1979 Season News

Thurman Munson, the team captain of the New York Yankees, died when the Cessna Citation twin-engine jet he was piloting crashed outside of Canton, Ohio two-hundred feet short of the Akron Airport runway. The thirty-two year-old catcher was a three-time Golden Glove winner, the 1976 American League MVP and a seven-time All-Star. His lifetime batting average was .292 and included an incredible .529 average in the 1976 World Series.

On July 24th, Red Sox sensation Carl Yastrzemski hit his four-hundredth career home run off of the Oakland A's Mike Morgan at Fenway Park. On September 12th, "The Yaz" totaled his three-thousandth hit becoming the first American League player to tally both numbers.

Pete Rose, then with the Philadelphia Phillies, totaled over two-hundred hits for the tenth season in his career breaking Ty Cobb's record of nine years.

Willie Stargell hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning of Game 7 to push the Pittsburgh Pirates ahead for good in a 4-1 World Series victory over the Baltimore Orioles. The championship title capped off a Cinderella season in which "Pops" and his "Family" brought fun back to baseball.

WLUP-FM's promotional "Disco Demolition Night" at Chicago's Comiskey Park went terribly wrong as 50,000 fans turned up to receive a $.98 ticket for the doubleheader with records and eventually rioted on the field. After a delay of one hour and sixteen minutes, the umpires determined that the field was unplayable and called the second game between the White Sox and visiting Detroit Tigers. The following day, American League President Lee MacPhail awarded the Tigers a 9-0 forfeit win.
1979 American League East
Team Record GB
Baltimore Orioles 102-57 -
Milwaukee Brewers 95-66 8.0
Boston Red Sox 91-69 11.5
New York Yankees 89-71 13.5
Detroit Tigers 85-76 18.0
Cleveland Indians 81-80 22.0
Toronto Blue Jays 63-99 35.0
1979 American League West
Team Record GB
California Angels 88-74 -
Kansas City Royals 85-77 3.0
Texas Rangers 83-79 5.0
Minnesota Twins 82-80 6.0
Chicago White Sox 73-87 14.0
Seattle Mariners 67-95 21.0
Oakland Athletics 54-108 34.0
1979 National League East
Team Record GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 98-64 -
Montreal Expos 95-65 2.0
St. Louis Cardinals 86-76 12.0
Philadelphia Phillies 84-78 14.0
Chicago Cubs 80-82 18.0
New York Mets 63-99 35.0
1979 National League West
Team Record GB
Cincinnati Reds 91-71 -
Houston Astros 89-73 1.5
Los Angeles Dodgers 79-83 11.5
San Francisco Giants 71-91 19.5
San Diego Padres 68-93 22.0
Atlanta Braves 66-94 23.5
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Baltimore Orioles 102 57 0.642 757 4.76 582 3.66 181 133 0.261 0.336 0.419 3.26 467 786 0.980 161
Milwaukee Brewers 95 66 0.590 807 5.01 722 4.48 185 162 0.280 0.345 0.448 4.03 381 580 0.980 153
Boston Red Sox 91 69 0.569 841 5.26 711 4.44 194 133 0.283 0.344 0.456 4.03 463 731 0.977 166
New York Yankees 89 71 0.556 734 4.59 672 4.20 150 123 0.266 0.329 0.406 3.83 455 731 0.981 183
California Angels 88 74 0.543 866 5.35 768 4.74 164 131 0.282 0.351 0.429 4.34 573 820 0.978 172
Detroit Tigers 85 76 0.528 770 4.78 738 4.58 164 167 0.269 0.340 0.415 4.27 547 802 0.980 184
Kansas City Royals 85 77 0.525 851 5.25 816 5.04 116 165 0.282 0.344 0.422 4.45 536 640 0.977 160
Texas Rangers 83 79 0.512 750 4.63 698 4.31 140 135 0.278 0.334 0.409 3.86 532 773 0.979 151
Minnesota Twins 82 80 0.506 764 4.72 725 4.48 112 128 0.278 0.341 0.402 4.13 452 721 0.979 203
Cleveland Indians 81 80 0.503 760 4.72 805 5.00 138 138 0.258 0.339 0.384 4.57 570 781 0.979 149
Chicago White Sox 73 87 0.456 730 4.56 748 4.68 127 114 0.275 0.331 0.410 4.10 618 675 0.972 142
Seattle Mariners 67 95 0.414 711 4.39 820 5.06 132 165 0.269 0.331 0.404 4.58 571 736 0.978 170
Oakland Athletics 54 108 0.333 573 3.54 860 5.31 108 147 0.239 0.302 0.346 4.75 654 726 0.972 137
Toronto Blue Jays 53 109 0.327 613 3.78 862 5.32 95 165 0.251 0.308 0.363 4.82 594 613 0.975 187
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Pittsburgh Pirates 98 64 0.605 775 4.78 643 3.97 148 125 0.272 0.329 0.416 3.41 504 904 0.979 163
Montreal Expos 95 65 0.594 701 4.38 581 3.63 143 116 0.264 0.318 0.408 3.14 450 813 0.979 123
Cincinnati Reds 90 71 0.559 731 4.54 644 4.00 132 103 0.264 0.338 0.396 3.58 485 773 0.980 152
Houston Astros 89 73 0.549 583 3.60 582 3.59 49 90 0.256 0.315 0.344 3.20 504 854 0.978 146
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 0.531 731 4.51 693 4.28 100 127 0.278 0.332 0.401 3.72 501 788 0.980 166
Philadelphia Phillies 84 78 0.519 683 4.22 718 4.43 119 135 0.266 0.339 0.396 4.16 477 787 0.983 148
Chicago Cubs 80 82 0.494 706 4.36 707 4.36 135 127 0.269 0.327 0.403 3.88 521 933 0.975 163
Los Angeles Dodgers 79 83 0.488 739 4.56 717 4.43 183 101 0.263 0.331 0.412 3.83 555 811 0.981 123
San Francisco Giants 71 91 0.438 672 4.15 751 4.64 125 143 0.246 0.319 0.365 4.16 577 880 0.974 138
San Diego Padres 68 93 0.422 603 3.75 681 4.23 93 108 0.242 0.309 0.348 3.69 513 779 0.978 154
Atlanta Braves 66 94 0.413 669 4.18 763 4.77 126 132 0.256 0.318 0.399 4.18 494 779 0.970 139
New York Mets 63 99 0.389 593 3.66 706 4.36 74 120 0.250 0.312 0.350 3.84 607 819 0.978 168