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1988 Baseball Season


1988 Baseball Season Highlights
Chicago's Wrigley Field became the lastmajor league ballpark to install lights. The first night game was played on August 6, 1988.See more baseball seasons pictures.

In late August of the 1988 baseball season, the LA Dodgers' star pitcher, Orel Hershiser, became virtually unhittable. Hershiser and the underdog Dodgers went on to become victorious over the A's in the 1988 World Series. Here are some of the highlights from the 1988 baseball season:

  • The first night game at Wrigley Field was played on August 6, Mets vs. Cubs.
  • Dodgers win their first National League flag since 1981.
  • A's cruise to an easy American League flag.
  • In NLCS, LA wins in seven games over the Mets, who had won the National League East by 15 games.
  • A's bury Boston in four games in ALCS.
  • Underdog Dodgers win the 1988 World Series in five games.
  • Orel Hershiser wins two CGs in 1988 Series and bats a perfect 1.000 (3-for-3).
  • Hobbled Dodger Kirk Gibson wins game one with a pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the ninth.
  • Mickey Hatcher, a sub for the injured Gibson, leads all World Series players with .368 BA and five RBI.
  • Minnesota's Frank Viola wins 1988 American League Cy Young Award.
  • Hershiser wins 1988 National League Cy Young Award.
  • Kirk Gibson is named 1988 National League MVP.
  • Jose Canseco is named 1988 American League MVP, becoming the first to steal 40 bases and hit 40 homers in same season.
  • Walt Weiss is the third consecutive Oakland player to win the American League ROTY.
  • Hershiser sets a new major league record with 59 consecutive scoreless innings pitched.
  • Billy Martin is fired as Yankee manager, a record fifth time.
  • Twins are the first American League team to draw three million in attendance in a season.
  • Orioles open the season by losing a major league record 21 consecutive games.
  • Padre Tony Gwynn leads the National League with a .313 BA, the lowest in history by a National League leader.
  • Met Kevin McReynolds sets a major league record when he goes 21-for-21 in steal attempts.
  • Don Mattingly is awarded a record $1.975 million salary in arbitration.
  • American League wins 1988 All-Star Game 2-1 in Cincinnati.
  • Don Baylor retires after breaking Ron Hunt's modern career record for being hit the most times by pitches.
  • Toronto's George Bell is the first player in baseball history to hit three home runs on Opening Day.
  • Cincinnati's Tom Browning hurls a perfect game vs. LA on September 16.
  • Toronto's Dave Stieb is denied a no-hitter in two consecutive games by a two-out base hit in the ninth.
  • Met David Cone (20-3) tops the National League with a .870 win pct.
  • Only 3,180 homers are hit in 1988 -- 1,278 fewer than in 1987.
  • Darryl Strawberry tops National League with 39 homers and .545 SA.
  • Jose Canseco tops majors with 42 homers, 124 RBI, and .569 SA.
  • Expo Andres Galarraga tops National League in hits (184), doubles (42), and total bases (329).
  • Wade Boggs tops American League with .480 OBP -- highest in the majors since Mickey Mantle's .488 in 1962.
  • Boggs leads the majors in batting (.366), doubles (45), walks (125), and runs (128).
  • Minnesota's Kirby Puckett tops the major league in hits (234), runs produced (206), and total bases (358), and has .356 BA.
  • Viola leads the majors with 24 wins and the American League with .774 win pct.
  • Every team in the National League scores fewer runs in 1988 than in 1987; eight of the 12 teams score more than 100 runs less.
  • Cubs have now gone 43 years without a pennant to break the old major league record of 42 years held by St. Louis Browns.

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