1963

In 1963

* Average Cost of new house: $12,650
* Average Income per year: $5,807
* Gas per Gallon: 29 cents
* Average Cost of a new car: $3,233

The Beatles release I Want to Hold Your Hand/I Saw Her Standing There and Meet the Beatles, which is the beginning of Beatlemania. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech. President John F Kennedy is assassinated. Tape cassettes, soda cans with pull tabs, and lava lamps were first used. Alcatraz federal penitentiary known as “The Rock” closes. Zip codes are implemented in US.

Births in 1963

Beyond Greg and Tom, you’re probably wondering what other significant people were born in 1963:

February 17: Michael Jordan

June 9: Johnny Depp

August 1: Coolio

August 9: Whitney Houston

December 18: Brad Pitt

And arguably the greatest addition to our world’s culture, and the member of the 1963 cohort of whom we are the proudest: Daniel Lawrence Whitney, better known as Larry the Cable Guy.

1963 in Major League Baseball- Some Semi-interesting Trivia

In 1963, baseball pitcher Gaylord Perry remarked, “They’ll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run.” On July 20, 1969, a few hours after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, Gaylord Perry hit his first, and only, home run.

April 13: After 11 hitless at bats, Cincinnati Reds second baseman Pete Rose records his first major league hit.
May 22: Mickey Mantle hit what is considered by many experts to be the longest homerun in Major League history. Batting left-handed against the visiting Kansas City A’s at Yankee Stadium, Mantle opened the eleventh inning with a monumental blast off Bill Fisher that traveled three-hundred seventy-four feet from home plate, bouncing off of the third tier facade and falling just inches short of going out of the stadium. A senior physicist from the University of Arizona, Professor J.E. McDonald, calculated the estimated distance the ball would have traveled at six-hundred twenty feet.
July 31: 7,288 at Cleveland Stadium watched Cleveland Indians infielder Woodie Held, pitcher Pedro Ramos, outfielder Tito Francona, and shortstop Larry Brown slug four straight solo home runs off Los Angeles Angels right-hander Paul Foytack in the bottom of the sixth inning.

September 6: Major League Baseball celebrated its 100,000th game with a classic match-up between the Cleveland Indians and Washington Senators at D.C. Stadium.

September 10: The Alous become the first brother trio to bat consecutively in one game, the eighth inning of the San Francisco Giants’ 4–2 loss to the New York Mets at the Polo Grounds. Jesús pinch-hits in his Major League debut and grounds out; Matty, also pinch-hitting, strikes out, and Felipe ends the inning by grounding out to pitcher Carl Willey, who goes the distance for the victory.

September 27: Manager Harry Craft of the Houston Colt .45s fields the “Baby Colts,” a starting line-up with an average age of nineteen years old, against the New York Mets at Colt Stadium. The oldest player used by Houston was 26 year old Dick Drott, who pitched the ninth inning.

October 12: In the first (and last) Hispanic American major league All-Star Game, the National League team beats the American League 5–2 at the Polo Grounds. The game features such names as Felipe Alou, Luis Aparicio, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Julián Javier, Minnie Miñoso, Tony Oliva and Zoilo Versalles. Vic Power receives a pregame award as the number one Latin player. NL starter Juan Marichal strikes out six in four innings, though reliever Al McBean is the winning pitcher. Pinch hitter Manny Mota drives in two runs against loser Pedro Ramos. This was the last baseball game played at the Polo Grounds, as the New York Mets would move into the brand new Shea Stadium in 1964.

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