1979 St. Louis Cardinals season

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1979 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 86–76 (.531)
Divisional place 3rd
Other information
Owner(s) August "Gussie" Busch
Manager(s) Ken Boyer
Local television KSDK
(as KSD-TV before September 8)
KPLR
(September 9 game only)
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Jay Randolph, Bob Starr)
Local radio KMOX
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Bob Starr)
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The 1979 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 98th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 88th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 86-76 during the season and finished third in the National League East, 12 games behind the eventual NL pennant and World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

First baseman Keith Hernández won the MVP Award this year, along with Willie Stargell, batting .344, with 11 home runs and 105 RBIs. Hernandez also won the Gold Glove. Left fielder Lou Brock collected his 3,000th career hit and played his final season in MLB.

Pete Vuckovich and Silvio Martínez each won 15 games. Garry Templeton became the first switch-hitter to collect 100 hits from each side of the plate and led the league in triples for a third consecutive season.

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L GB Pct.
Pittsburgh Pirates 98 64 -- .605
Montreal Expos 95 65 2 .594
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 12 .531
Philadelphia Phillies 84 78 14 .519
Chicago Cubs 80 82 18 .494
New York Mets 63 99 35 .389

Opening Day starters[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1979 St. Louis Cardinals
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 Hernandez, KeithKeith Hernandez 161 610 210 .344 11 105
LF Brock, LouLou Brock 120 405 123 .304 5 38

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
Phillips, MikeMike Phillips 44 97 22 .227 1 6
Freed, RogerRoger Freed 34 31 8 .258 2 8
Lentine, JimJim Lentine 11 23 9 .391 0 1
Grieve, TomTom Grieve 9 15 3 .200 0 0
Dimmel, MikeMike Dimmel 6 3 1 .333 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
Forsch, BobBob Forsch 33 218.2 11 11 3.83 92
Martínez, SilvioSilvio Martínez 32 206.2 15 8 3.27 102
Denny, JohnJohn Denny 31 206 8 11 4.85 99
Fulgham, JohnJohn Fulgham 20 146 10 6 2.53 75
Sykes, BobBob Sykes 13 67 4 3 6.18 35

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

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
Knowles, DaroldDarold Knowles 48 2 5 6 4.07 22
Bruno, TomTom Bruno 27 2 3 0 4.23 27
Frazier, GeorgeGeorge Frazier 25 2 4 0 4.45 14
Seaman, KimKim Seaman 1 0 0 0 0.00 3

Awards and honors[edit]

League records[edit]

  • Garry Templeton, National League record, league leader in triples for three consecutive seasons[9]

League leaders[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Springfield Redbirds American Association Hal Lanier
AA Arkansas Travelers Texas League Tommy Thompson
A St. Petersburg Cardinals Florida State League Sonny Ruberto
A Gastonia Cardinals Western Carolinas League Johnny Lewis
Rookie Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League Nick Leyva

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Arkansas

References[edit]

External links[edit]