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1997 Baseball Season


More 1997 Baseball Season Highlights

Below are more highlights of the 1997 baseball season highlights, including Tony Womack's 32 steals and a 3-game series in Honolulu between the Cardinals and the Padres:

  • San Diego's Greg Vaughn signs a $15 million contract, then hits .216 in 120 games.
  • Randy Johnson of the Mariners strikes out 19 batters twice during the season and finishes 20-4 with 291 whiffs.
  • Tony Womack of the Pirates steals 32 consecutive bases en route to leading the National League with 60 swipes.
  • Yankee Mariano Rivera saves 43 with a 1.88 ERA and is the American League Fireman of the Year.
  • Rookie Rey Ordonez of the Mets wins the National League Gold Glove at shortstop.
  • The Cardinals and Padres play a three-game series in Honolulu on April 19-20.
  • Angels left-hander Chuck Finley wins ten consecutive starts.
  • Curt Schilling of the Phillies whiffs 319, most ever by a National League right-hander.
  • Cincinnati's Jeff Shaw is named National League Fireman of the Year with 42 saves, 38 more than his previous career high.
  • Greg Maddux of Atlanta is 19-4 and leads the National League in winning percentage.
  • Andres Galarraga of the Rockies paces the National League in RBI (140) for the second straight season.
  • St. Louis hitters strike out 1,191 times, just 12 short of the senior-loop record.
  • Brewers reliever Doug Jones walks only nine hitters in 80-2/3 innings.
  • Sammy Sosa of Chicago homers 36 times but also leads the National League with 174 strikeouts.
  • Cincinnati's Deion Sanders steals 56 bases, then retires to concentrate on pro football.
  • Thomas and Albert Belle of the White Sox become the second pair of teammates ever to hit 30 homers and bat in 100 runs in a season.
  • Just 24-61 at the All-Star break, the Phils win 36 of their last 58.
  • Maddux wins his eighth Gold Glove-all consecutive.
  • Bonds's Gold Glove is his seventh.
  • Walker's 409 total bases are the most since Stan Musial had 429 in 1948.
  • Catcher Charles Johnson of Florida does not commit an error all season.
  • Hector Espino, holder of the minor-league home run record with 484, dies in Monterrey, Mexico.
  • Catcher Ivan Rodriguez of the Rangers wins his sixth straight Gold Glove.
  • Luis Gonzalez of Houston hits in 23 straight games, the longest such streak in the National League during 1997.
  • Cubs second sacker Ryne Sandberg retires again, this time for good, at the end of the season.
  • Pete Rose Jr., son of the all-time hits leader, makes his big-league debut on Labor Day for the Cincinnati Reds.
  • On November 5, the day he is given American League Manager of the Year honors, Davey Johnson quits the Orioles.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers are sold to Rupert Murdoch for approximately $350 million.
  • The Rockies lead the National League in attendance for the fifth straight season.
  • Major league attendance is 63,168,689, the second-highest total ever.
  • Maddux inks a five-year contract extension at $57.5 million, making him the highest-paid player in the game.
  • First baseman Eddie Murray retires with 504 homers and 3,255 hits.
  • On November 5, the Milwaukee Brewers elect to move from the American League to the National for the 1998 season.
  • Baseball holds an expansion draft on November 18 to stock two new clubs: American League's Tampa Bay Devil Rays and National League's Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • Within two months of winning the World Series, Florida trades stars Moises Alou, Kevin Brown, Jeff Conine, Robb Nen, and Devon White in an attempt to dump salaries.

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