the seemingly ageless Spahn pitched superbly (33 GS, 18 CG, 267.2 IP, 21-10, 3.50).  Partnering with Spahn was the MVP of the 1957 World Series, control pitcher Lew Burdette (32 GS, 18 CG, 275.2 IP, 19-13, 3.36).

The third-place St. Louis Cardinals enjoyed fine seasons from pitchers Ernie Broglio (52 G, 24 GS, 9 CG, 226 IP, 21-9, 2.74), Larry Jackson (38 GS, 14 CG, 282 IP, 18-13, 3.48,) and Lindy McDaniel (65 G, 47 GF, 26 SV, 116 IP, 2.09).  Slugging third baseman Ken Boyer (32 HR, 97 RBI, .304) was the offensive leader, while Redbird legend Stan Musial chipped in 17 home runs and 63 RBI.

For the defending World Series Champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Norm Larker hit .323; Maury Wills swiped a league-leading 50 bases; and Don Drysdale (36 GS, 15 CG, 269 IP, 15-14, 2.84) stood tall as the Dodger ace.  For good measure, the 6-foot, 5-inch “Big D.” struck out 246 to lead the major leagues.  Speaking of large, the Dodgers debuted a 6-foot, 7-inch All-American basketball star from The Ohio State University, Frank Howard, who socked 23 home runs, drove in 77 runs, and won the National League ROY Award.

The National League’s second division teams--only one of which finished above .500—could take solace in the exploits of their star players.  In San Francisco, Willie Mays (29 2B, 12 3B, 29 HR, 103 RBI, 25 SB, .319) and Orlando Cepeda (36 2B, 24 HR, 86 RBI, 15 SB, .297) displayed excellent all-around firepower, while Mike McCormick (34 GS, 15 CG, 253 IP, 15-12, 2.70) was brilliant on the mound, leading the Senior Circuit in earned run average.  Cincinnati enjoyed exceptional years from Frank Robinson (33 2B, 31 HR, 83 RB, 13 SB, .297I) and Vada Pinson (a major-league leading 37 2B, 12 3B, 20 HR, 61 RBI, 32 SB, .287).  Chicago’s Ernie Banks, MVP in 1958 and 1959, was a one-man wrecking crew, leading the league in games played for a record fourth consecutive season.  The finest shortstop of his era, Banks slammed 32 doubles, legged-out 7 triples, launched 41 home runs, and drove in 117 runs.  Although Banks had little help offensively, veteran Richie Ashburn paced the league in walks (116) and OBP (.416).  A couple of youngsters, Ron Santo and Billy Williams, seemed ready to make major contributions in the future.  Finally, Philadelphia, 35 games off the pace, had little about which they could crow.  Nevertheless, former Cub Tony Taylor (22 2B, 24 SB, .287) and Pancho Herrera (26 2B, 17 HR, 71 RBI) provided offense, despite Herrera’s record-setting 136 strikeouts in a 154-game season.

The American League runner-up Baltimore Orioles received offensive contributions from Brooks Robinson (27 2B, 9 3B, 14 HR, 88 RBI), and ROY Ron Hansen (22 2B, 22 HR, 86 RBI).  In addition, Robinson won the first of his career 16 Gold Glove Awards, all at third base.  Chuck Estrada (36 G, 25 GS, 12 CG, 209 IP, 18-11, 3.58), Milt Pappas (30 G, 27 GS, 11 CG, 206 IP, 15-11, 3.38), Hal Brown (30 G, 20 GS, 6 CG, 159 IP, 12-5, 3.06), Jack Fisher (40 G, 20 GS, 8 CG, 198 IP, 3.41), and Steve Barber (36 G,27 GS, 6 CG, 182 IP, 10-7, 3.21) gave the Birds a deep, talented, and versatile pitching staff.  Knuckleball master Hoyt Wilhelm, who started 11 games himself, was effective coming out of the bullpen, as he appeared in 41 games, finished 24, and saved 7, en route to an 11-8 record, 147 IP, and a 3.31 E.R.A.

The defending American League Champion Chicago White Sox had a great deal more to offer than did their crosstown rivals, the Cubs.  Roy Sievers (28 HR, 93 RBI), Luis Aparicio (a league-leading 51 SB), Al Smith (31 2B, .315), and Minnie Minoso (32 2B, 20 HR, 105 RBI, 17 SB, .311) provided reliable bats for the Pale Hose.  On the mound, two familiar faces, Billy Pierce (30 GS, 8 CG, 196 IP, 14-7, 3.63) and Early Wynn (35 GS, 13 CG, 237 IP, 13-12, 3.49), and one newcomer from the Red Sox, Frank Baumann (47 G, 20 GS, 7 CG, 185 IP, 13-6, and a league-leading 2.67), supplied the quality pitching often associated with Chicago’s South Siders.  In addition, Gerry Staley (64 G, 45 GF, 9 SV, 115 IP, 13-8, 2.43) was the star of the White Sox relief corps.

On April 17, 1960, the Cleveland Indians’ General Manager Frank Lane engineered one of baseball’s most memorable--if not most infamous--trades:  the American League home run champion of 1959 (Rocky Colavito, who hit 42 homers.) for the American League batting champion of 1959 (Harvey Kuenn, who batted .353.).  This trade formed the premise of Terry Pluto’s The Curse of Rocky Colavito.  Whether one believes in curses or not, the trade did nothing to improve the fortunes of Cleveland or Detroit, as both squads failed to break even in 1960.

