YEAR IN REVIEW : 1995 American League

Off the field...

A massive bomb inside a rental truck exploded outside the Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, demolishing half of the nine-story structure and killing one-hundred sixty-eight people. Timothy McVeigh, a former U.S. soldier turned domestic terrorist, was later convicted and sentenced to death for his crime in 1997.

Big business got even bigger in 1995 as several mega-media companies merged including ABC and Disney, Westinghouse and CBS and Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner.

Pro Football Hall of Famer and television celebrity O. J. Simpson went on trial for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. The media circus surrounding the event as well as one-hundred thirty-three days of televised courtroom testimony turned countless viewers into Simpson trial junkies.

In the American League...

The "Iron Man" finally roped the "Iron Horse" as Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr. matched Yankee great Lou Gehrig by appearing in his 2,130th consecutive game. The amazing record spanned 16½ years and validated the shortstop as modern baseball's most durable, hard-working and determined player. Amidst a finale of fireworks, play is stopped for twenty-two minutes as Ripken takes a celebratory lap around Camden Yards.

On September 8th, the Cleveland Indians clinched the American League Central Division after their one-hundred twenty-third game of the season. The feat marked the fastest that any team had ever won a title and moved the Tribe ahead in the American League race by a staggering 23½ games over their closest competitor, the Kansas City Royals.

The Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees, 8-0 as the Beantown Bombers scored all eight of their runs on grand slams in back-to-back innings (John Valentin and Mo Vaughn). According to a SABR statistician, it was the only game ever to finish with two grand slams accounting for all of the runs scored.

In the National League...

Hideo Nomo became the first Japanese player to appear in the Major Leagues since 1964 when he tossed five innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 13-inning, 4-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

On May 6th, seven National League games resulted in a combined one-hundred eighteen runs that tied the record for the highest-scoring day in National League history. Seven of the fourteen teams scored at least ten runs, led by the Los Angeles Dodgers who totaled seventeen in their win over the Colorado Rockies. Ten days later, the Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, San Diego Padres, and Pittsburgh Pirates all tossed shutouts.

The St. Louis Cardinals were awarded the first forfeit victory in the Major Leagues since July 12, 1979 after fans bombard the field with more than two-hundred balls that they had received as souvenirs for August 10th's "Ball Day" at Dodger Stadium. The near riot was in reaction to the ejections of Raul Mondesi and manager Tommy Lasorda in the bottom of the ninth.

Around the League...

The '94 strike continued into the '95 season as the players' union chief Donald Fehr declared all eight-hundred thirty-five unsigned Major League players to be free agents in response to unilateral contract changes made by the owners. Five bills aimed at ending the baseball strike were introduced into Congress and both players and owners were ordered by President Clinton to resume bargaining and reach an agreement by February 6. After the deadline passed with no compromises, the use of replacement players for spring training and regular season games was approved by baseball's executive council. Finally on April 25th, the two-hundred thirty-four day strike ended although the opening games were played with replacement umpires. The regular officials continued to be locked out until May 3rd.

In September, a three-judge panel in New York voted unanimously to uphold the injunction that brought the end to the strike. Although the owners had appealed the decision, the panel determined that the Players Relations Committee had illegally attempted to eliminate free agency and salary arbitration.

The Commerce Comet, baseball legend Mickey Mantle died at age sixty-three in Dallas, Texas. The Mick had recently received a liver transplant at Baylor University Hospital and during the surgical procedure doctor's discovered that he had contracted an inoperable form of liver cancer.

In September Major League Baseball signed a $1.7 billion, five year deal with Fox, NBC, ESPN, and Liberty Media.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"You are challenged by the game of baseball to do your very best, day in and day out, and that's all I've ever tried to do." - Cal Ripken, Jr.

1995 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
136
Seattle
.356
Cleveland
52
Seattle
Chicago
186
Cleveland
50
Seattle
.482
Cleveland
126
Boston
Runs
Cleveland
121
Seattle
Cleveland
.690
Cleveland
54
Cleveland
377
Cleveland
13

1995 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

New York
8
Seattle
2.48
Baltimore
65
Cleveland
46
Baltimore
4
Seattle
294
Seattle
.900
Baltimore
19

1995 American League

Team Standings

Boston Red Sox 86 58 .597 0 $38,157,750
New York Yankees 79 65 .549 7 $58,165,252
Baltimore Orioles 71 73 .493 15 $48,739,636
Detroit Tigers 60 84 .417 26 $28,663,667
Toronto Blue Jays 56 88 .389 30 $42,233,500
Cleveland Indians 100 44 .694 0 $40,180,750
Kansas City Royals 70 74 .486 30 $31,181,334
Chicago White Sox 68 76 .472 32 $40,750,782
Milwaukee Brewers 65 79 .451 35 $17,407,385
Minnesota Twins 56 88 .389 44 $15,362,750
Seattle Mariners 79 66 .545 0 $37,984,610
California Angels 78 67 .538 1 $34,702,577
Texas Rangers 74 70 .514 $35,888,725
Oakland Athletics 67 77 .465 11½ $33,372,722
American League Team Standings

1995 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

New York
625
Cleveland
.291
Boston
286
Cleveland
1,461
Cleveland
207
Cleveland
.364
Cleveland
840
Cleveland
.479
Cleveland
132
Milwaukee
42

1995 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Baltimore
19
Cleveland
3.83
Fewest Hits Allowed
Baltimore
1,165
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Boston
127
Fewest Walks Allowed
Cleveland
445
Cleveland
50
Baltimore
10
Cleveland
Kansas City
Seattle
1,068
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Average Salary: $1,071,029.00
Minimum Salary: $109,000.00
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On June 30, 1995, Eddie Murray had career hit number three-thousand against Mike Trombley of the Minnesota Twins.

On August 30, 1995, Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell played in a record setting 1,914th game together with the Detroit Tigers.

On September 30, 1995, Albert Belle became the first player in Major League history with fifty doubles and fifty home runs during the same season.

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