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1966 Baltimore Orioles season

 

1966 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1966 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing first in the American League with a record of 97 wins and 63 losses, nine games ahead of the runner-up Minnesota Twins. It was their first AL pennant since 1944, when the club was known as the St. Louis Browns. The Orioles swept the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers in four games to register their first-ever World Series title. The team was managed by Hank Bauer, and played their home games at Memorial Stadium.

Offseason

Regular season

Right fielder Frank Robinson, acquired via trade from the Cincinnati Reds in the off-season, won the Triple Crown, leading the AL with a .316 average, 49 home runs, and 122 RBI. He was named winner of the American League MVP Award, becoming the first player in the history of Major League Baseball to win MVP honors in both the American and National Leagues.[7]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. 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

Opening Day starters[8]

Notable transactions

Roster

1966 Baltimore Orioles
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Etchebarren, AndyAndy Etchebarren 121 412 91 .221 11 50
1B Powell, BoogBoog Powell 140 491 141 .287 34 109
2B Johnson, DaveyDavey Johnson 131 501 129 .257 7 56
3B Robinson, BrooksBrooks Robinson 157 620 167 .269 23 100
SS Aparicio, LuisLuis Aparicio 151 659 182 .276 6 41
LF Blefary, CurtCurt Blefary 131 419 107 .255 23 64
CF Blair, PaulPaul Blair 133 303 84 .277 6 33
RF Robinson, FrankFrank Robinson 155 576 182 .316 49 122

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Snyder, RussRuss Snyder 117 373 114 .306 3 41
Bowens, SamSam Bowens 89 243 51 .210 6 20
Johnson, BobBob Johnson 71 157 34 .217 1 10
Held, WoodieWoodie Held 56 82 17 .207 1 7
Roznovsky, VicVic Roznovsky 41 97 23 .237 1 10
Haney, LarryLarry Haney 20 56 9 .161 1 3
Lau, CharlieCharlie Lau 18 12 6 .500 0 5
Adair, JerryJerry Adair 17 52 15 .288 0 3
Belanger, MarkMark Belanger 8 19 3 .158 0 0
Epstein, MikeMike Epstein 6 11 2 .182 0 3
Carreon, CamCam Carreon 4 9 2 .222 0 2

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
McNally, DaveDave McNally 34 213 13 6 3.17 158
Palmer, JimJim Palmer 30 208.1 15 10 3.46 147
Bunker, WallyWally Bunker 29 142.2 10 6 4.29 89
Barber, SteveSteve Barber 25 133.1 10 5 2.30 91
Short, BillBill Short 6 37.2 2 3 2.87 27
Phoebus, TomTom Phoebus 3 22 2 1 1.23 17

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Watt, EddieEddie Watt 43 145.2 9 7 3.83 102
Miller, JohnJohn Miller 23 100.2 4 8 4.74 81
Bertaina, FrankFrank Bertaina 16 63.1 2 5 3.13 46

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Miller, StuStu Miller 51 9 4 18 2.25 67
Drabowsky, MoeMoe Drabowsky 44 6 0 7 2,81 98
Fisher, EddieEddie Fisher 44 5 3 13 2.64 39
Hall, DickDick Hall 32 6 2 7 3.95 44
Brabender, GeneGene Brabender 31 4 3 2 3.55 62
Barnowski, EdEd Barnowski 2 0 0 0 3.00 2

1966 World Series

Main article: 1966 World Series
AL Baltimore Orioles (4) vs. NL Los Angeles Dodgers (0)
Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
1 Orioles – 5, Dodgers – 2 October 5 Dodger Stadium 55,941 2:56
2 Orioles – 6, Dodgers – 0 October 6 Dodger Stadium 55,947 2:26
3 Dodgers – 0, Orioles – 1 October 8 Memorial Stadium 54,445 1:55
4 Dodgers – 0, Orioles – 1 October 9 Memorial Stadium 54,458 1:45

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Earl Weaver
AA Elmira Pioneers Eastern League Darrell Johnson
A Stockton Ports California League Harry Malmberg
A Miami Marlins Florida State League Billy DeMars
Short-Season A Aberdeen Pheasants Northern League Cal Ripken, Sr.
Rookie Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League Joe Altobelli

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Elmira

Notes

References

  • 1966 Baltimore Orioles team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1966 Baltimore Orioles season at baseball-almanac.com

External links

  • 1966 Orioles Roster through Baseball Cards - OriolesCards.com
Preceded by
Minnesota Twins
1965
American League Champions
1966
Succeeded by
Boston Red Sox
1967

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