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1999 Baseball Season

More 1999 Baseball Season Highlights

See below for more highlights of the 1999 baseball season, including Larry Walker's great stats and the Indians winning the American League Central for the fifth season in a row:

  • Mark McGwire belts his 500th home run on August 5 against San Diego.

  • Kansas City center fielder Carlos Beltran is 1999 American League ROTY. Beltran is the first rookie since Fred Lynn in 1975 to both score and bat in 100 runs.

  • Reds reliever Scott Williamson wins 1999 National League ROTY honors after going 12-7 with 19 saves and a 2.41 ERA.

  • Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra wins the American League bat crown with a .357 mark and chips in 27 homers.

  • Derek Jeter of the Yankees paces the majors with 219 hits.

  • Houston's Jeff Bagwell leads the majors in walks (149) and runs (143). He also slams 42 home runs.

  • Colorado's Larry Walker fronts the National League in batting average (.379), on-base percentage (.458), and slugging percentage (.710).

  • Tony Womack of the Diamondbacks leads the majors with 72 steals.

  • In his final season with Seattle, Ken Griffey Jr. hits 48 home runs to lead the American League.

  • Indians win the American League Central for the fifth straight season, climbing into first place for good on April 8.

  • Clemens sets an American League record by winning 20 straight games (over two seasons).

  • The Mets set a major league record by committing just 68 errors.

  • Following the All-Star break, the Mariners move to new Safeco Field.

  • On June 9, prior to a Dodgers-Rangers game, three-year-old Rex Spjute of Meridian, Idaho, sings the national anthem.

  • The Braves' 103 regular-season wins are the most of any team.

  • Atlanta wins the National League East by 6-1/2 games despite losing first baseman Andres Galarraga for the season due to cancer.

  • Houston moves out of the Astrodome, its home since 1965, following the season's conclusion.

  • Astros manager Larry Dierker is sidelined nearly a month after suffering a seizure in the dugout.

  • Arizona's National League West title, coming in just its second year of play, is the quickest championship ever for an expansion team.

  • Detroit's Tiger Stadium closes down after 88 seasons.

  • Mariano Rivera saves 45 for the Yankees to lead the majors.

  • Ugueth Urbina of Montreal saves 41 games, most in the National League.

  • On June 5, Boston reliever Tom Gordon blows a save, ending his major league record-setting streak of 54 consecutive saves.

  • An injury-riddled Cal Ripken Jr. plays in only 86 games-but hits .340.

  • Devil Ray Fred McGriff sets a major league record by homering in 35 different stadiums throughout his career.

  • Cleveland rings up 1,009 runs, becoming the first club to clear a grand since Boston in 1950.

  • Montreal's Vladimir Guerrero hits .316 with 42 homers and 131 RBI. He also authors a 31-game hit streak.

  • The Hall of Fame inducts seven men, including Nolan Ryan, George Brett, Robin Yount, and Orlando Cepeda.

  • In Milwaukee, three people are killed during construction of the Brewers' new stadium, Miller Park.

  • Despite playing just 102 games, Barry Bonds swats 34 home runs for the Giants. He also breaks Hank Aaron's major league record of 293 career intentional walks.

  • On May 9, Florida St. junior Marshall McDougall goes 7-for-7 with an NCAA-record six homers and 16 RBI.

  • On May 10, Garciaparra bashes three home runs, including two grand slams.

  • Two great Yankees -- Joe DiMaggio and Catfish Hunter -- die during the 1999 baseball season.

  • Baltimore's Jesse Orosco moves into first place on the all-time games-pitched list with 1,090.

  • Major League Baseball announces its 25-man All-Century Team, based mostly on fan balloting. The "starters" include Lou Gehrig (1B), Jackie Robinson (2B), Cal Ripken Jr. (SS), Mike Schmidt (3B), Babe Ruth (OF), Hank Aaron (OF), Ted Williams (OF), Johnny Bench (C), Nolan Ryan (RHP), and Sandy Koufax (LHP).

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