1997 Season News

In Milwaukee, the Cleveland Indians connected for eight home runs against the Brewers, setting a franchise record, on the way to an 11-4 victory. Matt Williams homered three times, David Justice hit two and Sandy Alomar, Manny Ramirez and Chad Curtis added one apiece. The hometeam answered back with three of their own by Dave Nilsson, Jeromy Burnitz and John Jaha tying a Major League record for most round-trippers in a regulation game.

The Toronto Blue Jays hosted the Montreal Expos in an "all Canadian affair", as part of the new inter-league schedule, marking the first time since World War II that the U.S. National Anthem was not heard before a Major League ball game.

Deion Sanders, of the Cincinnati Reds; was reprimanded by National League Vice President Katy Feeney for altering his uniform as a tribute to Jackie Robinson. Sanders wore his pants at knee length and trimmed the sleeves off of his jersey after seeing a photograph of the late Brooklyn Dodger on a Wheaties box. The following day his teammates mimicked his alterations circumventing the league official's decree by promoting team uniformity.

The Colorado Rockies' Andres Galarraga launched a 529-foot grand slam off of the Florida Marlins' Kevin Brown for what is considered to be one of the longest homeruns ever; second only to Mickey Mantle's 565-foot tape-measure blast.

Curt Flood, the player whose lawsuit changed the business of baseball forever and resulted in free agency, died of cancer on January 20th. Earlier in the year, Congressman John Conyers paid tribute to the former Red, Cardinal and Senator by using his number 21 on the proposed bill that was intended to remove baseball's antitrust exemption.

The novel concept of inter-league play proved a success as attendance for those games went up 35 percent with records set in Chicago, New York and Seattle. Cumulatively, the 84 American vs. National League match-ups attracted almost three million fans with the A.L. winning forty-eight games and the N.L. topping thirty-six.
1997 American League East
Team Record GB
Baltimore Orioles 98-64 -
New York Yankees 96-66 2.0
Detroit Tigers 79-83 19.0
Boston Red Sox 78-84 20.0
Toronto Blue Jays 76-86 22.0
1997 American League Central
Team Record GB
Cleveland Indians 86-75 -
Chicago White Sox 80-81 6.0
Milwaukee Brewers 78-83 8.0
Minnesota Twins 68-94 18.5
Kansas City Royals 67-94 19.0
1997 American League West
Team Record GB
Seattle Mariners 90-72 -
Anaheim Angels 84-78 6.0
Texas Rangers 77-85 13.0
Oakland Athletics 65-97 25.0
1997 National League East
Team Record GB
Atlanta Braves 101-61 -
Florida Marlins 92-70 9.0
New York Mets 88-74 13.0
Montreal Expos 78-84 23.0
Philadelphia Phillies 68-94 33.0
1997 National League Central
Team Record GB
Houston Astros 84-78 -
Pittsburgh Pirates 79-83 5.0
Cincinnati Reds 76-86 8.0
St. Louis Cardinals 73-89 11.0
Chicago Cubs 68-94 16.0
1997 National League West
Team Record GB
San Francisco Giants 90-72 -
Los Angeles Dodgers 88-74 2.0
Colorado Rockies 83-79 7.0
San Diego Padres 76-86 14.0
American League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Baltimore Orioles 98 64 0.605 812 5.01 681 4.20 196 164 0.268 0.338 0.429 3.91 563 1139 0.984 148
New York Yankees 96 66 0.593 891 5.50 688 4.25 161 144 0.287 0.362 0.436 3.84 532 1165 0.983 156
Seattle Mariners 90 72 0.556 925 5.71 833 5.14 264 192 0.280 0.353 0.485 4.79 598 1207 0.980 143
Cleveland Indians 86 75 0.534 868 5.39 815 5.06 220 181 0.286 0.357 0.467 4.73 575 1036 0.983 159
Anaheim Angels 84 78 0.519 829 5.12 794 4.90 161 202 0.272 0.344 0.416 4.52 605 1050 0.980 140
Chicago White Sox 80 81 0.497 779 4.84 833 5.17 158 175 0.273 0.341 0.417 4.74 575 961 0.978 131
Detroit Tigers 79 83 0.488 784 4.84 790 4.88 176 178 0.258 0.329 0.415 4.56 552 982 0.985 146
Milwaukee Brewers 78 83 0.484 681 4.23 742 4.61 135 177 0.260 0.321 0.398 4.22 542 1012 0.980 171
Boston Red Sox 78 84 0.481 851 5.25 857 5.29 185 149 0.291 0.349 0.463 4.87 610 987 0.978 179
Texas Rangers 77 85 0.475 807 4.98 823 5.08 187 169 0.274 0.333 0.438 4.68 541 925 0.981 155
Toronto Blue Jays 76 86 0.469 654 4.04 694 4.28 147 167 0.244 0.305 0.389 3.92 497 1150 0.983 150
Minnesota Twins 68 94 0.420 772 4.77 861 5.31 132 187 0.270 0.329 0.409 5.02 495 908 0.983 170
Kansas City Royals 67 94 0.416 747 4.64 820 5.09 158 186 0.264 0.331 0.407 4.71 531 961 0.985 168
Oakland Athletics 65 97 0.401 764 4.72 946 5.84 197 197 0.260 0.336 0.423 5.49 642 953 0.980 170
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 101 61 0.623 791 4.88 581 3.59 174 111 0.270 0.341 0.426 3.18 450 1196 0.982 136
Florida Marlins 92 70 0.568 740 4.57 669 4.13 136 131 0.259 0.342 0.395 3.83 639 1188 0.981 167
San Francisco Giants 90 72 0.556 784 4.84 793 4.90 172 160 0.258 0.336 0.414 4.41 578 1044 0.980 157
New York Mets 88 74 0.543 777 4.80 709 4.38 153 160 0.262 0.329 0.405 3.95 504 982 0.982 165
Los Angeles Dodgers 88 74 0.543 742 4.58 645 3.98 174 163 0.268 0.329 0.418 3.63 546 1232 0.981 104
Houston Astros 84 78 0.519 777 4.80 660 4.07 133 134 0.259 0.336 0.403 3.67 511 1138 0.979 169
Colorado Rockies 83 79 0.512 923 5.70 908 5.60 239 196 0.288 0.352 0.478 5.25 566 870 0.983 202
Pittsburgh Pirates 79 83 0.488 725 4.48 760 4.69 129 143 0.262 0.321 0.404 4.28 560 1080 0.979 149
Montreal Expos 78 84 0.481 691 4.27 740 4.57 172 149 0.258 0.310 0.425 4.14 557 1138 0.979 150
Cincinnati Reds 76 86 0.469 651 4.02 764 4.72 142 173 0.253 0.317 0.389 4.42 558 1159 0.982 129
San Diego Padres 76 86 0.469 795 4.91 891 5.50 152 172 0.271 0.342 0.407 4.99 596 1059 0.980 132
St. Louis Cardinals 73 89 0.451 689 4.25 708 4.37 144 124 .0255 0.322 0.396 3.90 536 1130 0.980 156
Philadelphia Phillies 68 94 0.420 668 4.12 840 5.19 116 171 0.255 0.320 0.385 4.87 616 1209 0.982 134
Chicago Cubs 68 94 0.420 687 4.24 759 4.69 127 185 0.263 0.319 0.396 4.44 590 1072 0.980 117