1987 Baseball Season Highlights
- 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.
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