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1991 Baseball Season

More 1991 Baseball Season Highlights

See more highlights of the 1991 baseball season, including Ricky Henderson's many stolen bases and labor disputes and Nolan Ryan's May 1 no-hitter.

  • The American League save leader is Bryan Harvey with 46, a new Angels record.

  • Boston's Roger Clemens paces the American League in ERA (2.62), strikeouts (241), innings (271), and shutouts (four) and wins his third Cy Young Award.

  • Clemens ties the American League record for the fewest wins (18) by a starting pitcher who copped a Cy Young Award.

  • Dennis Eckersley of the A's notches 43 saves to became first hurler ever to collect more than 160 career wins and 160 career saves.

  • Cecil Fielder of Detroit paces the American League in both homers (44) and RBI (133).

  • Jose Canseco of the A's ties Fielder for the American League homer crown and also is second in the loop in RBI (122).

  • Julio Franco becomes first member of Rangers franchise to win the American League bat crown when he hits .341.

  • Rafael Palmeiro, Franco, and Ruben Sierra of the Rangers all collect over 200 hits to tie the American League team record.

  • Milwaukee's Paul Molitor paces the major league in both runs (133) and hits (216) and finishes with a .325 average.

  • KC's Danny Tartabull tops the American League with a .593 SA, tops by far in the major league.

  • Frank Thomas of the White Sox tops the major league with 138 walks and a .453 OBP. His 138 walks are a new White Sox franchise record.

  • Rickey Henderson tops Lou Brock's record for career thefts, finishing season with 994 stolen bases.

  • Henderson also cops his American League-record 11th stolen-base crown, with 58 thefts.

  • Cal Ripken wins his second MVP Award, as he extends his consecutive-games-played streak to 1,572.

  • Ripken leads the American League in total bases with 368, is second in hits with 210, and is also second in doubles with 46. He is first shortstop in American League history to hit .300 with 30 or more homers and 100 or more RBI.

  • Cincinnati sets record for the lowest winning percentage (.457) by a defending world champion.

  • Replacement umpires are employed on Opening Day -- the result of a major league umpires labor dispute.

  • The Tigers become third team in American League history to lead loop in homers while finishing last in batting.

  • Joe Carter of Toronto becomes first player to collect 100 RBI for three different teams in as many seasons.

  • The Expos are forced to finish their season on the road after a section of Olympic Stadium collapses.

  • The Blue Jays set a new American League attendance record when they draw over four million fans to SkyDome.

  • Cleveland finishes with baseball's worst record (57-105) and sets a team record for losses.

  • For the sixth season in a row, the Blue Jays have a winning record both at home and on the road.

  • The Angels (81-81) become first team in major league history to finish in the basement without a losing record.

  • The Dodgers post a 3.06 staff ERA, best in the majors.

  • The Twins top the major league with a .280 BA.

  • Rookie Ivan Rodriguez of Texas catches 88 games at age 19 -- the most since 1949 by a teenage backstopper.

  • Rob Deer of Detroit hits just .179, the lowest BA in 105 years by a regular outfielder.

  • The A's Mark McGwire hits a mere .201, lowest BA in 103 years by a regular first baseman.

  • The Mariners break .500 for first time in franchise history but fire manager Jim Lefebvre anyway.

  • The American League wins the All-Star Game 4-2 at Toronto.

  • Nolan Ryan throws his major league-record seventh no-hitter on May 1 against Toronto.

  • At the end of the '91 season, Ryan has 314 wins, tied for 14th on the all-time career list.

  • Bo Jackson is released by the Royals prior to the season after suffering a hip injury while playing pro football.

  • Jackson signs with the White Sox and, after a long rehabilitation, returns to action late in the season.

  • The Brewers go 40-19 in the last two months to finish at 83-79.

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