1966 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1966 throughout the world.


Major League Baseball

Other champions

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax
American League National League
AVG Frank Robinson1 BAL .316 Matty Alou PIT .342
HR Frank Robinson1 BAL 49 Hank Aaron ATL 44
RBI Frank Robinson1 BAL 122 Hank Aaron ATL 127
Wins Jim Kaat MIN 25 Sandy Koufax2 LAD 27
ERA Gary Peters CHW 1.98   Sandy Koufax2 LAD 1.73  
SO Sam McDowell CLE 225 Sandy Koufax2 LAD 317
SV Jack Aker KCA 32 Phil Regan LAD 21
SB Bert Campaneris KCA 52 Lou Brock STL 74

1American League Triple Crown Batting winner
2Major League Triple Crown Pitching winner

Major league baseball final standings









October -December



  • January 15 – Walt Walsh, 66, Pinch runner for two games with the Philadelphia Phillies
  • January 29 – Homer Summa, 67, right fielder who collected a .302 average over 10 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Athletics
  • February 14 – Jack Coffey, 79, infielder who played from 1909 to 1918 for the Boston Doves, Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox
  • March 18 – Frank Bennett, 61, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in the 1920s
  • April 5 – Sam Dodge, 76, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in the 1920s
  • April 12 – Joe Harris, 84, pitched with the Boston Americans in the early 20th century


  • May 4 – Bob Elliott, 49, 7-time All-Star third baseman who won the NL's 1947 MVP award
  • May 7 - Bing Miller, 71, outfielder for the Washington Senators, Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Browns and Boston Red Sox; won a World Series with the Athletics in 1929 and 1930
  • June 27 – Marty Krug, 77, third baseman who played for the Boston Red Sox (1912) and Chicago Cubs (1922)
  • July 9 – Mule Suttles, 66, All-Star first baseman of the Negro Leagues who hit the first home run in the East-West All-Star game
  • July 16 – Les Howe, 80, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in the mid-1920s
  • August 1 – Hank Gowdy, 76, catcher and first baseman who won the 1914 World Series and is the only player to have served in both World Wars.
  • August 10 – Chuck Dressen, 67, manager of five teams who led the Dodgers to pennants in 1952–53
  • August 15 – George J. Burns, 76, left fielder, primarily with the New York Giants, who led the NL in runs and walks five times each
  • August 17 – Bill Allington, 62, manager who won four Championship Titles in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
  • August 29 – Al DeVormer, 75, catcher for the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and New York Giants between 1918 and 1927


  • September 12 – Bill Summers, 70, American League umpire from 1933 to 1959 who worked in eight World Series and a record seven All-Star games
  • September 13 – Ralph Comstock, 75, pitched in the 1910s for the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Rebels, and Pittsburgh Pirates
  • October 11 – Red Smith, 76, solid third baseman for multiple Dodgers and Braves teams in the 1910s, including the 1914 World Champions Boston Braves
  • October 17 – Bob Swift, 51, former catcher, coach, and acting manager of the Detroit Tigers. Caught Eddie Gaedel in 1951.
  • October 30 – Dick Barrett, 60, pitcher from 1933 to 1945 for the Athletics, Braves, Cubs and Phillies, who was named Minor League Player of the Year by The Sporting News in 1942
  • November 7 – Rube Bressler, 72, one of only a few players in major league baseball history to successfully convert from a pitcher to a position player as a first baseman/outfielder, who played for the Philadelphia Athletics & Phillies, Brooklyn Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, and St. Louis Cardinals between 1914 and 1931
  • December 20 – Doc Farrell, 64, utility infielder for six different teams between 1925 and 1935, including the Yankees 1932 World Champions