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1. The decade was brought in on a busy note. The fans watched the final season played by Sandy Amoros, Alvin Dark, Don Newcombe, and the great Ted Williams. The decade was also brought in with Chicago White Sox owner Bill Veeck being the first to have all players wear names on the back of their jerseys. It was also the year of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who won their first World Series in 35 years. This happened only by a home run in game seven in the bottom of the ninth inning. Who hit this infamous home run?
2. 1961 brought in some rookie future greats, with names such as Willie Davis, Julian Javier, Lou Johnson, Juan Marichal, Joe Torre, and pitcher Jim Maloney of the Cincinnati Reds. It was the Reds' turn in the National League in 1961, winning the pennant with a 93-61 record. Although they were defeated in the World Series by the Yankees, which Red won the National League MVP?
3. 1962 began and ended with sour notes. The National League was forced to follow the American League by having 10 teams in their league, adding the Houston Astros and New York Mets. It ended with a controversial playoff series. The Dodgers led the league much of the season, but were caught and tied at the end, and forced into a three game playoff. Their playoff rival was accused of wetting down their infield excessively to slow down Dodger thief Maury Wills. Wills was the first player in history to steal 100 bases in a season in 1962. This eye-watering ordeal of the infield ended up with lawsuits but were later dismissed. Who was the team that tied the Dodgers, and later watered the eyes of millions afterwards?
4. The 1963 season began with fans mourning the loss of Hall of Famers, Frank 'Home Run' Baker and Rogers Hornsby. They also witnessed two of the greatest teams in baseball history, the 1963 Dodgers and Yankees. With huge expectations to come about, the Dodgers put away the Yankees in four games. But, this was not the talk of the season. The big story was about a pitcher, who never won 20 games prior, left the season 25-5 along with the Cy Young Award, the National League MVP, the Triple Crown, and the World Series MVP Award. Who was this pitcher?
5. The 1964 season began with a bevy of new talent. Rookies Bert Campaneris, Clay Carroll, Tony Conigliaro, Tommy Helms, Phil Niekro, Jim Northrup, Blue Moon Odom, Mel Stottlemyre, and Luis Tiant to head the list. But, the season belonged to pitcher Bob Gibson, who took his team to the World Series, striking out 31 Yankees and earning the series MVP Award. Which team did Gibson play for?
6. 1965 saw the first year of the amateur draft. The fans also witnessed a perfect game in the season by Dodger Sandy Koufax against the Cubs in September. The Dodgers went on to defeat which team who was making their first World Series appearance?
7. Yankee fans in 1966 saw announcer Red Barber fired after 34 years. Baseball watched Sandy Koufax still being the pitcher of the year, but would find out later that it would be his last. In the National League, the fans saw Pirate Roberto Clemente win the MVP Award. In the American League, fans would see the first player in history win a MVP Award in both leagues. Who was it?
8. Shortly after the 1967 season began, the world of baseball mourned the loss of an upper echelon player in history, Jimmie Foxx, who played for the Athletics and Red Sox. The Red Sox in 1967 had a batting MVP in Carl Yastrzemski, and the Cy Young winner in the name of Jim Lonborg. It was good enough to help Boston to the World Series. Who won the 1967 World Series?
9. In 1968, the fans saw Yankee pitcher Stan Bahnsen win the Rookie of the Year Award. They also saw Tiger Dick McAuliffe set an American League record for playing in more than 150 games, and not hitting into a double-play. Their eyes were also on the Tigers because of a pitcher, who set a modern day record for winning 31 games in the season while only losing six times. Who was this 1968 AL Cy Young winner?
10. 1969 was in full swing along with the Vietnam War, and baseball fans needed a vent more than anything. The Major Leagues expanded into 12 teams with two divisions in each, and a brand new playoff schedule. Near the end of the season, baseball lost the last pitcher to pitch from a rectangular box, John Hollison. They also saw a Major League team in 1969 which was in its first and last season of existence. Which team was this?
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