1960 in Baseball
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1960 in Baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1960 throughout the world.


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Winter Leagues

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

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  • June 12 - In a record-tying three-hour-and-52-minute, 9-inning game, Willie McCovey's pinch-hit grand slam, the first slam of his career, and Orlando Cepeda's three-run double pace the Giants to a 16-7 rout of the Braves.
  • June 15 - Mexico City and Poza Rica combine to hit 12 home runs in one game, a Mexican League record.
  • June 19 - In a brilliant pair of pitching performances, Orioles pitchers Hoyt Wilhelm and Milt Pappas threw shutouts to beat the host Detroit Tigers. Wilhelm allowed two hits in winning the opener, 2-0, over Jim Bunning, and Pappas allows three hits in winning the nightcap, 1-0, over Don Mossi. Jim Gentile and Ron Hansen collected home runs as catcher Clint Courtney, using the big glove designed by manager Paul Richards, is twice charged with batter interference, the first loading the bases in the 4th inning.
  • June 24 - Willie Mays belted two home runs and made 10 putouts to lead the Giants in a 5-3 win at Cincinnati. Mays added three RBI, three runs scored, a single and stole home.
  • June 26 - Hoping to speed up the election process, the Hall of Fame changes its voting procedures. The new rules allow the Special Veterans Committee to vote annually, rather than every other year, and to induct up to two players a year. The BBWAA is authorized to hold a runoff election of the top 30 vote getters if no one is elected in the first ballot.
  • June 29 - The Cleveland Indians buy pitcher Don Newcombe from the Reds.
  • June 30 - Dick Stuart blasts three consecutive home runs, as the Pirates split with the Giants. Stuart drives in seven runs and joins Ralph Kiner as the second Pirates player to hit three home runs in a game at Forbes Field.





















  • January 2 - Ken Gables, 40, pitcher who worked in 62 total games for 1945-1947 Pittsburgh Pirates
  • January 12 - Jimmy Lavender, 75, pitcher for the Chicago Cubs from 1912 to 1916, and for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1917
  • February 11 - Fritz Clausen, 90, a 19th-century pitcher for the Louisville Colonels and Chicago Colts
  • February 11 - Roy Mack, 71, son of Connie Mack; vice president of the Philadelphia Athletics from 1936 to August 1950, and co-owner with his brother Earle from that point to November 1954, when the Mack brothers sold the Philadelphia franchise to industrialist Arnold Johnson (died March 6, 1960), who moved it to Kansas City for 1955
  • February 16 - Stuffy McInnis, 69, excellent fielding first baseman who batted .307 career, most prominently with the Philadelphia Athletics' "$100,000 infield"
  • March 2 - Howie Camnitz, 78, pitcher who had three 20-win campaigns for the Pirates
  • March 3 - Toussaint Allen, 63, outfielder in the Negro leagues from 1914 to 1928
  • March 6 - Arnold Johnson, 54, Chicago-based businessman who purchased the Philadelphia Athletics in November 1954, transferred the franchise to Kansas City for 1955, and owned the team until his death
  • March 17 - Bob Thorpe, 24, pitcher who appeared in two games for the 1955 Chicago Cubs
  • March 18 - Dixie Howell, 40, relief pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox between 1940 and 1958, who threw a no-hitter game in the American Association, and also was a POW during World War II
  • March 22 - Gordon Rhodes, 52, pitcher who played from 1929 to 1936 for the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Athletics
  • March 30 - Joe Connolly, 76, outfielder for the New York Giants, Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox in the 1920s


  • April 19 - Bob Osborn, 57, pitcher who went 27-17 (4.32) in 121 career games for Chicago Cubs (1925-1927 and 1929-1930) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1931)
  • May 6 - Vern Bickford, 39, pitcher who won 66 games for the Boston and Milwaukee Braves (1948-1953), including a no-hitter on August 11, 1950, against the Brooklyn Dodgers
  • May 12 - Gus Felix, 64, outfielder for the Boston Braves (1923-1925) and Brooklyn Robins (1926-1927); finished third in the National League in putouts by a centerfielder in 1925
  • May 21 - George Cochran, 71, a third baseman for the 1918 Boston Red Sox
  • May 30 - George Hildebrand, 81, American League umpire from 1913 to 1934 who worked in four World Series; outfielder for Brooklyn in 1902, also credited with developing the spitball while in the minor leagues
  • June 25 - Tommy Corcoran, 91, longtime shortstop, and captain of the Cincinnati Reds for 10 years


  • July 13 - Mark Scott, 45, television play-by-play announcer for the 1956 Cincinnati Redlegs and host of the 1959 TV series Home Run Derby, which was discontinued upon his death.
  • July 14 - Al Kellett, 58, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Athletics in the 1920s
  • July 14 - Walter Thornton, 85, pitcher/outfielder for the early Chicago teams, 1895-1898. He later became a street preacher.
  • July 17 - Pat Duncan, 66, Cincinnati Reds outfielder who was the first player to homer over Crosley Field's left-field fence
  • July 18 - Terry Turner, 79, shortstop for the Cleveland Naps and Indians, who led American League shortstops in fielding percentage four times, ranks among the top 10 Cleveland all-timers in seven different offensive categories, and set team-records with 1,619 games played and 4,603 putouts that still stand
  • July 28 - Ken Landenberger, 31, minor league slugger and briefly a first baseman for the 1952 White Sox; manager of the Class D Selma Cloverleafs until mid-July 1960 when, stricken with acute leukemia, he stepped aside; he died by month's end
  • July 28 - Marty Kavanagh, 69, second baseman for the Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals in the 1910s
  • July 31 - Joe Klinger, 57, first baseman and catcher whose 12-year pro career was interrupted by two very brief MLB stints with 1927 New York Giants and 1930 Chicago White Sox
  • August 12 - Leo Murphy, 71, catcher for the 1915 Pittsburgh Pirates and manager of the AAGPBL Racine Belles
  • August 14 - Fred Clarke, 87, Hall of Fame left fielder and manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates who batted .312 in his career, and became one of the first dozen players to make 2500 hits and the first manager to win 1500 games
  • August 21 - John Kelleher, 66, backup infielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, Brooklyn Robins, Chicago Cubs and Boston Braves from 1912 to 1924
  • September 23 - Paul Hinson, 56, utility for the 1928 Boston Red Sox


  • October 16 - Arch McDonald, 59, broadcaster for the Washington Senators from 1934 to 1956, interrupted by one year (1939) in New York as voice of Yankees and Giants
  • October 22 - Charlie Hartman, 72, pitcher for the 1908 Boston Red Sox
  • November 2 - Everett Scott, 67, shortstop who played in 1,307 consecutive games from 1916 to 1925, a record later broken by Lou Gehrig
  • November 3 - Bobby Wallace, 86, Hall of Fame shortstop for the St. Louis Browns who set several fielding records; later a scout for the Cincinnati Reds for 33 years
  • November 12 - Merle Keagle, 37, All-Star female outfielder who set several single-season records in the AAGPBL
  • November 16 - Weldon Henley, 80, pitcher for the Athletics and Superbas from 1903 to 1907, pitched no-hitter on July 22, 1905
  • December 10 - Ernie Quigley, 80, National League umpire from 1913 to 1937 who worked in six World Series, was later a league supervisor
  • December 18 - Art Nehf, 68, pitcher who won 184 games for four National League teams, principally the New York Giants and Boston Braves
  • December 22 - Jack Onslow, 72, former catcher who managed the Chicago White Sox from 1949 through May 26, 1950; longtime coach and scout

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