1980s Baseball Season Recaps

1980s baseball had a mix of new faces and veteran champions with Cal Ripken winning Rookie of the Year in 1982 and Orel Hershiser pitching 59 scoreless innings.

The Atlanta Braves took off to a surprising 13-game winning streak to open the year, but the 1982 baseball season led to a World Series victory for the St. Louis Cardinals. Learn more about the 1982 baseball season.

Johnny Bench, Carl Yastrzemski and Gaylord Perry all retired after the 1983 baseball season. Read our recap of everything that happened in the 1983 baseball season.

The 1984 baseball season is marked by excellent players like Ryne Sandberg and Rick Sutcliffe, and surprisingly successful seasons from the Padres, the Cubs, and the Mets. Learn more about the highlights of the 1984 baseball season.

Several major milestones arrived in 1985, such as Nolan Ryan's 4000th strikeout, Rod Carew's 300th hit, and Tom Seaver and Phil Niekro both earning their 300th win. Learn more about the 1985 baseball season.

The 1986 baseball season was a dazzling one for the 'Macho Mets' of New York and the strong Houston Astros team in the NL West. See all the highlights of the 1986 baseball season, including a memorable 1986 World Series.

During the 1987 baseball season, record-breaking performances were the name of the game, with both novices and veterans providing record-breaking performances. See all the highlights including the 1987 World Series.

Orel Hershiser was a standout pitcher in 1988, with his amazing streak of 59 scoreless innings. The 1988 baseball season featured a World Series match between the underdog Dodgers and the mighty A's. Learn about the 1988 baseball season.

Candlestick Park was shaking -- the largest earthquake in San Francisco for decades. The 1989 baseball season ended with game three of the World Series being delayed due to the disaster. Learn more about the 1989 baseball season.

Much to the dismay of baseball fans, the 1981 baseball season is best remembered for the ten-week players' strike that canceled 713 games and ushered in the unpopular split-season format. Learn more about the 1981 baseball season.

The Philadelphia Phillies, with the help of superstar Mike Schmidt and dominating pitcher Steve Carlton, won their first World Series in history during the 1980 baseball season. Read more about the 1980 baseball season.