1979 Atlanta Braves season

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1979 Atlanta Braves
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 66–94 (.413)
Divisional place 6th
Other information
Owner(s) Ted Turner
General manager(s) Bill Lucas, John Mullen
Manager(s) Bobby Cox
Local television WTCG
Local radio WSB
(Ernie Johnson, Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray)
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Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL West W L GB Pct.
Cincinnati Reds 90 71 -- .559
Houston Astros 89 73 1.5 .549
Los Angeles Dodgers 79 83 11.5 .488
San Francisco Giants 71 91 19.5 .438
San Diego Padres 68 93 22 .422
Atlanta Braves 66 94 23.5 .413

Death of GM Bill Lucas[edit]

On May 5, 1979, the Braves were staggered by the sudden death, at 43, of the club's general manager, Bill Lucas. The first African-American general manager in Major League Baseball, and the highest-ranking black executive in the game at the time of his death, he had been stricken at home May 2 with a massive cerebral hemorrhage, after watching a Braves' road-game victory on television.[4]

Lucas had been the Braves' top baseball operations official since September 17, 1976, and on his watch the team introduced players who would be integral parts of its early 1980s contending teams—such as Hall of Famer Dale Murphy, Bob Horner and Glenn Hubbard. During Lucas' term, the club had also hired Bobby Cox for his first term (1978–1981) as manager. Lucas had been a player and executive with the Braves since 1957; his sister, Barbara, also was the former wife of Hall of Famer and Braves' legend Henry Aaron.[5]

Lucas was succeeded May 16 by John Mullen, 54, a vice president with the Houston Astros since 1967 but previously a longtime member of the Braves' management team in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta. Mullen would serve as the Braves' general manager until his replacement, by Cox, in October 1985.[6]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1979 Atlanta Braves
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
1B Murphy, DaleDale Murphy 104 384 106 .276 21 57
2B Hubbard, GlennGlenn Hubbard 97 325 75 .231 3 29
3B Horner, BobBob Horner 121 487 153 .314 33 98
SS Frías, PepePepe Frías 140 475 123 .259 1 44
RF Matthews, GaryGary Matthews 156 631 192 .304 27 90

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Miller, EddieEddie Miller 27 113 35 .310 0 5
Asselstine, BrianBrian Asselstine 8 10 1 .100 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Niekro, PhilPhil Niekro 44 342 21 20 3.39 208
Solomon, EddieEddie Solomon 31 186 7 14 4.21 96
Brizzolara, TonyTony Brizzolara 20 107.1 6 9 5.28 64
Boggs, TommyTommy Boggs 3 12.2 0 2 6.39 1

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Hanna, PrestonPreston Hanna 6 24.1 1 1 2.96 15

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Garber, GeneGene Garber 68 6 16 25 4.33 56
Devine, AdrianAdrian Devine 40 3 2 0 3.24 22
Bradford, LarryLarry Bradford 21 1 0 2 0.95 11
Easterly, JamieJamie Easterly 4 0 0 0 13.50 3

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Richmond Braves International League Tom Burgess
AA Savannah Braves Southern League Eddie Haas
A Greenwood Braves Western Carolinas League Al Gallagher
Rookie Kingsport Braves Appalachian League Gene Hassell
Rookie GCL Braves Gulf Coast League Pedro González

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Greenwood

Awards and honors[edit]

League leaders[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Brook Jacoby page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Mike Davey page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Dave Campbell page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ The Associated Press, May 8, 1979
  5. ^ Bryant, Howard, The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron. New York: Random House, 2010, page 446
  6. ^ Baseball America Executive Database
  7. ^ Buzz Capra page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Paul Runge page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Brett Butler page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 348, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0

References[edit]