The following are the baseball events of the year 1963 throughout the world.
World Series: Los Angeles Dodgers beat New York Yankees (4–0); Sandy Koufax, MVP
All-Star Game, July 9 at Municipal Stadium: National League, 5–3; Willie Mays, MVP
College World Series: USC
Japan Series: Yomiuri Giants over Nishitetsu Lions (4–3)
Little League World Series: Granada Hills National, Granada Hills, California
Most Valuable Player
Elston Howard, New York Yankees, C (AL)
Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers, P (NL)
Cy Young Award
Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers
Rookie of the Year
Gary Peters, Chicago White Sox, P (AL)
Pete Rose, Cincinnati Reds, 2B (NL)
1963 in baseball Wikipedia
1Major League Triple Crown Pitching WinnerJanuary 27 – Sam Rice, Eppa Rixey, Elmer Flick and John Clarkson are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee.
March 22 – The New York Mets, who finished last in the National League with a 40–120 record in their inaugural season, purchase pitcher Carlton Willey from the Milwaukee Braves. Willey will boost a pitching rotation that includes Roger Craig, Al Jackson and Tracy Stallard. The Mets will improve to 51–111 in 1963.
April 11 – Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves becomes the all-time winningest left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball history. His 6–1 victory over the New York Mets gives him 328 career wins, moving him ahead of Eddie Plank as the all-time winningest left-hander. Except for Duke Snider's home run in today's game, no Mets get past second base.
April 13—After 11 hitless at bats, Cincinnati Reds second baseman Pete Rose records his first major league hit, a triple off Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Bob Friend. Increased enforcement of the balk rule produces a Major League record seven in the Pirates' 12–4 trouncing of the Reds at Crosley Field. Friend commits four of the balks.
May 11 – At Dodger Stadium, Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers no-hits the San Francisco Giants 8–0, his second no-hitter in as many seasons. The final out is made by Harvey Kuenn on a ground ball back to none other than Koufax. Kuenn will also make the final out of Koufax's perfect game two years later.
May 17 – Houston Colt .45's pitcher Don Nottebart throws the first no-hitter in franchise history, leading his team past the Philadelphia Phillies, 4–1.
June 2 – At Busch Stadium, Willie Mays hits three home runs off pitchers Ernie Broglio, Bob Humphreys and Bobby Shantz, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6–4.
June 9 – Ernie Banks hits three home runs.
June 10 – Al Kaline hit his 200th career home run helping the Detroit Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox 6–1.
June 11 – Bob Aspromonte clouts a walk-off grand slam in the tenth inning off pitcher Lindy McDaniel to give the Houston Colt .45s a 6–2 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Colt Stadium.
June 14 – The New York Mets' Duke Snider hits his 400th career home run off Bob Purkey in the first inning of the Mets' 10–3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field.
June 15 – At Candlestick Park, Juan Marichal of the San Francisco Giants no-hits the Houston Colt .45's 1–0. The no-hitter is the first by a Giant since the franchise's move from New York City after the 1957 season.
July 9 – At Municipal Stadium, the National League wins 5–3 over the American League in the All-Star Game. After four years, MLB had decided to return to the original single-game format. The American League out-hit the National League 11–6, but the effort went in vain as MVP Willie Mays put on a one-man show. Although he was held to a single, Mays collected two runs, two RBI, two stolen bases and made the defensive play of the game — a running catch that deprived Joe Pepitone of an extra base in the eighth inning. This game also marked the 24th and final All-Star appearance of Stan Musial, who pinch-hit in the fifth inning. He lined out to right field, leaving behind a .317 batting average (20-for-63) and an All-Star Game record of six home runs.
July 13 – Early Wynn of the Cleveland Indians earns his 300th career win.
July 31 – A crowd of 7,288 at Cleveland Stadium watched Cleveland Indians infielder Woodie Held, pitcher Pedro Ramos, outfielder Tito Francona, and shortstop Larry Brown slug four straight solo home runs off Los Angeles Angels right-hander Paul Foytack in the bottom of the sixth inning. The four homers built the Indians' lead to 9–1.
