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The following are the baseball events of the year 1966 throughout the world.  


Champions

Major League Baseball

Other champions

Awards and honors

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

Events

  • 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.
  • September 22 - The Baltimore Orioles beat the host Kansas City A's 6-1 to clinch their first American League pennant. Both Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson have two RBIs. Frank Robinson will end the year as the Triple Crown winner, the first to achieve the feat since Mickey Mantle in 1956. He clinches with a batting average of .316, 49 home runs and 122 RBIs.
  • October 9 - In Game Four of the World Series, Dave McNally wrapped 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 33 consecutive scoreless innings pitched by the Orioles set a World Series record.

Births

Deaths

  • May 4 - Bob Elliott, 49, 7-time All-Star third baseman who won the NL's 1947 MVP award
  • July 9 - Mule Suttles, 66, All-Star first baseman of the Negro Leagues who hit the first home run in the East-West All-Star game
  • August 10 - Chuck Dressen, 67, manager of five teams who led the Dodgers to pennants in 1952-53
  • August 15 - George J. Burns, 76, left fielder, primarily with the New York Giants, who led the NL in runs and walks five times each
  • September 12 - Bill Summers, 70, American League umpire from 1933 to 1959 who worked in eight World Series and a record seven All-Star games

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