1964-1973

1964-1973

Here is the 25 man roster of Best All-Star seasons from 1964-1973. Remember, if a player didn’t make the All-Star game that season, it wasn’t considered.

 

CATCHER:
1966 Joe Torre: While Torre, did win the MVP in 1971 as a Third Baseman, that position was deep, so we decided to pick Torre’s 1966 season when he was primarily a Catcher. .315/36/101 AVG/HR/RBI is not too shabby for a backstop.

1970 Johnny Bench: Bench won the MVP in both 1970 and 1972, but with his 1970 numbers clearly better across the board, that’s the choice here. Bench led the league with 45 homers and 148 runs batted in,

FIRST BASEMAN:
1969 Willie McCovey: Anopther MVP year is picked here, as McCovey blasted 45 long balls, drove in 126 runners, hit .320 and a whopping 1.108 OPS. However, the most impressive number of all was the fact he was intentionally walked 45 times in 1969.
1969 Boog Powell: In this instance, DTB did not pick a players MVP season. Powell would win the award in 1970, but the year before he had more home runs (37-35), runs batted in (121-114) and hit for a higher average (.304-.297) so 1969 gets the nod.

SECOND BASEMAN:
1973 Davey Johnson: 43 homers, for a second baseman in the pre-steroid era ? That’s what Johnson did in 1973 for Atlanta. While he only hit .270, he did drive in 99 runs at a time where middle infielders were better known for glove work and not so much at the plate.
1973 Rod Carew: For Carew, it was all about positioning. In 1973 he only played 2nd base, so in a weak position his solid campaign, makes him an easy choice. He led the American League with a .350 batting average on 203 hits, 11 of which were triples.

SHORTSTOPS:
1969 Rico Petrocelli: A two-time All-Star, Petrocelli belted 40 round trippers in 1969, far and away the most by a shortstop , toss in 97 runs batted in and 32 doubles and its no surprise that he made the roster.

THIRD BASEMAN:
1969 Harmon Killebrew: Killebrew had many fine seasons in the 1960’s but his MVP year of 1969 stands out. He had career highs in home runs (49), runs batted in (140) and walks (145).
1970 Tony Perez: before making the move across the diamond to 1st base, Perez had a fine season on the hot corner in 1970. His .317/40/129 AVG/HR/RBI were all career bests.

OUTFIELDERS:
1971 Hank Aaron: Even at age 37, Aaron was still getting it done as he blasted 47 balls over the fences, knocked in 118 runs, hit a robust .328 and led the league with a 1.079 OPS
1966 Frank Robinson: The American League MVP was dominant in 1966, leading the league in 10 offensive categories. Robinson went .316/49/122 AVG/HR/RBI to win his second MVP award.
1967 Carl Yastrzemski: MVP and Triple Crown winner Yastrzemski was an easy choice for this team. He belted 44 long balls, drove in 121 runs and hit .326 in becoming the last player to win the triple crown until Miguel Cabrera did it in 2012.
1965 Willie Mays: Mays made the All-Star team every season from 1964-1973, so we had plenty of seasons to choose from. DTB went with 1965 based on the league leading 52 homers, .645 slugging percentage and 1.043 OPS.
1972 Billy Williams: Williams had a solid season in 1972 to make the squad as a fifth outfielder. He led the National League with a .333 batting average. Add to that 37 homers and 122 runs batted in.

PITCHERS:
1968 Bob Gibson: 1968 has been dubbed “The Year of the Pitcher”, and no one was better than Gibson. He won both the Cy Young and MVP awards as he recorded a 22-9 record, had a minuscule ERA of 1.12, pitched 13 shutouts and had a 0.85 WHIP.
1966 Sandy Koufax: In our opinion, Koufax saved the best for last. In 1966, the southpaw went 27-9, led the National League with a 1.73 ERA, had 21 complete games and struck out 317 batters in 323 innings.
1968 Denny McLain: The only pitcher to win over 30 games in a season since the All-Star game began is a cinch to make the team. McLain went 31-6 with a 1.96 in 1968 and like Gibson, was also Cy Young and MVP, but for the American League.
1968 Luis Tiant: Yet another pitcher from 1968. In Tiant’s first All-Star appearance, he posted a 21-9 record, had a American League best 1.60 ERA and a tiny WHIP of 0.87.
1971 Vida Blue: How deep is this staff, when a Cy Young and MVP winner is the #5 starter? Blue was 24-8 with a 1.82 ERA, had a league high 8 shutouts to go with his 24 complete games.
1966 Juan Marichal: 25 wins, 2.23 ERA, 25 complete games and 0.86 WHIP was just good enough in this competitive era for Marichal to sneak onto the roster as a long man/spot starter.
1966 Phil Regan: Regan made the most of his one and only All-Star season. 14-1 record, 1.62 ERA and National League best 21 saves in 116 2/3 innings pitched earns Regan a spot.
1972 Tug McGraw: The year before “Ya Gotta Believe” McGraw made his first All-Star team. He notched 27 saves to go along with his 8-6 record and 1.70 ERA.
1964 Dick Radatz: Hard to imagine a closer these days who not only saved 29 games, but won 16, yes—16, but that’s what Radatz did in 1964 as he finished a American League high 67 games.
1965 Bob Lee: Another player with only one appearance on the All-Star team. In 1965, lee threw 131 1/3 innings, picked up 23 saves and had a 1.92 ERA.
1973 Rollie Fingers: 1973 wasn’t his best overall season by far, and I have a feeling we may see Fingers name on a future roster, but a 1.92 ERA and 22 saves was just good enough for him to squeak onto the roster.

 

BIGGEST SNUB:

1972 Steve Carlton: This time frame had so many great seasons by pitchers, that someone had to be left out.   In this case it was Carlton, who in 1972, went 27-10 with a National League leading 1.97 ERA and 310 strikeouts.  Even his whopping 30 complete games didn’t help him make the cut.

 

1964-1973 ROSTER

1966 Joe Torre
1970 Johnny Bench
1969 Willie McCovey
1969 Boog Powell
1973 Davey Johnson
1973 Rod Carew
1969 Rico Petrocelli
1969 Harmon Killebrew
1970 Tony Perez
1971 Hank Aaron
1966 Frank Robinson
1967 Carl Yastrzemski
1965 Willie Mays
1972 Billy Williams
1968 Bob Gibson
1966 Sandy Koufax
1968 Denny McLain
1968 Luis Tiant
1971 Vida Blue
1966 Juan Marichal
1966 Phil Regan
1972 Tug McGraw
1964 Dick Radatz
1965 Bob Lee
1973 Rollie Fingers