1989 Baseball Season Highlights
The 1989 baseball season was filled with its share of dark moments: An earthquake shook San Francisco during game 3 of the World Series, two players made scandalous headlines, and a baseball great was banned for life. Below are some of the highlights from the 1989 baseball season:
- A's cop their second straight American League flag.
- Giants win their first National League pennant since 1962.
- Giants defeat Cubs in five games in NLCS.
- Blue Jays fall to the A's in five games in ALCS.
- A's sweep Giants in the most one-sided World Series ever.
- A massive earthquake in San Francisco prior to game three forces a ten-day delay of the 1989 World Series.
Tim Raines achieved the
highest career stolen
base percentage in major
league history (.867).
- Tim Raines has highest career stolen base pct. in major league history (.867).
- Dave Stewart was voted 1989 World Series MVP, winning two games.
- KC's Bret Saberhagen wins his second American League Cy Young Award.
- San Diego reliever Mark Davis wins the National League Cy Young Award.
- SF's Kevin Mitchell is named 1989 National League MVP, topping the major league in homers (47), RBI (125), SA (.635), and total bases (345).
- Robin Yount wins his second American League MVP Award and is the first player to win the honor at two different positions.
- Kirby Puckett tops the majors with a .339 BA and 215 hits.
- Ranger Ruben Sierra tops American League in SA (.543), RBI (119), triples (14), and total bases (344).
- Nolan Ryan Ks his 5,000th victim, Rickey Henderson.
- Ryan tops the major league with 301 Ks and becomes, at 42, the game's oldest strikeout king.
- Cardinal Vince Coleman steals a major league record 50 consecutive bases without being caught.
- Pete Rose is banned from baseball for gambling activities.
- Commissioner Bart Giamatti dies of heart attack shortly after banning Rose.
- Wade Boggs collects 200 hits for 20th-century record seventh consecutive year.
- Baltimore's Gregg Olson is 1989 American League Rookie of the Year after he sets a new American League rookie saves record with 27.
- Chicago's Jerome Walton is 1989 National League Rookie of the Year.
- American League wins 1989 All-Star Game 5-3 at Anaheim -- the first time since 1958 that the American League has won two games in a row.
- Orioles improve to 87-75, a gain of 32½ games over 1988.
- Toronto's Tony Fernandez makes just six errors and sets a major league FA record for shortstops (.992).
- Network and TV contracts give major league teams $230 million.
- Angel Jim Abbott, the first one-handed pitcher since the 1880s, wins 12 games and strikes out 115 batters.
- Boggs and Steve Garvey both make headlines when they're sued by women with whom they've had affairs.
- Houston's Terry Puhl ends the season with the best career FA of any outfielder in Major League history (.993).
- Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Jr. are first father and son in major league history to be active in majors at the same time.
- Sky Dome opens June 5, Milwaukee vs. Toronto.
- In their new home, Blue Jays set a new American League attendance record.
- Billy Martin dies in a truck crash.
- Free agent Mark Davis signs with Royals after topping the major league with 44 saves for San Diego.
- Saberhagen leads the majors with 23 wins and has the major league's top win pct. (.793).
- Tony Gwynn wins National League bat crown (.336).
To learn more about baseball, see:
- 1988 Baseball Season
- 1990 Baseball Season
- Baseball History
- How Baseball Works
- How the Baseball Hall of Fame Works
- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
- Babe Ruth