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The following are the baseball events of the year 1985 throughout the world.  

Contents

Champions

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Major League Baseball

  League Championship Series World Series
                 
East  Toronto Blue Jays 3  
West  Kansas City Royals 4  
    AL  Kansas City Royals 4
  NL  St. Louis Cardinals 3
East  St. Louis Cardinals 4
West  Los Angeles Dodgers 2  

Other champions

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Wade Boggs BOS .368 Willie McGee STL .353
HR Darrell Evans DET 40 Dale Murphy ATL 37
RBI Don Mattingly NYY 145 Dave Parker CIN 125
Wins Ron Guidry NYY 22 Dwight Gooden1 NYM 24
ERA Dave Stieb TOR 2.48 Dwight Gooden1 NYM 1.53
Ks Floyd Bannister CHW 198 Dwight Gooden1 NYM 268

1Major League Triple Crown Pitching Winner

Major league baseball final standings

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Toronto Blue Jays   99   62 .615    --
2nd New York Yankees   97   64 .602   2.0
3rd Detroit Tigers   84   77 .522 15.0
4th Baltimore Orioles   83   78 .516 16.0
5th Boston Red Sox   81   81 .500 18.5
6th Milwaukee Brewers   71   90 .441 28.0
7th Cleveland Indians   60 102 .370 39.5
West Division
1st Kansas City Royals   91   71 .562    --
2nd California Angels   90   72 .556   1.0
3rd Chicago White Sox   85   77 .525   6.0
4th Minnesota Twins   77   85 .475 14.0
4th Oakland Athletics   77   85 .475 14.0
6th Seattle Mariners   74   88 .457 17.0
7th Texas Rangers   62   99 .385 28.5
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st St. Louis Cardinals 101   61 .623    --
2nd New York Mets   98   64 .605   3.0
3rd Montreal Expos   84   77 .522 16.5
4th Chicago Cubs   77   84 .478 23.5
5th Philadelphia Phillies   75   87 .463 26.0
6th Pittsburgh Pirates   57 104 .354 43.5
West Division
1st Los Angeles Dodgers   95   67 .586    --
2nd Cincinnati Reds   89   72 .553   5.5
3rd Houston Astros   83   79 .512 12.0
3rd San Diego Padres   83   79 .512 12.0
5th Atlanta Braves   66   96 .407 29.0
6th San Francisco Giants   62 100 . 383 33.0

Events

January-April

  • April 28 - Only hours after being swept by the Chicago White Sox in a three-game series at Comiskey Park, the New York Yankees fire Yogi Berra as manager 16 games into the season. Yankees owner George Steinbrenner does not fire Berra personally, but instead dispatches general manager Clyde King to deliver the news for him. Berra will be replaced by Billy Martin, whom he had replaced as manager after the 1983 season; this will be the fourth of Martin's five stints as Yankee skipper. Berra vows after the slight to never again set foot in Yankee Stadium as long as Steinbrenner owns the team.

May-August

  • June 11 - In a 26-7 romp over the New York Mets, Von Hayes of the Philadelphia Phillies becomes the first player in MLB history to hit two home runs in the first inning of a game. Hayes led off the bottom of the first with a homer, then hit a grand slam later in the frame. Those were the only two home runs hit in the high-scoring affair.
  • July 4-5 - In a bizarre game at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 16-13 in a 19-inning game that featured Keith Hernandez hitting for the cycle, and the Braves coming back to tie the game twice in extra innings, most notably in the bottom of the 18th. Pitcher Rick Camp, a career .074 hitter batting only because the Braves had no position players left, shockingly hit a solo home run in the 18th to re-tie the game at 11-11. At the end of the game, even though it was July 5, 3:15 am, the Braves went ahead and shot off their scheduled Fourth of July post-game fireworks for the fans who endured to the end.
  • August 6 and 7 - All parks go dark for a brief strike. All missed games are made up before the season ends.

September-December

  • September 8 - Pete Rose inserts himself into the Cincinnati Reds' lineup as a late addition, and picks up two singles, the second of which gives him 4,191 hits in his career, tying him with Ty Cobb for the career record. Being that the game is at Wrigley Field, the game is eventually called because of darkness after nine innings, resulting in a rare 5-5 tie.
  • September 11 - Eric Show of the San Diego Padres goes down in history for pitching Pete Rose's historic 4,192nd career hit; a line drive single to center field. It breaks the tie for the career record which Rose had shared with Ty Cobb since September 8.

Movies

Births

January-February

March-April

May-June

July-August

September-October

November-December

Deaths

January-April

  • January 16 - Ken Chase, 71, pitcher for the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox and New York Giants between 1936 and 1943
  • February 12 - Van Lingle Mungo, 73, All-Star pitcher whose antics delighted Brooklyn Dodgers fans; led NL in strikeouts, shutouts and innings once each
  • February 14 - Benny Zientara, second baseman for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1940s
  • February 26 - George Uhle, 86, pitcher for the Indians and Tigers who won 200 games and is credited with having developed the slider pitch in the 1920s; also batted .289, one of the highest averages for a pitcher
  • March 8 - Al Todd, 83, catcher for the Phillies, Pirates, Dodgers and Cubs between 1932 and 1943
  • March 10 - Bob Nieman, 58, left fielder for six teams who batted .300 twice for the Orioles; first player to hit home runs in his first two major league at-bats, later a scout
  • March 25 - Joe Wood, 65, infielder who played briefly for the 1943 Detroit Tigers

May-August

  • May 4 - Bill Kunkel, 48, AL umpire since 1968 who worked two World Series and four ALCS; previously a relief pitcher for the Athletics and Yankees, and father of Rangers shortstop Jeff
  • May 5 - Joe Glenn, 76, catcher for the New York Yankees, St. Louis Browns and Boston Red Sox, who caught Babe Ruth during his last pitching game in 1933, and also catched Ted Williams in a rare relief appearance in 1940
  • May 6 - Kirby Higbe, 70, All-Star pitcher for five NL teams who won 22 games for the 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers
  • May 21 - Archie McKain, 74, left-handed reliever who posted a 26-21 record with a 4.26 ERA and 16 saves for the Red Sox, Tigers and Browns from 1937-43
  • June 10 - Bob Prince, 68, broadcaster for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1948 to 1975
  • July 2 - Guy Bush, 83, pitcher who won 176 games, most with the Chicago Cubs, but was best remembered for having given up Babe Ruth's last home run
  • July 27 - Smoky Joe Wood, 95, pitcher for the Red Sox who posted a 34-5 record with an 1.91 ERA in 1912, and went on to win three games in the World Series against the New York Giants; after wearing out his arm by age 26 with a record of 117-57, returned as an outfielder with the Indians and batted .366 while platooning in 1921; later coached at Yale for 20 years
  • July 27 - Carl Yowell, 82, pitcher for the Cleveland Indians in the 1920s
  • August 25 - Dick Wakefield, 64, All-Star left fielder who played for the Detroit Tigers, New Yankees and New York Giants between 1941 and 1952

September-December

  • October 14 - Ossie Bluege, 84, All-Star third baseman who played his entire 18-year career for the Washington Senators; later the team's manager, coach and farm director
  • November 11 - Frank Mulroney, 82, pitcher for the 1930 Boston Red Sox
  • November 15 - Riggs Stephenson, 87, left fielder who batted .336 lifetime while usually platooning, mainly with the Cubs
  • November 23 - Sam West, 81, All-Star center fielder for the Washington Senators and St. Louis Browns who batted .300 eight times
  • November 25 - Ray Jablonski, 58, All-Star third baseman, mainly with the Cardinals, Reds and Giants, who had 100 RBI in his first two seasons
  • November 30 - Jim Grant, 91, pitcher for the 1923 Philadelphia Phillies
  • December 6 - Burleigh Grimes, 92, Hall of Fame pitcher, most notably for the Dodgers, who won 270 games with five 20-win seasons using the spitball, of which he was the last permitted practitioner; later a manager and coach
  • December 8 - Bill Wambsganss, 91, second baseman for the Cleveland Indians who made the only unassisted triple play in World Series history
  • December 14 - Roger Maris, 51, All-Star right fielder who hit 61 home runs in 1961 to break Babe Ruth's long-standing record, earning his second consecutive MVP award, but whose career faltered under the public stress accompanying the accomplishment

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