Year In Review : 1992 American League

O ff the field...

South-Central Los Angeles burned amidst several days of rioting, following a jury's acquittal of white L.A. police officers that had been videotaped beating a black motorist named Rodney King. The violent protest was the worst civil disobedience incident since the Watts Riots of 1964 and resulted in $785 million in property damage.

America's most notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, was sentenced to fifteen life terms (957 years) in prison for the vicious torture and murder of seventeen young men. He himself was murdered in prison by a fellow inmate on November 28, 1994.

Hurricane Andrew, the most destructive United States hurricane of record (a category four), caused twenty-three deaths in the U.S. and three more in the Bahamas. The massive storm had a peak gust of 164 mph and caused $26.5 billion in damage.

I n the American League...

Oakland Athletics outfielder and perennial base thief Rickey Henderson snatched the 1,000th base of his career in the first inning of the A's 7-6 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Nolan Ryan, of the Texas Rangers, struck out his 100th batter for a record twenty-third year in a row. In doing so, he passed Phil Niekro as number twelve on the all-time win list with three-hundred nineteen victories.

Milwaukee Brewer Robin Yount reached the 3,000th hit of his career as his team lost 5-4 against the Cleveland Indians. He also became the second player in Major League history (behind Willie Mays) to record two-hundred home runs, two-hundred stolen bases and one-hundred triples.

I n the National League...

Pittsburgh's Andy Van Slyke became the first outfielder in nearly eighteen years to record an unassisted double play. As the Pirates took on the Houston Astros, Van Slyke made a running catch in shallow center followed by a tag on Ken Caminiti, who was running from second base on the play.

Los Angeles Dodger Kevin Gross dominated the mound after tossing ninety-nine pitches (seventy-one for strikes) in a no-hitter, 2-0 triumph over the San Francisco Giants.

Eddie Murray topped the New York Yankees' Mickey Mantle for the most RBIs ever by a switch-hitter (1,510) after blasting two home two runs in the Mets 15-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

A round the league...

Tom Seaver and Rollie Fingers were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame while Pete Rose, ineligible because of his ban from baseball for allegedly betting on games, surprisingly received forty-one write-in votes.

Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi of Japan petitioned the baseball owners for permission to purchase the Seattle Mariners. The owners approved the request 25-1 marking the first non-North American ownership of a Major League team.

Commissioner Fay Vincent ordered the realignment of the National League moving the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals into the Western Division. Later in the season, the owners voted 18-9 (with one abstention) calling for Vincent's resignation and the Commissioner obliged them three days after failing to receive a vote of confidence. Baseball's executive council rescinded the National League realignment following Vincent's departure.

In November, baseball held an expansion draft, resulting in seventy-two selections, to fill the rosters of the National League's two newest teams, the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies.

"If a tie is like kissing your sister, losing is like kissing your grandmother with her teeth out." - George Brett
1992 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Detroit

122

Chicago

Batting Average

Seattle

.343

Doubles

Seattle

46

Chicago

Hits

Minnesota

210

Home Runs

Texas

43

On Base Percentage

Chicago

.446

RBI

Detroit

124

Runs

Detroit

114

Slugging Average

Oakland

.585

Stolen Bases

Cleveland

66

Total Bases

Minnesota

313

Triples

Chicago

12

1992 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

13

ERA

Boston

2.41

Games

Texas

81

Saves

Oakland

51

Shutouts

Boston

5

Strikeouts

Seattle

241

Winning Percentage

Baltimore

.783

Wins

Texas

21

Toronto

1992 American League

Team Standings

Toronto Blue Jays

96 66 .593 0

$48,991,840

Milwaukee Brewers

92 70 .568 4

$29,849,670

Baltimore Orioles

89 73 .549 7

$23,023,330

New York Yankees

76 86 .469 20

$34,789,500

Cleveland indians

76 86 .469 20

$8,399,711

Detroit Tigers

75 87 .463 21

$29,479,830

Boston Red Sox

73 89 .451 23

$41,887,250

Oakland Athletics

96 66 .593 0

$47,372,810

Minnesota Twins

90 72 .556 6

$26,222,830

Chicago White Sox

86 76 .531 10

$29,524,500

Texas Rangers

77 85 .475 19

$25,323,000

Kansas City Royals

72 90 .444 24

$30,248,830

California Angels

72 90 .444 24

$26,343,670

Seattle Mariners

64 98 .395 32

$23,831,330

1992 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Oakland

707

Batting Average

Minnesota

.277

Doubles

Kansas City

284

Hits

Minnesota

1,544

Home Runs

Detroit

182

On Base Percentage

Oakland

.349

Runs

Detroit

791

Slugging Average

Toronto

.414

Stolen Bases

Milwaukee

256

Triples

Kansas City

42

1992 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

California

26

ERA

Milwaukee

3.43

Fewest Hits Allowed

Milwaukee

1,344

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Kansas City

106

Fewest Walks Allowed

Milwaukee

435

Saves

Oakland

58

Shutouts

Baltimore

16

Strikeouts

Texas

1,034



On June 15, 1992, Jeff Reardon broke Rollie Fingers' career saves record with his three-hundred forty-second save.

Did you know that on July 26, 1992, Nolan Ryan struck out his one-hundredth batter of the season for a Major League record twenty-third consecutive season?

Robin Yount , on September 9, 1992, and George Brett , on September 30, 1992, both collected their 3,000th career hit during the same month.

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