1986 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1986 throughout the world.


Major League Baseball[edit]

League Championship Series ABC World Series NBC
East Boston Red Sox 4
West California Angels 3
AL Boston Red Sox 3
NL New York Mets 4
East New York Mets 4
West Houston Astros 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 .357 Tim Raines MON .334
HR Jesse Barfield TOR 40 Mike Schmidt PHI 37
RBI Joe Carter CLE 121 Mike Schmidt PHI 119
Wins Roger Clemens BOS 24 Fernando Valenzuela LAD 21
ERA Roger Clemens BOS 2.48 Mike Scott HOU 2.22

Major league baseball final standings[edit]





















Red Ruffing Goudey Card
  • January 2 - Bill Veeck, 71, executive who owned the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns and Chicago White Sox (twice) at various times, always launching fan-friendly promotions which greatly increased attendance and the sport's popularity; notable stunts included using midget Eddie Gaedel in a 1951 game, and installing fireworks in the Comiskey Park scoreboard.
  • January 13 - Mike Garcia, 62, All-Star pitcher who won 142 games for the Cleveland Indians, winning 20 games and leading the AL in ERA twice each; member of the Indians' "Big Four", along with Bob Feller, Bob Lemon and Early Wynn.
  • January 15 - Fred Thomas, 93, third baseman for three American League teams, a member of the champion Red Sox in the 1918 World Series and a World War I veteran.
  • February 17 - Red Ruffing, 80, Hall of Fame pitcher whose 273 victories included four straight 20-win seasons for the Yankees from 1936-1939, with seven World Series victories helping the team win six championships; batted .300 eight times, and was later a minor league manager.
  • March 7 - Jimmy Moore, outfielder who played from 1930 to 1931 for the Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Athletics.
  • April 27 - Marty Karow, 81, coach at Texas A&M and Ohio State who won the 1966 College World Series with the Buckeyes; briefly an infielder with the 1927 Red Sox*April 28 - Pat Seerey, 63, outfielder who hit four home runs in a 1948 game while with the White Sox.


Ted Lyons in 1930
  • May 4 - Paul Richards, 77, manager and executive, formerly a catcher, who built the Baltimore Orioles team that later dominated the AL in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and also managed the White Sox and served as an executive for the Astros and Braves.
  • June 5 - Joe Mulligan, 72, pitcher for the 1934 Boston Red Sox.
  • June 6 - John Carmichael, 83, Chicago sportswriter from 1927 to 1972.
  • June 9 - Milton Richman, 64, sportswriter for United Press International since 1944.
  • July 2 - Peanuts Lowrey, 68, All-Star outfielder, mainly with the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals, who batted .310 in 1945 World Series.
  • July 3 - Bill McCahan, 65, pitcher for the 1946-49 Philadelphia Athletics, who threw a no-hitter game in 1947.
  • July 8 - Johnny Cooney, 85, pitcher/outfielder/first baseman for the Boston Bees & Braves, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees between 1921 and 1944, later a longtime coach.
  • July 9 - Red Lucas, 84, pitcher who won over 150 games for the Reds and Pirates; had 27 consecutive complete games in 1931-32 and set record with 114 career pinch hits.
  • July 25 - Ted Lyons, 85, Hall of Fame pitcher who played his entire 21-year career with the Chicago White Sox, collecting 260 victories; led AL in wins, innings, complete games and shutouts twice each, and won 22 games for 62-92 team in 1930.
  • August 11 - Tom Gorman, 67, NL umpire from 1951 to 1976, briefly a pitcher with the New York Giants, who worked in five World Series and nine no-hitters.
  • August 17 - Sammy Vick, 91, right fielder who played for the New Yankees and Boston Red Sox between 1917 and 1921.


Hank Greenberg, Hall of Famer and two-time MVP
  • September 4 - Hank Greenberg, 75, Hall of Fame first baseman and left fielder for the Detroit Tigers who won MVP awards at both positions; career .313 hitter led the American League in home runs and RBI four times each despite losing four and a half seasons to military service; 58 homers in 1938 shared record for right-handed batters; first Jewish player elected to Hall of Fame.
  • October 3 - Vince DiMaggio, 74, All-Star center fielder for five NL teams, and the oldest of the baseball-playing DiMaggio brothers, Joe and Dom.
  • October 12 - Norm Cash, 51, All-Star first baseman for the Tigers who won the 1961 AL batting title with a .361 mark, but never again hit over .283.
  • October 19 - George Pipgras, 86, pitcher who led AL with 24 wins for 1928 Yankees; later an AL umpire for nine seasons.
  • December 8 - Pip Koehler, 84, utility for the 1925 New York Giants.
  • December 10 - Si Burick, 77, sportswriter for the Dayton Daily News since 1928 who covered the Cincinnati Reds and became the first writer from a non-major league city to be honored by the Hall of Fame.
  • December 12 - Johnny Wyrostek, 67, All-Star outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds.
  • December 19 - Al Stokes, 86, catcher who played from 1925 to 1926 for the Boston Red Sox.