Home Run Derby (1985-1989)

Prior to the 1985 All-Star Game being played, a new tradition was born when Major League Baseball adopted an official format for a Home Run Derby. Though these types of contests had taken place before, this was the first time it was going to be acknowledged by the League.

From 1985 through 1990, the Home Run Derby was structured as a two-inning event with each participant getting five outs per inning. Since 1991, eight to ten players, were chosen to participate in a three round contest to determine the Home Run Derby Champion. Each player received ten outs per round as they attempted to hit as many home runs as they could.

The top four, regardless of their league affiliation, have advanced to the second round. If a tie existed among players for advancement into Round 2, the player with the most regular season home runs at the All-Star break advanced. The second tie breaker, if necessary, is distance of longest home run in Round One.

The 2005 Derby was the first "we are the world" long ball contest. It featured eight sluggers from eight different countries, paying homage to the 2006 World Baseball Classic — the first international baseball tournament which will include Major League players from the twenty-five man rosters of each Major League team.

Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a complete breakdown of every Home Run Derby played between 1985 and 1989. Though the criteria, rules, and results have changed the event is still a fan favorite and we hope this page is informative.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"I remember in 1999 sitting there watching Mark McGwire hit balls five-hundred ninety (590) feet. I just hope mine go three-hundred thirty (330) feet and go over the wall. I don't hit tape measure shots. I hit line drives and squeakers that just clear the wall. As long as it goes over the fence, that's all that counts." - Luis Gonzalez in the 2000 Home Run Derby (ESPN)

1989 Home Run Derby

Anaheim Stadium / Anaheim, California

1 st Eric Davis Cincinnati n/a n/a 3
Ruben Sierra Texas n/a n/a 3
3 rd Glenn Davis Houston n/a n/a 2
Howard Johnson New York n/a n/a 2
Kevin Mitchell SanFrancisco n/a n/a 2
6 th Bo Jackson Kansas City n/a n/a 1
MickeyTettleton Detroit n/a n/a 1
8 th Gary Gaetti Minnesota 0 0 0
1989 Home Run Derby
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1987 Home Run Derby

The Coliseum / Oakland, California

1 st AndreDawson Chicago n/a n/a 4
2 nd Ozzie Virgil Atlanta n/a n/a 2
3 rd George Bell Toronto n/a n/a 1
MarkMcGwire Oakland n/a n/a 1
1987 Home Run Derby
1990-1999 Home Run Derby | 2000-Current Home Run Derby

1986 Home Run Derby

The Astrodome / Houston, Texas

1 st Wally Joyner California n/a n/a 4
DarrylStrawberry New York n/a n/a 4
3 rd Dave Parker Cincinnati n/a n/a 3
4 th Jesse Barfield Toronto n/a n/a 2
5 th Hubie Brooks Montreal n/a n/a 1
Jose Canseco Oakland n/a n/a 1
1986 Home Run Derby
1990-1999 Home Run Derby | 2000-Current Home Run Derby

1985 Home Run Derby

The Metrodome / Minneapolis, Minnesota

1 st Dave Parker Cincinnati n/a n/a 6
2 nd TomBrunansky Minnesota n/a n/a 4
Carlton Fisk Chicago n/a n/a 4
Dale Murphy Atlanta n/a n/a 4
Eddie Murray Baltimore n/a n/a 4
Jim Rice Boston n/a n/a 4
7 th Jack Clark St. Louis n/a n/a 2
Steve Garvey SanDiego n/a n/a 2
Ryne Sandberg Chicago n/a n/a 2
10 th Cal Ripken, Jr. Baltimore n/a n/a 1
1985 Home Run Derby
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Where is the 1988 Home run Derby? The contest was expected to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio at Riverfront Stadium, but inclement weather caused it to be cancelled — the first & only Home Run Derby cancelled to date.

Did you know that we have the historical results from the 2000-Today Home Run Derby contests and 1990-1999 Home Run Derby contests archived on different pages to keep the size/speed of this page manageble?

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