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The following are the baseball events of the year 1989 throughout the world.  

Contents

Champions

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Major League Baseball

  League Championship Series World Series
                 
East  Toronto Blue Jays 1  
West  Oakland Athletics 4  
    AL  Oakland Athletics 4
  NL  San Francisco Giants 0
East  Chicago Cubs 1
West  San Francisco Giants 4  

Other champions

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Kirby Puckett MIN .339 Tony Gwynn SDP .336
HR Fred McGriff TOR 36 Kevin Mitchell SFG 47
RBI Rubén Sierra TEX 119 Kevin Mitchell SFG 125
Wins Bret Saberhagen KCR 23 Mike Scott HOU 20
ERA Bret Saberhagen KCR 2.16 Scott Garrelts SFG 2.28

Major league baseball final standings

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Toronto Blue Jays 89   73 .549    --
2nd Baltimore Orioles 87   75 .537   2.0
3rd Boston Red Sox 83   79 .512   6.0
4th Milwaukee Brewers 81   81 .500   8.0
5th New York Yankees 74   87 .460 14.5
6th Cleveland Indians 73   89 .451 16.0
7th Detroit Tigers 59 103 .364 30.0
West Division
1st Oakland Athletics 99   63 .611    --
2nd Kansas City Royals 92   70 .568   7.0
3rd California Angels 91   71 .562   8.0
4th Texas Rangers 83   79 .512 16.0
5th Minnesota Twins 80   82 .494 19.0
6th Seattle Mariners 73   89 .451 26.0
7th Chicago White Sox 69   92 .429 29.5
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Chicago Cubs 93   69 .574    --
2nd New York Mets 87   75 .537   6.0
3rd St. Louis Cardinals 86   76 .531   7.0
4th Montreal Expos 81   81 .500 12.0
5th Pittsburgh Pirates 74   88 .457 19.0
6th Philadelphia Phillies 67   95 .414 26.0
West Division
1st San Francisco Giants 92   70 .568    --
2nd San Diego Padres 89   73 .549   3.0
3rd Houston Astros 86   76 .531   6.0
4th Los Angeles Dodgers 77   83 .481 14.0
5th Cincinnati Reds 75   87 .463 17.0
6th Atlanta Braves 63   97 .394 28.0

Events

January-April

May-August

  • May 29 - Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies calls a press conference, and tearfully announces his retirement, effective immediately. Nonetheless, he will be voted to start the All-Star Game, and is permitted to appear in uniform.
  • June 8 - At Veterans Stadium, the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates score 10 runs in the top of the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies, three of which come on a Barry Bonds home run. As the Phillies come to bat in the bottom of the first, Pirate broadcaster Jim Rooker says on the air, "If we lose this game, I'll walk home." Both Von Hayes and Steve Jeltz hit two home runs (the latter would ony hit five during his Major League career) to trigger the comeback for the Phillies, who finally tie the game in the 8th on a wild pitch, then take the lead on Darren Daulton's two-run single and go on to win 15-11. After the season, Rooker conducts a 300-plus-mile charity walk from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.
  • August 24 - Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti announces in a press conference that Pete Rose is banned from baeball for life, in the wake of evidence that has come to light regarding Rose's gambling history.

September-December

  • October 3 - Kirby Puckett wins an unlikely, at the time, batting title taking advantage of an off year by Wade Boggs due to marital issues. Puckett would clinch the title in Seattle on a double in the final game if the season.
  • October 9 - After 43 years on the air, NBC concludes its run as the number one over-the-air television broadcaster for Major League Baseball games.
  • October 17 - Game 3 of the World Series is postponed due to the Loma Prieta earthquake, which struck immediately before the game was set to begin. It would be rescheduled for ten days later, October 27.
  • November 20 - Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Robin Yount wins his second American League MVP Award. With his 1982 Award coming in a year he played shortstop, he is the first player to win two such awards while playing different positions.
  • November 22 - Free agent outfielder Kirby Puckett re-signs with the Minnesota Twins for $9 million over three years, making him the first ML player ever to sign a contract that calls for an average salary of $3 million per year.

