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The following are the baseball events of the year 1987 throughout the world.  



Major League Baseball

  League Championship Series World Series
East  Detroit Tigers 1  
West  Minnesota Twins 4  
    AL  Minnesota Twins 4
  NL  St. Louis Cardinals 3
East  St. Louis Cardinals 4
West  San Francisco Giants 3  

Other champions

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Wade Boggs BOS .363 Tony Gwynn SDP .370
HR Mark McGwire OAK 49 Andre Dawson CHC 49
RBI George Bell TOR 134 Andre Dawson CHC 137
Wins Roger Clemens BOS &
Dave Stewart OAK
20 Rick Sutcliffe CHC 18
ERA Jimmy Key TOR 2.76 Nolan Ryan HOU 2.76

Major league baseball final standings

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Detroit Tigers 98   64 .605    --
2nd Toronto Blue Jays 96   66 .593   2.0
3rd Milwaukee Brewers 91   71 .562   7.0
4th New York Yankees 89   73 .549   9.0
5th Boston Red Sox 78   84 .481 20.0
6th Baltimore Orioles 67   95 .414 31.0
7th Cleveland Indians 61 101 .377 37.0
West Division
1st Minnesota Twins 85   77 .525    --
2nd Kansas City Royals 83   79 .512   2.0
3rd Oakland Athletics 81   81 .500   4.0
4th Seattle Mariners 78   84 .481   7.0
5th Chicago White Sox 77   85 .475   8.0
6th California Angels 75   87 .463 10.0
6th Texas Rangers 75   87 .463 10.0
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st St. Louis Cardinals 95   67 .586    --
2nd New York Mets 92   70 .568   3.0
3rd Montreal Expos 91   71 .562   4.0
4th Philadelphia Phillies 80   82 .494 15.0
4th Pittsburgh Pirates 80   82 .494 15.0
6th Chicago Cubs 76   85 .472 18.5
West Division
1st San Francisco Giants 90   72 .556    --
2nd Cincinnati Reds 84   78 .519   6.0
3rd Houston Astros 76   86 .469 14.0
4th Los Angeles Dodgers 73   89 .451 17.0
5th Atlanta Braves 69   92 .429 20.5
6th San Diego Padres 65   97 .401 25.0



  • February 25 - Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth bars San Diego Padres pitcher LaMarr Hoyt from baseball following his third arrest on drug possession charges, this time on the U.S.-Mexico border. Hoyt was sentenced to 45 days in jail on December 16, 1986. An arbitrator cut Hoyt's suspension to sixty days in mid-June and ordered the Padres to reinstate him. The Padres, however, gave him his unconditional release the following day.
  • March 3 - Ray Dandridge, a third baseman from the Negro Leagues, is the only player elected to the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee.


  • April 6 - Al Campanis, a former teammate of Jackie Robinson, appears on the ABC news program, Nightline to discuss the progress of racial integration of baseball on the fortieth anniversary of Robinson's first game. When asked why more African-Americans have not become managers or executives, Campanis states that Blacks may lack certain qualities for those jobs, drawing the ire of host Ted Koppel. Campanis was fired two days later.
  • June 2 - The Seattle Mariners use the number-one overall pick of the draft to select Ken Griffey, Jr., signaling a turnaround in their fortunes as an organization.
  • June 22 - With their starting rotation decimated by injury, the New York Mets seek help from Tom Seaver, who was not offered a contract to his liking following the 1986 season (his 1986 salary was $1 million; the Boston Red Sox offered $500,000, which Seaver declined). Though no actual contract is signed, Seaver joins the club on June 6, and is hit hard on in an exhibition game against the Triple-A Tidewater Tides on June 11. After similarly poor outings on the 16th & 20th, he announced his retirement.


  • July 18 - New York Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly homers in his record-tying eighth straight game, in a 7-2 Texas Rangers win over the Yankees. He ties the record set by Dale Long in 1956.
  • September 18 - Darrell Evans hits his 30th home run of the season, and becomes the first player to do so after the age of 40.
  • September 21 - Darryl Strawberry swipes his 30th base of the season to join the 30-30 club. With teammate Howard Johnson already having joined, it marks the first time that two teammates achieve 30-30 seasons in the same year.


  • October 4 - The Detroit Tigers defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 to clinch the American League East division title. The victory caps off a thrilling pennant race in which the Tigers overcame a 3.5 game deficit to the Blue Jays in the last two weeks of the season, including sweeping the Blue Jays at Tiger Stadium in the final weekend, and finishing two games ahead of Toronto in the standings.


  • Long Gone (TV)




  • January 5 - Dale Mitchell, 65, All-Star left fielder and career .312 hitter who spent almost his entire career with the Indians; made the last out in Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, but had only one more major league at bat
  • January 20 - Hank Behrman, 65, pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants between 1946 and 1949
  • February 2 - Olive Little, 69, Canadian All-Star female pitcher who threw four no-hitters in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
  • February 9 - Larry French, 79, All-Star pitcher who won 197 games, primarily with the Pirates and Cubs, before beginning a 26-year Naval career in 1943
  • March 8 - Zeke Bonura, 78, first baseman for the White Sox, Senators, Giants and Cubs, who hit .300 or more in four of his seven major league seasons with a career-high .345 in 1937
  • March 16 - Bob Kline, 77, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Athletics and Washington Senators in the 1930s, later a minor league manager
  • April 27 - John Burrows, 74, pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics and Chicago Cubs in the 1940s


  • May 1 - Bobo Holloman, 62, pitcher for the 1953 St. Louis Browns, who threw a no-hitter in his major league debut
  • May 7 - Boom-Boom Beck, 82, pitcher who posted a 38-65 record for seven different teams between 1924 and 1945
  • May 14 - Luke Sewell, 86, All-Star catcher for four AL teams who managed the St. Louis Browns to their only pennant in 1944
  • May 31 - Jerry Adair, 50, middle infielder for four AL teams, mainly the Orioles, who set various records for error-free play
  • June 13 - Huck Betts, 90, pitcher who had a 61-68 record with the Philadelphia Phillies (1920-25) and Boston Braves (1932-35)
  • June 15 - George Smith, 49, Negro League second baseman who played from 1963 to 1966 for the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox
  • June 17 - Dick Howser, 51, manager, formerly an All-Star shortstop, who led the Kansas City Royals to their only World Series championship in 1985
  • July 22 - Don McMahon, 57, All-Star relief pitcher for seven teams who led NL in saves in 1959, retired with the third most relief appearances in history
  • July 27 - Travis Jackson, 83, Hall of Fame shortstop for the New York Giants who batted .300 six times, led NL shortstops in assists four times and double plays twice; later a minor league manager
  • August 31 - Dick Young, 69, longtime New York sportswriter known for his hard-hitting style


  • September 1 - Pinky Whitney, 82, All-Star third baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Braves who had four 100-RBI seasons
  • September 2 - Cam Carreon, 50, catcher for the Orioles, Indians and White Sox from 1959 to 1966
  • October 10 - Pete Cote, 85, utility for the 1926 New York Giants
  • November 16 - Jim Brewer, 49, All-Star relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers who held the club record for career saves
  • November 17 - Paul Derringer, 81, 6-time All-Star pitcher who had four 20-win seasons for the Cincinnati Reds; earned 2-1 victory in Game 7 of the 1940 World Series
  • November 21 - Dusty Cooke, 80, outfielder for the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds during the 1930s, who later coached and managed with the Philadelphia Phillies
  • November 27 - Babe Herman, 84, right fielder who batted .324 lifetime, and whose popularity while with the Brooklyn Dodgers was undiminished through a variety of fielding and baserunning lapses; hit for the cycle three times
  • December 24 - Nino Espinosa, 34, pitcher for the Mets, Phillies and Blue Jays from 1974 to 1981


AL and NL Rookies of the Year Mark McGwire and Benito Santiago were two players who would be later linked to steroid use.


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