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The following are the baseball events of the year 1969 throughout the world.  

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ChampionsEdit

Major League BaseballEdit

  League Championship Series World Series
                 
East  Baltimore Orioles 3  
West  Minnesota Twins 0  
    AL  Baltimore Orioles 1
  NL  New York Mets 4
East  New York Mets 3
West  Atlanta Braves 0  

Other championsEdit

Awards and honorsEdit

MLB Statistical LeadersEdit

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Rod Carew MIN .332 Pete Rose CIN .348
HR Harmon Killebrew MIN 49 Willie McCovey SFG 45
RBI Harmon Killebrew MIN 140 Willie McCovey SFG 127
Wins Denny McLain DET 24 Tom Seaver NYM 25
ERA Dick Bosman WAS 2.19 Juan Marichal SFG 2.10
Ks Sam McDowell CLE 279 Fergie Jenkins CHC 273

Major League Baseball final standingsEdit

American League final standingsEdit

American League-West Division
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Minnesota Twins 97 65 .599 --
Oakland Athletics 88 74 .543 9
California Angels 71 91 .438 26
Kansas City Royals 69 93 .426 28
Chicago White Sox 68 94 .420 29
Seattle Pilots 64 98 .395 33
American League-East Division
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Baltimore Orioles 109 53 .673 --
Detroit Tigers 90 72 .566 19
Boston Red Sox 87 75 .537 22
Washington Senators 86 76 .531 23
New York Yankees 80 81 .497 28.5
Cleveland Indians 62 99 .358 46.5

National League final standingsEdit

National League-West Division
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Atlanta Braves 93 69 .574 --
San Francisco Giants 90 72 .556 3
Cincinnati Reds 89 73 .549 4
Los Angeles Dodgers 85 77 .525 8
Houston Astros 81 81 .500 12
San Diego Padres 52 110 .321 41
National League-East Division
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
New York Mets 100 62 .617 --
Chicago Cubs 92 70 .568 8
Pittsburgh Pirates 88 74 .543 12
St. Louis Cardinals 87 75 .537 13
Philadelphia Phillies 63 99 .389 37
Montreal Expos 52 110 .321 48

EventsEdit

  • May 1 - The Houston Astros, no-hit the day before by Jim Maloney of the Cincinnati Reds, answer back as Don Wilson pitches a 4-0 no-hitter, with 13 strikeouts over the Reds. Houston ties a National League record with just one assist. In Wilson's previous start against Cincinnati, on April 22, he gave up six runs in five innings in a 14-0 loss.
  • July 8 - With three runs in the 9th inning, the New York Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3, cutting Chicago's lead in the National League East to four games. Chicago's Ron Santo rips into center fielder Don Young for two misplays in the outfield; Santo apologizes the next day for criticizing Young, who had left early and didn't take the team bus. Santo is later booed in his first game back at Wrigley Field.
  • August 14 - In the National League Eastern Division, the Chicago Cubs lead the St. Louis Cardinals by 8.5 games and the New York Mets by 9.5 games. The Mets win 38 out of their next 49 games, and the Cubs finish the season 8 games behind the Mets.

BirthsEdit

DeathsEdit

  • January 23 - Al Bridwell, 85, shortstop whose apparent game-winning single for the New York Giants in a 1908 contest led to the controversial play in which baserunner Fred Merkle was eventually called out for not touching second base
  • February 19 - Doc White, 89, Chicago White Sox pitcher whose record of five consecutive shutouts was finally broken by Don Drysdale in 1968
  • March 14 - Heinie Zimmerman, 82, third baseman who was believed to have won the NL triple crown in 1912 (reversed by modern research; rbi title removed) but was barred from baseball in 1919 for his role in fixing games
  • March 16 - William Bell, 71, All-Star pitcher of the Negro Leagues who posted the highest career winning percentage in black baseball
  • March 21 - Pinky Higgins, 59, third baseman who held the AL record for career games at that position from 1944 to 1959, a 3-time All-Star and later manager of the Red Sox
  • May 5 - Eddie Cicotte, 84, pitcher who won 208 games for the Tigers, Red Sox and White Sox, but was thrown out of baseball as one of the eight "Black Sox" involved in fixing the 1919 World Series; he was the first of the eight to come forward, confessing his involvement and testifying before the grand jury
  • May 17 - Pants Rowland, 90, manager of the 1917 World Series champion Chicago White Sox, later president of the Pacific Coast League from 1944 to 1954
  • May 20 - Lee Allen, 54, historian at the Baseball Hall of Fame since 1959, former sportswriter
  • July 8 - Bill Carrigan, 85, manager and backup catcher for the Boston Red Sox' world champions in 1915 and 1916
  • September 29 - Tommy Leach, 91, third baseman and center fielder, primarily for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who led the NL in runs twice and home runs once
  • October 2 - Gordon Cobbledick, 70, sportswriter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer from 1928 to 1964
  • October 9 - Don Hoak, 41, third baseman who played on 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers and 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates World Series championship teams.
  • November 14 - Curt Roberts, 40, first black player in Pittsburgh Pirates history
  • November 15 - Billy Southworth, 76, Hall of Fame manager who won World Series titles in 1942 and 1944 with the St. Louis Cardinals and the 1948 NL pennant with the Boston Braves, posting a .597 career winning percentage. Southworth remains last NL manager to win 3 consecutive full-pennants (league championships). Southworth was finally selected to the Hall of Fame by the revamped Veterans' Committee in December, 2007.
  • December 7 - Lefty O'Doul, 72, left fielder who batted .349 in his career and won two batting titles after being converted from a pitcher; became the winningest manager in Pacific Coast League history, and earned additional fame as the "father" of professional baseball in Japan

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