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1963 in Baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1963 throughout the world.

Champions

Major League Baseball

Other champions

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax

1Major League Triple Crown Pitching Winner

Major league baseball final standings

Events

January-April

May-August

September-December

Births

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Deaths

January

  • January 2 - Al Mamaux, 68, pitcher who twice won 20 games for the Pittsburgh Piates.
  • January 5 - Rogers Hornsby, 66, Hall of Fame second baseman who posted the highest lifetime batting average (.358) of any right-handed batter, also a seven-time batting champion including a .424 mark in 1924, twice MVP, and the first National League player to hit 300 home runs.
  • January 29 - Lee Meadows, 68, pitcher won 188 games for the Cardinals, Phillies and Pirates, as well as the first modern major leaguer to wear glasses.
  • January 31 - Ossie Vitt, 73, third baseman for the Tigers and Red Sox, manager of the Indians (1938-1940) and a longtime minor league skipper.

February

  • February 9 - Ray Starr, 56, All-Star pitcher who pitched for six teams and won 37 games.
  • February 15 - Bump Hadley, 58, pitcher who ended Mickey Cochrane's career with a 1937 pitch that fractured his skull; later a broadcaster.
  • February 20 - Bill Hinchman, 79, outfielder twice batted .300 for Pittsburgh, later a scout.
  • February 28 - Eppa Rixey, 71, pitcher elected to the Hall of Fame just one month earlier, until 1959 was winningest left-hander in NL history with 266 victories for Phillies and Reds.

March

  • March 1 - Irish Meusel, 69, left fielder batted .310 lifetime, led NL in RBI in 1923
  • March 11 - Joe Judge, 68, first baseman batted .300 nine times for Senators, later coach at Georgetown for 20 years
  • March 29 - Wilcy Moore, 65, relief pitcher who won last game of 1927 World Series for Yankees

April

  • April 23 - Harry Harper, 67, pitched from 1913 through 1923 for the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Brooklyn Robins.
  • April 27 - Johnny Hutchings, 47, pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Braves in the 1940s.

May

  • May 4 - Dickie Kerr, 69, pitcher who as a 1919 rookie won two World Series games for the Chicago White Sox, as one of the players not involved in fixing the Series, and later help a struggling pitcher-turned-hitter, Stan Musial.
  • May 22 - Dave Shean, 79, second baseman and captain of the World Series champion 1918 Boston Red Sox.
  • May 23 - Gavvy Cravath, 82, right fielder who won six home runs titles with Phillies.
  • May 27 - Dave Jolly, 38, knuckleball relief pitcher for the Milwaukee Braves from 1953-1957.
  • May 31 - Ernie Sulik, 52, Outfielder for the 1936 Philadelphia Phillies.

June

  • June 6 - Charlie Mullen, 74, first baseman for the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees in the 1910s.
  • June 8 - Earl Smith, 66, catcher for five National League champions, who batted .350 for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1925 World Series.
  • June 18 - Ben Geraghty, 50, manager of the Jacksonville Suns of the International League, and legendary minor league pilot who played a key role in the early career of Henry Aaron.
  • June 24 - George Trautman, 73, president of the minor leagues since 1946.
  • June 24 - Jud Wilson, 69, All-Star third baseman of the Negro Leagues.
  • June 28 - Frank "Home Run" Baker, 77, Hall of Fame third baseman, a lifetime .307 hitter and four-time home run champion, as well as the last surviving member of Philadelphia Athletics' "$100,000 infield".

July

  • July 5 - Ben Demott, 74, pitcher for the Cleveland Naps from 1910 to 1911
  • July 27 - Hooks Dauss, 73, pitcher won 222 games, all for Detroit

August

  • August 15 - Karl Drews, 43, pitcher for four teams including 1947 champion Yankees
  • August 24 - Ren Kelly, 63, pitched one game for the Philadelphia A's in 1923.

September

  • September 4 - Home Run Johnson, 88, early shortstop of the Negro Leagues
  • September 8 - Bill Knickerbocker, 51, infielder for five different teams from 1933-42, and a member of two Yankees champion teams as a backup for 2B Joe Gordon and 3B Frankie Crosetti
  • September 19 - Slim Harriss, 66, pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox in the early 1920s
  • September 27 - Andy Coakley, 80, pitcher won 18 games for 1905 Athletics, later coach at Columbia for 37 years

October

  • October 2 - Cy Perkins, 67, catcher for 16 seasons, most with Athletics, later a coach for many years

November

  • November 6 - Clarence Mitchell, 72, spitball pitcher won 125 games, hit into unassisted triple play in 1920 World Series
  • November 12 - Ed Connolly, 54, catcher for the Boston Red Sox between 1929 and 1932
  • November 13 - Muddy Ruel, 67, catcher for 19 seasons including 1924 champions Senators, later a coach, manager, front-office executive and assistant to the Commissioner of Baseball
  • November 14 - Oscar Melillo, 64, second baseman for Browns and Red Sox
  • November 22 - John F. Kennedy, 46, President of the United States who threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the 1961 MLB season and became only the 2nd president to attend an All-Star Game in 1962

December

  • December 8 - Red Worthington, 57, left fielder for Boston Braves from 1931-1934
  • December 30 - Wilbur Good, 78, outfielder for six teams, primarily the Cubs

References

  1. ^ "New York Mets 10, Cincinnati Reds 3". Baseball-Reference.com. 1963-06-14. 
  2. ^ "New York Mets 10, Houston Colt .45s 3". Baseball-Reference.com. 1963-09-27. 
  3. ^ "The forgotten all-star game: 50 years ago, baseball's Latino legends played in Polo Grounds' last game", by Robert Dominguez, New York Daily News



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