1984 Season News

On May 9th, Harold Baines hit a 420-foot homerun in the twenty-fifth inning to give the White Sox a 7-6 victory over the visiting Milwaukee Brewers. The eight hour and six minute marathon set an all-time record for the most innings ever played in an American League game as well as the longest game ever in the Major Leagues.

Sparky Anderson's Detroit Tigers echoed the glory days of Cobb as they dominated the American League with a 104-58 record and one-hundred eighty-seven home runs. Lance Parrish hit thirty-three home runs and ninety-eight RBIs while batting .237, Kirk Gibson added twenty-seven round-trippers and ninety-one RBIs plus a .282 average and Alan Trammell led the team with the top average of .314. Jack Morris anchored the Tigers' pitching staff with a 19-11 record and Guillermo Hernandez tallies thirty-two saves in thirty-three opportunities.

Pete Rose, then with the Montreal Expos, played in his 3,309th Major League game on June 29th beating Carl Yastrzemski's record as well as his former team the Cincinnati Reds (7-3).

At Fulton County Stadium, the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres erupted in a ten-minute brawl over a pitching duel that resulted in sixteen major ejections by the officials. Several Major League umpires stated that it was the worst disgrace ever witnessed on a baseball diamond and that it clearly set the game back fifty years in the minds of many fans.

"The Natural," an instant classic based on the novel by Bernard Malamud, debuted on the big screen with Robert Redford starring as Roy Hobbs, an aging slugger with the New York Knights. The climatic finale is still considered one of the greatest scenes ever filmed on a baseball diamond.

Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth warned the city of Chicago that he would move all future playoff games involving the Cubs to St. Louis unless outdoor lights were installed at Wrigley Field.
1984 American League East
Team Record GB
Detroit Tigers 104-58 -
Toronto Blue Jays 89-73 15.0
New York Yankees 87-75 17.0
Boston Red Sox 86-76 18.0
Baltimore Orioles 85-77 19.0
Cleveland Indians 75-87 29.0
Milwaukee Brewers 67-94 36.5
1984 American League West
Team Record GB
Kansas City Royals 84-78 -
Minnesota Twins 81-81 3.0
California Angels 81-81 3.0
Oakland Athletics 77-85 7.0
Chicago White Sox 74-88 7.0
Seattle Mariners 74-88 10.0
Texas Rangers 69-92 14.5
1984 National League East
Team Record GB
Chicago Cubs 96-65 -
New York Mets 90-72 6.5
St. Louis Cardinals 84-78 12.5
Philadelphia Phillies 81-81 15.5
Montreal Expos 78-83 18.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 75-87 21.5
1984 National League West
Team Record GB
San Diego Padres 92-70 -
Houston Astros 80-82 12.0
Atlanta Braves 80-82 12.0
Los Angeles Dodgers 79-83 13.0
Cincinnati Reds 70-92 22.0
San Francisco Giants 66-96 26.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Detroit Tigers 104 58 0.642 829 5.12 643 3.97 187 130 0.271 0.341 0.432 3.49 489 914 0.980 162
Toronto Blue Jays 89 73 0.549 750 4.63 696 4.30 143 140 0.273 0.328 0.421 3.86 528 875 0.980 166
New York Yankees 87 75 0.537 758 4.68 679 4.19 130 120 0.276 0.338 0.404 3.78 518 992 0.977 177
Boston Red Sox 86 76 0.531 810 5.00 764 4.72 181 141 0.283 0.341 0.441 4.18 517 927 0.977 128
Baltimore Orioles 85 77 0.525 681 4.20 667 4.12 160 137 0.252 0.328 0.391 3.71 512 714 0.981 166
Kansas City Royals 84 78 0.519 673 4.15 686 4.23 117 136 0.268 0.318 0.399 3.92 433 724 0.980 157
Minnesota Twins 81 81 0.500 673 4.15 675 4.17 114 159 0.265 0.318 0.385 3.85 463 713 0.980 134
California Angels 81 81 0.500 696 4.30 697 4.30 150 143 0.249 0.318 0.381 3.96 474 754 0.980 170
Oakland Athletics 77 85 0.475 738 4.56 796 4.91 158 155 0.259 0.329 0.404 4.48 592 695 0.975 159
Cleveland Indians 75 87 0.463 761 4.70 766 4.73 123 141 0.265 0.336 0.384 4.26 545 803 0.977 163
Chicago White Sox 74 88 0.457 679 4.19 736 4.54 172 155 0.247 .0312 0.395 4.13 483 840 0.981 160
Seattle Mariners 74 88 0.457 682 4.21 774 4.78 129 138 0.258 0.321 0.984 4.31 619 972 0.979 143
Texas Rangers 69 92 0.429 656 4.07 714 4.43 120 148 0.261 0.313 0.377 3.91 518 863 0.977 138
Milwaukee Brewers 67 94 0.416 641 3.98 734 4.56 96 137 0.262 0.316 0.370 4.06 480 785 0.978 156
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Chicago Cubs 96 65 0.596 762 4.73 658 4.09 136 99 0.260 0.330 0.397 3.75 442 879 0.981 137
San Diego Padres 92 70 0.568 686 4.23 634 3.91 109 122 0.259 0.317 0.371 3.48 563 812 0.977 144
New York Mets 90 72 0.556 652 4.02 676 4.17 107 104 0.257 0.320 0.369 3.60 573 1028 0.979 154
St. Louis Cardinals 84 78 0.519 652 4.02 645 3.98 75 94 0.252 0.317 0.351 3.58 494 808 0.982 184
Philadelphia Phillies 81 81 0.500 720 4.44 690 4.26 147 101 0.266 0.332 0.407 3.62 448 904 0.975 112
Houston Astros 80 82 0.494 693 4.28 630 3.89 79 91 0.264 0.324 0.371 3.32 502 950 0.979 160
Atlanta Braves 80 82 0.494 632 3.90 655 4.04 111 122 0.247 0.317 0.361 3.57 525 859 0.978 153
Los Angeles Dodgers 79 83 0.488 580 3.58 600 3.70 102 76 0.244 0.306 0.348 3.17 499 1033 0.975 146
Montreal Expos 78 83 0.484 593 3.68 585 3.63 96 114 0.251 0.311 0.362 3.31 474 861 0.978 147
Pittsburgh Pirates 75 87 0.463 615 3.80 567 3.50 98 102 0.255 0.310 0.363 3.11 502 995 0.980 142
Cincinnati Reds 70 92 0.432 627 3.87 747 4.61 106 128 0.244 0.315 0.356 4.16 578 946 0.977 116
San Francisco Giants 66 96 0.407 682 4.21 807 4.98 112 125 0.265 0.328 0.375 4.39 549 854 0.973 134