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 was
inducted into the
- 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.