1987 Baseball Season Highlights
The 1987 baseball season was filled with record-breaking performances by Mark McGwire, Don Mattingly, Nolan Ryan, and others. The Twins won their first World Series since their move to Minnesota. Below are some of the highlights from the 1987 baseball season:
- Twins win in the American League with a .525 win pct. -- the lowest ever by an American League winner.
- Cards cop their third flag in the 1980s.
- In NLCS, Cards beat SF in seven games, shutting out the Giants in games six and seven.
Paul Molitor made
headlines when he hit
in 39 consecutive games.
- Brewer Paul Molitor hits in 39 consecutive games -- the most in the American League since Joe DiMaggio's 56 in 1941.
- SF's Jeff Leonard hits .417 and ties LCS record with four homers.
- In the ALCS, the Twins beat Detroit in five games.
- The Twins win their first World Series since moving to Minnesota in seven games, as both clubs are unable to win on the road.
- Frank Viola is the 1987 World Series MVP with two wins for Twins.
- Tigers win the American League East on the last day of the season after the Jays begin the final week with a seemingly insurmountable lead.
- Cub Andre Dawson is named 1987 National League MVP.
- Toronto's George Bell is 1987 American League MVP.
- Roger Clemens wins his second consecutive American League Cy Young Award.
- Steve Bedrosian wins 1987 National League Cy Young Award, saving a Major League-leading 40 games.
- Oakland's Mark McGwire is 1987 American League Rookie of the Year, hitting a rookie record 49 homers.
- Padre Benito Santiago is 1987 National League Rookie of the Year after setting a new frosh record by hitting safely in 34 straight games.
- Tony Gwynn takes 1987 National League bat crown with .370 BA -- the highest in the National League since 1948.
- Wade Boggs wins his fourth American League bat crown in 1980s (.363).
- Cardinal Vince Coleman steals 100 or more bases for major league record third straight season.
- Arbiter Thomas Roberts rules owners guilty of collusion after they fail to sign free agents.
- National League wins 1987 All-Star Game 2-0 in Oakland in 13 innings.
- Don Mattingly hits six grand slams in the season and also hits at least one homer in eight consecutive games.
- Milwaukee's Juan Nieves no-hits Baltimore on April 15 -- first no-hitter by Brewers pitcher.
- Brewers tie a major league record by opening the season with 13 consecutive wins.
- Angel Bob Boone sets a new career record for catchers when he catches in his 1,919th game.
- Milwaukee's Rob Deer sets an American League record when he fans 187 times.
- Reggie Jackson retires with a major league career record 2,597 Ks.
- Detroit's Darrell Evans sets a major league record for players over 40 years old by hitting 34 homers.
- Evans sets an American League record for players over age 40 with 99 RBI.
- Oriole Cal Ripken Sr. is the first man to manage two sons in the major league -- Cal Jr. and Billy.
- Ripken's sons are the first brothers to form a regular keystone combo in the major league.
- Cal Ripken's record skein of the most consecutive innings played (8,243) comes to an end.
- Attendance tops 52 million, as the Dodgers, Cards, and Mets each draw more than three million.
- A record 4,458 homers and 19,883 runs are produced in the major league during the regular season.
- Every team in the American League hits more than 160 homers.
To learn more about baseball, see:
- 1986 Baseball Season
- 1988 Baseball Season
- Baseball History
- How Baseball Works
- How the Baseball Hall of Fame Works
- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
- Babe Ruth