August 9 – Jim Hickman of the New York Mets becomes the second player to hit a walk-off grand slam against Chicago Cubs pitcher Lindy McDaniel this season, in a 7–3 victory at Polo Grounds. Bob Aspromonte of the Houston Colt .45s did that on June 11. McDaniel is the second pitcher in major-league history to surrender two game-ending grand slams in one season, joining Satchel Paige, who did that in 1952. Other pitchers will join Paige and McDaniel in the coming years: Lee Smith, in 1995, and Francisco Rodríguez in 2009.
August 27 – Willie Mays hits 400th career home run helping San Francisco Giants beat St. Louis Cardinals 7–2.
August 29 – Helped by a league-record-tying eight home runs, the Minnesota Twins garner a team-record forty-seven bases in the first game of a double-header at Washington, D.C. Harmon Killebrew and Vic Power both strike for two homers in the 14-2 win. In the second game, a 10-1 Minnesota win, the Twins hit four more homers for a team-record even dozen on the day.
September 5 – Willie McCovey hits 100th career home run.
September 10 – The Alous become the first brother trio to bat consecutively in one game, the eighth inning of the San Francisco Giants' 4–2 loss to the New York Mets at the Polo Grounds. Jesús pinch-hits in his Major League debut and grounds out to shortstop Al Moran; Matty, also pinch-hitting, strikes out, and Felipe ends the inning by grounding out to pitcher Carl Willey, who goes the distance for the victory.
September 18 – In the final regular-season game ever played at the Polo Grounds, the Philadelphia Phillies defeat the New York Mets 6–1. New York gets its only run on Jim Hickman's 4th-inning home run, the last home run to be hit at the park.
September 21 – Harmon Killebrew, in a double-header split between his Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, hits four home runs on the day to tie an American League record.
September 22 – Willie McCovey hits 3 home runs helping San Francisco Giants beat New York Mets 13–4.
September 22 – Outfielder Jimmie Hall of the Minnesota Twins hits his 33rd and final home run of the year. No other rookie without previous-year at bats has hit more. Hall tops the current record-holder, Boston's Ted Williams, who hit 31 in 1939.
September 27 – Manager Harry Craft of the Houston Colt 45s fields the "Baby Colts", a starting line-up with an average age of nineteen years, against the New York Mets at Colt Stadium. The oldest player used by Houston all game was 26-year-old Dick Drott, who pitched the ninth inning.
September 28 – Minnesota Twins first baseman Vic Power hits his tenth home run of the year. It is the club's 225th, a season total that ranks second only behind the 1961 New York Yankees' 240.
October 6 – At Dodger Stadium, Sandy Koufax defeats the New York Yankees, 2–1, completing a shocking World Series sweep for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Whitey Ford gives up only two hits, both by Frank Howard, who belts a long home run in the fifth inning to start the Dodgers' scoring. In the Series, the Yankees bat just .171 and score only four runs, the second-lowest total in World Series history. Curiously enough, the Dodgers would set the mark for the least runs scored in a World Series only three years later, falling victim to a decisive sweep at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles.
October 12 – In the first (and last) Hispanic American major league All-Star Game, the National League team beats the American League 5–2 at the Polo Grounds. The game features such names as Felipe Alou, Luis Aparicio, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Julián Javier, Minnie Miñoso, Tony Oliva and Zoilo Versalles. Vic Power receives a pregame award as the number one Latin player. NL starter Juan Marichal strikes out six in four innings, though reliever Al McBean is the winning pitcher. Pinch hitter Manny Mota drives in two runs against loser Pedro Ramos. This was the last baseball game played at the Polo Grounds, as the New York Mets would move into the brand new Shea Stadium in 1964.
November 26 – Second baseman Pete Rose is a landslide winner of National League Rookie of the Year honors, taking 17 of 20 first place votes, with the others going to Ron Hunt (2) and Ray Culp (1). Rose becomes the second Cincinnati Reds player to win the award, joining Frank Robinson.
Chicago White Sox pitcher Gary Peters, who posted a 19–8 record with 189 strikeouts and a 2.33 ERA, edges teammate third baseman Pete Ward (.295 BA, 22 HR, 84 RBI) and Minnesota Twins outfielder Jimmie Hall (.260, 33, 80) for American League Rookie of the Year honors. Peters takes 10 of 20 first-place votes, Ward six and Hall four.
