1985 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1985 throughout the world.  

Champions[edit]

Major League Baseball[edit]

League Championship Series World Series
           
East Toronto Blue Jays 3
West Kansas City Royals 4
AL Kansas City Royals 4
NL St. Louis Cardinals 3
East St. Louis Cardinals 4
West Los Angeles Dodgers 2

Other champions[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

MLB statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Wade Boggs BOS .368 Willie McGee STL .353
HR Darrell Evans DET 40 Dale Murphy ATL 37
RBI Don Mattingly NYY 145 Dave Parker CIN 125
Wins Ron Guidry NYY 22 Dwight Gooden1 NYM 24
ERA Dave Stieb TOR 2.48 Dwight Gooden1 NYM 1.53
Ks Bert Blyleven TOT 206 Dwight Gooden1 NYM 268

1Major League Triple Crown Pitching Winner

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Toronto Blue Jays   99   62 .615    --
2nd New York Yankees   97   64 .602   2.0
3rd Detroit Tigers   84   77 .522 15.0
4th Baltimore Orioles   83   78 .516 16.0
5th Boston Red Sox   81   81 .500 18.5
6th Milwaukee Brewers   71   90 .441 28.0
7th Cleveland Indians   60 102 .370 39.5
West Division
1st Kansas City Royals   91   71 .562    --
2nd California Angels   90   72 .556   1.0
3rd Chicago White Sox   85   77 .525   6.0
4th Minnesota Twins   77   85 .475 14.0
4th Oakland Athletics   77   85 .475 14.0
6th Seattle Mariners   74   88 .457 17.0
7th Texas Rangers   62   99 .385 28.5
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st St. Louis Cardinals 101   61 .623    --
2nd New York Mets   98   64 .605   3.0
3rd Montreal Expos   84   77 .522 16.5
4th Chicago Cubs   77   84 .478 23.5
5th Philadelphia Phillies   75   87 .463 26.0
6th Pittsburgh Pirates   57 104 .354 43.5
West Division
1st Los Angeles Dodgers   95   67 .586    --
2nd Cincinnati Reds   89   72 .553   5.5
3rd Houston Astros   83   79 .512 12.0
3rd San Diego Padres   83   79 .512 12.0
5th Atlanta Braves   66   96 .407 29.0
6th San Francisco Giants   62 100 . 383 33.0

Events[edit]

January–April[edit]

  • April 28 - Only hours after being swept by the Chicago White Sox in a three-game series at Comiskey Park, the New York Yankees fire Yogi Berra as manager 16 games into the season. Yankees owner George Steinbrenner does not fire Berra personally, but instead dispatches general manager Clyde King to deliver the news for him. Berra is replaced by Billy Martin, whom he replaces as manager after the 1983 season. It is the fourth of Martin's five stints as Yankee skipper. Berra vows after the slight to never again set foot in Yankee Stadium as long as Steinbrenner owns the team.

Draft[edit]

May–August[edit]

  • June 11 - In a 26-7 romp over the New York Mets, Von Hayes of the Philadelphia Phillies becomes the first player in MLB history to hit two home runs in the first inning of a game. Hayes leads off the bottom of the first with a homer, then hits a grand slam later in the frame. They are the only two home runs hit in the high-scoring affair.
  • July 4–5 - In a bizarre game at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 16-13 in a 19-inning contest that features Keith Hernandez hitting for the cycle, and the Braves coming back to tie the game twice in extra innings, most notably in the bottom of the 18th. Pitcher Rick Camp, a career .074 hitter batting only because the Braves have no position players left, shockingly hits a solo home run in the 18th to re-tie the game at 11-11. At the end of the game, even though the date/time is July 5, 3:15 am, the Braves go ahead and shoot off their scheduled Fourth of July post-game fireworks for the fans who endure to the end. Ironically, Camp struck out to end the game.
  • August 6 & 7 - All parks go dark for a brief strike. All missed games are made up before the season ends.

