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1996 Baseball Season

1996 Baseball Season Highlights

The 1996 baseball season was a year on fire for bats. Seattle, Cleveland, Baltimore, Texas, Boston, and Colorado each scored more than 900 runs, a feat not achieved by any team since 1953. The year culminated in an exciting win for the New York Yankees at the 1996 World Series. Below, you will find the highlights from the 1996 baseball season:
  • 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
    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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