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The 1969 season of the American League was the sixty-ninth 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
Eastern Division
1 Baltimore Orioles 162 109 53 0 .673 -.- 779 (4.81) 517 (3.19) 0.265 0.341 0.414 2.83 0.984
2 Detroit Tigers 162 90 72 0 .556 19.0 701 (4.33) 601 (3.71) 0.242 0.315 0.387 3.31 0.979
3 Boston Red Sox 162 87 75 0 .537 22.0 743 (4.59) 736 (4.54) 0.251 0.331 0.415 3.92 0.975
4 Washington Senators 162 86 76 0 .531 23.0 694 (4.28) 644 (3.98) 0.251 0.328 0.378 3.49 0.978
5 New York Yankees 162 80 81 1 .494 28.5 562 (3.47) 587 (3.62) 0.235 0.309 0.344 3.23 0.979
6 Cleveland Indians 161 62 99 0 .385 46.5 573 (3.56) 717 (4.45) 0.237 0.306 0.345 3.94 0.976
Western Division
1 Minnesota Twins 162 97 65 0 .599 -.- 790 (4.88) 618 (3.81) 0.268 0.338 0.408 3.24 0.977
2 Oakland Athletics 162 88 74 0 .543 9.0 740 (4.57) 678 (4.19) 0.249 0.324 0.376 3.71 0.978
3 California Angels 163 71 91 1 .436 26.0 528 (3.24) 652 (4.00) 0.230 0.298 0.319 3.54 0.978
4 Kansas City Royals 163 69 93 1 .423 28.0 586 (3.60) 688 (4.22) 0.240 0.306 0.338 3.72 0.975
5 Chicago White Sox 162 68 94 0 .420 29.0 625 (3.86) 723 (4.46) 0.247 0.316 0.357 4.21 0.981
6 Seattle Pilots 163 64 98 1 .393 33.0 639 (3.92) 799 (4.90) 0.234 0.313 0.346 4.35 0.974

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Sal Bando
Harmon Killebrew
Carl Yastrzemski
Oakland Athletics
Minnesota Twins
Boston Red Sox
162
At Bats Horace Clarke New York Yankees 641
Runs Scored Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics 123
Hits Tony Oliva Minnesota Twins 197
Doubles Tony Oliva Minnesota Twins 39
Triples Del Unser Washington Senators 8
Home Runs Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins 49
Total Bases Frank Howard Washington Senators 340
Runs Batted In Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins 140
Stolen Bases Tommy Harper Seattle Pilots 73
Caught Stealing Don Buford
Tommy Harper
Baltimore Orioles
Seattle Pilots
18
Walks Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins 145
Intentional Base-on-Balls Reggie Jackson
Harmon Killebrew
Oakland Athletics
Minnesota Twins
20
Hit by Pitch Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles 13
Strikeouts Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics 142
Sacrifice Hits Paul Blair
Denny McLain
Baltimore Orioles
Detroit Tigers
13
Sacrifice Flies Roy White New York Yankees 11
Grounded into Double Plays Frank Howard Washington Senators 29
Batting Average Rod Carew Minnesota Twins 0.332
On-Base Percentage Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins 0.427
Slugging Percentage Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics 0.608
On-Base plus Slugging Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics 1.018
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics 187

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Denny McLain Detroit Tigers 24
Losses Luis Tiant Cleveland Indians 20
Win-Loss Percentage Mike Nagy Boston Red Sox 0.857
Appearances Wilbur Wood Chicago White Sox 76
Games Started Denny McLain Detroit Tigers 41
Complete Games Mel Stottlemyre New York Yankees 24
Shutouts Denny McLain Detroit Tigers 9
Games Finished Ron Perranoski Minnesota Twins 52
Saves Ron Perranoski Minnesota Twins 31
Innings Pitched Denny McLain Detroit Tigers 325.0
Batters Faced Denny McLain Detroit Tigers 1304
Hits Allowed Denny McLain Detroit Tigers 288
Home Runs Allowed Luis Tiant Cleveland Indians 37
Base-on-Balls Allowed Luis Tiant Cleveland Indians 129
Intentional Base-on-Balls Ron Perranoski Minnesota Twins 16
Hit Batsmen Tom Murphy California Angels 21
Strikeouts Sam McDowell Cleveland Indians 279
Wild Pitches Andy Messersmith
Tom Murphy
California Angels
California Angels
16
Balks Rudy May California Angels 4
Runs Allowed Luis Tiant Cleveland Indians 123
Earned Runs Allowed Gary Peters Chicago White Sox 110
Earned Run Average Dick Bosman Washington Senators 2.19
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Fritz Peterson New York Yankees 0.996

[edit] All-Star Game

The American League lost the fortieth midsummer classic at R.F.K. Memorial Stadium in Washington, DC on Wednesday, July 23, 1969 by a score of 9 to 3. The league's manager was Mayo Smith.

[edit] Postseason

The American League Championship Series, featured Baltimore Orioles, the Eastern Division winner, and the Minnesota Twins, the Western Division winner. The Orioles defeated the Twins, 3 games to 0.

In the World Series, the American League champion Baltimore Orioles were defeated by the National League's New York Mets, 4 games to 1.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Harmon Killebrew, a third baseman with the Minnesota Twins. In the award's voting, he had 294 out of a possible 336 points and 16 first place votes.

The winners of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, were Mike Cuellar of the Baltimore Orioles and Denny McLain of the Detroit Tigers. In the award's voting, both had 10 out of a possible 24 points and 10 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Lou Piniella, an outfielder with the Kansas City Royals. In the award's voting, he had 9 out of a possible 24 points and 9 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 Jim Kaat Minnesota Twins
C Bill Freehan Detroit Tigers
1B Joe Pepitone New York Yankees
2B Davey Johnson Baltimore Orioles
3B Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles
SS Mark Belanger Baltimore Orioles
OF Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox
Paul Blair Baltimore Orioles
Mickey Stanley Detroit Tigers

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The twenty-seventh annual Hall of Fame Game was played on July 28 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In the game, the American League's Minnesota Twins defeated the Houston Astros of the National League by a score of 7 to 2. The game was stopped by rain after five innings.

[edit] Notable events

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