In a first basemen transaction, the Kansas City Athletics acquire Jim Gentile and $25,000 from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Norm Siebern.
The MLB Rules Committee bans oversized catcher's mitts, effective in 1965.
The Indianapolis and Little Rock franchises are transferred from the International League to the Pacific Coast League. The IL is reduced to eight clubs and the PCL membership raised to 12 clubs.
January 2 – David Cone
January 2 – Edgar Martínez
January 4 – Daryl Boston
January 4 – Trey Hillman
January 5 – Jeff Fassero
January 6 – Norm Charlton
January 7 – Craig Shipley
January 20 – Cecil Espy
January 22 – Jeff Treadway
February 7 – Brian O'Nora
February 10 – Lenny Dykstra
February 11 – Todd Benzinger
February 14 – John Marzano
February 15 – Barry Jones
February 22 – Don Wakamatsu
February 23 – Bobby Bonilla
February 25 – Larry Arndt
February 25 – Paul O'Neill
March 1 – Tony Castillo
March 1 – Rich Rodriguez
March 9 – Terry Mulholland
March 10 – John Cangelosi
March 13 – Mariano Duncan
March 14 – Mike Rochford
March 16 – Fieldin Culbreth
March 20 – Dana Williams
March 21 – Shawon Dunston
March 22 – Rich Monteleone
March 26 – Luis Medina
March 29 – Laz Díaz
April 3 – Chris Bosio
April 9 – Mike Brumley
April 9 – José Guzmán
April 10 – Mike Devereaux
April 10 – Marvin Freeman
April 10 – Jeff Gray
April 13 – Mark Leiter
April 21 – Ken Caminiti
May 14 – Pat Borders
May 20 – David Wells
May 27 – Edwin Núñez
June 2 – Bryan Harvey
June 25 – Mike Stanley
July 3 – Don August
July 4 – José Oquendo
July 6 – Lance Johnson
July 7 – Paul Nauert
July 14 – John Dopson
July 17 – Bobby Thigpen
July 18 – Mike Greenwell
July 19 – Mark Carreon
July 31 – Scott Bankhead
August 8 – Ron Karkovice
August 13 – Jeff Ballard
August 20 – Kal Daniels
September 3 – Eric Plunk
September 5 – Jeff Brantley
September 10 – Randy Johnson
September 10 – Terry Wells
September 21 – Troy Afenir
September 21 – Cecil Fielder
September 25 – Eric Hetzel
September 26 – Calvin Jones
September 28 – Charlie Kerfeld
October 1 – Mark McGwire
October 4 – Bruce Ruffin
October 9 – Félix Fermín
October 12 – Luis Polonia
October 17 – Ravelo Manzanillo
October 27 – Bip Roberts
October 31 – Fred McGriff
October 31 – Matt Nokes
November 2 – Sam Horn
November 8 – Dwight Smith
November 10 – Andrés Thomas
November 11 – Rey Quiñones
November 15 – Yasuaki Taiho
November 18 – Dante Bichette
November 23 – Dale Sveum
November 25 – Marty Foster
November 28 – Walt Weiss
December 1 – Greg W. Harris
December 3 – Damon Berryhill
December 5 – Sam Khalifa
December 7 – Shane Mack
December 10 – Doug Henry
December 27 – Jim Leyritz
December 28 – Mel Stottlemyre, Jr.