September–December[edit]

  • September 8 - Pete Rose inserts himself into the Cincinnati Reds' lineup as a late addition, and picks up two singles, the second of which gives him 4,191 hits in his career, tying him with Ty Cobb for the career record. Being that the game is at Wrigley Field, the game is eventually called because of darkness after nine innings, resulting in a rare 5-5 tie.
  • September 11 - Eric Show of the San Diego Padres goes down in history for pitching Pete Rose's historic 4,192nd career hit; a line drive single to center field. It breaks the tie for the career record which Rose shares with Ty Cobb since September 8.
  • September 24 - At Wrigley Field, Andre Dawson of the Montreal Expos (a future Cub) joins Willie McCovey as the only players to hit two home runs in the same inning twice in their careers. The two home runs come in a 12-run fifth inning that gives the Expos a 15-2 lead against the Chicago Cubs. The Expos hold on to win 17-15 after nearly squandering the 13-run lead, as the Cubs score 13 runs in the last four innings, including five in the ninth; the final out is recorded with the tying run at bat. [1] Dawson also hits two home runs in the third inning of the Expos' 19-0 pounding of the Atlanta Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on July 30, 1978. [2]
  • October 19 - Once he took the field for the Royals in Game 1 of the 1985 World Series, Lonnie Smith became the first player in major league history to play in the World Series against a team (St. Louis Cardinals) that traded him away during that same season.

Movies[edit]

Births[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January[edit]

  • January 16 - Ken Chase, 71, pitcher for the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox and New York Giants between 1936 and 1943
  • January 28 - Bobby Young, 60, second baseman who hit .248 in an eight-year career with the Cardinals, Browns, Orioles and Indians from 1948–58
  • January 30 - Joe Bradshaw, 87, pitcher for the 1929 Brooklyn Robins

February[edit]

  • February 10 - Johnny Mokan, 89, outfielder who hit .291 in 582 games for the Pirates and Phillies between 1921 and 1927
  • February 12 - Van Lingle Mungo, 73, All-Star pitcher whose antics delighted Brooklyn Dodgers fans; led NL in strikeouts, shutouts and innings once each
  • February 17 - George Washington, 77, outfielder who hit .268 with two home runs for the Chicago White Sox from 1935–36
  • February 20 - Syl Johnson, 84, pitcher who posted a 112-117 record with four different teams, and a member of the 1931 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals
  • February 26 - George Uhle, 86, pitcher for the Indians and Tigers who won 200 games and is credited with having developed the slider pitch in the 1920s; also batted .289, one of the highest averages for a pitcher

March[edit]

  • March 1 - George Banks, 46, third baseman/outfielder who hit .219 in 106 games for the Twins and Indians from 1962 to 1966
  • March 8 - Al Todd, 83, catcher for the Phillies, Pirates, Dodgers and Cubs between 1932 and 1943
  • March 10 - Bob Nieman, 58, left fielder for six teams who batted .300 twice for the Orioles; first player to hit home runs in his first two major league at-bats, later a scout
  • March 17 - Ike Pearson, 68, pitcher who played for the Phillies and White Sox between 1939 and 1948
  • March 25 - Curt Barclay, 53, pitcher who posted a 10-9 record with a 3.48 for the Giants from 1957 to 1959
  • March 25 - Joe Wood, 65, infielder who played briefly for the 1943 Detroit Tigers

April[edit]

  • April 8 - Joe Sullivan, 74, knuckleball pitcher for three teams from to 1935 to 1941, and a member of the 1935 World Champion Detroit Tigers
  • April 16 - Benny Zientara, 67, second baseman for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1940s
  • April 23 - Bob Wilson, 60, right fielder for the 1958 Los Angeles Dodgers
  • April 23 - Whitey Wistert, 73, pitcher for the 1934 Cincinnati Reds, and a World War II veteran

May[edit]

