The 1963 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 82nd season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 72nd season in the National League. The Cardinals went 93–69 (.574) during the season, and finished 2nd in the National League, six games behind the eventual World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The season was Stan Musial's 22nd and final season with the team, and in MLB.

1963 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record93–69 (.574)
League place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)August "Gussie" Busch
General manager(s)Bing Devine
Manager(s)Johnny Keane
Local televisionKSD-TV
Local radioKMOX
(Harry Caray, Jack Buck, Jerry Gross)
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OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Future Hall of Famer Stan Musial played his final game on September 29, a 3–2 victory in 14 innings against the visiting Cincinnati Reds.

All four starting infielders in the 1963 All-Star Game were Cardinals. Ken Boyer (3B), Dick Groat (SS), and Bill White (1B) were elected, and Julián Javier (2B) took over for the elected but injured Bill Mazeroski of Pittsburgh.[6]

Pitcher Bobby Shantz, first baseman Bill White, third baseman Ken Boyer, and outfielder Curt Flood won Gold Gloves this year.[7]

Season standingsEdit

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 99 63 0.611 50–31 49–32
St. Louis Cardinals 93 69 0.574 6 53–28 40–41
San Francisco Giants 88 74 0.543 11 50–31 38–43
Philadelphia Phillies 87 75 0.537 12 45–36 42–39
Cincinnati Reds 86 76 0.531 13 46–35 40–41
Milwaukee Braves 84 78 0.519 15 45–36 39–42
Chicago Cubs 82 80 0.506 17 43–38 39–42
Pittsburgh Pirates 74 88 0.457 25 42–39 32–49
Houston Colt .45s 66 96 0.407 33 44–37 22–59
New York Mets 51 111 0.315 48 34–47 17–64

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1963 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
Team CHC CIN HOU LAD MIL NYM PHI PIT SF STL
Chicago 9–9 9–9 7–11 12–6 11–7 9–9 8–10 10–8 7–11
Cincinnati 9–9 11–7 8–10 10–8 10–8 8–10 11–7 8–10 11–7
Houston 9–9 7–11 5–13 5–13 13–5 8–10 6–12 8–10 5–13
Los Angeles 11–7 10–8 13–5 8–10–1 16–2 7–11 13–5 9–9 12–6
Milwaukee 6–12 8–10 13–5 10–8–1 12–6 10–8 7–11 10–8 8–10
New York 7–11 8–10 5–13 2–16 6–12 8–10 4–14 6–12 5–13
Philadelphia 9–9 10–8 10–8 11–7 8–10 10–8 13–5 8–10 8–10
Pittsburgh 10–8 7–11 12–6 5–13 11–7 14–4 5–13 5–13 5–13
San Francisco 8–10 10–8 10–8 9–9 8–10 12–6 10–8 13–5 8–10
St. Louis 11–7 7–11 13–5 6–12 10–8 13–5 10–8 13–5 10–8


Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1963 St. Louis Cardinals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Tim McCarver 127 405 117 .289 4 51
1B Bill White 162 658 200 .304 27 109
2B Julián Javier 161 609 160 .263 9 46
SS Dick Groat 158 631 201 .319 6 73
3B Ken Boyer 159 617 176 .285 24 111
LF Stan Musial 124 337 86 .255 12 58
CF Curt Flood 158 662 200 .302 5 63
RF George Altman 135 464 127 .274 9 47

Other battersEdit

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Charlie James 116 347 93 .268 10 45
Carl Sawatski 56 105 25 .238 6 14
Gene Oliver 39 102 23 .225 6 18
Gary Kolb 75 96 26 .271 3 10
Dal Maxvill 53 51 12 .235 0 3
Leo Burke 30 49 10 .204 1 5
Duke Carmel 57 44 10 .227 1 2
Mike Shannon 32 26 8 .308 1 2
Corky Withrow 6 9 0 .000 0 1
Dave Ricketts 3 8 2 .250 0 0
Doug Clemens 5 6 1 .167 1 2
Phil Gagliano 10 5 2 .400 0 1
Red Schoendienst 6 5 0 .000 0 0
Jack Damaska 5 5 1 .200 0 1
Jeoff Long 5 5 1 .200 0 0
Moe Thacker 3 4 0 .000 0 0
Jerry Buchek 3 4 1 .250 0 0
Jim Beauchamp 4 3 0 .000 0 0
Bud Bloomfield 1 0 0 --- 0 0

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bob Gibson 36 254.2 18 9 3.39 204
Ernie Broglio 39 250 18 8 2.99 145
Curt Simmons 32 232.2 15 9 2.48 127
Ray Sadecki 36 193.1 10 10 4.10 136
Lew Burdette 21 98 3 8 3.77 45
Ray Washburn 11 64 5 3 3.08 47

Other pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Ron Taylor 54 133.1 9 7 2.84 91

Relief pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Bobby Shantz 55 6 4 11 2.61 70
Ed Bauta 38 3 4 3 3.93 30
Barney Schultz 24 2 0 1 3.57 26
Diomedes Olivo 19 0 5 0 5.40 9
Harry Fanok 12 2 1 1 5.26 25
Sam Jones 11 2 0 2 9.00 8
Bob Humphreys 9 0 1 0 5.06 8
Ken MacKenzie 8 0 0 0 4.00 7

Awards and honorsEdit

All-Star Game

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Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit