1989 Season News

On June 27th, Frank Robinson's Baltimore Orioles went up against Cito Gaston's Toronto Blue Jays for the first meeting in Major League history between two black managers. The Orioles went on to dominate the outing 16-6.

Seattle Mariners' rookie sensation Ken Griffey, Jr. debuted at age nineteen and hit the first pitch he saw for a double off of the Oakland Athletics' Dave Stewart. His father, Ken Griffey, Sr. was still with the Cincinnati Reds making them the first father and son to play in the majors simultaneously.

Texas Ranger Nolan Ryan set the all-time strikeout record after sitting down the Oakland Athletics' Rickey Henderson with a 95-mph fastball for his 5,000th career "K". The forty-two year old ace started the contest needing six and finished with seven despite losing 2-0.

On June 3rd, the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers battled for twenty-two innings in a seven hour, fourteen minute marathon that set the all-time record for the longest night game in National League history. As Saturday rolled into Sunday, the home team managed to break the stalemate for a 5-4 victory courtesy of an unlikely hero. Originally slated as a starting pitcher for the following day's outing, Mike Scott was sent home to rest before the game went into extra innings. As the contest wore on, he was eventually called back to the Astrodome and ended up pinch-hitting for his exhausted teammates. Drafted by the New York Mets in the 2nd round of the 1976 amateur draft, the right-hander had never been known for his skills at the plate. Statistics meant nothing though as Scott surprised everyone in attendance with a clutch, sacrifice-fly that ended the game. Both teams (and fans) staggered out of the ballpark, but returned a few hours later for an afternoon game that had already been scheduled. Amazingly, both opponents went toe-to-toe again for another thirteen-inning marathon that ended with a second Astros' victory (7-6). As 1989 was not exactly a banner year for the Houston franchise, the two-day, and thirty-five inning series was an exhilarating highlight for both the players, as well as the fans.

San Francisco Giants' pitcher, Dave Dravecky snapped his own arm while delivering a pitch in the sixth-inning against the Montreal Expos. The injury resulted in a stress fracture of the humerus, which was attributed to arm surgery that he had in 1988 due to cancer. Dravecky was pitching a shutout at the time and was given credit for the final 3-2 decision. Soon after, he retired with a 64-57 win-loss record.

Donnie Moore, the thirty-five year-old former pitcher for the Anaheim Angels, shot his wife, then killed himself after battling severe depression attributed to the home run he yielded to the Red Sox's Dave Henderson in the 1986 American League Championship Series.
1989 American League East
Team Record GB
Toronto Blue Jays 89-73 -
Baltimore Orioles 87-75 2.
Boston Red Sox 83-79 6.0
Milwaukee Brewers 81-81 8.0
New York Yankees 74-87 14.5
Cleveland Indians 73-89 16.0
Detroit Tigers 59-103 30.0
1989 American League West
Team Record GB
Oakland Athletics 99-63 -
Kansas City Royals 92-70 7.0
California Angels 91-71 8.0
Texas Rangers 83-79 16.0
Minnesota Twins 80-82 19.0
Seattle Mariners 73-89 26.0
Chicago White Sox 69-92 29.5
1989 National League East
Team Record GB
Chicago Cubs 93-69 -
New York Mets 87-75 6.0
St. Louis Cardinals 86-76 7.0
Montreal Expos 81-81 12.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 74-88 19.0
Philadelphia Phillies 67-95 26.0
1989 National League West
Team Record GB
San Francisco Giants 92-70 -
San Diego Padres 89-73 3.0
Houston Astros 86-76 6.0
Los Angeles Dodgers 77-83 14.0
Cincinnati Reds 75-87 17.0
Atlanta Braves 63-97 28.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Oakland Athletics 99 63 0.611 712 4.40 576 3.56 127 103 0.261 0.331 0.381 3.09 510 930 0.979 159
Kansas City Royals 92 70 0.568 690 4.26 635 3.92 101 86 0.261 0.329 0.373 3.55 455 978 0.982 139
California Angels 91 71 0.562 669 4.13 578 3.57 145 113 0.256 0.310 0.386 3.28 465 897 0.985 173
Toronto Blue Jays 89 73 0.549 731 4.51 651 4.02 142 99 0.260 0.323 0.398 3.58 478 849 0.980 164
Baltimore Orioles 87 75 0.537 708 4.37 686 4.23 129 134 0.252 0.325 0.379 4.00 486 676 0.986 163
Boston Red Sox 83 79 0.512 774 4.78 735 4.54 108 131 0.277 0.351 0.403 4.01 548 1054 0.980 162
Texas Rangers 83 79 0.512 695 4.29 714 4.41 122 119 0.263 0.325 0.394 3.91 654 1112 0.978 137
Milwaukee Brewers 81 81 0.500 707 4.36 679 4.19 126 129 0.259 0.315 0.382 3.80 457 812 0.975 164
Minnesota Twins 80 82 0.494 740 4.57 738 4.56 117 139 0.276 0.333 0.402 4.28 500 851 0.982 141
New York Yankees 74 87 0.460 698 4.34 792 4.92 130 150 0.269 0.331 0.391 4.50 521 787 0.980 183
Seattle Mariners 73 89 0.451 694 4.28 728 4.49 134 114 0.257 0.318 0.384 4.00 560 897 0.977 168
Cleveland Indians 73 89 0.451 604 3.73 654 4.04 127 107 0.245 0.308 0.365 3.65 452 844 0.981 126
Chicago White Sox 69 92 0.429 693 4.30 750 4.66 94 144 0.271 0.328 0.383 4.23 539 778 0.975 176
Detroit Tigers 59 103 0.364 617 3.81 816 5.04 116 150 0.242 0.316 0.351 4.53 652 831 0.979 153
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 93 69 0.574 702 4.33 623 3.85 124 106 0.261 0.319 0.387 3.43 532 918 0.981 130
San Francisco Giants 92 70 0.568 699 4.31 600 3.70 141 120 0.250 0.313 0.390 3.30 471 802 0.982 135
San Diego Padres 89 73 0.549 642 3.96 626 3.86 120 133 0.251 0.320 0.369 3.38 481 933 0.976 147
New York Mets 87 75 0.537 683 4.22 595 3.67 147 115 0.246 0.310 0.385 3.29 532 1108 0.976 110
Houston Astros 86 76 0.531 647 3.99 669 4.13 97 105 0.239 0.305 0.345 3.64 551 965 0.977 121
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 0.531 632 3.90 608 3.75 73 84 0.258 0.321 0.363 3.36 482 844 0.983 134
Montreal Expos 81 81 0.500 632 3.90 630 3.89 100 120 0.247 0.318 0.361 3.48 519 1059 0.979 126
Los Angeles Dodgers 77 83 0.481 554 3.46 536 3.35 89 95 0.240 0.305 0.339 2.95 504 1052 0.981 153
Cincinnati Reds 75 87 0.463 632 3.90 691 4.27 128 125 0.247 0.308 0.370 3.73 559 981 0.980 108
Pittsburgh Pirates 74 88 0.457 637 3.93 680 4.20 95 121 0.241 0.311 0.359 3.64 539 827 0.975 130
Philadelphia Phillies 67 95 0.414 629 3.88 735 4.54 123 127 0.243 0.313 0.364 4.04 613 899 0.979 136
Atlanta Braves 63 97 0.394 584 3.65 680 4.25 128 114 0.234 0.297 0.350 3.70 468 966 0.976 124