The Cleveland Indians finished fourth in the American League (76-78), 21 games behind the Yankees.  Harvey Kuenn, wearing his new Cleveland uniform, hit .308; shortstop Woody Held connected for 21 homers; center fielder Jimmy Piersall smacked 18 long balls while swiping 18 bases; and left fielder Tito Francona enjoyed a solid all-around year (a league-leading 36 2B, 17 HR, 79 RBI, .292).  The Tribe pitching staff featured Jim Perry (36 GS, 10 CG, 261 IP, 18-10, 3.62) and reliever Johnny Klippstein (49 G, 30 GF, 14 SV, 74 IP, 2.92).

All of the teams in the second division of the American League finished with records below .500.  Washington, which would become Minnesota in 1961, enjoyed good production from Jim Lemon (38 HR, 100 RBI) and twenty-four-year-old Harmon Killebrew (19 2B, 31 HR, 80 RBI).  Their pitchers carried the water, as Camilo Pascual (22 GS, 8 CG, 152 IP, 12-8, 3.02), Pedro Ramos (43 G,  36 GS, 14 CG, 274 IP, 11-18, 3.45), Jack Kralick (35 G, 18 GS, 7 CG, 151 IP, 8-8, 3.04), and Chuck Stobbs (40 G, 13 GS, 119 IP, 12-7, 3.33) labored to put wins into the record book.  In Detroit, Rocky Colavito (35 HR, 87 RBI) adjusted nicely to his new team.  Perennial star Al Kaline (29 2B, 15 HR, 68 RBI, 19 SB) produced solid numbers.  The third Bengal outfielder, “Sunday Charlie” Maxwell, slugged 24 home runs and drove in 81 runners.  Two veteran hurlers anchored Detroit’s pitching staff:  Frank Lary (35 GS, 15 CG, 274 IP, 15-15, 3.51) and Jim Bunning (34 GS, 10 CG, 252 IP, 11-14, 2.79).  Boston’s season was a farewell to Ted Williams--who arrived in 1939, who became an immediate star, who lost all or part of five seasons serving his country during war, and who hit a home run in his final at bat on September 28, 1960 at Fenway Park.  Forty-one years of age, Williams dominated in limited at bats during the 1960 season:  310 AB, 15 2B, 29 HR, 72 RBI, 75 BB, .316 BA, .645 SA).  Complementing Williams in the Sox lineup was American League batting champion Pete Runnels (29 2B, .320).  Boston’s pitching staff was far from impressive, but Bill Monbouquette (30 GS, 12 CG, 215 IP, 14-11, 3.64) and reliever Mike Fornieles (a league-leading 70 G, a league-leading 48 GF, 13 SV, 109 IP, 2.64) posted good numbers amid mediocrity.  Finishing 39 games behind New York, Kansas City enjoyed solid seasons from former Yankees, first baseman Norm Siebern (31 2B, 6 3B, 19 HR, 69 RBI) and second baseman Jerry Lumpe (19 2B, 8 HR, 53 RBI).  On the mound, Ray Herbert (33 GS, 14 CG, 253 IP, 14-15, 3.27) pitched well in a losing cause.

The 1960 World Series bordered on the miraculous, as the Yankees outscored the Pirates 55-27, scored the most runs by one team in World Series history, and won three blow-out games (16-3, 10-0, and 12-0).  Nevertheless, with the score tied 9-9 in the bottom of the 9th in Game Seven, Bill Mazeroski made history by smashing a 1-2 pitch from Ralph Terry over the left field wall at Forbes Field.  Improbably, Mazeroski had just hit a game-ending home run to win the World Series.  In another first, Bobby Richardson was named the Series MVP, the only time a player from the losing team has received this honor.  For everyone except Yankee fans, the 1960 season had come to an historic and thrilling conclusion. 

In 1960, Jim Brosnan’s The Long Season upset the conservative baseball community.  Years later, Jim Bouton would truly shatter myths with Ball Four.  The Philadelphia Phillies were no-hit twice by the Milwaukee Braves (Lew Burdette on August 18 and Warren Spahn on September 16).  In addition, Juan Marichal one-hit the hapless Phillies in his debut on July 19.  Don Cardwell no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals on May 15 in his Cubs debut.  The innovative Paul Richards, manager of the Baltimore Orioles, devised a catcher’s mitt that was 50 inches in circumference to handle Hoyt Wilhelm’s knuckleball.  Pitchers made history in 1960, whether on the printed page or on the baseball diamond.

Pitchers were not alone in their achieving memorable feats in 1960.  George Crowe of the St. Louis Cardinals hit four pinch hit homers, giving him a Major League record of fourteen.  Elmer Valo, splitting the season between New York and Washington, received a Major League record 18 walks as a pinch hitter.  In the Junior Circuit, Pete Runnels went 6 for 7 in a 15-inning game on August 30.  In the Senior Circuit, Dick Groat went 6-6 in a game on May 13.

The year 1960 was a memorable opening of a decade both for our nation and for Major League Baseball.  We can never go back to those Sandlot days, but we can remember them.  We can use them as a framework that entertains us, that inspires us, and that unites us.  For America, the year 1960 was a watershed moment.  For Major League baseball, the year 1960 was unmatched for its legendary personalities and events.  Order the 1960 season from Diamond Mind Baseball, and in your replay, you just might save Casey Stengel’s job.

The 1960 Deluxe Past Season database contains everything you need to play games using teams and players from the 1960 season -- a full set of ratings and statistics for every player who appeared in the big leagues that year, plus team rosters, manager profiles, ballpark ratings and league schedules. Statistics include official batting, pitching and fielding totals with left/right splits for all batters and pitchers.

