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1960-1969: Year-by-year capsules

1960

Record: 89-65

Place: Second in American League

Manager: Paul Richards

Most Valuable Oriole: Brooks Robinson

Batting leader: Brooks Robinson (.294)

Home run leader: Ron Hansen (22)

RBI leader: Jim Gentile (98)

Wins leader: Chuck Estrada (18)

ERA leader: Hal Brown (3.06)

Notable: The Orioles finished with a winning record for the first time, and they remained in contention for the AL pennant until being swept by the New York Yankees in a four-game series in mid-September. Shortstop Hansen won the AL Rookie of the Year award.

1961

Record: 95-67

Place: Third in AL

Manager: Paul Richards/Luman Harris

Most Valuable Oriole: Jim Gentile

Batting leader: Jim Gentile (.302)

Home run leader: Jim Gentile (46)

RBI leader: Jim Gentile (141)

Wins leader: Steve Barber (18)

ERA leader: Milt Pappas (3.03)

Notable: Despite winning a then-franchise-record 95 games, the Orioles finished in third place in the AL. First baseman Gentile became the first player in major league history to hit a grand slam in back-to-back at-bats in a 13-5 win over the Minnesota Twins on May 9.

1962

Record: 77-85

Place: Seventh in AL

Manager: Billy Hitchcock

Most Valuable Oriole: Brooks Robinson

Batting leader: Brooks Robinson (.303)

Home run leader: Jim Gentile (33)

RBI leader: Jim Gentile (87)

Wins leader: Milt Pappas (12)

ERA leader: Robin Roberts (2.78)

Notable: After taking two steps forward, the Orioles took one step back in Hitchcock's first year as manager. Despite playing well against the World Series champion New York Yankees, against whom they went 11-7, the Orioles finished 19 games back in the league.

1963

Record: 86-76

Place: Fourth in AL

Manager: Billy Hitchcock

Most Valuable Oriole: Stu Miller

Batting leader: Al Smith (.272)

Home run leader: Boog Powell (25)

RBI leader: Boog Powell (82)

Wins leader: Steve Barber (20)

ERA leader: Steve Barber (2.75)

Notable: With a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 18 in the first game of a doubleheader, left-hander Barber became the club's first 20-game winner. The club has since had 23 additional 20-game winners, but none since right-hander Mike Boddicker, in 1984.

1964

Record: 97-65

Place: Third in AL

Manager: Hank Bauer

Most Valuable Oriole: Brooks Robinson

Batting leader: Brooks Robinson (.317)

Home run leader: Boog Powell (39)

RBI leader: Brooks Robinson (118)

Wins leader: Wally Bunker (19)

ERA leader: Wally Bunker (2.69)

Notable: With their fourth manager in four years, contributions from veteran third baseman Robinson and rookie right-hander Bunker led the Orioles to a then-franchise-high win total. Robinson won the AL Most Valuable Player award after he had the most RBIs in a single season in his 23-year career.

1965

Record: 94-68

Place: Third in AL

Manager: Hank Bauer

Most Valuable Oriole: Stu Miller

Batting leader: Brooks Robinson (.297)

Home run leader: Curt Blefary (22)

RBI leader: Brooks Robinson (80)

Wins leader: Steve Barber (15)

ERA leader: Milt Pappas (2.61)

Notable: After leading the Orioles in home runs — his first of three straight 20-home run seasons — outfielder Blefary won the AL Rookie of the Year award. Shortstop Luis Aparicio had four hits and four RBIs as the Orioles routed the Washington Senators, 18-4, on April 22 at D.C. Stadium.

1966

Record: 97-63

Place: First in AL

Postseason: Beat Los Angeles Dodgers in World Series (4-0)

Manager: Hank Bauer

Most Valuable Oriole: Frank Robinson

Batting leader: Frank Robinson (.316)

Home run leader: Frank Robinson (49)

RBI leader: Frank Robinson (122)

Wins leader: Jim Palmer (15)

ERA leader: Dave McNally (3.17)

Notable: Acquired in the offseason for right-handers Milt Pappas and Jack Baldschun and outfielder Dick Simpson, Orioles right fielder Frank Robinson won the AL MVP award after capturing the Triple Crown and leading the club to its first World Series championship.

1967

Record: 76-85

Place: Tied for sixth in AL

Manager: Hank Bauer

Most Valuable Oriole: Frank Robinson

Batting leader: Frank Robinson (.311)

Home run leader: Frank Robinson (30)

RBI leader: Frank Robinson (94)

Wins leader: Tom Phoebus (14)

ERA leader: Tom Phoebus (3.33)

Notable: A year after winning 15 games and throwing a shutout in the World Series, Palmer made only nine starts as a 21-year-old because of arm trouble. The Orioles stumbled to a losing record after three straight 90-win seasons. They wouldn't finish under .500 again until 1986.

1968

Record: 91-71

Place: Second in AL

Manager: Hank Bauer/Earl Weaver

Most Valuable Oriole: Dave McNally

Batting leader: Don Buford (.282)

Home run leader: Boog Powell (22)

RBI leader: Boog Powell (85)

Wins leader: Dave McNally (22)

ERA leader: Dave McNally (1.95)

Notable: In the final season before the AL split into two divisions, the Orioles finished as the runner-up in the league to the Detroit Tigers. Weaver took over as manager in July and went 48-34.

1969

Record: 109-53

Place: First in AL East

Postseason: Lost to New York Mets in World Series (4-1)

Manager: Earl Weaver

Most Valuable Oriole: Boog Powell

Batting leader: Frank Robinson (.308)

Home run leader: Boog Powell (37)

RBI leader: Boog Powell (121)

Wins leader: Mike Cuellar (23)

ERA leader: Jim Palmer (2.34)

Notable: The club won more than 100 games for the first time in franchise history, a feat it also would accomplish in the next two seasons. For the first time in club history, the Orioles had two 20-game winners in the same season — left-handers Mike Cuellar (23-11) and Dave McNally (20-7).The club swept the Minnesota Twins in the first-ever league championship series, before losing to the “Miracle Mets,” 4-1.

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