Some were well-known and some were just starting out... all had high-hopes and big dreams - some made it big-time, a few did not... but all played in the major leagues. Compiled from 1964 records: Baseball History
Don Larsen, Pitcher RH, NY Yankees, SF Giants, Houston Astros - a well-traveled veteran by the time 1964 rolled around, Larsen broke into the big-leagues with the Cardinals back in '53, going 7-12, 4.15 ERA in 38 games... pitched with the Orioles in '54 and led the majors with 21 losses (3-21, 4.37 ERA). Was traded to the Yankees in 1955 and was mainly used as a long reliever and spot starter. Then it happened: - He pitched baseball's only no-hit, no-run - a perfect game in the 1956 World Series and became a house-hold name. He was traded to Kansas City in 1960, then to the White Sox in mid-'61 and after 2 and a half years with the Giants was traded to Houston... career record as of 1964 - 80-89 W/L, 3.80 ERA in 1486 innings.
Barney Schultz, Pitcher RH, Cardinals, Tigers, Cubs - his' clutch relief pitching during the 1964 pennant drive helped the St. Louis Cardinals overtake the Phillies... and, the knuckleball specialist was called in from the bullpen to face off with the Yankees 'Bronx Bombers' four times during the World Series, which the Redbirds won in 7-games. The 6'2" 190 lbs., reliever posted a 1-3 mark in '64 and chalked up a dazzling 1.65 ERA in 30 appearances.
Larry Bearnarth, Pitcher RH, New York Mets - one of the league's biggest surprises was the fast-balling Bearnarth... a rookie in 1963, he was the 3rd most active reliever in the NL, with 58 appearances, finishing with a 3-8 W/L record, a fine 3.43 ERA in 126 innings. In 1964, he was 5-5, 4.15 ERA, fanned 31 batters in 78 innings, 44 games.
J. C. Martin, Catcher Bats LH, T RH, Chicago White Sox - started professional ball as a 20-year old in '56 with Holdrege of the Nebraska State League and hit 10 home runs with a .275 batting average. Debuted in the majors with the White Sox in late-'59 and has been the Sox first-string catcher since 1961... a fine defensive back-stop and a highly popular player in Chicago, J. C. Martin played 122 games in 1964 and hit .197, with 15 extra base hits.
Sonny Siebert, Pitcher Right-handed, Cleveland Indians - had a top season as a rookie with Cleveland in 1964... including striking out 11 Yankees in a 6 inning of relief... while posting a 7-9 W/L record, 3.23 ERA. Scouts rate Siebert's fastball 4+-Stars, with notation: 'could be a big-time major league star.' In 1962 with Charleston of the Eastern League, the big 6'3' 190-pounder was 15-8 and struck out 192 in 204 innings - 'Wow'
Johnny Lewis, Outfielder Bats LH T RH, New York Mets - broke into pro ball as a 20-year old 3rd baseman/SS in '59 with Keokuk of the Midwest Minor League, and while at Winnipeg in '60 Lewis led the Northern League with 23 home runs and also led with 104 RBIs. After five years in the minors he played 40 games with the Cardinals in 1964, hitting .234, with 6 extra base hits. Traded to the Mets in mid-winter of '64-'65. The Mets' management hold him in high-regard.
Phil Lintz, Infielder - Outfielder, RH, Yankees - broke into the majors with the Yankees in 1962 after leading two minors leagues in hitting... In his rookie year in '62, Linz hit .287 in 71 games, including 8 doubles. This past year (1964) he batted .250 and belted 21 doubles and 5 home runs... and clouted two home runs in the World Series...future looks very promising.
Les Narum, Pitcher RH, Washington Senators - broke into minor league ball as a fire-balling, 18-year old back in '58 with Bluefield and struck out 115 would-be-hitters in just 92 innings. After pitching in 7 games with Baltimore in late-'63 Narum was traded to the Senators and posted a 9-15 W/L, 4.34 ERA in his first full season... including fanning 121 in 199 innings. Could be a big star in the near future.
Pete Ward, 3rd Baseman Bats LH T RH, Chicago White Sox - the power-hitting 3rd baseman was voted the American League's Rookie of the Year in 1963, lining 34 doubles, 6 triples, 22 home runs, 84 RBIs. Pete Ward had another banner-year in 1964, hitting .286, with 28 Ds, 23 homers, 94 RBIs in 144 games. Born: July 26, 1939, Ward broke into pro ball in '58 with Vancouver of the Pacific Coast League... and first played with the Baltimore Orioles in 8-games in 1962 before being traded to the White Sox. MLB History