Also included is a complete set of real-life player transactions -- trades, disabled list moves, promotions, demotions, suspensions, and more -- plus the actual starting lineups for every regular-season game played.

If you are a registered owner of the 1960 Classic Past Season, you are eligible for upgrade pricing for this item. Send an email to to request your discount promotion code.

** Important Note ** This season database is a companion product for the Diamond Mind Baseball version 11 game. To use this database, you must also have Diamond Mind Baseball version 11. The game software provides you with all of the tools you need to play simulated games, make roster moves, produce dozens of statistical reports, generate league schedules, and more.

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1946: The Boys Are Back in Town

by Steve Ehresman

In 1946, Winston Churchill gave his famous Iron Curtain Speech; Nazi war criminals were sentenced to death by the International War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremberg; the General Assembly of the United Nation met for the first time; and—for Major League Baseball—the stars returned from the War to treat America to a new era of seasons in the sun.

Despite the challenge posed by Jorge Pascual’s Mexican League, Major League Baseball, under the leadership of Commissioner Albert “Happy” Chandler, experienced a record-breaking year, as turnstiles clicked at nearly double their 1945 rate, which happened to be the old record for putting fannies in the seats.  All sixteen teams enjoyed an increase in attendance.  Even the lowly Washington Senators and Philadelphia Phillies surpassed the magic million mark.  In all, five teams drew over a million fans for the first time, and the New York Yankees became the first team to attract two million customers.

These fans were rewarded with a baseball season that historians still celebrate.  In Boston, the Red Sox put together a 15-game winning streak in May and captured their first pennant in 28 years, winning 104 games and breezing past the defending World Series champs, the Detroit Tigers, by 12 games.    

Despite the “Williams Shift,” devised by Cleveland Indian player-manager Lou Boudreau, “Teddy Ballgame”, 27-years-old and hungry after serving as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, won the MVP,  compiling a .342 batting average, walloping 38 home runs, drawing a major league-leading 156 walks, and driving in 123 runs.  Williams was not alone in his offensive exploits, as Rudy York (30 2B, 17 HR, 119 RBI), Bobby Doerr (34 2B, 18 HR, 116 RBI), and Johnny Pesky (208 hits, 43 2B, .335) came through with seasons that put the Red Sox atop the American League in runs (792), hits (1441), doubles (268), RBI (736), walks (687), and batting average (.271). 

“The Sawx” also possessed one the most effective pitching staffs in the American League.  Featuring Boo Ferris (40 G, 35 GS, 26 CG, 274 IP, 25-6, 3.25), Tex Hughson (20-11, 39 G, 35 GS, 21 CG, 278 IP, 20-11, 2.75), and Mickey Harris (17-9, 34 G, 30 GS, 15 CG, 236 IP, 17-9, 3.63), Boston pitching was both talented and deep. 

The American League could boast of a Herculean performance by the Detroit Tigers’ Hank Greenberg in his first full season after the War.  Smashing 44 home runs and recording 127 RBI, both major league highs, Greenberg enjoyed one of his most productive seasons.  Hal Newhouser, the ace of Detroit’s 1945 champs, put together a stellar season against much tougher competition.  “Prince Hal” dominated with a 25-9 record, along with 37 G, 34 GS, 29 CG, 293 IP, 275 K, and a major league-leading 1.94 ERA.

The New York Yankees featured a comeback by “The Yankee Clipper” Joe DiMaggio (20 2B, 3 3B, 25 HR, 95 RBI, .290), a fine all-around performance by teammate Charlie “King Kong” Keller (29 2B, 10 3B, 30 HR, 113 BB, 101 RBI), and a superior season on the hill by Spurgeon “Spud” Chandler (20-8, 34 G, 32 GS, 20 CG, 257 IP, 138 K, 2.10).     

 James “Mickey” Vernon of the Washington Senators captured the American League batting title with a.353 average. slamming 51 doubles to lead the Majors   Bob “Rapid Robert” Feller of the Cleveland Indians enjoyed one of his best seasons (48 G, 42 GS, 36 CG, 371 IP, 26-15, 348 K, 10 SHO, 2.18).  Nevertheless, their teams finished fourth (76-78) and sixth (68-86), respectively.  Far below the .500 mark were Connie Mack’s cellar-dwelling Philadelphia Athletics (49-105), a whopping 55 games behind the Red Sox.       

The National League provided drama for baseball fans, with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Brooklyn Dodgers slugging it out in a pennant race that might not have happened.  Not only did the Red Birds lose two stalwart pitchers—Mort Cooper to the Boston Braves and Max Lanier to the Mexican League--but manager Billy Southworth, who had led St. Louis to two World Series championships during the War (1942 and 1944), flew the coup to join Cooper in Beantown.  Further, Whitey Kurowski, Enos Slaughter, and Stan Musial were close to joining Max Lanier South of the Border before they backed off and remained in St. Louis. 

In a season similar to 1942, the Dodgers charged into the lead, only to see the Cardinals mount a late stretch-run to end the season in a flat-footed tie with Brooklyn (each team finishing at 96-58), forcing an unprecedented three-game playoff to determine the National League’s representative in the World Series.  The Cards took two straight games from the Bums to claim the pennant.  

MVP Stan “The Man” Musial put together an historic season, as he scored 124 runs, recorded 228 hits, slammed 50 doubles, legged-out 20 triples, blasted 16 home runs, and knocked in 103 runs, while batting .365 to lead the Major Leagues and slugging .587 to lead the National League.  Assisting Musial were George “Whitey” Kurowski (32 2B, 14 HR, 89 RBI, .301) and Enos “Country” Slaughter (30 2B, 18 HR, 130 RBI, .300).  Musial’s 366 total bases were 83 more than National League runner-up Slaughter collected.

