Below are more highlights of the 1987 baseball season, including the year's big trades, new records, and Hall of Fame inductees.
- Yankees' payroll tops $18.5 million.
- Four teams in the American League East win more games than the American League West champ Twins.
- The Hall of Fame inducts Billy Williams, Catfish Hunter, and Ray Dandridge.
- KC rookie Kevin Seitzer hits .323 and ties for the American League lead in hits with 207.
- National League outfielders Eric Davis, Andre Dawson, and Tony Gwynn, all offensive superstars, also win Gold Gloves in 1987.
- In 154 innings, Cleveland's Ken Schrom has a 6.49 ERA, the worst in the majors in the past 50 years.
- Tim Raines leads majors with 123 runs.
- Gene Mauch parts with the Angels, leaving with the record for the most years as a manager without winning a pennant (26).
Detroit's Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker become first keystone combo in major league history to play on the same team as regulars for ten
- LaMarr Hoyt, 1983 American League Cy
Young winner, is suspended for a full season after three
separate drug infractions.
- On August 3, Texas catcher
Geno Petralli sets an American League record by committing six
passed balls, as he can't handle Charlie Hough's knuckler.
- On April 9, Phil Niekro and Steve Carlton pitch for Indians -- it is the first time since 1891 two 300-game winners have appeared in a game for the same team.
- The Salt Lake Trappers of the Pioneer League break the OB record by winning 29 consecutive games.
- ChiSox send Floyd Bannister and Dave Cochrane to KC for four minor leaguers.
- Phils trade Glenn Wilson and two other players to Seattle for Phil Bradley and a minor leaguer.
- Detroit trades John Smoltz to Atlanta for Doyle Alexander.
- Pittsburgh deals Rick Reuschel to Giants for Jeff Robinson and Scott Medvin.
- Royals manager Dick Howser dies of a brain tumor.
- Dodgers coach Don McMahon dies of a heart attack after pitching batting practice.
- Travis Jackson dies at age 83.
Dodgers executive Al Campanis is fired after saying that blacks don't
have the necessary skills to perform in baseball management positions.
- Orioles pitchers surrender a major league record 226 home runs.
- In a game vs. Baltimore, Toronto hits a major league record ten homers.
- Nelson Doubleday Jr. and his partners buy Mets for $100 million dollars.
- Nolan Ryan tops National League with 2.76 ERA and 270 Ks but has only an 8-16 record.
- Oakland's Dave Stewart and Roger Clemens tie for American League lead in wins with 20.
- Clemens tops the majors in win pct. (.690), shutouts (seven), and CGs (18).
- Hough leads the majors in innings with 285.
- Mark Langston wins his third American League K crown in four years (262).
- Toronto's Tom Henke leads American League in saves with 34.
- Chicago's Rick Sutcliffe paces National League in wins with 18.
- Reuschel ties with Fernando Valenzuela for most CGs in the National League with 12 -- a new loop low for a leader.
Three Dodgers pitchers -- Orel Hershiser, Bob Welch, and Valenzuela --
rank one-two-three in innings, Hershiser leading at 265.
- Andre Dawson paces National League in RBI (137), total bases (353), and homers (49).
- George Bell paces American League in RBI (134) and major league in total bases (369).
- Mark McGwire is the first rookie since Al Rosen to top the American League in homers; he also paces major league in SA (.618).
- Cardinal Jack Clark tops National League in SA (.597), OBP (.461), and walks (136).
- Montreal's Tim Wallach leads the majors with 42 doubles.
To learn more about baseball, see:
- 1986 Baseball Season
- 1988 Baseball Season
- Baseball History
- How Baseball Works
- How the Baseball Hall of Fame Works
- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
- Babe Ruth