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1986 Baseball Season

1986 Baseball Season Highlights

The Mets dominated the 1986 baseball season and, along with the Boston Red Sox, staged a memorable 1986 World Series. Below are some of the highlights from the 1986 baseball season:

  • Mets take the pennant, winning the National League East by 21½ games, a record margin since majors went into division play.

  • Red Sox win their first American League flag since 1975.

  • In the NLCS, the Mets beat Astros in a tight six-game series, winning the clincher 7-6 in 16 innings.

  • Jesse Orosco wins LCS record three games in relief for the Mets.

  • In the ALCS, Red Sox rally from three-games-to-one deficit to defeat Angels.

  • Dave Henderson's two-out, two-strike, two-run homer in ninth inning of game five saves Red Sox.

  • Mets win 1986 World Series in seven games, nabbing the clincher after trailing 3-0 in the sixth inning.

  • Red Sox drop game six after leading 5-3 in tenth inning, as Met Mookie Wilson hits a grounder through Bill Buckner's legs.

  • Boston's Roger Clemens wins 1986 American League Cy Young Award and MVP, leading majors in wins (24) and win pct. (.857).

  • Mike Schmidt captures 1986 National League MVP Award.

  • Houston's Mike Scott wins 1986 National League Cy Young Award.

  • Oakland's Jose Canseco named 1986 American League Rookie of the Year, hitting 33 homers with 117 RBI.

  • Roger Clemens fans major league record 20 Mariners on April 29.

  • Mike Schmidt sets National League record by leading his league in homers for the eighth time, as he clubs 37.

    Ted Lyons
    In 1986, the baseball world
    lost Hall of Famer Ted
    Lyons, former player and
    manager of the Chicago
    White Sox.

  • Ted Lyons dies at age 85.

  • Hank Greenberg dies.

  • Red Ruffing dies.

  • For first time in history, every club in majors exceeds one million in attendance.

  • Don Mattingly hits .352 and sets Yankees franchise records with 238 hits and 53 doubles.

  • Mattingly tops Major League in hits, doubles, and total bases (388).

  • Wade Boggs leads majors in BA (.357), walks (105), and OBP (.455).

  • On August 11, at age 45, Pete Rose becomes the oldest player ever to go 5-for-5.

  • Rose retires holding Major League career records for hits (4,256), games (3,562), and at-bats (14,053).

  • American League wins All-Star Game 3-2 at Houston, as Fernando Valenzuela Ks five American League hitters in a row to match Carl Hubbell's 1934 feat.

  • Cardinal Todd Worrell is 1986 National League Rookie of the Year, setting a major league rookie record with 36 saves.

  • Mike Schmidt wins the last of his ten Gold Gloves.

  • Joe Cowley of the White Sox no-hits California on September 19.

  • Scott no-hits Giants on September 25 -- it is the only no-hitter in National League history to clinch a pennant or division crown.

  • KC's Bo Jackson becomes second Heisman Trophy winner to play in majors.

  • On July 6, Atlanta's Bob Horner becomes first player in this century to hit four homers in a game lost by his team.

  • Yankee Dave Righetti sets new major league record with 46 saves, breaking the record with two saves during the closing-day doubleheader.

  • Steve Carlton is the first lefty to collect 4,000 career Ks.

  • Don Sutton wins his 300th game.

  • Mariners set a major league team record when they fan 1,148 times.

  • The average player's salary reaches $412,000; the minimum salary is now $62,500.

  • Minnesota's Bert Blyleven gives up a major league record 50 homers.

  • Schmidt leads the National League in SA (.547) and RBI (119).
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