On the hill, the Red Birds were powered by a three-pronged attack comprised of Howie Pollet (40 G, 32 GS, 22 CG, 266 IP, 21-10, 2.10), Murray Dickson (47 G, 19 GS, 12 CG, 184 IP, 15-6, 2.89), and Harry “The Cat” Brecheen (36 G, 30 GS, 14 CG, 231 IP, 2.49).  The depth of the Cardinals’ pitching staff was underscored by contributions from Al Brazle (37 G, 15 GS, 6 CG, 153 IP, 3.29) and Ted Wilks (40 G, 95 IP, 3.41)

Despite their falling in a play-off to the Cardinals, the Brooklyn Dodgers gave the Ebbets Field faithful much to cheer.  Harold “Pee Wee” Reese (16 2B, 10 3B, 10 SB, 60 RBI, .284), Carl Furillo (335 AB, 18 2B, 6 3B, .284), and Fred “Dixie” Walker (29 2B, 116 RBI, 14 SB, .319) steadied the Dodgers all season and might have parlayed their leadership into a pennant, had it not been for Pete Reiser’s broken ankle.  Without Reiser (21 2B, 73 RBI, 34 SB), Brooklyn experienced the first of many seasons that ended in disappointment.  Perhaps it was here that the cry “Wait till Next Year!” was born.     

Like their rivals in St. Louis, the Dodgers featured an outstanding pitching staff:  Kirby Higbe (42 G, 29 GS, 11 CG, 211 IP, 17-8, 3.03), Joe Hatten (42 C, 30 GS, 13 CG, 222 IP, 14-11, 2.84), and Vic Lombardi (41 G, 25 GS, 13 CG, 193 IP, 13-10, 2.89).  Swing man Hank Behrman (47 G, 11 GS, 151 IP, 11-5, 2.92) and relief ace Hugh Casey (46 G, 100 IP, 11-5, 1.98) were also valuable members of Brooklyn’s mound crew.   

Plagued by injuries to Don Johnson, Stan Hack, Mickey Livingston, and Andy Pafko, as well as by slumps, the Chicago Cubs, defending National League champions, dropped to third place (82-71).  No one in “The Windy City “could have foreseen that the Cubs would wait 71 years before appearing in another Fall Classic, redeeming themselves by breaking a 108-year drought to become World Series Champions.                                

Although Ralph Kiner’s Pittsburgh Pirates finished a dismal 7th (63-91), the twenty-three-year-old rookie slugger blasted a league-leading 23 home runs to tie Pittsburgh’s team record set by another rookie, Johnny Rizzo in 1938.  In addition, Kiner drove in 109 runs.  Before the 1946 season, Pirate manager Billy Herman and principal owner John Galbreath possessed the foresight to bring in the left field wall at Forbes Field.  The close-in seats of left field were dubbed “Greenberg’s Gardens” when the Pirates acquired “Hammerin’ Hank” in 1947.  After Greenberg’s retirement, this homer-friendly territory, 340 feet from home plate, earned a new and enduring nickname, “Kiner’s Korner.”           

Back from the War but suffering a broken bone in his hand, Johnny Mize of the New York Giants made the most of his opportunities (377 AB), as he slammed 18 2B, blasted 22 HR, and drove in 70 runs, while batting .337 and slugging .576.  Nevertheless, “Big Jawn’s” team plummeted to the cellar (61-93), as Sal Maglie, Harry Feldman, Ace Adams, and Danny Gardella jumped ship to join the Mexican League.  Frustrated by his having to manage a Swiss cheese roster depleted by defections, manager Mel Ott was ejected from both games of a doubleheader when his Giants dropped a twin-bill to the Pirates on June 9.

It’s hard to believe, but Kiner and Mize were the only National Leaguers to reach or exceed 20 home runs.  For the season, the National League hit 562 homers, while the American League, bolstered by Hank Greenberg (44), Ted Williams (38), Charlie Keller (30), Joe DiMaggio (25), Pat Seerey (26), and Sam Chapman (20), launched 653.      

Quietly putting together a solid pitching staff, the Boston Braves featured Johnny Sain (37 G, 34 GS, 24 CG, 265 IP, 20-14, 129 K, 2.21) and a southpaw who had barely had a cup of coffee in the Big Leagues before going to war.  This twenty-five-year-old, Warren Spahn (24 G, 16 GS, 8 CG, 128 IP, 8-5, 2.93), showed promise that he had a bright future.  In 1947, he would begin to fulfill that promise.       

The 1946 World Series, a seven-game struggle between Williams’ Red Sox and Musial’s Cardinals, featured clutch performances by Harry Brecheen, who picked up three victories, and Enos Slaughter, who, despite a painful elbow, starred in one of Major League Baseball’s iconic October moments.  On first base with two outs, Slaughter took off when Cardinal left fielder Harry Walker hit a line drive over the head of Boston shortstop Johnny Pesky.  When Len Culberson fielded the ball and relayed it to the infield, Slaughter, ignoring a stop sign from third base coach Mike Gonzalez, slid safely into home, putting St. Louis ahead 4-3 with what proved to be the winning run in the decisive seventh game. Red Sox nation is still replaying “Slaughter’s Mad Dash” in their nightmares. 

