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The 1968 season of the National League was the ninety-third season of the league.

Contents

[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS (RS/G) RA (RA/G) AVG OBP SLG ERA FPCT
1 St. Louis Cardinals 162 97 65 0 .599 -.- 583 (3.60) 472 (2.91) 0.249 0.297 0.346 2.49 0.978
2 San Francisco Giants 163 88 74 1 .540 9.0 599 (3.67) 529 (3.25) 0.239 0.304 0.341 2.71 0.975
3 Chicago Cubs 163 84 78 1 .515 13.0 612 (3.75) 611 (3.75) 0.242 0.295 0.366 3.41 0.981
4 Cincinnati Reds 163 83 79 1 .509 14.0 690 (4.23) 673 (4.13) 0.273 0.318 0.389 3.56 0.978
5 Atlanta Braves 163 81 81 1 .497 16.0 514 (3.15) 549 (3.37) 0.252 0.304 0.339 2.92 0.980
6 Pittsburgh Pirates 163 80 82 1 .491 17.0 583 (3.58) 532 (3.26) 0.252 0.305 0.343 2.74 0.979
7 Philadelphia Phillies 162 76 86 0 .469 21.0 543 (3.35) 615 (3.80) 0.233 0.294 0.333 3.36 0.980
8 Los Angeles Dodgers 162 76 86 0 .469 21.0 470 (2.90) 509 (3.14) 0.230 0.289 0.319 2.69 0.977
9 New York Mets 163 73 89 1 .448 24.0 473 (2.90) 499 (3.06) 0.228 0.277 0.315 2.72 0.979
10 Houston Astros 162 72 90 0 .444 25.0 510 (3.15) 588 (3.63) 0.231 0.294 0.317 3.26 0.975

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Billy Williams Chicago Cubs 163
At Bats Felipe Alou Atlanta Braves 662
Runs Scored Glenn Beckert Chicago Cubs 98
Hits Felipe Alou
Pete Rose
Atlanta Braves
Cincinnati Reds
210
Doubles Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals 46
Triples Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals 14
Home Runs Willie McCovey San Francisco Giants 36
Total Bases Billy Williams Chicago Cubs 321
Runs Batted In Willie McCovey San Francisco Giants 105
Stolen Bases Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals 62
Caught Stealing Maury Wills Pittsburgh Pirates 21
Walks Ron Santo Chicago Cubs 96
Intentional Base-on-Balls Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates 27
Hit by Pitch Ron Hunt San Francisco Giants 25
Strikeouts Donn Clendenon Pittsburgh Pirates 163
Sacrifice Hits Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves 18
Sacrifice Flies Tom Haller Los Angeles Dodgers 9
Grounded into Double Plays Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves 21
Batting Average Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds 0.335
On-Base Percentage Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds 0.391
Slugging Percentage Willie McCovey San Francisco Giants 0.545
On-Base plus Slugging Willie McCovey San Francisco Giants 0.923
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Willie McCovey San Francisco Giants 175

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Juan Marichal San Francisco Giants 26
Losses Claude Osteen
Ray Sadecki
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants
18
Win-Loss Percentage Steve Blass Pittsburgh Pirates 0.750
Appearances Ted Abernathy Cincinnati Reds 78
Games Started Fergie Jenkins Chicago Cubs 40
Complete Games Juan Marichal San Francisco Giants 30
Shutouts Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals 13
Games Finished Phil Regan Los Angeles Dodgers/Chicago Cubs 62
Saves Phil Regan Los Angeles Dodgers/Chicago Cubs 25
Innings Pitched Juan Marichal San Francisco Giants 326.0
Batters Faced Juan Marichal San Francisco Giants 1307
Hits Allowed Juan Marichal San Francisco Giants 295
Home Runs Allowed Bill Hands
Fergie Jenkins
Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
26
Base-on-Balls Allowed Bob Veale Pittsburgh Pirates 94
Intentional Base-on-Balls Ray Sadecki San Francisco Giants 17
Hit Batsmen George Culver Cincinnati Reds 14
Strikeouts Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals 268
Wild Pitches Larry Dierker Houston Astros 20
Balks Mike Kekich
Phil Niekro
Don Sutton
Los Angeles Dodgers
Atlanta Braves
Los Angeles Dodgers
3
Runs Allowed Claude Osteen Los Angeles Dodgers 109
Earned Runs Allowed Rick Wise Philadelphia Phillies 92
Earned Run Average Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals 1.12
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals 0.853

[edit] All-Star Game

The National League won the thirty-ninth midsummer classic at Astrodome in Houston, TX on Tuesday, July 9, 1968 by a score of 1 to 0. The league's manager was Red Schoendienst.

[edit] Postseason

In the World Series, the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals were defeated by the American League's Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 3.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Bob Gibson (gibsobo01), a pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals. In the award's voting, he had 242 out of a possible 280 points and 14 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Bob Gibson (gibsobo01) of the St. Louis Cardinals. In the award's voting, he had 20 out of a possible 20 points and 20 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Johnny Bench, a catcher with the Cincinnati Reds. In the award's voting, he had 10 out of a possible 20 points and 10 first place votes.

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players won the Gold Glove Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
P Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals
C Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds
1B Wes Parker Los Angeles Dodgers
2B Glenn Beckert Chicago Cubs
3B Dal Maxvill St. Louis Cardinals
SS Ron Santo Chicago Cubs
OF Curt Flood St. Louis Cardinals
Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates
Willie Mays San Francisco Giants

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The twenty-sixth annual Hall of Fame Game was played on July 22 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In the game, the National League's Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Detroit Tigers of the American League by a score of 10 to 1.

[edit] Notable events

[edit] Further Reading

  • Tim Wendel: Summer of '68: The Season That Changed Baseball, and America, Forever, Da Capo Press, Cambridge, MA, 2012.
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