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1988 in baseball

See also: 1988 Major League Baseball season

The following are the baseball events of the year 1988 throughout the world.  

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Contents

Champions

Major League Baseball

  League Championship SeriesABCWorld SeriesNBC                  East  Boston Red Sox0   West  Oakland Athletics4       AL  Oakland Athletics1   NL  Los Angeles Dodgers4 East  New York Mets3 West  Los Angeles Dodgers4  

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Awards and honors

MLB Statistical Leaders

  American LeagueNational LeagueType Name Stat Name Stat AVGWade BoggsBOS .366 Tony GwynnSDP .313 HRJosé CansecoOAK 42 Darryl StrawberryNYM 39 RBIJosé CansecoOAK 124 Will ClarkSFG 109 WinsFrank ViolaMIN 24 Orel HershiserLAD
Danny JacksonCIN 23 ERAAllan AndersonMIN 2.45 Joe MagraneSTL 2.18

Major League Baseball final standings

American LeagueRank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB East Division 1st Boston Red Sox  89   73 .549    -- 2nd Detroit Tigers  88   74 .543   1.0 3rd Milwaukee Brewers  87   75 .537   2.0 3rd Toronto Blue Jays  87   75 .537   2.0 5th New York Yankees  85   76 .528   3.5 6th Cleveland Indians  78   84 .481 11.0 7th Baltimore Orioles  54 107 .335 34.5 West Division 1st Oakland Athletics104   58 .642    -- 2nd Minnesota Twins  91   71 .562 13.0 3rd Kansas City Royals  84   77 .522 19.5 4th California Angels  75   87 .463 29.0 5th Chicago White Sox  71   90 .441 32.5 6th Texas Rangers  70   91 .435 33.5 7th Seattle Mariners  68   93 .422 35.5
National LeagueRank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB East Division 1st New York Mets100   60 .625    -- 2nd Pittsburgh Pirates  85   75 .531 15.0 3rd Montreal Expos  81   81 .500 20.0 4th Chicago Cubs  77   85 .475 24.0 5th St. Louis Cardinals  76   86 .469 25.0 6th Philadelphia Phillies  65   96 .404 35.5 West Division 1st Los Angeles Dodgers  94   67 .584    -- 2nd Cincinnati Reds  87   74 .540   7.0 3rd San Diego Padres  83   78 .516 11.0 4th San Francisco Giants  83   79 .512 11.5 5th Houston Astros  82   80 .506 12.5 6th Atlanta Braves  54 106 .338 40

Events

  • April - The Baltimore Orioles begin the season with a Major League-record 21 consecutive losses. Manager Cal Ripken, Sr., was a casualty of the streak, losing his job after the sixth consecutive loss.
  • May 2 - Cincinnati's Ron Robinson, one out away from a perfect game, surrenders a single, and a home run before his Cincinnati Reds finally beat the Montreal Expos 3-2.
  • August 9 - The Chicago Cubs won the first official night game at Wrigley Field by beating the New York Mets 6-4. The lights had been turned on just before the start of last night's game, but that game was rained out.
  • August 11 - The Boston Red Sox set an AL record with their 23rd straight win at home, beating the Detroit Tigers 9-4. Boston surpassed the league mark of 22 set by the 1931 Philadelphia Athletics.
  • September 20 - Wade Boggs becomes the first player in Major League history, since 1901, to collect 200 or more hits in six consecutive years. He is also the second player (to Lou Gehrig) to collect 200 hits and 100 bases on balls in three straight seasons.
  • September 28 - One of the great season closing games in history is played as Los Angeles pitcher Orel Hershiser and Andy Hawkins of the San Diego Padres each pitch ten scoreless innings. The Padres eventually win, but the tenth inning proves to be Hershiser's 59th consecutive scoreless inning, breaking Don Drysdale's record streak of 58 consecutive innings.

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Deaths

  • February 20 - Bob O'Farrell, 91, catcher for four NL teams over 21 seasons who won 1926 MVP award with the Cardinals
  • February 23 - Pete Donohue, 87, pitcher who had three 20-win seasons for the Reds and beat the Phillies 20 consecutive times from 1922-25
  • February 26 - Tom Oliver, 85, fine defensive center fielder for the Boston Red Sox in the early 1930s
  • February 28 - Harvey Kuenn, 57, 8-time All-Star shortstop and outfielder, most notably with the Tigers, who batted .303 lifetime and led AL in hits four times and doubles three times; 1953 Rookie of the Year and 1959 batting champion, later managed Brewers to their first pennant in 1982
  • March 6 - Lou Legett, 86, catcher for the Boston Red Sox between 1929 and 1935
  • March 21 - Edd Roush, 94, Hall of Fame center fielder for the Cincinnati Reds who batted .323 lifetime; led NL in batting twice, and in slugging, doubles and triples once each; hit 30 inside-the-park home runs, and ended career with 13th-most triples in history
  • March 29 - Ted Kluszewski, 63, All-Star first baseman for the Reds who led NL in homers and RBI in 1954 and batted .300 seven times, known for his sleeveless jersey; later a Reds coach
  • April 29 - Dom Dallessandro, 74, outfielder for the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs between 1937 and 1947, who hit .304 in 1944
  • June 9 - Newt Allen, 87, All-Star second baseman for the Negro Leagues' Kansas City Monarchs
  • July 4 - Lee Weyer, 51, National League umpire since 1963 who worked in four World Series and 5 NL Championship Series
  • July 20 - John W. Galbreath, 90, owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1945 to 1985, during which period the team won three World Series
  • July 26 - Al Flair, 62, first baseman for the 1941 Boston Red Sox
  • August 22 - Bob Daughters, 74, played for the 1937 Boston Red Sox
  • September 2 - Jim Bagby, Jr., 71, All-Star pitcher for the Red Sox and Indians, led AL in starts and innings in 1943
  • September 16 - Bob Trice, 62, first black player in Philadelphia Athletics history
  • October 14 - Vic Raschi, 69, All-Star pitcher who won 20 games for the Yankees three straight years (1949-51), won World Series clinchers in 1949 and 1951
  • November 21 - Carl Hubbell, 85, Hall of Fame pitcher who won 253 games for the New York Giants, second most among NL left-handers upon retirement; named NL's MVP in 1933 and 1936, he led league in wins and ERA three times each and had 1.79 ERA in six World Series starts; 1677 strikeouts were NL record for left-handers until 1958, and won 24 straight games in 1936-37
  • November 22 - Ray Kelly, 74, sportswriter who covered the Philadelphia Athletics and Phillies since the late 1940s
  • November 30 - Wally Berger, 83, All-Star center fielder for the Boston Braves who had four 100-RBI seasons, batted .300 lifetime; led NL in homers and RBI in 1935
  • December 12 - Joe Reichler, 73, sportswriter and author who wrote for the Associated Press for 20 years and served as an assistant to the commissioner after 1966; editor of the Macmillan Baseball Encyclopedia since its first edition in 1969
  • December 21 - Willie Kamm, 88, third baseman for the White Sox and Indians who led AL in fielding average eight times and in putouts seven times; batted .308 in 1928 and led league in walks in 1925
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