1995 Baseball Season Highlights
- The opening of the season is delayed, and the season abbreviated to 144 games, because of the players' strike.
Dodger Ramon Martinez
pitches a no-hitter against
Florida on July 14, 1995.
- Ramon Martinez of the Dodgers pitches a no-hitter against Florida on July 14.
- Cleveland goes 100-44 to win the American League Central by 30 games.
- In the American League East, both first-place Boston and the wildcard Yankees make the playoffs.
- Seattle wins the American League West in a one game playoff with California after finishing the regular season tied with the Angels.
- In the first year that the best-of-five division playoffs are instituted, the Mariners-Yankees series is the only one to go the full five games.
- Edgar Martinez doubles home the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the 11th to give Seattle a 6-5 comeback victory in the finale of its division playoff with the Yankees.
- Cleveland needs only three games to humble Boston in a division playoff pitting the two teams with the best records in the American League.
- Cleveland wins its first American League pennant in 41 years by taking Seattle in six in the ALCS.
- Atlanta (East), Cincinnati (Central), and Los Angeles (West) are the National League's division winners.
- Cincinnati needs only three games to erase LA in the first playoff round.
- Colorado, the National League wildcard qualifier, pushes Atlanta to four games before bowing in the division playoffs.
- Atlanta needs just four games to eliminate Cincinnati in the NLCS.
- The Braves win their first World Championship since moving to Atlanta by topping Cleveland in six games in the 1995 World Series.
- Braves pitchers hold Cleveland heavy hitters to a meager .179 BA in the 1995 World Series.
- David Justice's solo home run wins the Series finale 1-0 for Tom Glavine.
- Although he loses all the American League slugging crowns to Cleveland's Albert Belle, Boston's Mo Vaughn beats out Belle for the junior circuit MVP Award.
- Cincinnati shortstop Barry Larkin is selected the National League MVP.
- Maddux wins his record fourth straight National League Cy Young Award.
- Seattle lefty Randy Johnson tops the majors with 294 strikeouts.
- Johnson becomes the first Seattle Mariner to earn a Cy Young Award.
- Johnson's glittering 18-2 record gives him a .900 winning percentage, the best in the American League.
- Maddux surpasses even Johnson, going 19-2 with a .905 winning percentage to top the major league in both wins and win pct.
- Tony Gwynn of San Diego wins his sixth National League batting crown (.368).
- Seattle DH Martinez hits .356 to win his second American League batting crown.
- On Sept. 6, Baltimore's Cal Ripken plays in his 2,131st consecutive major league game, breaking Lou Gehrig's record.
- The Rockies' 4.97 staff ERA is the highest to date in this century by a team that qualified for the playoffs.
- Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo wins the National League ROTY Award after pacing the loop in strikeouts -- 236 in just 191 innings.
- Colorado's Dante Bichette leads the National League in homers (40) and RBI (128) and finishes third in batting.
- Mike Piazza of the Dodgers compiles the highest combined BA and SA figure of any National League catcher in history (.952) when he hits .346 and slugs .606.
- Belle is the first slugger in history to compile both 50 doubles and 50 homers in the same season.
- Belle leads the American League with 50 homers, 126 RBI, a .690 SA, and 377 total bases.
- Martinez and Belle tie for the American League lead in both doubles (52) and runs (121).
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