  • May 4 - Bill Kunkel, 48, AL umpire since 1968 who worked two World Series and four ALCS; previously a relief pitcher for the Athletics and Yankees, and father of major league shortstop Jeff Kunkel
  • May 5 - Joe Glenn, 76, catcher for the New York Yankees, St. Louis Browns and Boston Red Sox, who caught Babe Ruth during his last pitching game in 1933, and also caught Ted Williams in a rare relief appearance in 1940
  • May 6 - Kirby Higbe, 70, All-Star pitcher for five NL teams who won 22 games for the 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers
  • May 6 - Red Peery, 78, pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Braves between 1927 and 1929
  • May 11 - Bud Teachout, 81 pitcher and outfielder for the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals from 1930 to 1932
  • May 14 - Harry Byrd, 60, All-Star pitcher and Rookie of the Year in 1952, who posted a 46-54 career record with a 4.35 ERA for five teams of the American League
  • May 14 - Bill Morley, 95, second baseman for the 1913 Washington Senators
  • May 16 - Johnny Broaca, 73, pitcher who posted a 44-29 record with a 4.08 ERA in 121 games for the Yankees and Indians from 1934 to 1939
  • May 21 - Archie McKain, 74, left-handed reliever who posted a 26-21 record with a 4.26 ERA and 16 saves for the Red Sox, Tigers and Browns from 1937–43
  • May 21 - Grover Powell, 44, left-handed pitcher for the 1963 New York Mets, who hurled a four-hit shutout in his first start but was struck out in the face by a Donn Clendenon in his next start and never won other game; his uniform #41, previously worn by Clem Labine, was retired by the Mets
  • May 23 - Whitey Wilshere, 72, pitcher who posted a 10-12 record with a 5.28 ERA for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1934 through 1936
  • May 29 - Billy Zitzmann, 89, outfielder who hit a .267 career average with Cincinnati and Pittsburgh between 1919 and 1929
  • May 31 - Jake Early, 70, catcher who hit .241 with 32 home runs and 264 RBI in 747 games for the Washington Senators and St. Louis Browns from 1939 to 1949

June[edit]

  • June 2 - Dorothy Mueller, 59, All-Star pitcher and a member of three champion teams of the AAGPBL from 1947 to 1953
  • June 10 - Bob Prince, 68, broadcaster for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1948 to 1975
  • June 23 - Alf Anderson, 71, pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the early 1940s
  • June 26 - Wes Schulmerich, 83, outfielder who hit .289 in 429 games with the Boston Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds from 1931 to 1934

July[edit]

  • July 2 - Guy Bush, 83, pitcher who won 176 games, most with the Chicago Cubs, but was best remembered for having given up Babe Ruth's last home run
  • July 14 - Larry Drake, 64, outfielder who played from 1945 through 1948 for the Washington Senators and Philadelphia Athletics
  • July 24 - Ted Kleinhans, 86, left handed reliever who posted a 4-9 record with a 5.08 ERA and one save for the Reds, Yankees and Phillies from 1934 to 1938
  • July 27 - Smoky Joe Wood, 95, pitcher for the Red Sox who posted a 34-5 record with an 1.91 ERA in 1912, and went on to win three games in the World Series against the New York Giants; after wearing out his arm by age 26 with a record of 117-57, returned as an outfielder with the Indians and batted .366 while platooning in 1921; later coached at Yale for 20 years
  • July 27 - Carl Yowell, 82, pitcher for the Cleveland Indians in the 1920s

August[edit]

  • August 3 - Cloy Mattox, 82, backup catcher who hit a .167 average for the 1929 Philadelphia Athletics
  • August 7 - Johnny Rucker, 68, center fielder who hit .272 in 705 games for the New York Giants from 1940-'46, leading his team in at-bats (622), hits (179), doubles (38), triples (9) and runs (95) during the 1941 season
  • August 15 - Sam Streeter, 84, Negro league baseball player
  • August 16 - Dick Drott, 49, pitcher for the Cubs and Colts from 1957-'63, who posted a 15-11 record with a 3.58 in his season debut, ending third in the Rookie of the Year vote behind pitcher Jack Sanford (19-8, 3.08) and first baseman Ed Bouchee (.293, 17 HR, 76 RBI)
  • August 20 - Clarence Fieber, 71, left handed reliever for the 1932 Chicago White Sox
  • August 21 - Roy Luebbe, 84, backup catcher for the 1925 New York Yankees
  • August 26 - Stu Clarke, 79, backup infielder who hit .273 in 61 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1929 to 1930
  • August 25 - Dick Wakefield, 64, All-Star left fielder who played for the Detroit Tigers, New Yankees and New York Giants between 1941 and 1952
  • August 27 - Johnny Lindell, 68, 1943 All-Star outfielder, who hit .273 in a 12-year career, posted a 4.47 record with a 4.47 ERA as a pitcher, and won three World Series rings with the Yankees in 1943, 1947 and 1949
  • August 31 - Lefty Smoll, 71, pitcher for the 1940 Philadelphia Phillies