Diamond Mind Baseball presents the 1946 season, the first of the post-War era.  In a year when bikinis went on sale in Paris, Tupperware appeared in department and hardware stores, and Dean Martin, Bill Haley, and B. B. King began their musical careers, Major League Baseball ruled the sporting world.  With the Greatest Generation back home, America could take a long, deep breath.  Unforeseen challenges lay ahead, but for one summer, the summer of 1946, we could relax and enjoy our freedom.

The 1946 Deluxe Past Season database contains everything you need to play games using teams and players from the 1946 season -- a full set of ratings and statistics for every player who appeared in the big leagues that year, plus team rosters, manager profiles, ballpark ratings and league schedules. Statistics include official batting, pitching and fielding totals with left/right splits for all batters and pitchers.

Also included is a complete set of real-life player transactions -- trades, disabled list moves, promotions, demotions, suspensions, and more -- plus the actual starting lineups for every regular season game played.

If you are a registered owner of the 1946 Classic Past Season, you are eligible for upgrade pricing for this item. Send an email to to request your discount promotion code.

Note: This season database is a companion product for the Diamond Mind Baseball version 11 game. To use this database, you must also have Diamond Mind Baseball version 11. The game software provides you with all of the tools you need to play simulated games, make roster moves, produce dozens of statistical reports, generate league schedules, and more.

1961 Deluxe Past Season with transaction and lineups available now!

1961:  Baseball and the New Frontier

by Steve Ehresman

In 1961, America shook off the 1950s and embraced the future with great vigor.  On January 20, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was inaugurated as President of the United States.  In the freezing cold, Kennedy, hatless and youthful, addressed the nation and the world, proclaiming that “the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.”  In the coming months, Kennedy steered our nation into the future, promising to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade.  In May 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space-- NASA’s baby steps that would ultimately lead to Neil Armstrong’s “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” on July 20, 1969.

Even in the traditional world of Major League Baseball, change was in the air.  In 1961, the American League expanded from eight to ten teams, adding a franchise in California and creating a new team in Washington, D. C., while relocating the original Senators to Minnesota.  As a result, the Junior Circuit adopted a 162-game schedule, replacing the traditional 154-game schedule.   

As fans know, no sport is more connected to its history than Major League Baseball.  Each generation of players is measured against its predecessors, some of whom had become legends, whose records were regarded as inviolate.

No legend was bigger than Babe Ruth.

No record was more sacrosanct than the Babe’s 60 homers in 1927.

Until 1961 . . .

Not only was the Babe’s record challenged, but it was challenged in the Babe’s own house, Yankee Stadium, by two New York Yankee sluggers.  Mickey Mantle (54 HR, 128 RBI, 126 BB, .317) and MVP Roger Maris (61 HR, 142 RBI) not only tore the cover off the ball, they tore the cover off history, chasing the Babe all summer, until Maris caught him on the final day of the regular season, sending a Tracy Stallard fastball over the right field wall of Yankee Stadium and putting home run 61 into the record books.  Despite Ford Frick’s protestations that Maris needed to break the Babe’s record in 154 games, rather than in 162 games, 61 home runs remains in the books as an example of athletic grace under pressure.

Through the summer, Mantle and Maris’s home run duel established the 1961 Yankees as one of the greatest teams of all-time.  Led not only by the M&M Boys, but also by hard-hitting catcher Elston Howard (21 HR, .348), slugging first sacker Moose Skowron (28 HRI), and left fielder Yogi Berra (22 HR), the Pinstripes compiled an impressive 109-53 record, while scoring 827 runs and slamming 240 homers.  Oh yeah . . .  the Yanks also featured the Cy Young Award winner, Whitey Ford (39 GS, 11 CG, 283 IP, 25-4, 209 K, 3.21).  Supporting Ford were Ralph Terry (31 G, 27 GS, 9 CG, 188 IP, 16-3, 3.16) and closer Luis Arroyo (65 G, 119 IP, 15-5, 29 SV, 2.19).   

Amid all the hubbub in Gotham, did anyone notice that the second-place Detroit Tigers were really good?  Although they fell short to the juggernaut Yanks, the Bengals finished with a 101-61 record and clobbered 180 home runs.  Any other year, those numbers might have been overwhelming.  With sluggers Rocky Colavito (45 HR, 140 RBI, 113 BB), Norm Cash (41 HR, 132 RBI, 124 BB, .361), and Al Kaline (19, 82 RBI, .324) leading the attack, the Tigers plated 841 runs, outscoring the indomitable Bronx Bombers.  On the mound, Frank Lary (36 GS, 22 CG, 275.1 IP, 23-9, 3.24) was a good match for the Yankees’ Whitey Ford.  Jim Bunning (38 G, 37 GS, 12 CG, 268 IP, 17-11, 3.19) and Don Mossi (35 G, 34 GS, 12 CG, 240 IP, 15-7, 2.96) rounded out an excellent pitching staff.  Without a doubt, the 1961 Detroit Tigers were one of the greatest second-place teams in baseball history.       

The entire American League bristled with impressive offensive performances, as Jim Gentile of Baltimore (46 HR, 141 RBI, .302), Harmon Killebrew (46 HR, 122 RBI) and Bob Allison (29 HR, 105 RBI) of Minnesota, Al Smith (28 HRI) and Roy Sievers (27 HRI) of Chicago, Leon Wagner (28 HR) and Ken Hunt (25 HR) of Los Angeles, and Willie Kirkland (27 HRI) and Woodie Held (23 HR) of Cleveland were among the heavy hitters who supplied enough fire-power for the American League launch 1,534 balls into outer space in the summer of 1961.

