More 1992 Baseball Season Highlights
Below are more highlights from the 1992 baseball season, including inductions into the Baseball Hall of Fame and stats for top players:
- After winning the 1992 National League Cy Young Award, free agent Greg Maddux signs huge multiyear contract with the Braves.
- Detroit's Cecil Fielder becomes second player in history to top the major league in RBI three years in a row.
- Juan Gonzalez wins the American League homer title with 43 dingers and sets Rangers four-bagger record in the process.
- After suffering the worst year of his career, Wade Boggs is not offered a contract by the Red Sox and signs with the Yankees as a free agent.
- Mark McGwire of the A's recovers from .201 BA in 1991 to finish second in the American League in homers with 42.
- Three Twins tally more than 100 runs-Puckett (104), Chuck Knoblauch (104), and Shane Mack (101).
- Three Tigers-Fielder, Rob Deer, and Mickey Tettleton-crack 32 or more home runs.
- Atlanta hurler Tom Glavine and Maddux tie for the National League lead in victories with 20.
- John Smoltz of the Braves edges New York's David Cone for the National League strikeout crown, 215 to 214.
- Cone paces the National League in walks with 82, lowest total ever by a senior loop leader.
- After helping Blue Jays win the 1992 Series, Cone in December signs with Kansas City as a free agent.
- Greg Maddux paces the majors with 268 innings.
- Terry Mulholland of the Phils tops the National League with 12 complete games.
- Jack McDowell of the White Sox leads the American League in complete games with 13.
- Lee Smith of Cards leads the National League with 43 saves.
- Dennis Eckersley tops majors with 51 saves.
- Seattle's David Fleming is voted the American League's best rookie hurler after he bags 17 wins for last-place Mariners.
- Randy Johnson of Mariners tops majors with 241 strikeouts.
- Rollie Fingers and Tom Seaver are inducted into the Hall of Fame.
- Hurler Hal Newhouser and umpire Bill McGowan are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.
- Second sacker Mickey Morandini of Phils performs first unassisted triple play in the National League since 1927.
- Dodgers, after setting an all-time record by avoiding cellar for 86 consecutive years, plummet to the National League basement.
- The Red Sox finish in the American League East basement for first time since division play began in 1969.
- Bill Swift of San Francisco leads majors with a 2.08 ERA.
- Jack Morris of Toronto and Kevin Brown of Texas tie for American League lead in wins with 21.
- After seemingly selling the Giants to a Tampa Bay group, owner Bob Lurie is forced to take a lesser offer that will keep team in San Francisco.
- Cincinnati owner Marge Schott faces barrage of accusations that she is racist after season closes.
- Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies are accepted as new franchises for 1993 season.
- Braves mound prospect David Nied is first player chosen in Expansion Draft when Rockies select him.
- Baltimore inaugurates its new stadium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
- George Brett of Royals and Robin Yount of Brewers both collect their 3,000th hits in 1992.
- Ozzie Smith wins his 14th straight Gold Glove.
- Jeff Reardon breaks Rollie Fingers's record of 341 career saves and finishes campaign with 357 saves.
- Lee Smith moves into second place on all-time list with 355 saves.
- Rickey Henderson becomes first player in major league history to garner 1,000 career stolen bases as he finishes 1992 campaign with 1,042.
- Deion Sanders of Braves becomes first major leaguer to play in a World Series game and an NFL game in same week.
- Fay Vincent, under unrelenting pressure, steps down as commissioner.
To learn more about baseball, see:
- 1991 Baseball Season
- 1993 Baseball Season
- Baseball History
- How Baseball Works
- How the Baseball Hall of Fame Works
- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
- Babe Ruth