More 1989 Baseball Season Highlights
Below are more headlines from the 1989 baseball season, including year-end awards, big trades, and Hall of Fame inductees.
- Ozzie Smith sets a major league record for shortstops when he cops his tenth Gold Glove.
Smith sets a major league record when he tops the National
League, for the ninth time in assists by a shortstop.
- The Hall of Fame inducts Johnny Bench, Carl Yastrzemski, Red Schoendienst, and Al Barlick.
- Former Angels reliever Donnie Moore commits suicide.
- Bill Terry dies.
- Field of Dreams, featuring legend Joe Jackson, is one of the top movies of the year.
- Yankees deal Henderson back to A's for Luis Polonia, Eric Plunk, and Greg Cadaret.
- Minnesota trades ace lefthander Frank Viola to Mets for Rick Aguilera and four pitchers.
For the fourth straight season, major league teams have 24-man rosters;
teams have the option to take on a 25th player but none do.
- Dodgers extend their major league record by playing their 84th consecutive season without finishing in the cellar.
- Kent Tekulve retires with record for most career relief appearances without ever starting a game (1,050).
- Henderson ties an American League record when he tops the American League for ninth time in steals.
- Philly's Tommy Herr ends the 1989 season with the best career FA by a second baseman (.988).
- Bob Boone extends his major league record for most games as a catcher -- 2,183 through 1989.
For the second time since 1959, righthanded batters finish one-two
in the American League bat race -- Kirby Puckett at .339 and Oakland's Carney
Lansford at .336.
- Wade Boggs tops majors with 51 doubles and ties for lead in runs (113).
- Boggs tops the major league for the fifth year in a row in OBP (.430).
- Texas' Jeff Russell paces American League with 38 saves.
- Saberhagen tops majors with just 12 CGs -- the fewest ever for a major league best.
San Diego's Bruce Hurst and LA's Tim Belcher top National League in
CGs with just ten -- the fewest ever by a loop leader.
- Saberhagen tops majors with 262 innings -- the fewest ever by a major league leader.
- Orel Hershiser sets a new National League record for fewest innings by a leader (257).
- Belcher tops the major league with eight shutouts despite working only ten CGs.
- SF's Robby Thompson leads National League with 11 triples.
- Houston's Mike Scott is the only National League hurler to win as many as 20 games.
- Stewart wins 21 games and Mike Moore and Storm Davis win 19 each to give the A's 59 wins from their top three hurlers.
- Giants' Scott Garrelts paces National League in ERA (2.28).
- Comeback Player of the Year Lonnie Smith of Atlanta tops the National League in OBP (.415) and is third in batting (.315).
- San Diego's Jack Clark tops National League in walks (132) and has .410 OBP despite hitting only .242.
- Toronto's Fred McGriff tops American League in homers (36).
Cleveland's Joe Carter trails McGriff by only one homer for an American
League crown and has 105 RBI, but hits just .243 and has a
dismal .292 OBP.
- California's Bert Blyleven achieves 3,500 Ks.
Cardinal Pedro Guerrero and Expo Tim Wallach tie for National
League lead in doubles with 42; Guerrero is also second in RBI (117).
- Mets' Howard Johnson is a member of the 30/30 club for second time as he swipes 41 bases and bangs 36 homers.
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