Movies

Births

January-April

April 17 - Deolis Guerra

Deaths

January-March

  • January 9 - Bill Terry, 90, Hall of Fame first baseman for the New York Giants who batted .341 lifetime and was the last National Leaguer to hit .400 (.401 in 1930); also managed Giants to 1933 World Series title
  • January 12 - Clise Dudley, 85, pitcher who posted a 17-33 record for the Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Chicago National League teams from 1929 to 1933
  • January 13 - Pat Ankenman, 76, backup second baseman who hit .241 for the St. Louis Cardinals (1936) and Brooklyn Dodgers (1943-44)
  • January 16 - Frank Trechock, 73, shortstop for the 1937 Washington Senators
  • January 18 - Buzz Clarkson, 72, utility infielder for the 1952 Boston Braves
  • January 21 - Carl Furillo, 66, All-Star right fielder for the Dodgers who batted .300 five times and won 1953 batting title
  • January 22 - Willie Wells, 83, All-Star shortstop of the Negro Leagues who combined batting power with excellent defense
  • January 23 - George Case, 73, All-Star outfielder for the Washington Senators who led the AL in stolen bases six times
  • January 24 - Earl Jones, 69, relief pitcher for the 1946 St. Louis Browns
  • January 28 - Stan Partenheimer, 66, pitcher for the Red Sox and Cardinals in the mid-1940s
  • February 3 - Dick Bass, 82, pitcher for the 1939 Washington Senators
  • February 12 - Euel Moore, 80, pitcher for the Phillies and NY Giants from 1934 to 1935
  • February 17 - Lefty Gómez, 80, Hall of Fame pitcher for the New York Yankees who had four 20-win seasons and a .649 career winning percentage; led AL in strikeouts three times and in wins and ERA twice each, and was 6-0 in World Series
  • February 21 - Chet Ross, 70, backup outfielder who hit .241 with 34 home runs and 170 RBI in 413 games for the Boston Bees/Braves from 1939 to 1944
  • February 24 - Sparky Adams, 94, infielder for the Cubs, Pirates, Cardinals and Reds between the 1922 and 1934 seasons
  • March 8 - Dale Coogan, 58, first baseman for the 1950 Pittsburgh Pirates
  • March 19 - Joe Malay, 83, backup first baseman form the New York Giants in 1933 and 1935
  • March 28 - Nick Bremigan, 43, American League umpire since 1974 who officiated in four ALCS and the 1980 World Series

