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1985 Baseball Season

1985 Baseball Season Highlights

The 1985 baseball season was a season of milestones and record-breaking. Players such as Nolan Ryan, Rod Carew, Tom Seaver, Phil Niekro, and Pete Rose hit history-making numbers that kept fans captivated. Below are some of the highlights from the 1985 baseball season:

  • Cards win second flag in the 1980s under Whitey Herzog.
  • Royals win an American League dogfight.
  • LCS format is expanded to best-of-seven; in ALCS, KC rallies from three-to-one deficit to beat Toronto.
  • In NLCS, Cards sink Dodgers in six games, as Ozzie Smith wins game six with his first left-handed homer.
  • Royals beat Cards in World Series.
  • In bottom of ninth of game six of 1985 World Series, ump Don Denkinger rules KC pinch hitter Jorge Orta safe, though TV cameras show Orta out.
  • Royals parlay Denkinger's miscue into two runs and win the game 2-1 to even the Series.
  • Bret Saberhagen wins two 1985 World Series games for KC, including a shutout in game seven.
  • George Brett leads KC with ten hits in 1985 World Series.
  • Willie McGee of Cards is voted 1985 National League MVP, leading league in BA (.353), hits (216), and triples (18).
  • Don Mattingly is 1985 American League MVP.
  • Dwight Gooden wins 1985 National League Cy Young Award, leading National League in wins (24), ERA (1.53), Ks (268), CGs (16), and innings (277).
  • Gooden's 1.53 ERA is best in the majors during the 1980s.
  • Bret Saberhagen wins 1985 American League Cy Young Award.
  • On September 11, Pete Rose cracks his 4,192nd career hit, breaking Ty Cobb's ML record.
  • Mattingly's 145 RBI leads in the major league by 20.
  • Cardinal Vince Coleman steals rookie record 110 bases.
  • Wade Boggs leads the major league with 240 hits, most in majors since 1930.
  • Boggs also leads the major league in BA (.368) and OBP (.452).
  • Rickey Henderson scores 146 runs, most in majors since 1949.
  • Cal Ripken breaks Buck Freeman's record for consecutive innings played, reaching 5,342 innings without respite.
  • National League wins 1985 All-Star Game 6-1 at Metrodome, taking 17-game lead in All-Star competition; the National League has won 21 of last 23 games.
  • Don Sutton becomes first pitcher in baseball history to fan 100 or more hitters in 20 consecutive seasons.
  • Steve Garvey's record streak of 193 consecutive errorless games ends.
  • Angel Bobby Grich's .997 FA sets a new major league record for second basemen.
  • Larry Bowa retires with record for highest career FA by a shortstop (.980).
  • Nolan Ryan fans his 4,000th batter on July 11.
  • Rod Carew collects his 3,000th hit.
  • Phil Niekro gets his 300th win.
  • Tom Seaver gets win No. 300.
  • Darrell Evans is first to hit 40 or more homers in a season in each league, cracking a major league-leading 40 for Detroit.
  • Pirate Jose DeLeon goes 2-19, posting lowest win pct. in National League history (.095).
  • Players strike on August 6 for two days.
  • Cubs are first National League team since 1901 to play no doubleheaders in a season.
  • Dale Murphy leads National League in homers (37), runs (118), and walks (90).
  • Dave Parker, with the Reds, tops National League in RBI (125), total bases (350), and doubles (42).
  • LA's Pedro Guerrero paces National League in SA (.577) and OBP (.425).
  • Mattingly leads American League in runs produced (217), total bases (370), and doubles (48).

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