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1979 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1979 throughout the world.  

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Champions

Major League Baseball

  League Championship Series
NBCWorld Series
ABC                  East  Baltimore Orioles3   West  California Angels1       AL  Baltimore Orioles3   NL  Pittsburgh Pirates4 East  Pittsburgh Pirates3 West  Cincinnati Reds0  

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Awards and honors

MLB Statistical Leaders

  American LeagueNational LeagueType Name Stat Name Stat AVGFred LynnBOS .333 Keith HernandezSTL .344 HRGorman ThomasMIL 45 Dave KingmanCHC 48 RBIDon BaylorCAL 139 Dave WinfieldSDP 118 WinsMike FlanaganBAL 23 Joe NiekroHOU
Phil NiekroATL 21 ERARon GuidryNYY 2.78 J.R. RichardHOU 2.71

Major League Baseball final standings

American LeagueRank Club Wins Losses Win % GB East Division 1st Baltimore Orioles102   57 .642    -- 2nd Milwaukee Brewers  95   66 .590   8.0 3rd Boston Red Sox  91   69 .569 11.5 4th New York Yankees  89   71 .556 13.5 5th Detroit Tigers  85   76 .528 18.0 6th Cleveland Indians  81   80 .503 22.0 7th Toronto Blue Jays  53 109 .327 50.5 West Division 1st California Angels  88   74 .543    -- 2nd Kansas City Royals  85   77 .525   3.0 3rd Texas Rangers  83   79 .512   5.0 4th Minnesota Twins  82   80 .506   6.0 5th Chicago White Sox  73   87 .456 14.0 6th Seattle Mariners  67   95 .414 21.0 7th Oakland Athletics  54 108 .333 34.0
National LeagueRank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB East Division 1st Pittsburgh Pirates98 64 .605    -- 2nd Montreal Expos95 65 .594   2.0 3rd St. Louis Cardinals86 76 .531 12.0 4th Philadelphia Phillies84 78 .519 14.0 5th Chicago Cubs80 82 .494 18.0 6th New York Mets63 99 .389 35.0 West Division 1st Cincinnati Reds90 71 .559    -- 2nd Houston Astros89 73 .549   1.5 3rd Los Angeles Dodgers79 83 .488 11.5 4th San Francisco Giants71 91 .438 19.5 5th San Diego Padres68 93 .422 22.0 6th Atlanta Braves66 94 .413 23.5

Events

  • September 24 - Pete Rose collects his 200th hit of the season, giving him ten seasons with at least 200 hits. This breaks the record set by Ty Cobb.
  • September 26 - Phil Niekro of the Atlanta Braves earns his 20th win of the season in a win over the [[Houston Astros. the losing pitcher is his brother, Joe Niekro who picks up his 20th loss of the season. Joe is the last pitcher of the twentieth century to earn both 20 wins and 20 losses in a season, and is the first National League pitcher to do so since 1905. The Brothers Niekro also join brothers Jim and Gaylord Perry as the only brothers to both win 20 games in the same season.
  • September 28 - Garry Templeton of the St. Louis Cardinals collects his 100th hit of the season while batting right-handed. Having already collected 100 hits while batting left-handed, Templeton is the first player in history to accomplish this. He had batted right-handed, exclusively, for the last week of the season to get the needed hits.

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Deaths

  • February 7 - Warren Giles, 82, president of the National League from 1951 to 1969, and of the Cincinnati Reds from 1937 to 1951
  • February 8 - Alex Gaston, 85, catcher for the New York Giants and Boston Red Sox between 1920 and 1929
  • February 8 - Art Williams, 44, the first black umpire in the National League, working from 1972 to 1977 including the 1975 NLCS
  • March 2 - Dale Alexander, 75, first baseman who batted .331 in five seasons with the Tigers and Red Sox, winning the 1932 batting title, before an injury ended his career; later a scout
  • March 29 - Luke Easter, 63, first baseman in the Negro Leagues who had 100 RBI in each of his first two seasons with the Cleveland Indians
  • April 3 - Harry Simpson, 63, outfielder and first baseman who led the AL in triples twice
  • April 6 - Al Evans, 62, long time catcher for the Washington Senators, later a minor league manager
  • April 6 - Rudy Kallio, 86, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers (1918-19) and Boston Red Sox (1925); later a coach for Triple-A Portland Beavers and scout for the Chicago Cubs
  • May 3 - Tom Jenkins, 81, outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Athletics and St. Louis Browns in the early 1920s
  • June 17 - Duffy Lewis, 91, left fielder for the Boston Red Sox who starred on three champions and mastered Fenway Park's sloping left field
  • June 18 - Hal Trosky, 66, first baseman for the Indians who batted .302 lifetime and had six 100-RBI seasons
  • July 22 - Amos Strunk, 90, a center fielder for the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox between 1908 through 1924 and a member of four World Series champion teams
  • August 2 - Thurman Munson, 32, 7-time All-Star catcher for the New York Yankees since 1969 who batted .300 five times and won the 1976 MVP award; 1970 Rookie of the Year won three Gold Gloves and batted .357 in 30 postseason games
  • August 9 - Walter O'Malley, 75, owner of the Dodgers franchise since 1950, during which time the team won four World Series titles; he moved the team from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and constructed Dodger Stadium
  • September 4 - Turkey Stearnes, 78, center fielder in the Negro Leagues who led the Negro National League in home runs six times while batting .350
  • October 22 - John Drebinger, 88, sportswriter for The New York Times for 41 years
  • November 18 - Freddie Fitzsimmons, 78, knuckleball pitcher who won 217 games for the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers
  • December 15 - Stan Hack, 70, 5-time All-Star third baseman for the Chicago Cubs who batted .301 lifetime and posted a .394 career on-base percentage, the highest of any 20th-century third baseman; scored 100 runs seven times and led NL in hits and steals twice each
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