1964 Leaders & Numbers

Baseball witnessed the explosive debuts of Richie Allen and Tony Oliva—the latter a virtual Vada Pinson clone with a fast start followed by a gradual career decline that ultimately made him one of the best players not in the Hall of Fame. Willie Mays was named the first-ever black captain of a major league ballclub and responded with one of his best years yet. Yankee manager Yogi Berra’s chalkboard fodder wrote of Brooks Robinson’s bat fading in the summer, only encouraging the Oriole third baseman to step it up with his best offensive stint ever. Ron Santo and Billy Williams gave long-sought protection that was too little, too late for a fading Ernie Banks. The last great Yankee season to be experienced for nearly a generation came courtesy of old warriors Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford, both forging their last great hurrahs. Dean Chance channeled his outspoken anger over not receiving a raise from the Angels and became a man on a mission on the mound. Larry Jackson’s 24 wins were the most ever for an eighth-place team. A dried-up Dodger offense could only explain Don Drysdale’s terrific ERA—and ordinary won-lost record. Phillie manager Gene Mauch told Jim Bunning and Chris Short to get aggressive with hitters; the results were telling. At Boston, there was the Green Monster, and then there was simply “The Monster,” Dick Radatz—one of the majors’ best closers at 6’5”, 250 pounds. Lighter on the scale but no less effective was reliever Hoyt Wilhelm, 40 years young and beginning a streak of five straight years with a sub-2.00 ERA.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1964
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Willie Mays San Francisco 157 .296 578 121 171 21 9 47 111 69 13 1 19 5 11
2. Richie Allen Philadelphia 162 .318 632 125 201 38 13 29 91 54 13 0 3 4 8
3. Ron Santo Chicago 161 .313 592 94 185 33 13 30 114 81 5 2 3 4 11
4. Frank Robinson Cincinnati 156 .306 568 103 174 38 6 29 96 59 20 9 23 5 13
5. Hank Aaron Milwaukee 145 .328 570 103 187 30 2 24 95 53 9 0 22 4 22
6. Billy Williams Chicago 162 .312 645 100 201 39 2 33 98 51 8 2 10 7 11
7. Rico Carty Milwaukee 133 .330 455 72 150 28 4 22 88 39 4 3 1 2 16
8. Ken Boyer St. Louis 162 .295 628 100 185 30 10 24 119 58 12 2 3 5 22
9. Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh 155 .339 622 95 211 40 7 12 87 35 16 2 5 2 9
10. Orlando Cepeda San Francisco 142 .304 529 75 161 27 2 31 97 36 7 8 9 4 13
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1964
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Mickey Mantle New York 143 .303 465 92 141 25 2 35 111 81 18 0 6 3 9
2. Tony Oliva Minnesota 161 .323 672 109 217 43 9 32 94 26 8 6 12 6 9
3. Bob Allison Minnesota 149 .287 492 90 141 27 4 32 86 88 4 7 10 1 7
4. Harmon Killebrew Minnesota 158 .270 577 95 156 11 1 49 111 88 5 8 0 0 15
5. Brooks Robinson Baltimore 163 .317 612 82 194 35 3 28 118 41 10 4 1 0 17
6. Boog Powell Baltimore 134 .290 424 74 123 17 0 39 99 70 6 2 0 0 9
7. Rocky Colavito Kansas City 160 .274 588 89 161 31 2 34 102 79 4 5 3 1 16
8. Dick Stuart Boston 156 .279 603 73 168 27 1 33 114 30 7 3 0 0 11
9. Jim Fregosi Los Angeles 147 .277 505 86 140 22 9 18 72 70 2 4 8 3 10
10. Leon Wagner Cleveland 163 .253 641 94 162 19 2 31 100 44 12 6 14 2 13
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1964
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Don Drysdale Los Angeles 2.18 18 16 .529 0 40 40 321.1 331 78 59 9 11 0 1 2 9 21
2. Sandy Koufax Los Angeles 1.74 19 5 .792 1 29 28 223 222 43 48 5 9 0 0 5 6 8
3. Juan Marichal San Francisco 2.48 21 8 .724 0 33 33 269 332 74 44 8 4 1 2 9 5 17
4. Chris Short Philadelphia 2.20 17 9 .654 2 42 31 220.2 250 54 46 5 4 4 0 11 3 22
5. Bob Veale Pittsburgh 2.74 18 12 .600 0 40 38 279.2 279 85 115 9 18 3 1 11 8 33
6. Larry Jackson Chicago 3.14 24 11 .686 0 40 38 297.2 374 104 50 8 4 1 0 6 5 22
7. Jim Bunning Philadelphia 2.63 19 8 .704 2 41 39 284.1 373 83 43 3 2 14 0 8 4 20
8. Jim O'Toole Cincinnati 2.66 17 7 .708 0 30 30 220 259 65 44 7 2 0 0 10 2 11
9. Bob Bruce Houston 2.76 15 9 .625 0 35 29 202.1 256 62 29 4 4 3 1 11 3 10
10. Bob Gibson St. Louis 3.01 19 12 .613 1 40 36 287.1 369 96 77 9 6 9 0 12 2 16
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1964
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Dean Chance Los Angeles 1.65 20 9 .690 4 46 35 278.1 243 51 77 9 9 2 0 8 4 31
2. Whitey Ford New York 2.13 17 6 .739 1 39 36 244.2 279 58 54 3 6 2 0 0 1 17
3. Dick Radatz Boston 2.29 16 9 .640 29 79 0 157 171 40 49 9 1 7 0 10 7 5
4. Gary Peters Chicago 2.50 20 8 .714 0 37 36 273.2 317 76 96 9 15 6 0 4 4 27
5. Juan Pizarro Chicago 2.56 19 9 .679 0 33 33 239 295 68 50 5 10 3 0 2 6 17
6. Joe Horlen Chicago 1.88 13 9 .591 0 32 28 210.2 197 44 51 4 4 4 0 7 3 25
7. Wally Bunker Baltimore 2.69 19 5 .792 0 29 29 214 254 64 57 5 3 3 0 7 3 17
8. Fred Newman Los Angeles 2.75 13 10 .565 0 32 28 190 232 58 31 8 2 7 0 5 3 22
9. Bob Lee Los Angeles 1.51 6 5 .545 19 64 5 137 116 23 50 8 3 1 0 4 1 13
10. Hoyt Wilhelm Chicago 1.99 12 9 .571 23 73 0 131.1 131 29 29 1 3 2 0 8 1 11

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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1964 Awards


NL MVP
Ken Boyer, St. Louis

AL MVP
Brooks Robinson, Baltimore


Cy Young Award
Dean Chance, Los Angeles (A)


NL Rookie of the Year
Dick Allen, Philadelphia

AL Rookie of the Year
Tony Oliva, Minnesota


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Bobby Shantz, Chicago-Philadelphia
C Johnny Edwards, Cincinnati
1B Bill White, St. Louis
2B Bill Mazeroski, Pittsburgh
3B Ron Santo, Chicago
SS Ruben Amaro, Philadelphia
OF Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh
OF Curt Flood, St. Louis
OF Willie Mays, San Francisco


AL Gold Glove Awards
P Jim Kaat, Minnesota
C Elston Howard, New York
1B Vic Power, Minnesota-Los Angeles
2B Bobby Richardson, New York
3B Brooks Robinson, Baltimore
SS Luis Aparicio, Chicago
OF Vic Davalillo, Cleveland
OF Al Kaline, Detroit
OF Jim Landis, Chicago