On the mound, Dick Donovan of the expansion Washington Senators led the American League in earned run average (2.40), and Camilo Pascual of the Minnesota Twins, once the original Washington Senators, paced the Junior Circuit in strikeouts (221 K).   

The National League, despite playing a 154-game schedule, posted numbers as impressive as any in the Junior Circuit.  The pennant-winning Cincinnati Reds, years before the Big Red Machine, featured the hitting prowess of MVP Frank Robinson (37 HR, 124 RBI ,.323), Vada Pinson (16 HR, 87 RBI, .343), and Gordy Coleman (26 HR, 87 RBI) and the strong pitching of Joey Jay (34 GS, 14 CG, 247.1 IP, 21-10, 3.53), Jim O’Toole (39 G, 35 GS, 11 CG, 252.2, 21-10), and Bob Purkey (36 G, 34 GS, 13 CG, 246 IP, 18-12, 3.73) to compile a 93-61 record.         

The Los Angeles Dodgers relied on a superb four-man rotation to claim second place.  Sandy Koufax, emerging as a bona fide star, paced the Dodgers staff (42 G, 35 GS, 15 CG, 255.2 IP, 18-13, 269 K, 3.52).  He was ably supported by Don Drysdale (40 G, 37 GS, 10 CG, 244 IP, 13-10, 3.69), Johnny Podres (32 G, 29 GS, 6 CG, 182.2 IP, 18-5, 3.74), and Stan Williams (41 G, 35 GS, 6 CG, 235.1 IP, 15-12, 3.90).  A star from the 1959 World Champions, Wally Moon led the Bums’ offense with 17 homers, 89 RBI, and a .328 batting average.           

Roberto Clemente of the defending World Series Champion Pittsburg Pirates batted .351, while socking 23 homers and driving in 89 runs.  He was ably supported by slugging first baseman Dick “Doctor Strangeglove” Stuart (35 HR, 117 RBI, .301).  Perennial stars Orlando Cepeda (46 HR, 142 RBI, .311) and Willie Mays (40 HR, 123 RBI, .308) of the San Francisco Giants, and Hank Aaron (34 HR, 120 RBI, .327), Eddie Mathews (32 HR, 91 RBI, .306) and Joe Adcock (35 HR, 108 RBI) of the Milwaukee Braves did their part to help the Senior Circuit crush 1196 home runs.

Few pitchers in the Senior circuit rivaled the excellence of earned run average leader Warren Spahn in 1961 (38 G, 34 GS, 21 CG, 262.2 IP, 21-13, 3.01), as he celebrated his fortieth birthday on April 23 of the 1961 season.  

Establishing their bona fides in the major leagues, two fly-chasers, Carl Yastrzemski (31 2B, 11 HR, 80 RBI) of the Boston Red Sox and National League Rookie of the Year Billy Williams (25 HR, 86 RBI) of the Chicago Cubs held out the promise of future greatness for their fans.        

The 1961 season launched the beginning of a decade many consider a Golden Age.  Although tradition was respected, even celebrated, innovation was embraced.  The National League would catch up to the American League, expanding in 1962 to add the New York Metropolitans and the Houston Colt 45’s.  Before the end of the decade, both franchises would make history—one with a World Series championship, the other with the opening of a multi-purpose domed stadium.   In the final season of the 1960s, baseball would expand again, adding four new teams and instituting divisional play.  The 1961 season marked the beginning of a decade in which baseball reached for the moon, enduring through turbulence and tragedy and creating the game we know today.

As the years pass and the summer of 1961 recedes into memory and—finally-- into the pages of history, take a moment to celebrate those long-ago heroes and to remember an America that looked toward a New Frontier with youthful confidence and innocence that was all too quickly lost.                        

The 1961 Deluxe Past Season database contains everything you need to play games using teams and players from the 1961 season -- a full set of ratings and statistics for every player who appeared in the big leagues that year, plus team rosters, manager profiles, ballpark ratings and league schedules. Statistics include official batting, pitching and fielding totals with left/right splits for all batters and pitchers.

Also included is a complete set of real-life player transactions -- trades, disabled list moves, promotions, demotions, suspensions, and more -- plus the actual starting lineups for every regular season game played.

If you are a registered owner of the 1961 Classic Past Season, you are eligible for upgrade pricing for this item. Send an email to to request your discount promotion code.

Note: This season database is a companion product for the Diamond Mind Baseball version 11 game. To use this database, you must also have Diamond Mind Baseball version 11. The game software provides you with all of the tools you need to play simulated games, make roster moves, produce dozens of statistical reports, generate league schedules, and more.

1951 Deluxe Past Season with transaction and lineups available now!

1951:  The Bums and the Jints Collide, but the Bombers Rule

by Steve Ehresman

Baseball in the 1950s is celebrated as The ERA:  a time when three major league teams took the field in New York; when Willie, Mickey, and Duke were just embarking on their journeys to Cooperstown; when a western road trip meant games in Chicago and St. Louis; and when radio announcers brought baseball to life in America’s living rooms.  Broadcasters like Vin Scully, Ernie Harwell, Mel Allen, Red Barber, Jack Buck, Harry Cary, Bob Prince, Jack Quinlan, and Russ Hodges, thanks to their distinctive voices and styles, created a generation of fans who cherished the time they spent listening to the play-by-play incantations of their favorite radio uncles during those long-ago summers.

