1985 Baseball Season

More 1985 Baseball Season Highlights

Carlton Fisk hit 37 home runs in 1985 -- more than any other catcher in American League history.
Carlton Fisk hit 37 home runs in 1985 -- more than any other catcher in American League history.

Below are more highlights of the 1985 baseball season, including Rookies of the Year, new records, and the year's inductees into the Hall of Fame.

  • Bert Blyleven, traded by Cleveland to Minnesota mid-season, tops American League in CGs (24), innings (294), and Ks (206).
  • Dale Berra becomes second player in major league history to be managed by his father -- Yankee Yogi Berra.
  • The Hall of Fame inducts Hoyt Wilhelm, Lou Brock, Arky Vaughan, and Enos Slaughter.
  • Chicago's Ozzie Guillen is 1985 American League Rookie of the Year.
  • Vince Coleman is 1985 National League Rookie of the Year.
  • George Brett wins the only Gold Glove of his career.
  • Don Mattingly wins his first Gold Glove as American League's top fielding first baseman.
  • Boston's Bill Buckner sets a new major league record for first basemen with 184 assists.
  • KC's Steve Balboni fans 166 times to set a new major league record for first basemen.
  • Steve Bedrosian of Atlanta makes major league record 37 starts without registering a single complete game all season.
  • Cardinal Tommy Herr is first major league player since 1950 to amass 100 or more RBI with fewer than ten homers.
  • Rob Picciolo leaves majors with 25 walks in 1,628 career at-bats -- the poorest walk ratio in major league history.
  • Duane Kuiper retires with one homer in 3,379 career at-bats -- the worst home run ratio in 20th century among players active ten or more seasons.
  • Chicago's Carlton Fisk sets an American League record for catchers with 37 homers.
  • Henderson sets a major league record for players with 90 or more steal attempts at 88.9 percent success.
  • San Diego's LaMarr Hoyt allows just 0.86 walks per game.
  • Blue Jay Dennis Lamp has a perfect 11-0 record -- most wins without a loss by a pitcher since 1928.
  • A record 458 games are played in majors before the first rain-out of the year, May 20 in Cleveland.
  • Giants trade Jack Clark to St. Louis for Jose Uribe and three other players.
  • Local group buys Pirates, then installs Syd Thrift as GM.
  • Cincinnati auto dealer Marge Schott becomes principal owner of the Reds.
  • Wade Boggs sets an American League record when he makes one or more hits in 135 games.
  • Boggs also sets major league season record for most hits by a third baseman (240).
  • Joe Wood dies at 95.
  • Roger Maris dies at 51.
  • Burleigh Grimes dies.
  • Billy Martin replaces Yogi Berra as Yankees manager in late April, guides club to 91-54 record, and has a fight with pitcher Ed Whitson.
  • Astros play a National League record 126 night games.
  • Andy Hawkins sets Padres record when he wins 15 consecutive games.
  • McGee's .353 BA is the highest since 1901 by a switch-hitter in the National League.
  • Ron Guidry leads the American League with 22 wins and .786 win pct.
  • KC's Willie Wilson leads majors with 21 triples -- most since Dale Mitchell's 23 in 1949.
  • Expo Jeff Reardon leads the majors with 41 saves; Royal Dan Quisenberry tops the American League with 37.
  • Cardinal John Tudor tops majors with ten shutouts -- one short of modern record for southpaws.
  • Brewers are last in American League with 101 homers after topping majors with 216 in 1982.
  • Angels fall 1 game short of winning the American League West, adding to Gene Mauch's record of most years as a manager without winning a pennant (24).

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