Year In Review : 1995 American League

O ff 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.

I n the American League...

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.

I n 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.

A round 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.

"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

Base on Balls

Chicago

136

Batting Average

Seattle

.356

Doubles

Cleveland

52

Seattle

Hits

Chicago

186

Home Runs

Cleveland

50

On Base Percentage

Seattle

.482

RBI

Cleveland

126

Boston

Runs

Cleveland

121

Seattle

Slugging Average

Cleveland

.690

Stolen Bases

Cleveland

54

Total Bases

Cleveland

377

Triples

Cleveland

13

1995 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

New York

8

ERA

Seattle

2.48

Games

Baltimore

65

Saves

Cleveland

46

Shutouts

Baltimore

4

Strikeouts

Seattle

294

Winning Percentage

Seattle

.900

Wins

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

1995 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

625

Batting Average

Cleveland

.291

Doubles

Boston

286

Hits

Cleveland

1,461

Home Runs

Cleveland

207

On Base Percentage

Cleveland

.364

Runs

Cleveland

840

Slugging Average

Cleveland

.479

Stolen Bases

Cleveland

132

Triples

Milwaukee

42

1995 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Baltimore

19

ERA

Cleveland

3.83

Fewest Hits Allowed

Baltimore

1,165

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Boston

127

Fewest Walks Allowed

Cleveland

445

Saves

Cleveland

50

Shutouts

Baltimore

10

Cleveland

Kansas City

Strikeouts

Seattle

1,068



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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