Below are more headlines from the 1987 baseball season, including great performances by Alan Trammell and Kirby Puckett.
Eric Davis: 37 HRs, 100 RBI
Eric Davis joined the list of outfielders inviting comparison to the great Willie Mays as he enjoyed a spectacular season in 1987. Getting off to an early start, he clubbed three home runs in a game played on May 3, 1987. Finishing the season with a .293 average, he totaled 37 homers, 100 RBI, and 50 stolen bases. He won both his first All-Star selection and Gold Glove Award that year.
Twins Trump the Cards
Among the sluggers the Cardinal pitching staff had to face in the 1987 World Series were Twins Tom Brunansky, Kirby Puckett, and Kent Hrbek. Puckett, who finished the regular season batting .332, had the best Series average of the trio, turning in a .357 mark. Brunansky scored five runs and Hrbek tallied one homer and six RBI. The Twins outdid the Cards in runs scored (38-26), and home runs (7-2).
Tony Gwynn Racks Up .370 BA
Tony Gwynn donned his second National League batting crown in 1987, as he hit .370 with a loop-high 218 hits. The outfielder's average was the best mark in the senior circuit since Stan Musial batted .376 in 1948. With his average placing 32 points higher than that of the runner-up, he became the 15th player in baseball history to win the batting title by a 30-point margin. He also placed second with 13 triples, a .450 on-base percentage, and 56 stolen bases. At the end of the 1987 season, Gwynn led the Padres in career batting average (.335).
Alan Trammell: 28 HRs, 105 RBI
For the second time in his career, Alan Trammell put together an MVP season only to be denied the honor. Racking up 109 runs scored and 205 hits, the shortstop led the Tigers to a dramatic final-game clinching of the American League East Division in 1987. Enjoying his best season to date and batting cleanup for the first time, he hit .343 (third in the loop) with 28 homers and 105 RBI. Trammell finished a close second to George Bell in the MVP vote.
Kirby Puckett: .332 BA, 99 RBI
Kirby Puckett was the inspirational leader for the Twins during their Cinderella season of 1987. The center fielder led the American League that year with 207 hits while batting .332 with 28 homers and 99 RBI. His outstanding fielding made him a fixture of season highlight films and earned him his second Gold Glove. In a poll of major leaguers, Puckett ranked as one of the top three players his peers would pay to see play.
Mark McGwire and Wally Joyner: American League's Best
The American League West Division had two of the best young players in baseball in Mark McGwire of Oakland and Wally Joyner of the Angels. Between them, the two whacked 83 homers and drove in 235 runs for the 1987 season. McGwire hit three homers against the Indians on June 27 and another two dingers on the 28th, matching the major league record for home runs in consecutive games. Joyner, the MVP for the Angels, established a club record for home runs by a first baseman (34). He also became the ninth player to post consecutive 100-plus RBI seasons in his debut and sophomore years.
Kent Hrbek: 34 HRs, 90 RBI
Kent Hrbek helped the Twins to the World Championship in 1987. He batted .285 with 34 homers and 90 RBI for the season. In postseason play, he made the last putouts in the game that clinched the American League West Division, in the decisive game five of the League Championship Series, and in game seven of the fall classic. The first sacker also whacked a grand slam in game six of the Series (No. 14 in the history of the tournament). As a kid, he lived so close to Minnesota's Metropolitan Stadium (the Twins' ballpark) that he could see the stadium lights from his bedroom. Some 20 years later, in the Metrodome (the team's new digs), he was pulling in more than $1.5 million as the first baseman for the Twins.
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