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1979 In Baseball

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1979 In Baseball

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


  • Champions 1
    • Major League Baseball 1.1
    • Other champions 1.2
  • Awards and honors 2
  • MLB statistical leaders 3
  • Major league baseball final standings 4
  • Events 5
    • January–April 5.1
    • May–June 5.2
    • July–August 5.3
    • September–December 5.4
  • Movies 6
  • Births 7
    • January–March 7.1
    • April–June 7.2
    • July–September 7.3
    • October–December 7.4
  • Deaths 8
    • January–March 8.1
    • April–June 8.2
    • July–September 8.3
    • October–December 8.4


Major League Baseball

  League Championship Series
World Series
East  Baltimore Orioles 3  
West  California Angels 1  
    AL  Baltimore Orioles 3
  NL  Pittsburgh Pirates 4
East  Pittsburgh Pirates 3
West  Cincinnati Reds 0  

Other champions

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Fred Lynn BOS .333 Keith Hernandez STL .344
HR Gorman Thomas MIL 45 Dave Kingman CHC 48
RBI Don Baylor CAL 139 Dave Winfield SDP 118
Wins Mike Flanagan BAL 23 Joe Niekro HOU
Phil Niekro ATL
ERA Ron Guidry NYY 2.78 J. R. Richard HOU 2.71

Major league baseball final standings




  • May 9 - With the score tied 4-4 in the ninth inning, and Jimmy Sexton on first base with no outs, the Houston Astros' Terry Puhl lays down a sacrifice bunt. The Cardinals attempt to get the lead runner on the play, however, second base umpire Dave Pallone calls Sexton safe, claiming that Garry Templeton never touched the bag. Cardinals manager Ken Boyer, First baseman Keith Hernandez and catcher Ted Simmons are ejected from the game. Players on the Cardinals bench begin throwing bats and helmets onto the field in protest. As a result, Pallone orders the entire Cardinals bench into the clubhouse, allowing players only to come onto the field as needed. The Cardinals would get out of the inning without a run scoring, however would lose it in the sixteenth inning.
  • May 17 – Dave Kingman of the Chicago Cubs hits three home runs and Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies hits two, the second of which proves to be the game winner in the tenth inning, as the Phillies beat the Cubs 23–22 at Wrigley Field. Bill Buckner had a grand slam and seven RBIs for Chicago. The game included a then Major League record 11 home runs and 50 hits.
  • May 25 – Starter Ross Baumgarten and reliever Randy Scarbery pitched the first combined one-hitter in Chicago White Sox history, defeating Nolan Ryan and the California Angels, 6–1, at Comiskey Park.
  • May 28 – Pat Putnam takes over as the Rangers' regular first baseman for the next month. Aside from a pinch-hit appearance on May 31, Jorgensen does not play again until July 1. After suffering headaches, it is discovered he has a small blood clot inside his head, which apparently caused a seizure and could have resulted in his early demise.
  • June 8 – The Kansas City Royals use their fourth overall pick to draft Dan Marino. In the seventeenth round, they select Stanford's John Elway. Neither player would sign with the Royals, though they would go on to record-breaking careers in the National Football League.
  • June 12 – The Detroit Tigers hire Sparky Anderson as their new manager.
  • June 18 - Reggie Jackson.
  • June 24 – In a 5–1 loss to the Rangers, Rickey Henderson debuts for the Oakland Athletics. He singles and doubles; the first of his over 3,000 career hits, and steals the first of his over 1,400 bases.






All Star Kevin Youkilis






  • January 9 – Charley Stis, 94, who spent more than six decades in professional baseball as a player, manager, scout and umpire
  • January 25 - Charlene Barnett, 50, who played second base in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1949 to 1952 and was a member of three champion teams
  • 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
  • February 26 – Forrest Thompson, 60, left-handed pitcher for the Washington Senators in the late 1940s
  • 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, longtime 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
  • April 18 – Lindsay Deal, 67, outfielder for the 1939 Brooklyn Dodgers
  • May 3 – Tom Jenkins, 81, outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Athletics and St. Louis Browns in the early 1920s
  • June 8 - Muriel Coben, 58, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League pitcher, and member of a Canadian women's curling champion team
  • 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 12 - Tom Lovelace, 81, pinch hit in one game with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1922.
  • July 22 – Amos Strunk, 90, a center fielder for the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox between 1908 and 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 4 – Bert Delmas, 68, infielder for the 1933 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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