1963 October

1st  The season ends, and there are no full-schedule players in the AL for the first time since 1910. Brooks Robinson played in the most games, 161, missing only one. Ron Santo, Vada Pinson, and Bill White play the full schedule in the NL.

2nd  In the WS Opener, Sandy Koufax fans the first 5 batters he faces en route to a WS record 15. John Roseboro’s 3-run HR is the difference, as Los Angeles beats the Yankees 5–2 at New York.

3rd  In game 2, Johnny Podres scatters 7 hits, Tommy Davis ties a WS record with 2 triples, Willie Davis drives in 2 runs, Moose Skowron homers, and Los Angeles beats Al Downing 4–1 to go 2 up.

4th  The Red Sox release veteran Chet Nichols, who led the NL in ERA as a rookie with the Boston Braves in 1951.  The Reds will sign Nichols, then release him in May of 1964.

5th  Fans attending the first WS game at Dodger Stadium see a pitching duel between Don Drysdale and Jim Bouton. A first-inning run is all Los Angeles needs to take a 3-0 WS lead.

6th  Sandy Koufax beats the Yanks again 2–1 for a shocking WS sweep for the Dodgers. Whitey Ford gives up only 2 hits, both by Frank Howard, who crashes a long HR in the 5th to start the LA scoring. The Bronx Bombers bat just .171 and score only 4 runs, the 2nd lowest total in WS history.

8th  Frank Lane sues Charlie Finley for $144,166 for breach of contract.

10th  The Mets take 1B Bill Haas from the Dodgers and P Jack Fisher from the Giants, while Houston grabs P Claude Raymond from the Braves in a supplemental draft for the expansion teams. In the draft, each of the 8 original clubs was required to make available 4 players from their roster of August 31st (the Reds list 5 players). Houston and the Mets can pay $30,000 for each of the players chosen.  Haas will never reach the majors, and the two pitchers chosen will make contributions: the other players go unchosen. Paul Richards, Houston GM, who had originated the idea of the draft, had second thoughts after seeing the players made available.

12th  In the first (and last) Hispanic American major league all-star game, the NL team beats the AL 5–2 at the Polo Grounds. The game features such names as Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda, Julian Javier, Felipe Alou, Luis Aparicio, and Zoilo Versalles. Vic Power receives a pregame award as the number-one Latin player. NL starter Juan Marichal strikes out 6 in 4 innings, though reliever Al McBean is the winner. Pinch hitter Manny Mota drives in 2 against loser Pedro Ramos.

22nd  Roy Hamey retires as GM of the Yankees. His surprise replacement is Ralph Houk, who steps up from manager (309-176) after winning 3 pennants in as many seasons.

24th  Yogi Berra is appointed manager of the Yankees.

Sandy Koufax is the unanimous winner of the Cy Young Award.

30th  Sandy Koufax wins again, outpolling Pittsburgh’s Dick Groat 237 to 190 for the NL MVP award.