1966 Leaders & Numbers

After Frank Robinson and Tony Oliva, you had to reach down to Al Kaline to find the AL’s third highest batting average—at .288. Placing fifth in AL batting: Boom or bust slugger Harmon Killebrew (!). Despite a shoulder injury that sidelined him for a month, Richie Allen became the first Phillie to hit 40 homers since Chuck Klein. The Braves’ arrival at the Launching Pad in Atlanta pumped up the home run totals for Hank Aaron, Felipe Alou and Joe Torre—the latter two setting career highs. Roberto Clemente caught the homer bug as well, but failed to win a batting title for the only time in a four-year stretch. Willie Mays became, for the moment, the NL’s all-time home run king. After a series of hand injuries suppressed his progress to the majors, a healthy Tommie Agee finally busted out as an all-around threat. Sandy Koufax went out on top, but ever so painfully. Once again, Juan Marichal had to settle for second fiddle in Koufax’s wake. For Jim Kaat, who succeeded with Warren Spahn’s recipe for 20 wins—winning at least four games a month—it was as easy done as said. Jack Aker became the latest reliever to raise the bar on record saves for a season. Jim Bunning failed to win in his last two starts, finishing with 19 triumphs for the third straight year. Tommy John helped ease the pain of White Sox fans who still missed Rocky Colavito—the man John was traded for. After throwing wildly the year before, Gaylord Perry cut down on the walks—but perhaps not the Vaseline—in winning over 20 for the first time.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1966
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Richie Allen Philadelphia 141 .317 524 112 165 25 10 40 110 55 13 3 10 6 9
2. Hank Aaron Atlanta 148 .279 603 117 168 23 1 44 127 61 15 1 21 3 14
3. Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh 154 .317 638 105 202 31 11 29 119 33 13 0 7 5 14
4. Willie McCovey San Francisco 150 .295 502 85 148 26 6 36 96 66 10 6 2 1 8
5. Willie Mays San Francisco 152 .288 552 99 159 29 4 37 103 59 11 2 5 1 13
6. Willie Stargell Pittsburgh 140 .315 485 84 153 30 0 33 102 32 16 6 2 3 7
7. Ron Santo Chicago 155 .312 561 93 175 21 8 30 94 88 7 6 4 5 16
8. Felipe Alou Atlanta 154 .327 666 122 218 32 6 31 74 18 6 12 5 7 11
9. Joe Torre Atlanta 148 .315 546 83 172 20 3 36 101 52 8 2 0 4 18
10. Donn Clendenon Pittsburgh 155 .299 571 80 171 22 10 28 98 45 7 2 8 7 14
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1966
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Frank Robinson Baltimore 155 .316 576 122 182 34 2 49 122 76 11 10 8 5 24
2. Harmon Killebrew Minnesota 162 .281 569 89 160 27 1 39 110 85 18 2 0 2 12
3. Al Kaline Detroit 142 .288 479 85 138 29 1 29 88 74 7 5 5 5 7
4. Tony Oliva Minnesota 159 .307 622 99 191 32 7 25 87 32 10 5 13 7 16
5. Boog Powell Baltimore 140 .287 491 78 141 18 0 34 109 58 9 1 0 4 8
6. Norm Cash Detroit 160 .279 603 98 168 18 3 32 93 62 4 4 2 1 15
7. Tommie Agee Chicago 160 .273 629 98 172 27 8 22 86 38 3 10 44 18 17
8. Dick McAuliffe Detroit 124 .274 430 83 118 16 8 23 56 64 2 3 5 7 7
9. Tony Conigliaro Boston 150 .265 558 78 148 26 7 28 93 44 8 5 0 2 6
10. Willie Horton Detroit 146 .262 526 72 138 22 6 27 100 40 4 3 1 1 11
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1966
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Sandy Koufax Los Angeles 1.73 27 9 750 0 41 41 323 346 62 73 4 7 0 0 13 5 13
2. Juan Marichal San Francisco 2.23 25 6 .806 0 37 36 307.1 352 76 33 3 3 5 0 20 7 16
3. Bob Gibson St. Louis 2,44 21 12 .636 0 35 35 280.1 315 76 73 5 12 5 0 9 9 21
4. Gaylord Perry San Francisco 2.99 21 8 .724 0 36 35 255.2 330 85 37 3 7 5 0 6 9 16
5. Claude Osteen Los Angeles 2.85 17 14 .548 0 39 38 240.1 296 76 52 13 5 2 0 2 9 17
6. Mike Cuellar Houston 2.22 12 10 .545 2 38 28 227.1 261 56 44 8 9 0 1 3 7 18
7. Jim Bunning Philadelphia 2.41 19 14 .576 1 43 41 314 403 84 47 8 5 19 1 22 11 14
8. Phil Regan Los Angeles 1.62 14 1 .933 21 65 0 116.2 113 21 15 9 4 0 0 2 6 12
9. Bob Veale Pittsburgh 3.02 16 12 .571 0 38 37 268.1 314 90 96 6 10 5 0 8 5 27
10. Al Jackson St. Louis 2.51 13 15 .464 0 36 30 232.2 317 65 35 10 4 3 1 5 7 23
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1966
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Jim Kaat Minnesota 2.75 25 13 .658 0 41 41 304.2 407 93 51 4 12 3 0 10 6 24
2. Gary Peters Chicago 1.98 12 10 .545 0 30 27 204.2 221 45 39 6 11 3 1 6 5 16
3. Tommy John Chicago 2.62 14 11 .560 0 34 33 223 272 65 53 4 10 7 1 15 9 22
4. Sonny Siebert Cleveland 2.80 16 8 .667 1 34 32 241 302 75 58 4 8 6 1 8 12 12
5. Steve Hargan Cleveland 2.48 13 10 .565 0 38 21 192 225 53 37 8 8 1 0 6 3 16
6. Jack Aker Kansas City 1.99 8 4 .667 32 66 0 113 117 25 18 10 0 3 0 3 3 11
7. Earl Wilson Boston-Detroit 3.07 18 11 .621 0 38 37 264 346 90 71 3 9 6 0 18 4 27
8. Jim Perry Minnesota 2.54 11 7 .611 0 33 25 184.1 225 52 49 4 6 5 0 6 9 9
9. Sam McDowell Cleveland 2.87 9 8 .529 3 35 28 194.1 196 62 99 3 5 6 1 5 5 16
10. Denny McLain Detroit 3.92 20 14 .588 0 38 38 264.1 377 115 101 3 6 3 0 2 5 21

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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1966 Awards


NL MVP
Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh

AL MVP
Frank Robinson, Baltimore


Cy Young Award
Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles (N)


NL Rookie of the Year
Tommy Helms, Cincinnati

AL Rookie of the Year
Tommie Agee, Chicago


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Bob Gibson, St. Louis
C Johnny Roseboro, Los Angeles
1B Bill White, St. Louis
2B Bill Mazeroski, Pittsburgh
3B Ron Santo, Chicago
SS Gene Alley, Pittsburgh
OF Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh
OF Curt Flood, St. Louis
OF Willie Mays, San Francisco


AL Gold Glove Awards
P Jim Kaat, Minnesota
C Bill Freehan, Detroit
1B Joe Pepitone, New York
2B Bobby Knoop, California
3B Brooks Robinson, Baltimore
SS Luis Aparicio, Baltimore
OF Tommie Agee, Chicago
OF Al Kaline, Detroit
OF Tony Oliva, Minnesota