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The following are the baseball events of the year 1979 throughout the world.  

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ChampionsEdit

Major League BaseballEdit

  League Championship Series World Series
                 
East  Baltimore Orioles 3  
West  California Angels 1  
    AL  Baltimore Orioles 3
  NL  Pittsburgh Pirates 4
East  Pittsburgh Pirates 3
West  Cincinnati Reds 0  

Other championsEdit

Awards and honorsEdit

MLB Statistical LeadersEdit

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Fred Lynn .333 Keith Hernandez .344
HR Gorman Thomas 45 Dave Kingman 48
RBI Don Baylor 139 Dave Winfield 118
Wins Mike Flanagan 23 Joe Niekro & Phil Niekro 21
ERA Ron Guidry 2.78 J.R. Richard 2.71

Major League Baseball final standingsEdit

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win % GB
East Division
1st Baltimore Orioles 102   57 .642    --
2nd Milwaukee Brewers   95   66 .590   8.0
3rd Boston Red Sox   91   69 .569 11.5
4th New York Yankees   89   71 .556 13.5
5th Detroit Tigers   85   76 .528 18.0
6th Cleveland Indians   81   80 .503 22.0
7th Toronto Blue Jays   53 109 .327 50.5
West Division
1st California Angels   88   74 .543    --
2nd Kansas City Royals   85   77 .525   3.0
3rd Texas Rangers   83   79 .512   5.0
4th Minnesota Twins   82   80 .506   6.0
5th Chicago White Sox   73   87 .456 14.0
6th Seattle Mariners   67   95 .414 21.0
7th Oakland Athletics   54 108 .333 34.0
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Pittsburgh Pirates 98 64 .605    --
2nd Montréal Expos 95 65 .594   2.0
3rd St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 .531 12.0
4th Philadelphia Phillies 84 78 .519 14.0
5th Chicago Cubs 80 82 .494 18.0
6th New York Mets 63 99 .389 35.0
West Division
1st Cincinnati Reds 90 71 .559    --
2nd Houston Astros 89 73 .549   1.5
3rd Los Angeles Dodgers 79 83 .488 11.5
4th San Francisco Giants 71 91 .438 19.5
5th San Diego Padres 68 93 .422 22.0
6th Atlanta Braves 66 94 .413 23.5

EventsEdit

MoviesEdit

BirthsEdit

DeathsEdit

  • February 7 - Warren Giles, 82, Hall of Fame president of the National League from 1951 to 1969, and of the Cincinnati Reds from 1937 to 1951
  • February 8 - Art Williams, 44, the first black umpire in the National League, working from 1972 to 1977 including the 1975 NLCS
  • March 2 - Dale Alexander, 75, first baseman who batted .331 in five seasons with the Tigers and Red Sox, winning the 1932 batting title, before an injury ended his career; later a scout
  • March 29 - Luke Easter, 63, first baseman in the Negro Leagues who had 100 RBI in each of his first two seasons with the Cleveland Indians
  • April 3 - Harry Simpson, 64, outfielder and first baseman who led the AL in triples twice
  • June 17 - Duffy Lewis, 91, left fielder for the Boston Red Sox who starred on three champions and mastered Fenway Park's sloping left field
  • June 18 - Hal Trosky, 66, first baseman for the Indians who batted .302 lifetime and had six 100-RBI seasons
  • August 2 - Thurman Munson, 32, 7-time All-Star catcher for the New York Yankees since 1969 who batted .300 five times and won the 1976 MVP award; 1970 Rookie of the Year won three Gold Gloves and batted .357 in 30 postseason games. Died in crash of hos private plane.
  • August 9 - Walter O'Malley, 75, Hall of Fame owner of the Dodgers franchise since 1950, during which time the team won four World Series titles; he moved the team from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and constructed Dodger Stadium
  • September 4 - Turkey Stearnes, 78, Hall of Fame center fielder in the Negro Leagues who led the Negro National League in home runs six times while batting .350
  • October 22 - John Drebinger, 88, Hall of Fame sportswriter for The New York Times for 41 years
  • November 18 - Freddie Fitzsimmons, 78, knuckleball pitcher who won 217 games for the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers
  • December 15 - Stan Hack, 70, 5-time All-Star third baseman for the Chicago Cubs who batted .301 lifetime and posted a .394 career on-base percentage, the highest of any 20th-century third baseman; scored 100 runs seven times and led NL in hits and steals twice each

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