1980 Season News

July 4 - Houston Astros pitcher Nolan Ryan strikes out César Gerónimo of the Cincinnati Reds, to become the fourth major league pitcher ever to reach 3,000 career strikeouts. Gerónimo was also Bob Gibson's 3,000th career strikeout victim six years earlier. Despite the milestone, Ryan allows six runs in four 1/3 innings and Houston loses, 8–1.

July 6 - Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton becomes the major leagues' lefthanded strikeout king, fanning seven Cardinals in an 8–3 Phillies win to bring his career total to 2,836. Mickey Lolich had held the record with 2,832.

July 30 - The Houston Astros suffer a tragedy as one of their star pitchers J. R. Richard suffers a stroke during his first attempt to pitch since being hospitalized for tests weeks earlier. His career is over.

September 10 - Bill Gullickson strikes out 18, the most by a major league rookie pitcher, as the Montreal Expos beat the Chicago Cubs 4–2.

October 21 - The Philadelphia Phillies win the World Series, the first World Series Championship in their 98-year history, by beating the Kansas City Royals 4–1 in Game Six. Steve Carlton earns the win, though the most memorable moment may be Tug McGraw on the mound jumping for joy as he earns the save after loading the bases with no outs. Another equally memorable moment comes with one out in the bottom of the ninth when Frank White's pop-up is bobbled by Bob Boone, only to be tipped into the glove of Pete Rose. Philadelphia's Mike Schmidt is named MVP, hitting .381 with two home runs and seven RBI, while KC's Willie Wilson is the "goat", striking out a WS-record 12 times, including the final out of the Series with the bases loaded, and hitting only .154. Of the original 16 Major League franchises from 1901, the Phillies are the last to win their first World Series.

December 9 - The Chicago Cubs trade relief pitcher Bruce Sutter to their arch-rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals for first baseman Leon Durham. Sutter will go on to save many more games for the Cardinals, while Durham's critical error in Game 5 of the 1984 National League Championship Series will doom the Cubs.
1980 American League East
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 103-59 -
Baltimore Orioles 100-62 3.0
Milwaukee Brewers 86-76 17.0
Detroit Tigers 83-77 19.0
Boston Red Sox 84-78 19.0
Cleveland Indians 79-81 23.0
Toronto Blue Jays 67-95 36.0
1980 American League West
Team Record GB
Kansas City Royals 97-65 -
Oakland Athletics 83-79 14.0
Minnesota Twins 77-84 19.5
Texas Rangers 76-85 20.5
Chicago White Sox 70-90 26.0
California Angels 65-95 31.0
Seattle Mariners 59-103 38.0
1980 National League East
Team Record GB
Philadelphia Phillies 91-71 -
Montreal Expos 90-72 1.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 83-79 8.0
St. Louis Cardinals 74-88 17.0
New York Mets 67-95 24.0
Chicago Cubs 64-98 27.0
1980 National League West
Team Record GB
Houston Astros 93-70 -
Los Angeles Dodgers 92-71 1.0
Cincinnati Reds 89-73 3.5
Atlanta Braves 81-80 11.0
San Francisco Giants 75-86 17.0
San Diego Padres 73-89 19.5
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Yankees 103 59 0.636 820 5.06 662 4.09 189 102 0.267 0.343 0.425 3.58 463 845 0.978 160
Baltimore Orioles 100 62 0.617 805 4.97 640 3.95 156 134 0.273 0.342 0.413 3.64 507 789 0.985 178
Kansas City Royals 97 65 0.599 809 4.99 694 4.28 115 129 0.286 0.344 0.413 3.83 465 614 0.978 150
Milwaukee Brewers 86 76 0.531 811 5.01 682 4.21 203 137 0.275 0.329 0.448 3.71 420 575 0.977 189
Detroit Tigers 84 78 0.519 830 5.12 757 4.67 143 152 0.273 0.348 0.409 4.25 558 741 0.979 165
Boston Red Sox 83 77 0.519 757 4.73 767 4.79 162 129 0.283 0.339 0.436 4.38 481 696 0.977 206
Oakland Athletics 83 79 0.512 686 4.23 642 3.96 137 142 0.259 0.322 0.385 3.46 521 769 0.979 115
Cleveland Indians 79 81 0.494 738 4.61 807 5.04 89 137 0.277 0.351 0.381 4.68 552 843 0.983 143
Minnesota Twins 77 84 0.478 670 4.16 724 4.50 99 120 0.265 0.319 0.381 3.93 468 744 0.977 192
Texas Rangers 76 85 0.472 756 4.70 752 4.67 124 119 0.284 0.340 0.405 4.02 519 890 0.977 169
Chicago White Sox 70 90 0.438 587 3.67 722 4.51 91 108 0.259 0.309 0.370 3.92 563 724 0.973 162
Toronto Blue Jays 67 95 0.414 624 3.85 762 4.70 126 135 0.251 0.307 0.383 4.19 635 705 0.979 206
California Angels 65 95 0.406 698 4.36 797 4.98 106 141 0.265 0.331 0.378 4.52 529 725 0.977 144
Seattle Mariners 59 103 0.364 610 3.77 793 4.90 104 159 0.245 0.308 0.356 4.38 540 703 0.977 189
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Houston Astros 93 70 0.571 637 3.91 589 3.61 75 69 0.261 0.327 0.367 3.10 466 929 0.978 145
Los Angeles Dodgers 92 71 0.564 663 4.07 591 3.63 148 105 0.263 0.322 0.388 3.25 480 835 0.981 149
Philadelphia Phillies 91 71 0.562 728 4.49 639 3.94 117 87 0.270 0.326 0.400 3.43 530 889 0.979 136
Montreal Expos 90 72 0.556 694 4.28 629 3.88 114 100 0.257 0.325 0.388 3.48 460 823 0.977 126
Cincinnati Reds 89 73 0.549 707 4.36 670 4.14 113 113 0.262 0.327 0.386 3.85 506 833 0.983 144
Pittsburgh Pirates 83 79 0.512 666 4.11 646 3.99 116 110 0.266 0.322 0.388 3.58 451 832 0.978 154
Atlanta Braves 81 80 0.503 630 3.91 660 4.10 144 131 0.250 0.306 0.380 3.77 454 696 0.975 156
San Francisco Giants 75 86 0.466 573 3.56 634 3.94 80 92 0.244 0.310 0.342 3.46 492 811 0.975 124
St. Louis Cardinals 74 88 0.457 738 4.56 710 4.38 101 90 0.275 0.329 0.400 3.93 495 664 0.981 174
San Diego Padres 73 89 0.451 591 3.65 654 4.04 67 97 0.255 0.323 0.342 3.65 536 728 0.980 157
New York Mets 67 95 0.414 611 3.77 702 4.33 61 140 0.257 0.319 0.345 3.85 510 886 0.975 132
Chicago Cubs 64 98 0.395 614 3.79 728 4.49 107 109 0.251 0.309 0.365 3.89 589 923 0.974 149