January 2 – Al Mamaux, 68, pitcher who twice won 20 games for Pittsburgh
January 5 – Rogers Hornsby, 66, Hall of Fame second baseman who posted the highest lifetime batting average (.358) of any right-handed batter, 7-time batting champion including a .424 mark in 1924; twice MVP, and the first NL player to hit 300 home runs
January 29 – Lee Meadows, 68, pitcher won 188 games for the Cardinals, Phillies and Pirates, was first modern major leaguer to wear glasses
January 31 – Ossie Vitt, 73, third baseman for the Tigers and Red Sox, manager of the Indians (1938–1940) and a longtime minor league skipper
February 9 – Ray Starr, 56, All-Star pitcher who pitched for six teams and won 37 games
February 15 – Bump Hadley, 58, pitcher who ended Mickey Cochrane's career with a 1937 pitch that fractured his skull; later a broadcaster
February 20 – Bill Hinchman, 79, outfielder twice batted .300 for Pittsburgh, later a scout
February 28 – Eppa Rixey, 71, pitcher elected to the Hall of Fame just one month earlier, until 1959 was winningest left-hander in NL history with 266 victories for Phillies and Reds
March 1 – Irish Meusel, 69, left fielder batted .310 lifetime, led NL in RBI in 1923
March 11 – Joe Judge, 68, first baseman batted .300 nine times for Senators, later coach at Georgetown for 20 years
March 29 – Wilcy Moore, 65, relief pitcher who won last game of 1927 World Series for Yankees
April 23 – Harry Harper, 67, pitched from 1913 through 1923 for the Senators, Red Sox, Yankees and Robins
April 27 – Johnny Hutchings, 47, pitcher for Reds and Braves in 1940s
May 4 – Dickie Kerr, 69, pitcher who as a 1919 rookie won two World Series games for the White Sox, as one of the players not involved in fixing the Series; later helping a struggling pitcher-turned-hitter, Stan Musial
May 22 – Dave Shean, 79, second baseman and captain of champion 1918 Red Sox
May 23 – Gavvy Cravath, 82, right fielder who won six home runs titles with Phillies
May 27 – Dave Jolly, 38, knuckleball relief pitcher for Milwaukee Braves from 1953–1957
May 31 - Erine Sulik, 52, Outfielder for the 1936 Philadelphia Phillies
June 6 – Charlie Mullen, 74, first baseman for White Sox and Yankees in 1910s
June 8 – Earl Smith, 66, catcher for five NL champions, batted .350 in 1925 World Series
June 18 – Ben Geraghty, 50, manager of the Jacksonville Suns of the International League and legendary minor league pilot who played a key role in the early career of Henry Aaron
June 24 – George Trautman, 73, president of the minor leagues since 1946
June 24 – Jud Wilson, 69, All-Star third baseman of the Negro Leagues
June 28 – Frank "Home Run" Baker, 77, Hall of Fame third baseman, lifetime .307 hitter and 4-time home run champion, last surviving member of Philadelphia Athletics' "$100,000 infield"
July 5 - Ben Demott, 74, pitcher for the Cleveland Naps from 1910 to 1911
July 27 – Hooks Dauss, 73, pitcher won 222 games, all for Detroit
August 15 – Karl Drews, 43, pitcher for four teams including 1947 champion Yankees
August 24 – Ren Kelly, 63, pitched one game for the Philadelphia A's in 1923.
September 4 – Home Run Johnson, 88, early shortstop of the Negro Leagues
September 8 – Bill Knickerbocker, 51, infielder for five different teams from 1933–42, and a member of two Yankees champion teams as a backup for 2B Joe Gordon and 3B Frankie Crosetti
September 19 – Slim Harriss, 66, pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox in the early 1920s
September 27 – Andy Coakley, 80, pitcher won 18 games for 1905 Athletics, later coach at Columbia for 37 years
October 2 – Cy Perkins, 67, catcher for 16 seasons, most with Athletics, later a coach for many years
November 6 – Clarence Mitchell, 72, spitball pitcher won 125 games, hit into unassisted triple play in 1920 World Series
November 12 – Ed Connolly, 54, catcher for the Boston Red Sox between 1929 and 1932
November 13 – Muddy Ruel, 67, catcher for 19 seasons including 1924 champions Senators, later a coach, manager, front-office executive and assistant to the Commissioner of Baseball
November 14 – Oscar Melillo, 64, second baseman for Browns and Red Sox
November 22 – John F. Kennedy, 46, President of the United States who threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the 1961 MLB season and became only the 2nd president to attend an All-Star Game in 1962
December 8 – Red Worthington, 57, left fielder for Boston Braves from 1931–1934
December 30 – Wilbur Good, 78, outfielder for six teams, primarily the Cubs