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1979 Baseball Season

More 1979 Baseball Season Highlights
Hack Wilson was inducted into theBaseball Hall of Fame in 1979.See more baseball seasons pictures.

Below are more highlights from the 1979 baseball season, including George Brett's record-breaking year and an umpire strike:

  • Milwaukee's Gorman Thomas leads the American League with 45 homers; he also has 123 RBI.
  • Houston's J.R. Richard leads the major league in Ks (313) and ERA (2.71).
  • The Hall of Fame inducts Willie Mays, Warren Giles, and Hack Wilson.
  • Ranger Buddy Bell wins first of six consecutive Gold Gloves given to an American League third basemen.
  • KC's Willie Wilson leads the American League in steals with 83.
  • Omar Moreno tops the National League with 77 swipes.
  • Phillie Bob Boone, after ending Johnny Bench's skein of ten straight Gold Gloves in 1978, wins second Gold Glove as a National League catcher.
  • Garry Templeton leads the National League with 211 hits.
  • Oakland's Matt Keough loses 14 straight games and finishes the season at 2-17.
  • Joe Niekro sets an Astros record when he wins nine consecutive games.
  • Detroit sends Ron LeFlore to Montreal for Dan Schatzeder.
  • Twins send Rod Carew to the Angels for four players.
  • Dodgers play a major league record 11 straight errorless games in May.
  • Atlanta's Gene Garber loses a major league record 16 games in relief.
  • Rob Picciolo of the A's has just three walks in 348 at-bats.
  • KC's Darrell Porter tops the American League with 121 walks and sets loop record for most walks by a catcher.
  • Porter becomes the first catcher since Mickey Cochrane in 1933 to top the American League in OBP (.429).
  • Rangers play an American League record 135 night games.
  • An umpire strike on March 7 forces teams to use sandlot and semipro umps in spring training games.
  • Walter O'Malley dies.
  • The average player's salary shoots up to $113,500, as salaries approach $1 million for the first time.
  • Buddy Bell is first in American League history to make 200 or more hits and not hit .300.
  • George Brett becomes second player in American League history to collect 20 or more homers, doubles, and triples in a season.
  • Brett tops the majors with exactly 20 three-baggers.
  • Brett paces major league with 212 hits, is second in the American League in batting (.329).
  • Templeton leads the National League with 19 triples -- first time since 1931 that both leaders have amassed that many.
  • Mike Schmidt tops the National League in walks (120) and is second in homers (45).
  • Chicago's Chet Lemon and Brewer Cecil Cooper tie for the American League lead in doubles with 44.
  • Phil Niekro tops the National League in innings (342) and CGs (23).
  • Phil's brother Joe ties with Tom Seaver and Montreal's Steve Rogers for loop-lead in shutouts with five.
  • Seaver leads the National League in win pct. (.727).
  • Milwaukee's Mike Caldwell is American League win pct. leader (.727).
  • Ron Guidry tops the American League in ERA (2.78).
  • Mike Marshall of the Twins leads the American League with 32 saves.
  • Dennis Martinez of the O's paces the American League with 18 CGs and 292 innings.
  • Nolan Ryan leads the American League with 223 Ks in his last season with California.
  • Tommy John wins 21 for Yankees, and is second in the American League in wins, ERA (2.97), innings (276), and CGs (17).
  • Jim Rice tops the American League in total bases (369) and is second in homers (39), hits (201), RBI (130), and runs produced (208).
  • Oakland tumbles into the American League West cellar again with a 54-108 record.
  • Toronto loses 109 games -- the most in the American League on a 162-game schedule.

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