April-June

  • April 6 - Carlos Bernier, 62, Puerto Rican outfielder who hit .213 in 105 games for the 1953 Pittsburgh Pirates
  • April 8 - Andy Karl, 75, pitcher who posted a 18-23 record with a 3.51 ERA for the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Braves from 1943 to 1946
  • April 8 - Bus Saidt, 68, sportswriter who covered the Phillies, Mets and Yankees for the Trenton Times since 1967; previously a minor league broadcaster
  • April 9 - Otto Huber, 75, backup infielder who hit ,273 in 11 games for the 1939 Boston Bees
  • April 12 - Arnold Carter, 71, pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds from 1944-45, one of many players who only appeared in the majors during World War II, who posted a 13-11 record with a 2.72 ERA in 46 games
  • April 14 - Carr Smith, 88, backup outfielder for the Washington Senators from 1923 to 1924
  • April 16 - Jocko Conlan, 89, Hall of Fame umpire who worked in the National League from 1941 to 1964, including five World Series and six All-Star Games
  • April 19 - Gale Staley, 89, backup second baseman who hit .429 in seven games for the 1925 Chicago Cubs
  • April 23 - Howie Krist, 73, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals between the 1937 and 1946 season, including World Series championship teams in 1942 and 1946
  • May 5 - Joe Batchelder, 90, pitcher for the Boston Braves from 1923 to 1925
  • May 7 - Howie Moss, 69, outfielder/third baseman for the New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians in the early 1940s, also the only player in International League history to lead the circuit in home runs four times, including 53 in 1947, a mark has not been reached since then
  • May 13 - Al Reiss, 80, shortstop for the 1932 Philadelphia Athletics
  • May 17 - Specs Toporcer, 90, infielder for the Cardinals for eight seasons, and the first non-pitcher to wear eyeglasses; later a minor league manager
  • May 20 - Mike Reinbach, 39, backup shortstop who hit .250 for the 1974 Baltimore Orioles
  • June 6 - Whitey Glazner, 95, pitcher who posted a 41-48n record for the Pirates and Phillies from 1920 to 1924
  • June 8 - Bibb Falk, 90, left fielder who batted .314 with White Sox and Indians; coached Texas to two College World Series titles
  • June 8 - Glenn McQuillen, 74, reserve outfielder who hit .274 for the St. Louis Browns from 1939 to 1947, and later spent 10 years playing and managing in the minor leagues
  • June 8 - Emil Verban, 73, All-Star second baseman for four NL teams who hit .412 in the 1944 World Series
  • June 10 - Joe Stripp, 86, fine defensive third baseman who hit .294 for the Cincinnati, Brooklyn, St. Louis and Boston National League teams from 1928 through 1938
  • June 14 - Pat Capri, 70, second baseman for the 1944 Boston Braves
  • June 15 - Judy Johnson, 89, Hall of Fame third baseman of the Negro Leagues who became the major leagues' first black coach, and later a scout
  • June 18 - Steve Senteney, 33, relief pitcher for the 1982 Toronto Blue Jays
  • June 23 - Rick Anderson, 35, relief pitcher for the Yankees and Mariners from 1979-80, who in 1979 was named International League Pitcher of the Year, after going 13-3 with a 1.63 ERA and a league-leading 21 saves

July-September

  • July 13 - Vern Olsen, 71, pitcher who posted a 30-26 record with a 3.40 ERA in five seasons for the Chicago Cubs
  • July 18 - Donnie Moore, 35, All-Star relief pitcher who never overcame the disappointment from giving up a pivotal home run in the 1986 ALCS
  • July 24 - Wally Kimmick, 92, backup infielder who hit .261 in 163 games with the Cardinals, Reds and Phillies from 1919 to 1926
  • August 1 - Don Heffner, 78, who spent 36 seasons in the majors (1934-1969) as a player, coach and manager
  • August 4 - Wayne LaMaster, 82, pitcher who won 19 games for the Phillies and Dodgers from 1937 to 1938
  • August 5 - Max Macon, 73, pitcher, first baseman and outfielder who posted a 17-18 record and hit .265 in six seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals, Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves
  • August 8 - Bob Harris, 25, pitcher who won 30 games for the Tigers, Browns and Athletics from 1938 to 1942
  • August 10 - Tom Hughes, 82, backup outfielder who hit .373 in 17 games for the 1930 Detroit Tigers
  • August 17 - Fred Frankhouse, 85, All-Star pitcher for the Cardinals, Braves and Dodgers, who ended Carl Hubbell's 24-game winning streak in 1937
  • August 21 - Ted Wilks, 73, relief pitcher who posted a 59-30 record with a 3.26 ERA and 46 saves for the Cardinals, Pirates and Indians from 1944 through 1953
  • August 25 - Jim Brideweser, 62, backup shortstop who hit .252 in 329 games for the Yankees, Orioles, White Sox and Tigers from 1951 to 1956
  • August 27 - Hal Kelleher, 76, pitcher who was 4-9 in part of four seasons for the Phillies in the mid-1930s
  • August 28 - Fred Waters, 62, relief pitcher who posted a 2-2 record with a 2.89 ERA in 25 games for the Pirates from 1955-56
  • August 29 - Buddy Dear, 83, infielder in two games for the 1927 Washington Senators
  • August 30 - Joe Collins, 66, first baseman for the New York Yankees who hit four World Series homers
  • August 31 - Skeeter Newsome, 78, shortstop for the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies from 1935 to 1947; later a successful minor league manager between 1949 and 1960
  • September 1 - A. Bartlett Giamatti, 51, commissioner of baseball since April, previously NL president since 1986, known for numerous writings on the sport as well as his banishment of Pete Rose
  • September 3 - Rip Sewell, 82, All-Star pitcher who won 143 games for the Pirates, known for his "eephus" pitch
  • September 4 - Hal Lee, 84, outfielder for the Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Boston National League teams, who replaced Babe Ruth in left field in what turned out to be Ruth's last game on May 30, 1935
  • September 17 - Leon Culberson, 71, outfielder for the Washington Senators and Boston Red Sox from 1943-48, who hit .313 in 1946, as the Red Sox won the American League pennant
  • September 21 - Murry Dickson, 73, All-Star pitcher who won 20 games for the 1951 Pirates, but led NL in losses the next three years
  • September 29 - Gussie Busch, 90, owner of the St. Louis Cardinals since 1953 who oversaw three World Series titles
  • September 30 - Roy Weir, 78, pitcher who posted a 6-4 record for the Boston Bees/Braves from 1936 to 1939

