The 1969 Season Set. Includes every Batter and Pitcher who appeared during the 1969 Season as well as Ballpark Cards, Batting Lineups and Team Cover Cards. Also contains Pitcher and Batter Team Sheet Makers for Cutting and Pasting as well as an envelope maker.
The 1969 Major League Baseball season is one of the most exciting and memorable in baseball history. 1969 featured the first season of divisional play as the American League and National League each divided into two division with six teams in each division. Expansion saw new teams in Kansas City, Seattle, San Diego and Montreal. Changes to the strike zone and the mound were sure to increase offense after the year of the pitcher in 1968. That only set the table for the wonderful action on the field.
The pennant races in the American League lacked drama. In the east, the Baltimore Orioles won 109 games and won the division by a whopping 19 games over the defending world champion Detroit Tigers. The surprise team was the Washington Senators. Under new manager Ted Williams, they went 86–76; it was their first winning season since joining the league in 1961. The Western Division race was a little closer, but the Minnesota Twins led most of the season and were never really threatened in winning the division by 9 games over the Oakland Athletics (who were the only other west team to finish over .500). The National League, on the other hand, was very dramatic. The Chicago Cubs won 35 of their first 50 games, and on August 16, they led the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals by 9 games. But the Mets proceeded to win 37 of their last 48 games while the Cubs went 20–28 in the same time period and the Mets won the division by 8 games. The West was even crazier. With 3 weeks to play in the season, 5 teams were all within 2 games of each other. The Houston Astros were the first to drop out of the race, losing 8 of 10. With two weeks to play, the San Francisco Giants led the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves by ½ game while the Cincinnati Reds were 2 games back. The Dodgers then lost 8 in a row and 10 of 11 to fall to 4th place. The Braves then went on a 10-game winning streak, ultimately clinching the division over the Giants on the next to last day of the season with a 3–2 win over the Reds. For the Giants, it was the 5th year in a row they would finish in 2nd place.