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1979 Atlanta Braves season

1979 Atlanta Braves
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 66–94 (.413)
Divisional place 6th
Other information
Owner(s) Ted Turner
General manager(s) Bill Lucas, John Mullen
Manager(s) Bobby Cox
Local television WTCG
Local radio WSB
(Ernie Johnson, Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray)
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Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

NL West W L GB Pct.
Cincinnati Reds 90 71 -- .559
Houston Astros 89 73 1.5 .549
Los Angeles Dodgers 79 83 11.5 .488
San Francisco Giants 71 91 19.5 .438
San Diego Padres 68 93 22 .422
Atlanta Braves 66 94 23.5 .413

Death of GM Bill Lucas

On May 5, 1979, the Braves were staggered by the sudden death, at 43, of the club's general manager, Bill Lucas. The first African-American general manager in Major League Baseball, and the highest-ranking black executive in the game at the time of his death, he had been stricken at home May 2 with a massive cerebral hemorrhage, after watching a Braves' road-game victory on television.[4]

Lucas had been the Braves' top baseball operations official since September 17, 1976, and on his watch the team introduced players who would be integral parts of its early 1980s contending teams—such as Hall of Famer Dale Murphy, Bob Horner and Glenn Hubbard. During Lucas' term, the club had also hired Bobby Cox for his first term (1978–1981) as manager. Lucas had been a player and executive with the Braves since 1957; his sister, Barbara, also was the former wife of Hall of Famer and Braves' legend Henry Aaron.[5]

Lucas was succeeded May 16 by John Mullen, 54, a vice president with the Houston Astros since 1967 but previously a longtime member of the Braves' management team in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta. Mullen would serve as the Braves' general manager until his replacement, by Cox, in October 1985.[6]

Notable transactions

Roster

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
1B Murphy, DaleDale Murphy 104 384 106 .276 21 57
2B Hubbard, GlennGlenn Hubbard 97 325 75 .231 3 29
3B Horner, BobBob Horner 121 487 153 .314 33 98
SS Frías, PepePepe Frías 140 475 123 .259 1 44
RF Matthews, GaryGary Matthews 156 631 192 .304 27 90

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Miller, EddieEddie Miller 27 113 35 .310 0 5
Asselstine, BrianBrian Asselstine 8 10 1 .100 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G IP W L ERA SO
Niekro, PhilPhil Niekro 44 342 21 20 3.39 208
Solomon, EddieEddie Solomon 31 186 7 14 4.21 96
Brizzolara, TonyTony Brizzolara 20 107.1 6 9 5.28 64
Boggs, TommyTommy Boggs 3 12.2 0 2 6.39 1

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G IP W L ERA SO
Hanna, PrestonPreston Hanna 6 24.1 1 1 2.96 15

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G W L SV ERA SO
Garber, GeneGene Garber 68 6 16 25 4.33 56
Devine, AdrianAdrian Devine 40 3 2 0 3.24 22
Bradford, LarryLarry Bradford 21 1 0 2 0.95 11
Easterly, JamieJamie Easterly 4 0 0 0 13.50 3

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Richmond Braves International League Tom Burgess
AA Savannah Braves Southern League Eddie Haas
A Greenwood Braves Western Carolinas League Al Gallagher
Rookie Kingsport Braves Appalachian League Gene Hassell
Rookie GCL Braves Gulf Coast League Pedro González
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Greenwood

Awards and honors

League leaders

Notes

  1. ^ Brook Jacoby page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Mike Davey page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Dave Campbell page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ The Associated Press, May 8, 1979
  5. ^ Bryant, Howard, The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron. New York: Random House, 2010, page 446
  6. ^ Baseball America Executive Database
  7. ^ Buzz Capra page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Paul Runge page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Brett Butler page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 348, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0

References

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN . 
  • 1979 Atlanta Braves season at Baseball Reference
  • Atlanta Braves on Baseball Almanac
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