1960 Leaders & Numbers

Willie Mays overcame Candlestick Park’s cavernous power alleys (to be reduced a year later) and put up as solid a bunch of numbers as any other National Leaguer, while Mickey Mantle overcame a spring training squabble over a pay cut and proved the Yankees were wrong to do it. Roger Maris arrived in New York but surprisingly saved his power for the road, hitting 26 of his 39 homers away from Yankee Stadium. Ernie Banks was a one-man wrecking crew for the Cubs, amassing a RBI total nearly twice that of the next best Cub while setting a then-major league mark for intentional walks. Across town, the White Sox faithful embraced Minnie Minoso on his return to Chicago, while Al Smith—the unpopular end of the trade that sent Minoso away in 1958—hit for a career-high average. Vern Law not only won 20 regular season games and two World Series contests, but was also the victor of an All-Star game. Pricey Boston bonus baby Frank Baumann delivered in Chicago after the Red Sox couldn’t get much out of him for five years. Lew Burdette was Everyman for the Braves, winning, relieving, saving—and throwing the first no-hitter of his pro career. Jim Perry, with young brother Gaylord waiting in the wings, was for now the better-known pitcher of the family. Chuck Estrada was the most successful of four very young, very talented Oriole starters in a rotation nicknamed “The Diaper Squad.”

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1960
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Eddie Mathews Milwaukee 153 .277 548 108 152 19 7 39 124 108 3 2 7 3 8
2. Hank Aaron Milwaukee 153 .292 590 102 172 20 11 40 126 47 13 2 16 7 8
3. Willie Mays San Francisco 153 .319 595 107 190 29 12 29 103 50 11 4 25 10 15
4. Frank Robinson Cincinnati 139 .297 464 86 138 33 6 31 83 76 6 9 13 6 18
5. Ken Boyer St. Louis 151 .304 552 95 168 26 10 32 97 46 10 4 8 7 13
6. Ernie Banks Chicago 156 .271 597 94 162 32 7 41 117 43 28 4 1 3 14
7. Orlando Cepeda San Francisco 151 .297 569 81 169 36 3 24 96 25 9 8 15 6 11
8. Vada Pinson Cincinnati 154 .287 652 107 187 37 12 20 61 44 3 5 32 12 11
9. Don Hoak Pittsburgh 155 .282 553 97 156 24 9 16 79 65 9 1 3 2 17
10. Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh 144 .314 570 89 179 22 6 16 94 35 4 2 4 5 21
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1960
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Mickey Mantle New York 143 .275 527 119 145 17 6 40 94 105 6 1 14 3 11
2. Roger Maris New York 136 .283 499 98 141 18 7 39 112 66 4 3 2 2 6
3. Roy Sievers Chicago 127 .295 444 87 131 22 0 28 93 66 8 3 1 1 13
4. Minnie Minoso Chicago 154 .311 591 89 184 32 4 20 105 50 2 13 17 13 16
5. Jim Lemon Washington 148 .269 528 81 142 10 1 38 100 59 8 7 2 0 9
6. Tito Francona Cleveland 147 .292 544 84 159 36 2 17 79 60 7 5 4 1 11
7. Harmon Killebrew Washington 124 .276 442 84 122 19 1 31 80 68 3 1 1 0 10
8. Bill Skowron New York 146 .309 538 63 166 34 3 26 91 36 2 2 2 3 17
9. Ted Williams Boston 113 .316 310 56 98 15 0 29 72 68 7 3 1 1 7
10. Al Smith Chicago 142 .315 536 80 169 31 3 12 72 47 3 3 8 3 18
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1960
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Bob Friend Pittsburgh 3.00 18 12 .600 1 38 37 275.2 377 92 35 10 5 0 0 6 2 25
2. Vern Law Pittsburgh 3.08 20 9 .690 0 35 35 271.2 397 93 32 8 2 4 1 5 6 33
3. Lew Burdette Milwaukee 3.36 19 13 .594 4 45 32 275.2 395 103 28 7 2 5 0 6 3 30
4. Ernie Broglio St. Louis 2.74 21 9 .700 0 52 24 226.1 262 69 95 5 5 2 0 9 10 23
5. Mike McCormick San Francisco 2.70 15 12 .556 3 40 34 253 309 76 53 12 12 1 0 17 4 13
6. Warren Spahn Milwaukee 3.51 21 10 .677 2 40 33 266.2 368 104 65 9 1 4 0 3 2 25
7. Don Drysdale Los Angeles 2.84 15 14 .517 2 41 36 269 345 85 67 5 6 10 0 8 7 23
8. Lindy McDaniel St. Louis 2.09 12 4 .750 27 65 2 116.1 123 27 20 4 7 1 1 6 3 8
9. Sad Sam Jones San Francisco 3.19 18 14 .563 0 39 35 234 296 83 86 5 9 4 0 13 7 14
10. Larry Jackson St. Louis 3.48 18 13 .591 0 43 38 282 408 109 66 4 2 3 0 9 4 21
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1960
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Frank Baumann Chicago 2.67 13 6 .684 4 47 20 185.1 245 55 45 8 0 1 0 3 1 33
2. Jim Bunning Detroit 2.79 11 14 .440 0 36 34 252 328 78 57 7 2 11 0 11 12 17
3. Jim Perry Cleveland 3.62 18 10 .643 1 41 36 261.1 407 105 89 2 2 4 0 4 11 26
4. Chuck Estrada Baltimore 3.58 18 11 .621 2 36 25 208.2 246 83 98 3 2 15 0 11 4 21
5. Whitey Ford New York 3.08 12 9 .571 0 33 29 192.2 246 66 60 5 5 1 0 3 8 18
6. Jack Fisher Baltimore 3.41 12 11 .522 2 40 20 197.2 250 75 74 4 2 2 0 2 10 21
7. Frank Lary Detroit 3.51 15 15 .500 1 38 36 274.1 395 107 59 3 8 19 1 13 3 26
8. Jack Kralick Washington 3.04 8 6 .571 1 35 18 151 208 51 41 4 2 4 1 0 2 22
9. Gerry Staley Chicago 2.42 13 8 .619 9 64 0 115.1 141 31 18 7 1 3 0 1 0 15
10. Camilo Pascual Washington 3.03 12 8 .600 2 26 22 151.2 199 51 51 2 2 2 0 8 9 13

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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1960 Awards


NL MVP
Dick Groat, Pittsburgh

AL MVP
Roger Maris, New York


Cy Young Award
Vern Law, Pittsburgh


NL Rookie of the Year
Frank Howard, Los Angeles

AL Rookie of the Year
Ron Hansen, Baltimore


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Harvey Haddix, Pittsburgh
C Del Crandall, Milwaukee
1B Bill White, St. Louis
2B Bill Mazeroski, Pittsburgh
3B Ken Boyer, St. Louis
SS Ernie Banks, Chicago
OF Wally Moon, Los Angeles
OF Willie Mays, San Francisco
OF Hank Aaron, Milwaukee


AL Gold Glove Awards
P Bobby Shantz, New York
C Earl Battey, Washington
1B Vic Power, Cleveland
2B Nellie Fox, Chicago
3B Brooks Robinson, Baltimore
SS Luis Aparicio, Chicago
OF Minnie Minoso, Chicago
OF Jim Landis, Chicago
OF Roger Maris, New York