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1966 Major League Baseball season

This article is about the 1966 Major League Baseball season only. For information on all of baseball, see 1966 in baseball.

The 1966 Major League Baseball season. The Braves play their first season in Atlanta, following their relocation from Milwaukee. Three new stadiums opened that season. On April 12, the Braves ushered in Atlanta 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 Orange County. On May 8, the St. Louis Cardinals closed out 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.

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

  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 LAD 27
ERA Gary Peters CHW 1.98 Sandy Koufax2 LAD 1.73
K Sam McDowell CLE 225 Sandy Koufax2 LAD 317
SV Jack Aker KCA 32 Phil Regan LAD 21
SB Bert Campaneris KCA 52 Lou Brock STL 74

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

Major league baseball final standings

American League final standings

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Baltimore Orioles 97 63 .606
Minnesota Twins 89 73 .549 9
Detroit Tigers 88 74 .543 10
Chicago White Sox 83 79 .512 15
Cleveland Indians 81 81 .500 17
California Angels 80 82 .494 18
Kansas City Athletics 74 86 .463 23
Washington Senators 71 88 .447 25.5
Boston Red Sox 72 90 .444 26
New York Yankees 70 89 .440 26.5

National League final standings

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 95 67 .586
San Francisco Giants 93 68 .578 1.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 92 70 .568 3
Philadelphia Phillies 87 75 .537 8
Atlanta Braves 85 77 .525 10
St. Louis Cardinals 83 79 .512 12
Cincinnati Reds 76 84 .475 18
Houston Astros 72 90 .444 23
New York Mets 66 95 .410 28.5
Chicago Cubs 59 103 .364 36


American League

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 League

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


  • February 28 – Seeking an unprecedented 3-year $1.05 million to be divided evenly, the Dodgers' Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout.
  • March 5 – In what will prove to be one of the more influential off-the-field events in Major League history, representatives of the players elect Marvin Miller to the post of Executive Director of the Major League Players Association (MLPA).
  • March 17 – Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale escalate their threat of retirement by signing movie contracts.
  • March 30 – Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale end their 32-day holdout, signing for $130,000 and $105,000 respectively.
  • April 3 – USC pitcher Tom Seaver signs with the New York Mets. He had been drafted by the Atlanta Braves, but they had signed him to a minor league contract while he was still in college. This voided Seaver's remaining eligibility, and voided the contract. The Mets won a special lottery over Cleveland and Philadelphia to win the right to sign him.
  • October 9 – In Game Four of the World Series, Dave McNally wraps up a brilliant pitching display, and the first World Championship for the Baltimore Orioles, with a four-hit, 1–0 shutout against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Series MVP Frank Robinson hits a home run off Don Drysdale for the only run of the game and gave Baltimore a surprising sweep of the defending World Champion Dodgers. The shutout completes a World Series record 33⅔ scoreless innings pitched by Orioles pitchers, beginning with Moe Drabowsky pitching 623 innings in relief of McNally in Game One, followed by shutouts by Jim Palmer and Wally Bunker. The Orioles are the last of the original eight American League franchises to win their first World Series.


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