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1984 Baseball Season

More 1984 Baseball Season Highlights

Below are more highlights of the 1984 baseball season, including Dwight Gooden's strikeout record and the year's biggest trades.

  • Baltimore's Mike Boddicker tops the American League with 20 wins.

  • St. Louis' Joaquin Andujar leads the National League with 20 wins.

  • The average player's salary is now $363,000.
    Pee Wee Reese
    Pee Wee Reese was
    inducted into the
    Baseball Hall-of-Fame
    in 1984.

  • The Hall of Fame inducts Luis Aparicio, Harmon Killebrew, Don Drysdale, Rick Ferrell, and Pee Wee Reese.

  • Jim Rice sets a new major league record when he grounds into 36 DPs.

  • Eddie Murray wins the third of his three consecutive Gold Gloves as an American League first baseman.

  • Pittsburgh's Tony Pena wins the second of three straight Gold Gloves as a National League catcher.

  • Dwight Gooden fans 16 batters in two consecutive starts to set the new modern record for most Ks in two straight starts (32).

  • Stanley Coveleski dies at age 94.

  • Waite Hoyt dies.

  • Joe Cronin dies.

  • George Kelly dies at age 89.

  • Houston's Dickie Thon is beaned, suffers damaged vision, and never regains hitting ability.

  • Cleveland trades Rick Sutcliffe, Ron Hassey, and George Frazier to the Cubs for Joe Carter, Mel Hall, and a minor leaguer.

  • Oakland swaps Rickey Henderson, Bert Bradley, and cash to the Yankees for Jay Howell, Stan Javier, Tim Birtsas, Jose Rijo, and Eric Plunk.

  • Boston ships Dennis Eckersley to the Cubs for Bill Buckner and Mike Brumley.

  • Montreal deals Joe Carter to the Mets for Hubie Brooks and three other players.

  • Prior to the season, Phils deal Hernandez and Dave Bergman to Detroit for John Wockenfuss and Glenn Wilson.

  • Carl Pohlad buys Twins from Calvin Griffith.

  • Pittsburgh's Johnny Ray sets a major league record when he has a game-winning RBI in six straight games.

  • Joe Morgan's 265th career homer breaks Rogers Hornsby's record for second basemen.

  • Phillie Juan Samuel sets the record for both National League second basemen and National League rookies when he fans 168 times.

  • Steve Garvey's 1.000 FA sets a new major league record for first basemen.

  • Jim Frey, who piloted the Royals to a division title in his first year in KC, does the same in his first year with the Cubs.

  • Boddicker, a breaking-ball specialist, establishes a major league record for pitchers when he averages 1.44 putouts per game he pitches.

  • Gary Matthews of the Cubs tops the National League in walks (103) and OBP (.417).

  • Ray and Tim Raines tie for National League lead in doubles (38).

  • Raines tops Samuel in steals (75-72) to lead the major league.

  • Murray paces American League in walks (107) and OBP (.415).

  • Chicago's Harold Baines has the American League's top SA (.541).

  • Teammates Lloyd Moseby and Dave Collins of Toronto lead American League in triples with 15.

  • Henderson, playing for Oakland, leads the American League in steals (66).

  • KC's Dan Quisenberry leads American League with 44 saves.

  • Alejandro Pena of LA has the best ERA in the major league (2.49); Boddicker has the best ERA in the American League (2.79).

  • Toronto's Dave Stieb leads the major league in innings with 267.

  • Charlie Hough of Texas tops majors with 17 CGs.

  • Cincinnati's Mario Soto leads the National League with just 13 complete games.

  • Seattle rookie Mark Langston tops the American League in Ks (204), wins 17 games to set new Mariners club record.
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