Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

1984 Baseball Season

More 1984 Baseball Season Highlights

Below are more highlights of the 1984 baseball season, including Dwight Gooden's strikeout record and the year's biggest trades.

  • Baltimore's Mike Boddicker tops the American League with 20 wins.

  • St. Louis' Joaquin Andujar leads the National League with 20 wins.

  • The average player's salary is now $363,000.
    Pee Wee Reese
    Pee Wee Reese was
    inducted into the
    Baseball Hall-of-Fame
    in 1984.

  • The Hall of Fame inducts Luis Aparicio, Harmon Killebrew, Don Drysdale, Rick Ferrell, and Pee Wee Reese.

  • Jim Rice sets a new major league record when he grounds into 36 DPs.

  • Eddie Murray wins the third of his three consecutive Gold Gloves as an American League first baseman.

  • Pittsburgh's Tony Pena wins the second of three straight Gold Gloves as a National League catcher.

  • Dwight Gooden fans 16 batters in two consecutive starts to set the new modern record for most Ks in two straight starts (32).

  • Stanley Coveleski dies at age 94.

  • Waite Hoyt dies.

  • Joe Cronin dies.

  • George Kelly dies at age 89.

  • Houston's Dickie Thon is beaned, suffers damaged vision, and never regains hitting ability.

  • Cleveland trades Rick Sutcliffe, Ron Hassey, and George Frazier to the Cubs for Joe Carter, Mel Hall, and a minor leaguer.

  • Oakland swaps Rickey Henderson, Bert Bradley, and cash to the Yankees for Jay Howell, Stan Javier, Tim Birtsas, Jose Rijo, and Eric Plunk.

  • Boston ships Dennis Eckersley to the Cubs for Bill Buckner and Mike Brumley.

  • Montreal deals Joe Carter to the Mets for Hubie Brooks and three other players.

  • Prior to the season, Phils deal Hernandez and Dave Bergman to Detroit for John Wockenfuss and Glenn Wilson.

  • Carl Pohlad buys Twins from Calvin Griffith.

  • Pittsburgh's Johnny Ray sets a major league record when he has a game-winning RBI in six straight games.

  • Joe Morgan's 265th career homer breaks Rogers Hornsby's record for second basemen.

  • Phillie Juan Samuel sets the record for both National League second basemen and National League rookies when he fans 168 times.

  • Steve Garvey's 1.000 FA sets a new major league record for first basemen.

  • Jim Frey, who piloted the Royals to a division title in his first year in KC, does the same in his first year with the Cubs.

  • Boddicker, a breaking-ball specialist, establishes a major league record for pitchers when he averages 1.44 putouts per game he pitches.

  • Gary Matthews of the Cubs tops the National League in walks (103) and OBP (.417).

  • Ray and Tim Raines tie for National League lead in doubles (38).

  • Raines tops Samuel in steals (75-72) to lead the major league.

  • Murray paces American League in walks (107) and OBP (.415).

  • Chicago's Harold Baines has the American League's top SA (.541).

  • Teammates Lloyd Moseby and Dave Collins of Toronto lead American League in triples with 15.

  • Henderson, playing for Oakland, leads the American League in steals (66).

  • KC's Dan Quisenberry leads American League with 44 saves.

  • Alejandro Pena of LA has the best ERA in the major league (2.49); Boddicker has the best ERA in the American League (2.79).

  • Toronto's Dave Stieb leads the major league in innings with 267.

  • Charlie Hough of Texas tops majors with 17 CGs.

  • Cincinnati's Mario Soto leads the National League with just 13 complete games.

  • Seattle rookie Mark Langston tops the American League in Ks (204), wins 17 games to set new Mariners club record.
To learn more about baseball, see: