Year In Review : 1984 American League

Off the field...

Republican President Ronald Reagan was reelected after defeating Democratic candidate Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro, who was the first female Vice Presidential candidate to represent a major party.

Doctor's replaced the ailing heart of an infant girl known as "Baby Fae" with that of a baboon's at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California. Although she died twenty-one days later of organ failure, doctors discovered that she hadn't rejected the heart as many had expected. That gave hope to the doctors and inspired continued research to find a cure for neonatal heart disease.

James Huberty gunned down twenty-one children and adults in a McDonalds restaurant in San Ysidro, California before being shot dead by the police at the scene. The incident was one of the worst mass murders in U.S. history.

In the American League...

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.

On the 17th Anniversary of his first round-tripper, Reggie Jackson launched a Bud Black fastball into the right field stands for his five-hundredth career homer. He was the thirteenth player ever to reach that mark following Willie McCovey in 1978. Unfortunately, "Mr. October" and his Anaheim Angels fell 10-1 to the visiting Kansas City Royals.

In the National League...

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 Chicago Cubs finally won their first title (of any kind) since 1945 after they beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 for the National League East.

Around the league...

Due to a strike by the Major League umpires, the first game of the National League Championship Series was called by college replacement officials. The labor dispute was predominately over a pool of $340,000 that the regulars wanted distributed to all umps, including those that were not working the post-season.

"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.

Al Schacht, better known as "The Clown Prince of Baseball" died on July 14th at the age of ninety-one. The former Washington Senators pitcher turned top hat jester had entertained the crowd before twenty-five World Series and eighteen All-Star Games.

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.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"I really do love baseball." - President Ronald Reagan

1984 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Baltimore
107
Batting Average
New York
.343
Doubles
New York
44
Hits
New York
207
Home Runs
Boston
43
On Base Percentage
Baltimore
.415
RBI
Boston
123
Runs
Boston
121
Slugging Average
Chicago
.541
Stolen Bases
Oakland
66
Total Bases
Boston
339
Triples
Toronto
15
Toronto

1984 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Texas
17
ERA
Baltimore
2.79
Games
Detroit
80
Saves
Kansas City
44
Shutouts
Boston
5
California
Strikeouts
Seattle
204
Winning Percentage
Toronto
.739
Wins
Baltimore
20

1984 American League

Team Standings

Detroit Tigers 104 58 .642 0
Toronto Blue Jays 89 73 .549 15
New York Yankees 87 75 .537 17
Boston Red Sox 86 76 .531 18
Baltimore Orioles 85 77 .525 19
Cleveland Indians 75 87 .463 29
Milwaukee Brewers 67 94 .416 36½
Kansas City Royals 84 78 .519 0
California Angels 81 81 .500 3
Minnesota Twins 81 81 .500 3
Oakland Athletics 77 85 .475 7
Seattle Mariners 74 88 .757 10
Chicago White Sox 74 88 .457 10
Texas Rangers 69 92 .429 14½
American League Team Standings

1984 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Baltimore
620
Batting Average
Boston
.283
Doubles
Toronto
275
New York
Hits
Boston
1,598
Home Runs
Detroit
187
On Base Percentage
Detroit
.345
Runs
Detroit
829
Slugging Average
Boston
.441
Stolen Bases
Toronto
193
Triples
Toronto
68

1984 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Baltimore
48
ERA
Detroit
3.49
Fewest Hits Allowed
Detroit
1,358
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
New York
120
Fewest Walks Allowed
Kansas City
433
Saves
Detroit
51
Shutouts
Baltimore
13
Strikeouts
New York
992
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Average Salary: $329,408.00
Minimum Salary: $40,000.00
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In the Metrodome if a player hit a ball over the fence it was a home run. If a player hit the roof it was a ground rule double. On May 4, 1984, Dave Kingman of Oakland hit a ball through the roof (a drainage hole) and was awarded a double.

On May 6, 1984, Cal Ripken, Jr. hit for the cycle , on May 16, 1984, Carlton Fisk hit for the cycle , and on June 28, 1984, Dwight Evans hit for the cycle which included an extra-inning game winning three run homer to complete the circuit.

On September 17, 1984, Reggie Jackson of the Angels faced Bud Black of the Royals during the seventh inning. The first pitch from Black was deposited into the right field stands and Reggie Jackson became the 13th member of the 500 Home Runs Club . Did you know that this particular date was the 17 anniversary of his first Major League home run.

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