All-Decade Team

1960s All-Decade Team

Major League Baseball during the 1960s was all about expanding the game. In 1960 there were 16 teams by 1969 there were 24. Each league was also split into two divisions, east and west, and the League Championship Series (LCS) was added in 1969. The outfield was chalk full of Hall of Famers and then there was 1968. The decade also is home to Bill Mazeroski walk-off World Series homer and of course Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle‘s pursuit of Babe Ruth‘s single season home run record.

The list of players who reached statistical milestones during the 1960s is much shorter than other decades but it reads like a who’s who of Baseball lore. Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Mathews, and Hank Aaron all joined the 500 home run club expanding it from three to eight and Early Wynn and Warren Sphan both collected their 300th win.

  • Catcher, Joe Torre


  • Joe Torre Batting Statistics
    WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    36.3 1,196 4,302 542 1,261 183 27 160 653 10 21 400 603 .293 .357 .460 .817

    • First Base, Willie McCovey


    • Willie McCovey Batting Statistics
      WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
      44.5 1,322 4,257 728 1,189 168 33 300 821 17 18 650 805 .279 .378 .546 .923

      • Second Base, Pete Rose


      • Pete Rose Batting Statistics
        WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
        30.1 1,064 4,301 679 1,327 218 52 75 433 50 60 397 467 .309 .369 .436 .805

        • Third Base, Dick Allen


        • Dick Allen Batting Statistics
          WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
          35.2 866 3,221 591 966 167 60 177 544 64 27 422 851 .300 .380 .554 .933

          • Shortstop, Dick McAuliffe

            • Age: 20 – 29
            • Years: 1960 – 1969
            • Teams: Detroit Tigers
            • All-Star: 1965, 1966, 1967


            Dick McAuliffe Batting Statistics
            WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
            28.8 1,154 4,140 630 1,056 147 59 142 487 52 48 580 692 .255 .348 .422 .770

            • Outfield, Mickey Mantle

              • Age: 28 – 36
              • Years: 1960 – 1968
              • Teams: New York Yankees
              • MVP: 1962
              • All-Star: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968


              Mickey Mantle Batting Statistics
              WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
              42.3 1,155 3,624 682 1,023 136 18 256 668 55 13 841 811 .282 .415 .542 .957

              • Outfield, Frank Robinson


              • Frank Robinson Batting Statistics
                WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
                64.6 1,468 5,265 1,013 1,603 309 44 316 1,011 145 55 778 749 .304 .402 .560 .962

                • Outfield, Willie Mays

                  • Age: 29 – 38
                  • Years: 1960 – 1969
                  • Teams: San Francisco Giants
                  • MVP: 1965
                  • All-Star: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969


                  Willie Mays Batting Statistics
                  WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
                  84.1 1,498 5,459 1,050 1,635 259 53 350 1,003 126 42 681 783 .300 .377 .559 .935


                  Sandy Koufax Pitching Statistics
                  WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                  48.0 260 237 137 60 2.36 1,807.2 122 37 6 542 474 512 1,910 9.5 1.005



                  Bob Gibson Pitching Statistics
                  WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                  54.4 336 302 164 105 2.74 2,447 164 41 4 847 746 822 2,071 7.6 1.147



                  Whitey Ford Pitching Statistics
                  WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                  27.3 253 230 115 56 2.83 1,608.2 62 21 3 576 506 422 1,041 5.8 1.173



                  Juan Marichal Pitching Statistics
                  WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                  55.3 328 320 191 88 2.57 2,549.2 197 45 2 861 728 503 1,840 6.5 1.045



                  Don Drysdale Pitching Statistics
                  WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                  44.6 371 359 158 126 2.83 2,629.2 135 40 4 961 827 598 1,910 6.5 1.118


                  Hoyt Wilhelm Pitching Statistics
                  WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                  24.5 557 15 75 65 2.16 1,103.1 3 1 153 332 265 303 872 7.1 0.993

                Honorable Mention

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  1. The fact that Hank Aaron is not starting in the outfield is an abomination. Debating Aaron vs. Mantle over their entire careers? Cool. However, there is no debate regarding who the better player was during the 1960’s.

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  2. No disrespect intended but, the 1960’s team is all wrong.

    C Bill Freehan, Joe Torre
    1B Harmon Killebrew, Orlando Cepeda, Willie McCovey
    2B Bill Mazeroski
    3B Ron Santos, Brooks Robinson, Dick Allen
    SS Maury Wills, Jim Fregosi, Luis Aparicio
    LF Billy Williams, Lou Brock, Carl Yastrzemski
    CF Willie Mays, Vada Pinson
    RF Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Roberto Clemente

    SP Sandy Koufax
    SP Juan Marichal
    SP Bob Gibson
    SP Don Drysdale
    SP Jim Bunning

    RP Ron Perranoski
    RP Hoyt Wilhelm
    RP Don McMahan

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  3. As a Tigers fan born in the ’60s I never appreciated how good Dick McAuliffe really was. Best shortstop of the 1960s? I always thought of him as solid second basement for the ’68 World Champions who had a penchant for not grounding in to double plays.

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