Below are more headlines from the 1984 baseball season, including Rick Sutcliffe's pitching and Mike Schmidt's hitting.
Alan Trammell Hits .314
Alan Trammell was the best overall shortstop in 1984, batting .314 with 14 homers and 69 RBI. Trammell came to the fore during the postseason. Superb in the American League Championship Series, he had a .364 average and three RBI. Spectacular in the 1984 World Series, he racked up a .450 average, two homers, and six RBI to cop Series MVP honors.
Rick Sutcliffe Wins 16
Dallas Green, Cubs general manager, made the trade of the year, obtaining Rick Sutcliffe from the Indians in exchange for outfielders Mel Hall and Joe Carter. Sutcliffe went 16-1 for the Cubs after starting the season 4-5 for the Indians.
Ron Cey: 25 HRs, 97 RBI
In 1984, Ron Cey still wielded a potent bat. He helped the Cubs to the National League East Division title with 25 homers and 97 RBI. In the League Championship Series, he had one home run and a trio of RBI.
His glovework, however, was off the mark. One Chicago sportswriter wrote that a sheet of propped-up plywood would have provided better defense at Wrigley's hot corner.
Mike Schmidt: 36 HRs, 106 RBI
Mike Schmidt had a typical season for a budding Hall of Famer in 1984. Tying for first place in the National League in homers with 36 and RBI with 106, Schmidt's slugging had him nailing a round-tripper in seven percent of his total at-bats. Capturing his ninth consecutive Gold Glove Award, he exhibited a defensive prowess that was matched only by Brooks Robinson.
Lloyd Moseby: 18 HRs, 92 RBI
Lloyd Moseby put up some impressive offensive numbers in 1984. He batted .280 with 18 homers and 92 RBI, tying for first place in the circuit in triples with 15. Shaker heads up the Blue Jay list in career games (1,392), at-bats (5,|124), runs (768), hits (1,319), extra-base hits (451), doubles (242), and stolen bases (255).
Willie Hernandez Saves 32 Games
In 1984, Willie Hernandez became only the second reliever, behind Rollie Fingers, to capture league MVP and Cy Young honors in the same season. While helping the Tigers to their greatest season in two decades, Hernandez saved 32 games in 33 chances, won nine, and sported a 1.92 ERA. Giving an encore of his spectacular performance in the World Series, he tallied a pair of saves and a 1.69 ERA.
Outfield Carries Padres
The outfield of Carmelo Martinez, Tony Gwynn, and Kevin McReynolds helped the Dick Williams-led Padres to their first National League pennant. Gwynn led with his circuit-topping .351 batting average. McReynolds contributed 20 homers and 75 RBI, while Martinez tallied 13 round-trippers and 66 RBI.
The three disappeared in the 1984 World Series. Martinez and Gwynn hit a combined .222 with no extra-base hits and no RBI. McReynolds missed the action because of an injury.
Jack Morris Blanks 1984 Chicago White Sox
Jack Morris twirled a no-hitter against the White Sox on April 7, 1984, and made a bit of history in the process. Not only did Morris match Ken Forsch's 1979 feat for throwing the season's earliest no-no in the history of the game, he also became the first Tiger to throw a no-hitter since Jim Bunning in 1958.
The ballclub's leading victor from 1979-1987, Morris finished the 1984 season at 19-11. He posted an excellent 2.00 ERA in the 1984 World Series, winning games one and four.
Chet Lemon: 20 HRs, 76 RBI
Chet Lemon was a solid contributor to the Tigers in 1984, as batting .287 with 20 homers and 76 RBI. Baseball guru Bill James ranked Lemon the second- best center fielder in the American League behind Lloyd Moseby of the Blue Jays.
Kirk Gibson One-lips Steve Garvey
Kirk Gibson avoided a pickoff attempt by Steve Garvey at first base in the third inning of game five of the 1984 World Series. Although Garvey led the Padres to their National League Championship Series comeback against the Cubs, he couldn't stem the Tiger tide. Batting just .200, Garvey was good for just a pair of RBI.
Gibson, on the other hand, hit two four-baggers in the fifth and final game to bring the Tigers their first World Title since 1968.
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