Never was this magic more evident than on October 3, 1951, when Russ Hodges was at the mike to make the most famous home run call of them all:  There’s a long drive . . . it’s gonna be .  . . I believe.   The Giants win the pennant!  The Giants win the pennant!  The Giants win the pennant!   The Giants win the pennant!

Hodges’ home run call summarized a season, galvanized a rivalry, and defined a decade. 

Not bad for an autumn afternoon.   

The Miracle of Coogan’s Bluff is a well-known baseball drama--part fact and part legend--replete with triumph, tragedy, and even a hint of scandal.  Did the Giants steal signs?  Did a stolen sign alert Bobby Thomson that Ralph Branca was about to deliver a second straight fast ball, this one high and inside? 

Did it matter?

 As both of the principal actors are deceased, we are left with a fact (The Giants won the 1951 pennant.) and a legend (The Shot Heard ‘Round the World).  As a character in the western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance advises, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”

Bobby Thomson (27 2B, 32 HR, 101 RBI, .293) was not the only legend playing for the New York Giants in 1951.  Five-time Negro League All-Star Monte Irvin was the big bat in New York’s line-up, as he scored 94 runs, collected 174 hits, swatted 24 home runs, drove in a league-leading 121 runs, swiped 12 bases, and led the Giants with a .312 batting average.  Twenty-year-old Willie Mays, a star for the Birmingham Black Barons and the Minneapolis Millers, established himself as a major league regular, compiling 22 doubles, 20 home runs, and 68 RBI in 464 ABs, while playing a stellar centerfield.  On the mound, the Giants relied, not on stolen signs, but on a trio of superb pitchers.  Sal Maglie “The Barber” Maglie (42 G, 37 GS, 22 CG, 298 IP, 23-6, 2.93), Larry Jansen (39 G, 34 GS, 18 CG, 279 IP, 23-11, 3.03), and Jim Hearn (34 G, 34 GS, 11 CG, 211 IP, 17-9, 3.63) provided stability throughout the season, allowing the Giants to overcome a horrendous 1-11 start and to overtake the Dodgers, despite their trailing Brooklyn by 13 ½ games on August 12. 

The star-crossed Dodgers led the National League in runs (855), hits (1511), doubles 249, home runs (184), runs batted in (794), batting average (.275), slugging average (.434), and even stolen bases (89).  Their play-off loss is the stuff of Greek tragedy:  larger-than-life heroes struggling against inexorable Fate (or Leo Durocher’s elaborate system for stealing signs).  In any case, Dem Bums crashed and burned again, one year after they lost the pennant to Philadelphia’s Whiz Kids in the tenth inning on the final day of the season. 

Nevertheless, the team identified as The Boys of Summer, thanks to Roger Kahn’s co-opting a line from Dylan Thomas (“I see the boys of summer in their ruin”), was largely intact in 1951.  Young stars Duke Snider (29 HR, 101 RBI) and Gil Hodges (40 HR, 103 RBI) led the high -powered Dodger offense, as they would for most of the coming decade.  Veterans Pee Wee Reese (94 R, 20 SB) and Jackie Robinson (106 R, 33 2B, 19 HR, 25 SB, .338) anchored the keystone with aplomb.  Most of all, National League Most Valuable Player Roy Campanella (99 R, 33 2B, 33 HR, 108 RBI, .325) enjoyed one of the greatest seasons a backstop has ever put in the books.  Led by two twenty-game winners, Preacher Roe (34 G, 33 GS, 19 CG, 258 IP, 22-3, 3.03) and Don Newcombe (40 G, 36 GS, 18 CG, 272 IP, a league-leading 164 K, 20-9, 3.28), the Dodgers looked like a team destined for greatness.  Unfortunately, the Borough of Brooklyn would have to wait a few more seasons for that greatness to be realized.   

The American League, almost eclipsed by the post-season play-off drama taking place in Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds, had much to offer baseball fans in 1951.  As usual, the New York Yankees, defending World Series Champions, put a great team on the field.  Anchored by The Big Three of Ed Lopat (31 G, 31 GS, 20 CG, 235 IP, 21-9, 2.91), Vic Raschi (35 G, 34 GS, 15 CG, 258 IP, a league-leading 164 K, 21-10, 3.28), and Allie Reynolds (40 G, 26 GS, 16 CG, 221 IP, 17-8, 2 no-hitters, 3.05), The Bronx Bombers withstood a stiff challenge from the Cleveland Indians to capture their fourth pennant in five years.  Standing tall at 5’ 7”, Yogi Berra, in his third season as a regular behind the plate, captured the American League Most Valuable Player (92 R, 27 HR, 88 RBI, .294), while handling the Yankees’ veteran pitchers.  Breaking into the Yankee line-up was nineteen-year-old Mickey Mantle (11 2B, 5 3B, 13 HR, 65 RBI in 341 AB), heir-apparent to Joe DiMaggio (22 2B, 12 HR, 71 RBI).  With Mays, Mantle, and Snider finally ensconced as regulars in 1954, The ERA had its signature trio of Hall of Fame centerfielders: “Willie, Mickey, and the Duke.”

If New York was the epicenter of baseball in 1951, it did not have a monopoly on excellence.  From New England to the Midwest, major league stars put up numbers that deserve recognition in any era.   

