1995 Season News

The "Iron Man" finally roped the "Iron Horse" as Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr. matched Yankee great Lou Gehrig by appearing in his 2,130th consecutive game. The amazing record spanned 16½ years and validated the shortstop as modern baseball's most durable, hard-working and determined player. Amidst a finale of fireworks, play is stopped for twenty-two minutes as Ripken takes a celebratory lap around Camden Yards.

On September 8th, the Cleveland Indians clinched the American League Central Division after their one-hundred twenty-third game of the season. The feat marked the fastest that any team had ever won a title and moved the Tribe ahead in the American League race by a staggering 23½ games over their closest competitor, the Kansas City Royals.

The Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees, 8-0 as the Beantown Bombers scored all eight of their runs on grand slams in back-to-back innings (John Valentin and Mo Vaughn). According to a SABR statistician, it was the only game ever to finish with two grand slams accounting for all of the runs scored.

Hideo Nomo became the first Japanese player to appear in the Major Leagues since 1964 when he tossed five innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 13-inning, 4-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

The St. Louis Cardinals were awarded the first forfeit victory in the Major Leagues since July 12, 1979 after fans bombard the field with more than two-hundred balls that they had received as souvenirs for August 10th's "Ball Day" at Dodger Stadium. The near riot was in reaction to the ejections of Raul Mondesi and manager Tommy Lasorda in the bottom of the ninth.

The '94 strike continued into the '95 season as the players' union chief Donald Fehr declared all eight-hundred thirty-five unsigned Major League players to be free agents in response to unilateral contract changes made by the owners. Five bills aimed at ending the baseball strike were introduced into Congress and both players and owners were ordered by President Clinton to resume bargaining and reach an agreement by February 6. After the deadline passed with no compromises, the use of replacement players for spring training and regular season games was approved by baseball's executive council. Finally on April 25th, the two-hundred thirty-four day strike ended although the opening games were played with replacement umpires. The regular officials continued to be locked out until May 3rd.

The Commerce Comet, baseball legend Mickey Mantle died at age sixty-three in Dallas, Texas. The Mick had recently received a liver transplant at Baylor University Hospital and during the surgical procedure doctor's discovered that he had contracted an inoperable form of liver cancer.
1995 American League East
Team Record GB
Boston Red Sox 86-58 -
New York Yankees 79-65 7.0
Baltimore Orioles 71-73 15.0
Detroit Tigers 60-84 26.0
Toronto Blue Jays 56-88 30.0
1995 American League Central
Team Record GB
Cleveland Indians 100-44 -
Kansas City Royals 70-74 30.0
Chicago White Sox 68-76 32.0
Milwaukee Brewers 65-79 35.0
Minnesota Twins 56-88 44.0
1995 American League West
Team Record GB
Seattle Mariners 79-66 -
California Angels 78-67 1.0
Texas Rangers 74-70 4.5
Oakland Athletics 67-77 11.5
1995 National League East
Team Record GB
Atlanta Braves 90-54 -
New York Mets 69-75 21.0
Philadelphia Phillies 69-75 21.0
Florida Marlins 67-76 22.5
Montreal Expos 66-78 24.0
1995 National League Central
Team Record GB
Cincinnati Reds 85-59 -
Houston Astros 76-68 9.0
Chicago Cubs 73-71 12.0
St. Louis Cardinals 62-81 22.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 58-86 27.0
1995 National League West
Team Record GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 78-66 -
Colorado Rockies 77-67 1.0
San Diego Padres 70-74 8.0
San Francisco Giants 67-77 11.0
American League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Cleveland Indians 100 44 0.694 840 5.83 607 4.22 207 135 0.291 0.360 0.479 3.83 445 926 0.982 142
Boston Red Sox 86 58 0.597 791 5.49 698 4.85 175 127 0.280 0.353 0.455 4.39 476 888 0.978 151
New York Yankees 79 65 0.549 749 5.20 688 4.78 122 159 0.276 0.357 0.420 4.56 535 908 0.986 121
Seattle Mariners 79 66 0.545 796 5.49 708 4.88 182 149 0.276 0.347 0.448 4.50 591 1068 0.980 108
California Angels 78 67 0.538 801 5.52 697 4.81 186 163 0.277 0.350 0.448 4.52 486 901 0.982 120
Texas Rangers 74 70 0.514 691 4.80 720 5.00 138 152 0.265 0.336 0.410 4.66 514 838 0.982 156
Baltimore Orioles 71 73 0.493 704 4.89 640 4.44 173 149 0.262 0.340 0.428 4.31 523 930 0.986 141
Kansas City Royals 70 74 0.486 629 4.37 691 4.80 119 142 0.260 0.325 0.396 4.49 503 763 0.984 168
Chicago White Sox 68 76 0.472 755 5.24 758 5.26 146 164 0.280 0.354 0.431 4.85 617 892 0.980 131
Oakland Athletics 67 77 0.465 730 5.07 761 5.28 169 153 0.264 0.340 0.420 4.93 556 890 0.981 151
Milwaukee Brewers 65 79 0.451 740 5.14 747 5.19 128 146 0.266 0.333 0.409 4.82 603 699 0.981 186
Detroit Tigers 60 84 0.417 654 4.54 844 5.86 159 170 0.247 0.324 0.404 5.49 536 729 0.981 143
Minnesota Twins 56 88 0.389 703 4.88 889 6.17 120 210 0.279 0.341 0.419 5.76 533 790 0.981 141
Toronto Blue Jays 56 88 0.389 642 4.46 777 5.40 140 145 0.260 0.326 0.409 4.88 654 894 0.982 131
National League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Atlanta Braves 90 54 0.625 645 4.48 540 3.75 168 107 0.250 0.323 0.409 3.44 436 1087 0.982 113
Cincinnati Reds 85 59 0.590 747 5.19 623 4.33 161 131 0.270 0.340 0.440 4.03 424 903 0.986 140
Los Angeles Dodgers 78 66 0.542 634 4.40 609 4.23 140 125 0.264 0.327 0.400 3.66 462 1060 0.976 120
Colorado Rockies 77 67 0.535 785 5.45 783 5.44 200 160 0.282 0.345 0.471 4.97 512 891 0.981 146
Houston Astros 76 68 0.528 747 5.19 674 4.68 109 118 0.275 0.348 0.399 4.06 460 1056 0.979 120
Chicago Cubs 73 71 0.507 693 4.81 671 4.66 158 162 0.265 0.325 0.430 4.13 518 926 0.979 115
San Diego Padres 70 74 0.486 668 4.64 672 4.67 116 142 0.272 0.332 0.397 4.13 512 1047 0.980 130
New York Mets 69 75 0.479 657 4.56 618 4.29 125 133 0.267 0.327 0.400 3.88 401 901 0.979 125
Philadelphia Phillies 69 75 0.479 615 4.27 658 4.57 94 134 0.262 0.329 0.384 4.21 538 980 0.982 139
Florida Marlins 67 76 0.469 673 4.71 673 4.71 144 139 0.262 0.332 0.406 4.27 562 994 0.979 143
San Francisco Giants 67 77 0.465 652 4.53 776 5.39 152 173 0.253 0.317 0.404 4.86 505 801 0.981 142
Montreal Expos 66 78 0.458 621 4.31 638 4.43 118 128 0.259 0.314 0.394 4.11 416 950 0.980 119
St. Louis Cardinals 62 81 0.434 563 3.94 658 4.60 107 135 0.247 0.310 0.374 4.09 445 842 0.980 156
Pittsburgh Pirates 58 86 0.403 629 4.37 736 5.11 125 130 0.259 0.322 0.396 4.70 477 871 0.978 138