Year In Review : 1985 National League

Off the field...

TWA Flight 847 was hijacked by a group of Shi'ite terrorists who were identified as members of Islamic Jihad, a group of various fundamentalists, operating in Lebanon and other Middle East countries. The militant Muslims held one-hundred fifty-three people (including women and children) hostage while demanding the release of their brothers in arms. One passenger, U.S. Navy Diver Robert Stethem was executed and his body was dumped onto the tarmac. After several unsuccessful negotiations, Israel agreed to release thirty-one of its Shi'ite prisoners and the hostages were freed in return.

The wreck of the RMS Titanic (which sunk in 1912 killing 1,522 passengers and crew after striking an iceberg) was finally discovered by a joint U.S.-French expedition who located the remains of the "unsinkable" ocean liner three-hundred fifty miles southeast of Newfoundland in thirteen-thousand feet of water.

U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev held a Summit Meeting in Geneva to discuss improving relations between the U.S.S.R. and the United States and to help decrease the risk of nuclear war. In the end, both agreed not to attempt to achieve military superiority and banned the development of chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction.

In the American League...

The Milwaukee Brewers' Rollie Fingers recorded his two-hundred seventeenth American League career save breaking the record originally set by Sparky Lyle. The victory gave "The Mustache" a Major League record of three-hundred twenty-five saves overall. He retired at the end of the season capping off a brilliant seventeen-year career with a 114-118 record, a 2.90 ERA and three-hundred forty-one saves.

On August 4th, thirty-nine year-old Anaheim Angel Rod Carew became only the sixteenth player in Major League history to join the "3,000 Hit Club."

Major League Baseball's oldest stadium, Chicago's Comiskey Park, celebrated its 75th anniversary with eleven fans in attendance who were present at it's opening in 1910. The Seattle Mariners spoiled the festivities with a 3-1 win over the White Sox.

In the National League...

Dwight "Doc" Gooden of the New York Mets became the first National League pitcher to reach two-hundred strikeouts in each of his first two seasons as well as the youngest twenty game winner in baseball history. The previous mark was set by Bob Feller in 1939, but Gooden managed to beat him by one month.

Nolan Ryan, of the Houston Astros, struck out Danny Heep, of the New York Mets, to become the first pitcher ever to reach four-thousand strikeouts. The Texas ace went on to sit down ten more batters as the Astros won 4-3 in twelve innings.

Fifty-seven years to the day after Ty Cobb played in his last game, Pete Rose, of the Cincinnati Reds, knocked his 4,192nd career hit breaking "The Georgia Peach's" record. Newly approved owner Marge Schott presented Rose with a shiny red Corvette bearing the license plate PR 4192.

Around the league...

Newly appointed Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstated Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle after Commissioner Bowie Kuhn had banned the Hall of Famers from association with Major League Baseball for being employed by companies with ties to legal gambling in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Pittsburgh Associates reached an agreement in principle with the Galbreath family to purchase the sinking Pirates franchise. As a result the team was able to stay afloat in the "Steel City" thanks to the combined financial commitments of Pittsburgh's most influential corporations including Carnegie Mellon University, the Aluminum Company of America, Mellon Bank, PNC Financial, PPG Industries, USX Corporation and Westinghouse Electrical Company.

Sports Illustrated pulled off a major April Fool's Day joke by publishing a story about a 168 mph pitching Tibetan Buddhist monk named Sidd Finch who was the New York Mets latest rookie phenomenon. Despite the April 1 date on the article and byline by George Plimpton, many fans believed the story was real and were disappointed after discovering that Finch was a fake.

Baseball's Championship Series was altered from a best-of-five to a best-of-seven format in an effort to generate up to $9 million dollars in additional revenues.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"I'm just like everybody else. I have two arms, two legs and four-thousand hits." - Pete Rose

1985 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Atlanta
90
Batting Average
St. Louis
.353
Doubles
Cincinnati
42
Hits
St. Louis
216
Home Runs
Atlanta
37
On Base Percentage
Los Angeles
.425
RBI
Cincinnati
125
Runs
Atlanta
118
Slugging Average
Los Angeles
.577
Stolen Bases
St. Louis
110
Total Bases
Cincinnati
350
Triples
St. Louis
18

1985 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
New York
16
ERA
New York
1.53
Games
Montreal
78
Saves
Montreal
41
Shutouts
St. Louis
10
Strikeouts
New York
268
Winning Percentage
Los Angeles
.864
Wins
New York
24

1985 National League

Team Standings

St. Louis Cardinals 101 61 .623 0 $10,441,639
New York Mets 98 64 .605 3 $11,013,714
Montreal Expos 84 77 .522 16½ $10,195,246
Chicago Cubs 77 84 .478 23½ $13,478,225
Philadelphia Phillies 75 87 .463 26 $11,785,445
Pittsburgh Pirates 57 104 .354 43½ $10,223,945
Los Angeles Dodgers 95 67 .586 0 $11,970,412
Cincinnati Reds 89 72 .553 $9,258,848
San Diego Padres 83 79 .512 12 $9,801,052
Houston Astros 83 79 .512 12 $10,153,335
Atlanta Braves 66 96 .407 29 $14,771,382
San Francisco Giants 62 100 .383 33 $7,777,945
National League Team Standings

1985 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
St. Louis
586
Batting Average
St. Louis
.264
Doubles
Houston
261
Hits
San Diego
1,457
Home Runs
Chicago
150
On Base Percentage
St. Louis
.338
Runs
St. Louis
747
Slugging Average
Chicago
.390
Stolen Bases
St. Louis
314
Triples
St. Louis
59

1985 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
St. Louis
37
ERA
Los Angeles
2.96
Fewest Hits Allowed
Los Angeles
1,280
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
St. Louis
98
Fewest Walks Allowed
San Diego
443
Saves
Montreal
53
Shutouts
Los Angeles
21
Strikeouts
New York
1,039
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Average Salary: $371,571.00
Minimum Salary: $60,000.00
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baseball almanac fast facts

Dwight Gooden truly dominated this season and was the first pitcher since Steve Carlton to earn the Triple Crown of pitching.

Keith Hernandez of the Mets, July 4, 1985, along with Jeffrey Leonard of the Giants, June 27, 1985, were the only two National League players to hit for the cycle .

On November 27, 1985, Vince Coleman won the Rookie of the Year Award and joined Frank Robinson , Orlando Cepeda , and Willie McCovey as the only unanimous winners.

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