Below are more highlights of the 1986 baseball season, including the year's Gold Glove winners and Hall of Fame inductees.
- Toronto's Jesse Barfield leads majors with 40 homers.
- Fernando Valenzuela tops National League with 21 wins and majors with 20 CGs.
- The Hall of Fame inducts Willie McCovey, Bobby Doerr, and Ernie Lombardi.
- KC's Frank White reclaims status as American League Gold Glove second baseman.
- Angel catcher Bob Boone, 38, becomes the oldest to win a Gold Glove.
Gary Gaetti of Minnesota and Tony Fernandez of Toronto both win their
first Gold Gloves -- at third base and shortstop, respectively.
- Pittsburgh's Sid Bream sets National League record for first basemen with 166 assists.
- Steve Carlton's major league record skein of 534 consecutive starts without any relief appearances ends on August 5.
- Fernandez sets major league record for most hits by a shortstop (213).
- Cardinal Willie McGee sets National League record for largest drop in BA by a defending batting champ -- 97 points.
- Mike Hargrove retires with a .400 career OBP, the first player since 1970 to quit with an OBP that high.
- Gorman Thomas departs from majors with a .225 career BA, lowest ever by an outfielder active ten or more years.
- Cliff Johnson retires with a major league record 20 pinch-hit homers.
- Twins' Greg Gagne hits two inside-the-park home runs in a game.
- Ranger Pete Incaviglia fans 185 times to set new Major League rookie record.
- John Cangelosi of the White Sox sets an American League rookie record with 50 steals.
- Ranger Mitch Williams sets rookie record for pitchers when he appears in 80 games.
- Houston's Jim Deshaies sets major league record by striking out the first eight batters on Sept. 23.
- Boston's Don Baylor sets an American League record when he's hit by 35 pitches.
- On June 28, Indian Phil Niekro faces the Angels' Sutton in the first duel between 300-game winners since 1892.
- On February 28, 11 players are fined and/or suspended for varying lengths of time for cocaine involvement.
- Orioles set a major league record when they hit only 13 triples.
- Tim Raines leads National League in batting (.334) and OBP (.415).
- Philly's Von Hayes tops National League in doubles (46) and runs produced (186), and ties Tony Gwynn for National League lead in runs (107).
- Gwynn tops the National League in hits (211) and is a strong third in BA (.329).
- New York's Keith Hernandez leads National League in walks (94).
The Reds' Eric Davis is second in the National League with 80 steals
and sets a major league record for most steals by a player who hits 30
or more home runs.
- Rickey Henderson leads majors with 130 runs.
- Cleveland's Joe Carter paces the major league in RBI (121) and runs produced (200).
Mike Scott leads majors in innings (275) and Ks (306), and
ties teammate Bob Knepper for most shutouts in the National League
- Detroit's Jack Morris leads majors with six shutouts and is second in the American League in wins with 21.
- Blyleven leads American League in innings pitched (272).
- Cleveland's Tom Candiotti tops American League in CGs (17).
- Mets win 108 games, leading the National League in runs scored (783) and fewest runs allowed (578).
- Mets lead the National League in batting (.263) and ERA (3.11).
- Cleveland leads the American League in runs (831), but again has poor pitching (4.57 ERA).
To learn more about baseball, see:
- 1985 Baseball Season
- 1987 Baseball Season
- Baseball History
- How Baseball Works
- How the Baseball Hall of Fame Works
- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
- Babe Ruth