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The following are the baseball events of the year 1988 throughout the world.  

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ChampionsEdit

Major League BaseballEdit

  League Championship Series World Series
                 
East  Boston Red Sox 0  
West  Oakland Athletics 4  
    AL  Oakland Athletics 1
  NL  Los Angeles Dodgers 4
East  New York Mets 3
West  Los Angeles Dodgers 4  

Other championsEdit

Awards and honorsEdit

MLB Statistical LeadersEdit

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Wade Boggs .366 Tony Gwynn .313
HR José Canseco 42 Darryl Strawberry 39
RBI José Canseco 124 Will Clark 109
Wins Frank Viola 24 Orel Hershiser & Danny Jackson 23
ERA Allan Anderson 2.45 Joe Magrane 2.18

Major League Baseball final standingsEdit

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Boston Red Sox   89   73 .549    --
2nd Detroit Tigers   88   74 .543   1.0
3rd Milwaukee Brewers   87   75 .537   2.0
3rd Toronto Blue Jays   87   75 .537   2.0
5th New York Yankees   85   76 .528   3.5
6th Cleveland Indians   78   84 .481 11.0
7th Baltimore Orioles   54 107 .335 34.5
West Division
1st Oakland Athletics 104   58 .642    --
2nd Minnesota Twins   91   71 .562 13.0
3rd Kansas City Royals   84   77 .522 19.5
4th California Angels   75   87 .463 29.0
5th Chicago White Sox   71   90 .441 32.5
6th Texas Rangers   70   91 .435 33.5
7th Seattle Mariners   68   93 .422 35.5
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st New York Mets 100   60 .625    --
2nd Pittsburgh Pirates   85   75 .531 15.0
3rd Montréal Expos   81   81 .500 20.0
4th Chicago Cubs   77   85 .475 24.0
5th St. Louis Cardinals   76   86 .469 25.0
6th Philadelphia Phillies   65   96 .404 35.5
West Division
1st Los Angeles Dodgers   94   67 .584    --
2nd Cincinnati Reds   87   74 .540   7.0
3rd San Diego Padres   83   78 .516 11.0
4th San Francisco Giants   83   79 .512 11.5
5th Houston Astros   82   80 .506 12.5
6th Atlanta Braves   54 106 .338 40

EventsEdit

  • March 1 - For the first time since 1936, the Special Veterans Committee does not elect anyone to the Hall of Fame in a year in which an election was held. The last previous year of no Veterans being elected was 1960, when no election was held. Phil Rizzuto, Leo Durocher, Joe Gordon and Gil Hodges are among the candidates passed over. All of since been selected, except Hodges, whose failure of selection remains a travesty.

MoviesEdit

DeathsEdit

  • February 20 - Bob O'Farrell, 91, catcher for four NL teams over 21 seasons who won 1926 MVP award with the Cardinals
  • February 23 - Pete Donohue, 87, pitcher who had three 20-win seasons for the Reds and beat the Phillies 20 consecutive times from 1922-25
  • February 28 - Harvey Kuenn, 57, 8-time All-Star shortstop and outfielder, most notably with the Tigers, who batted .303 lifetime and led AL in hits four times and doubles three times; 1953 Rookie of the Year and 1959 batting champion, later managed Brewers to their first pennant in 1982
  • March 21 - Edd Roush, 94, Hall of Fame center fielder for the Cincinnati Reds who batted .323 lifetime; led NL in batting twice, and in slugging, doubles and triples once each; hit 30 inside-the-park home runs, and ended career with 13th-most triples in history
  • March 29 - Ted Kluszewski, 63, All-Star first baseman for the Reds who led NL in homers and RBI in 1954 and batted .300 seven times, known for his sleeveless jersey; later a Reds coach
  • June 9 - Newt Allen, 87, All-Star second baseman for the Negro Leagues' Kansas City Monarchs
  • July 4 - Lee Weyer, 51, National League umpire since 1963 who worked in four World Series and 5 NL Championship Series
  • July 20 - John Galbreath, 90, owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1945 to 1985, during which period the team won three World Series
  • September 2 - Jim Bagby, Jr., 71, All-Star pitcher for the Red Sox and Indians, led AL in starts and innings in 1943
  • September 16 - Bob Trice, 62, first black player in Philadelphia Athletics history
  • October 14 - Vic Raschi, 69, All-Star pitcher who won 20 games for the Yankees three straight years (1949-51), won World Series clinchers in 1949 and 1951
  • November 21 - Carl Hubbell, 85, Hall of Fame pitcher who won 253 games for the New York Giants, second most among NL lefthanders upon retirement; named NL's MVP in 1933 and 1936, he led league in wins and ERA three times each and had 1.79 ERA in six World Series starts; 1677 strikeouts were NL record for lefthanders until 1958, and won 24 straight games in 1936-37
  • November 22 - Ray Kelly, 74, sportswriter who covered the Philadelphia Athletics and Phillies since the late 1940s
  • November 30 - Wally Berger, 83, All-Star center fielder for the Boston Braves who had four 100-RBI seasons, batted .300 lifetime; led NL in homers and RBI in 1935
  • December 12 - Joe Reichler, 73, sportswriter and author who wrote for the Associated Press for 20 years and served as an assistant to the commissioner after 1966; editor of the Macmillan Baseball Encyclopedia since its first edition in 1969
  • December 21 - Willie Kamm, 88, third baseman for the White Sox and Indians who led AL in fielding average eight times and in putouts seven times; batted .308 in 1928 and led league in walks in 1925

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