September[edit]

  • September 4 - Art Bramhall, 74, backup infielder for the 1935 Philadelphia Phillies
  • September 12 - Steamboat Struss, 76, pitcher for the 1934 Pittsburgh Pirates

October[edit]

  • October 9 - Tom Cooper, 58, Negro league baseball player
  • October 9 - Rusty Yarnall, 82, pitcher for the 1926 Philadelphia Athletics
  • October 14 - Ossie Bluege, 84, All-Star third baseman who played his entire 18-year career for the Washington Senators; later the team's manager, coach and farm director
  • October 17 - Bud Sheely, 64, backup catcher who hit .210 in 101 games for the Chicago White Sox from 1951 to 1953
  • October 20 - Hal Goldsmith, 87, pitcher who posted a 6-10 record with a 4.04 ERA for the Boston Braves and St. Louis Cardinals from 1926 to 1919
  • October 26 - Bob Scheffing, 72, backup catcher who hit .263 with 20 home runs and 187 RBI in 517 games for the Cubs, Reds and Cardinals between 1941 and 1951

November[edit]

  • November 11 - Roy Lee, 68, left handed pitcher for the 1945 New York Giants
  • November 11 - Frank Mulroney, 82, pitcher for the 1930 Boston Red Sox
  • November 12 - Augie Walsh, 81, pitcher who went 4-10 with the Philadelphia Phillies from 1927 to 1928
  • November 14 - Oscar Harstad, 93, pitcher who posted a 3-5 record with a 3.40 ERA in 32 games for the 1915 Cleveland Indians
  • November 14 - Luke Nelson, 91, relief pitcher who posted a 3-0 mark with a 2.96 ERA in nine appearances with the 1919 New York Yankees
  • November 15 - Riggs Stephenson, 87, left fielder who batted .336 lifetime while usually platooning, mainly with the Cubs
  • November 23 - Sam West, 81, All-Star center fielder for the Washington Senators and St. Louis Browns who batted .300 eight times
  • November 25 - Ray Jablonski, 58, All-Star third baseman, mainly with the Cardinals, Reds and Giants, who had 100 RBI in his first two seasons
  • November 26 - Monk Sherlock, 81, first baseman who hit .324 in 92 games for the 1930 Philadelphia Phillies
  • November 30 - Jim Grant, 91, pitcher for the 1923 Philadelphia Phillies

December[edit]

  • December 6 - Burleigh Grimes, 92, Hall of Fame pitcher, most notably for the Dodgers, who won 270 games with five 20-win seasons using the spitball, of which he was the last permitted practitioner; later a manager and coach
  • December 8 - Dave Madison, 64, relief pitcher who played from 1950 through 1953 for the Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Browns and New York Yankees
  • December 8 - Bill Wambsganss, 91, second baseman for the Cleveland Indians, who made the only unassisted triple play in World Series history and later became a manager in the AAGPBL
  • December 14 - Roger Maris, 51, All-Star right fielder who hit 61 home runs in 1961 to break Babe Ruth's long-standing record, earning his second consecutive MVP award, but whose career faltered under the public stress accompanying the accomplishment
  • December 17 - Elmer Bowman, 88, pinch-hitter for the 1920 Washington Senators
  • December 17 - Ken O'Dea, 72, All-Star catcher who hit a .255 average with 40 home runs and 323 RBI in a 12-year career with three teams, and was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals teams that won the World Series in 1942 and 1944
  • December 21 - Joe Genewich, 88, pitcher who went 73-92 with the Boston Braves and New York Giants from 1922 to 1930, who led Major League pitchers with 17 putouts in the 1917 season
  • December 26 - Les Bell, 84, third baseman who hit .290 with 66 home runs and 509 RBI in a nine-season career with three teams, and a member of the 1926 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals
  • December 26 - Jim Bilbrey, 61, pitcher for the 1949 St. Louis Browns