1996 Baseball Season Highlights
- New York, Texas, and Cleveland win their American League divisions, while Baltimore makes the playoffs as a wildcard.
- New York defeats Texas in four games in the American League division playoffs.
- In the division playoff against New York, Texas's Juan Gonzalez becomes the first man to homer in each of his first four postseason games.
- Baltimore beats Cleveland in four games in first-round action.
- New York defeats Baltimore in five games in the ALCS.
- Twelve-year-old Jeffrey Maier helps the Yankees win game one of the ALCS when he interferes with a long fly by Yankee Derek Jeter.
Bill Foster was elected to
the Hall of Fame in 1996.
- Earl Weaver, Ned Hanlon, Jim Bunning, and Bill Foster are elected to the Hall of Fame.
- Needing just one win in their final three games of the season to clinch the National League West, the Dodgers fall prey to a San Diego sweep that gives the Pads the crown.
- Atlanta and St. Louis are National League division winners, while the Dodgers make it as a wildcard.
- For the second year in a row, the Dodgers are humiliated in the National League division playoffs, bowing in three straight games to Atlanta.
- The Cardinals sweep San Diego in three division playoff games.
- Atlanta rallies to win the NLCS after trailing St. Louis three games to one.
- The Yankees defeat Atlanta four games to two in the 1996 World Series.
- Atlanta rookie sensation Andruw Jones, age 19, slugs two homers in game one of the 1996 World Series.
- Yankees closer John Wetteland becomes the first hurler to bag four saves in a World Series.
- Ken Caminiti of the Padres wins the National League MVP Award.
- Texas slugger Juan Gonzalez edges Alex Rodriguez to win the American League MVP.
- John Smoltz of Atlanta bags the Cy Young Award.
- Blue Jays bulwark Pat Hentgen wins the American League Cy Young Award.
- Todd Hollandsworth of the Dodgers is the National League ROTY.
- Derek Jeter is a unanimous winner of the American League ROTY Award.
- San Diego's Tony Gwynn hits .353 to win his seventh National League batting crown.
- Rodriguez hits .358 to become the first American League shortstop since 1944 to win a batting title.
- Barry Bonds of the Giants is the first in National League history to bag 40 stolen bases and 40 homers in the same season.
- Bonds sets a new National League record when he collects 151 walks.
- The Indians (99-62) compile the best regular-season record in the major league two years in a row.
- Mark McGwire of Oakland becomes the first player in major league history to compile 50 home runs in a season before collecting his 400th at-bat.
- McGwire leads the major league with 52 homers, a .730 SA, and a .467 OBP.
- Colorado's Andres Galarraga leads the National League in homers (47) and RBI (150).
- Ellis Burks of Colorado tallies 142 runs to pace the majors.
- The American League leader in runs scored is Rodriguez with 141.
- Rodriguez leads the American League in runs (141) and sets new all-time shortstop marks for SA (.631), doubles (54), and hits (215).
- Albert Belle of Cleveland paces the American League in RBI with 148.
- Minnesota's Paul Molitor, age 40, tops the American League with 225 hits.
- Molitor becomes the first member of the 3,000-hit club to have a higher career batting average at age 40 than he did at age 30.
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