October-December

  • October 11 - Bill Phebus, 80, pitcher who was 3-2 in 13 games for the Washington Senators from 1936 through 1938
  • October 12 - Joe Foy, 46, third baseman for the Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, New York Mets and Washington Senators from 1966 to 1971, who also won the International League batting title, MVP award and Rookie of the Year during the 1965 season
  • October 15 - Lou Guisto, 94, backup first baseman who hit .196 in 156 games for the Indians from 1916 to 1923
  • October 17 - John Mackinson, 65, pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics (1953) and St. Louis Cardinals (1955)
  • October 24 - Ollie O'Mara, 98, shortstop from 1912-1919, primarily with the Brooklyn Robins, who played in the 1916 World Series against the Boston Red Sox
  • November 2 - Steve Simpson, 41, relief pitcher who posted a 0-2 record in nine games for the 1972 San Diego Padres
  • November 7 - Tommy Tatum, 70, center fielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds in the 1940s, who served in World War II and later managed in the minor leagues
  • November 8 - Johnny Lanning, 79, pitcher who posted a 58-60 record with a 3.58 ERA in 278 games for the Boston Bees/Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates from 1936-1947
  • November 17 - Jack Cusick, 61, shortstop for the Chicago Cubs and Boston Braves from 1951-52
  • November 20 - Dolan Nichols, 59, relief pitcher for the 1958 Chicago Cubs, who had one career save and surrendered only one home run in 41.0 innings
  • November 26 - Lew Fonseca, 90, infielder who batted .316 with four teams, winning 1929 batting title with Indians; later headed the major leagues' motion picture department
  • November 27 - Ray Boggs, 84, relief pitcher who appeared in four games with the 1928 Boston Braves
  • November 28 - Bill Posedel, 83, pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves between 1938 and 1946, who posted a 41-43 mark and also was a World War II veteran
  • December 4 - Steve Lembo, 63, backup catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers during the 1950 and 1952 seasons
  • December 6 - Art Parks, 78, outfielder who hit .275 in 78 games for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the late 1930s
  • December 17 - Zeb Eaton, 69, relief pitcher who was 4-2 for the Detroit Tigers from 1944-45, and also a member of the Tigers 1945 World Champions
  • December 21 - Blackie Schwamb, 63, pitcher for the 1948 St. Louis Browns, who later became the first major league player to ever be convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison
  • December 22 - Archie Campbell, 86, relief pitcher who posted a 2-6 record with a 4.50 ERA and six saves for three teams from 1928 to 1930, and also a member of the Yankees 1928 World Champions
  • December 25 - Billy Martin, 61, manager of the Yankees on five occasions who won the 1977 World Series title but was also known for his tempestuous behavior off the field; managed Minnesota, Detroit and Oakland to playoff appearances as well, and was an All-Star second baseman with Yankees
  • December 26 - Roy Joiner, 83, pitched three years for the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees, another 15 seasons in the minor leagues, and also served during World War II

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