1986 Baseball Season


More 1986 Baseball Season Highlights

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 (five).

  • 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).

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