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1. The 1960s brought eight new teams to the Major Leagues, along with eight more games in a season. In the World Series, who was the first player in history that hit a home run to win the game and win the series in the bottom of the ninth inning?
2. 1961 was the year of Roger Maris and the Yankees. Maris broke Babe Ruth's record by hitting 61 home runs in the season, and the Yankees went on to win the World Series against the Reds. The Reds also had some clout with a player that won his first of two league MVPs and later a Triple Crown. Who was this Hall of Fame outfielder?
3. The 1962 season saw a playoff between two powerhouse teams in the Giants and Dodgers for the NL pennant, with the Giants becoming victorious. During the season, fans saw Dodger Maury Wills break Ty Cobb's season stolen base record after almost 50 seasons. Another Dodger won his only Cy Young award of his career in the season. Which Dodger was he?
4. 1963 saw the Yankees skunked in the World Series by the Dodgers. Ironically, two sluggers tied for the NL home run crown in Hank Aaron and Willie McCovey, both hitting 44, and both wearing the number 44. The season also witnessed the first Yankee black player win the MVP. Who was this great?
5. In 1964, this NL team had a 6.5 game lead with two weeks to go in the season, then went on a 10-game losing streak. It came down to the last day of the season to declare the Cardinals as the winner instead. Which team with their "Whiz Kids" blew an opportunity to appear in a World Series for the first time since 1950?
6. 1965 saw the great Willie Mays win his second NL MVP, and 11 seasons apart at that. Dodger Sandy Koufax notched his second Cy Young award and set a new season strikeout record by fanning 382. It also saw the Minnesota Twins in their first World Series after moving from Washington five years earlier. Most amazing in the season was a pitcher who had just turned 59 years old, and fans watched him pitch in a Major League game. Who was this?
7. 1966 saw Sandy Koufax step away from baseball after the season, and after his 27-9 record. The Dodgers were favored to win the World Series, but were skunked four games to none by which team?
8. After winning 101 games in the season, the Cardinals defeated the Red Sox in the 1967 World Series, four games to three. Which Boston player was the last of the century to hit for a Triple Crown?
9. 1968 was definitely the year of Tigers' pitcher Denny McLain. He went 31-6 to become the first pitcher since Dizzy Dean in the 1930s to win 30. Although allowing the most home runs in the AL, Denny won the Cy Young and MVP awards. However, there was another Tiger pitcher who stood in the shadows of McLain during the season, and stole the World Series MVP by winning three games. Who was he?
10. 1969 closed out the decade with the 'Amazing Mets' who defeated the Orioles in the World Series, four games to one. The Mets were in their eighth season in the National League. In their previous seven seasons, they never finished better than ninth place of ten teams. And even more amazing was their first four seasons, where they lost over 100 games each time. Which of the following managed the Mets in those first four unbearable seasons?
Source: Author Nightmare
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