In baseball’s outpost on the Mississippi River, Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals won the batting title, while tearing up the National League (a league-leading 124 R, 205 H, 30 2B, 12 3B, 32 HR, 108 RBI, .355).  In Beantown, Warren Spahn (39 G, 36 GS, a league-leading 26 CG, 311 IP, a league-leading 164 K, 22-14, 2.98), Chet Nichols (33 G, 19 GS, 12 CG, a league-leading 2.88), and former Cleveland Buckeye Sam Jethro (29 2B, 10 3B, 18 HR, 35 SB) starred for the Boston Braves.  Robin Roberts (44 G, 39 GS, 22 CG, 315 IP, 21-15, 3.03) and Richie Ashburn (a league-leading 221 H, 29 SB, .344) set the pace in Philadelphia, The City of Brotherly Love.  Where the Ohio, the Monongahela, and the Allegheny rivers meet, Ralph Kiner crushed a major league-leading 42 home runs, while scoring 124 runs, swatting 31 doubles, driving in 109 runs, drawing a league-leading 137 walks, and batting .309.                    

On the shores of Lake Erie, where the Cuyahoga River flows, the Cleveland Indians pursued the New York Yankees (98-56) all summer, falling short of the American League pennant by 5 games (93-61).  Featuring one of the best starting staffs in the 1950s, The Tribe put a star on the hill almost every night:  Bob Feller (33 C, 32 GS, 16 CG, 250 IP, 22-8, 3.49), Mike Garcia (47 G, 30 GS, 15 CG, 254 IP, 20-13, 3.15), Early Wynn (37 G, 34 GS, 21 CG, 274 IP, 20-13, 3.02), and Bob Lemon (42 G, 34 GS, 17 CG, 263 IP, 17-14, 3.52).  In addition to Cleveland’s tough pitchers, former Homestead Gray Luke Easter (27 HR, 103 RBI), former Newark Eagle and American League trailblazer Larry Doby (27 2B, 20 HR, .295), and slugging third baseman Al Rosen (30 2B, 24 HR, 102 RBI) provided sock for the Indians in their heavy-weight fight with the Yankees.  In Boston, World War II veteran and soon-to-be Korean War fighter pilot, Ted Williams (109 R, 28 2B, 30 HR, 126 RBI, a league-leading 144 BB, .318) continued to make his case as “the greatest hitter who ever lived.”  On Chicago’s South Side, former New York Cuban Minnie Minoso electrified the Windy City with 32 doubles, 14 triples, 31 stolen bases, and a .326 batting average.  Sharing Shibe Park with the National League Phillies, the Athletics featured slugger Gus Zernial, who blasted 33 home runs to lead the American League and drove in 129 runs to lead all of baseball.  The Athletics also celebrated batting champion Ferris Fain (.344), although he was limited to 425 Abs because of a broken bone in his foot.  Pitching in obscurity, Ned Garver put together a fine year on the mound (33 G, 30 GS, a league-leading 24 complete games, 20-12, 3.73) for the St. Louis Browns, a team that finished with the worst record in baseball (52-102, 46 games behind the Yankees). 

The 1951 Fall Classic proved to be somewhat anti-climactic, as the Yankees captured their third consecutive championship, even though the scrappy Giants extended the Series to six games.  For the Yanks, Phil Rizzuto (.320) and Gil McDougald (7 RBI) stood out at the plate, and Ed Lopat was stellar on the mound (18 IP, 10 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 2-0, 0.50).  For the Giants, Monte Irvin (.458) and Al Dark (.417) starred in a losing cause.  Shut out of the World Series again, the residents of Brooklyn consoled themselves with a familiar refrain:  Wait till next year.           

In 1951, a new home cost $9,000.  A new car was priced at $1,500.  Gas was 19 cents a gallon.  The average household made $3,700 a year.  Unemployment dropped to 3.3%.   In theaters, The Day the Earth Stood Still, directed by Robert Wise, debuted in September.  I Love Lucy premiered on America’s fastest growing home entertainment medium, television. 

In 1951, war loomed on the Korean peninsula.  The United States began testing nuclear bombs in Nevada.  The first commercial computer, UNIVAC, was dedicated for use at the United States Census Bureau.  The American experiment moved forward:  a half-step into the glow of Tomorrowland and a half-step into the chill of The Cold War.   

Baseball was entering one of its most celebrated decades.  New stars gathered backstage, awaiting their turn in the spot light.  Old stars took their bows, savoring their final moments on stage.   The 1951 season confirmed that baseball is a uniquely American drama that can change lives with one swing of the bat.   Just as it did for two proud men on an October afternoon long ago in the Polo Grounds.

In “The Echoing Green” of our collective memory, we can still hear Russ Hodges, struck with incredulity by the probable impossibilities inherent in Our National Pastime:

“I don’t believe it.  I don’t believe it.  I DO NOT believe it.” 

The next time a play on the diamond makes your jaw drop, the next time a play on the diamond takes your breath away, the next time a play on the diamond leaves you shaking your head, remember October 3, 1951, and BELIEVE IT.    

The 1951 Deluxe Past Season database contains everything you need to play games using teams and players from the 1951 season -- a full set of ratings and statistics for every player who appeared in the big leagues that year, plus team rosters, manager profiles, ballpark ratings and league schedules. Statistics include official batting, pitching and fielding totals with left/right splits for all batters and pitchers.

Also included is a complete set of real-life player transactions -- trades, disabled list moves, promotions, demotions, suspensions, and more -- plus the actual starting lineups for every regular season game played.

If you are a registered owner of the 1951 Classic Past Season, you are eligible for upgrade pricing for this item. Send an email to to request your discount promotion code.

Note: This season database is a companion product for the Diamond Mind Baseball version 11 game. To use this database, you must also have Diamond Mind Baseball version 11. The game software provides you with all of the tools you need to play simulated games, make roster moves, produce dozens of statistical reports, generate league schedules, and more.