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1980 Baseball Season


More 1980 Baseball Season Highlights

Below are more highlights for the 1980 baseball season, including the year's Gold Glove winners, important trades, and a Padres base-stealing record.

  • The Hall of Fame inducts Al Kaline, Duke Snider, Chuck Klein, and Tom Yawkey.
  • Ozzie Smith wins first of what will become a record number of Gold Gloves as a National League shortstop.
  • Montreal's Andre Dawson wins his first of six consecutive Gold Gloves.
  • Padres swap Gaylord Perry back to Texas with two other players for much-traveled Willie Montanez.
  • Angels send Carney Lansford, Rick Miller, and Mark Clear to Boston for Rick Burleson and Butch Hobson.
  • Padres send Rollie Fingers and three other players to Cards for Terry Kennedy and six other players.
  • Cards send Fingers, Pete Vuckovich, and Ted Simmons to Milwaukee for Sixto Lezcano and three others.
  • Giants send John Montefusco and a minor leaguer to Atlanta for Doyle Alexander.
  • Free agent Dave Winfield signs with Yankees in December.
  • Rich Gale wins 11 in a row to set Royals club record.
  • Royals lead the American League in triples (59) a record sixth consecutive year.
  • Jorge Orta of Cleveland goes 6-for-6 on June 15.
  • Bob Welch of the Dodgers publicly acknowledges that he has an alcohol abuse problem.
  • Yankees coach Ellie Howard dies.
  • On September 10, Montreal's Bill Gullickson sets rookie record when he fans 18 in a game.
  • George Brett's .390 BA is the highest this century by a major league third baseman, as is his .664 SA.
  • Padres are first team in National League history to have three players who steal 50 bases: Gene Richards (61), Smith (57), and Jerry Mumphrey (52).
  • Boston's Burleson participates in a record 147 DPs by a shortstop.
  • White Sox Mike Squires is the first left-handed major leaguer to catch in a game since the Cubs' Dale Long in 1958.
  • Rick Langford of the A's tops the major league with 28 CGs and becomes last pitcher to post more than 25 CGs in a season.
  • On April 12, Milwaukee's Cooper and Don Money each hit a grand slam in the second inning of the Brewers' 18-1 win over Boston.
  • Joe Morgan leads the National League in walks (93).
  • Steve Garvey leads the National League in hits (200).
  • Pete Rose, now with the Phils, tops the National League in doubles (42).
  • Montreal's Ron LeFlore wins the National League theft crown, 97 to 96, over Pittsburgh's Omar Moreno.
  • Rickey Henderson tops the American League with 100 steals.
  • Steve Carlton leads the major league in innings (304) and Ks (286).
  • LA's Don Sutton tops the majors in ERA at 2.21.
  • American League strikeout leader Len Barker of Cleveland has just 187 strikeouts.
  • Pirate Jim Bibby leads the National League in win pct. (.760); Stone is the American League win pct. leader (.781).
  • Goose Gossage and KCs Dan Quisenberry share the American League lead with 33 saves.
  • The Cubs' Sutter tops the National League with 28 saves.
  • Mike Norris wins 22 games for A's, is second in innings (284), CGs (24), and ERA (2.54).
  • Yankee Rudy May leads the American League in ERA (2.47).
  • Tommy John leads the American League with six shutouts and Yanks with 22 wins.
  • Reuss leads the National League with six shutouts.
  • Montreal's Rodney Scott and Moreno tie for the National League lead in triples with 13.
  • Ben Oglivie of Milwaukee ties Reggie Jackson for the American League homer crown (41) and is second in RBI (118) and total bases (333).
  • Ranger Al Oliver leads the American League in runs produced (194).
  • Fifth-place Detroit leads majors in runs with 830.

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