1987 Major League Baseball season

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1987 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 6, 1987 – October 25, 1987
Regular season
Season MVP NL: Andre Dawson (CHC)
AL: George Bell (TOR)
League postseason
AL champions Minnesota Twins
  AL runners-up Detroit Tigers
NL champions St. Louis Cardinals
  NL runners-up San Francisco Giants
World Series
World Series champions Minnesota Twins
World Series MVP Frank Viola (MIN)
MLB seasons

The 1987 Major League Baseball season ended with the American League Champion Minnesota Twins winning the World Series over the National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals, four games to three, as all seven games were won by the home team.

Awards and honors[edit]

Statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Wade Boggs BOS .363 Tony Gwynn SDP .370
HR Mark McGwire OAK 49 Andre Dawson CHC 49
RBI George Bell TOR 134 Andre Dawson CHC 137
Wins Roger Clemens BOS
Dave Stewart OAK
20 Rick Sutcliffe CHC 18
ERA Jimmy Key TOR 2.76 Nolan Ryan HOU 2.76
SO Mark Langston SEA 262 Nolan Ryan HOU 270
SV Tom Henke TOR 34 Steve Bedrosian PHI 40
SB Harold Reynolds SEA 60 Vince Coleman STL 109

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Detroit Tigers 98   64 .605    –
2nd Toronto Blue Jays 96   66 .593   2.0
3rd Milwaukee Brewers 91   71 .562   7.0
4th New York Yankees 89   73 .549   9.0
5th Boston Red Sox 78   84 .481 20.0
6th Baltimore Orioles 67   95 .414 31.0
7th Cleveland Indians 61 101 .377 37.0
West Division
1st Minnesota Twins 85   77 .525    –
2nd Kansas City Royals 83   79 .512   2.0
3rd Oakland Athletics 81   81 .500   4.0
4th Seattle Mariners 78   84 .481   7.0
5th Chicago White Sox 77   85 .475   8.0
6th California Angels 75   87 .463 10.0
6th Texas Rangers 75   87 .463 10.0
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st St. Louis Cardinals 95   67 .586    –
2nd New York Mets 92   70 .568   3.0
3rd Montreal Expos 91   71 .562   4.0
4th Philadelphia Phillies 80   82 .494 15.0
4th Pittsburgh Pirates 80   82 .494 15.0
6th Chicago Cubs 76   85 .472 18.5
West Division
1st San Francisco Giants 90   72 .556    –
2nd Cincinnati Reds 84   78 .519   6.0
3rd Houston Astros 76   86 .469 14.0
4th Los Angeles Dodgers 73   89 .451 17.0
5th Atlanta Braves 69   92 .429 20.5
6th San Diego Padres 65   97 .401 25.0

Postseason[edit]

League Championship Series
NBC
World Series
ABC
           
East Detroit Tigers 1
West Minnesota Twins 4
AL Minnesota Twins 4
NL St. Louis Cardinals 3
East St. Louis Cardinals 4
West San Francisco Giants 3

Managers[edit]

American League[edit]

Team Manager Notes
Baltimore Orioles Cal Ripken, Sr.
Boston Red Sox John McNamara
California Angels Gene Mauch
Chicago White Sox Jim Fregosi
Cleveland Indians Pat Corrales, Doc Edwards
Detroit Tigers Sparky Anderson
Kansas City Royals Billy Gardner, John Wathan
Milwaukee Brewers Tom Trebelhorn
Minnesota Twins Tom Kelly Won World Series
New York Yankees Lou Piniella
Oakland Athletics Tony La Russa
Seattle Mariners Dick Williams
Texas Rangers Bobby Valentine
Toronto Blue Jays Jimy Williams

National League[edit]

Team Manager Notes
Atlanta Braves Chuck Tanner
Chicago Cubs Gene Michael, Frank Lucchesi
Cincinnati Reds Pete Rose
Houston Astros Hal Lanier
Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda
Montreal Expos Buck Rodgers
New York Mets Davey Johnson
Philadelphia Phillies John Felske, Lee Elia
Pittsburgh Pirates Jim Leyland
St. Louis Cardinals Whitey Herzog Won National League Pennant
San Diego Padres Larry Bowa
San Francisco Giants Roger Craig


Events[edit]

  • March 3 – Ray Dandridge, a third baseman from the Negro Leagues, is the only player elected to the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee.
  • April 6 – Los Angeles Dodgers General manager Al Campanis, a former teammate of Jackie Robinson, appears on the ABC news program, Nightline to discuss the progress of racial integration of baseball on the fortieth anniversary of Robinson's first game. When asked why more African-Americans have not become managers or executives, Campanis states that Blacks may lack certain qualities for those jobs, drawing the ire of host Ted Koppel. Campanis was fired two days later.
  • June 2 – The Seattle Mariners use the number-one overall pick of the draft to select Ken Griffey, Jr., signaling a turnaround in their fortunes as an organization.
  • July 18 – New York Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly homers in his record-tying eighth straight game, in a 7–2 loss to the Texas Rangers. He ties the record set by Dale Long in 1956.
  • September 18 – Darrell Evans hits his 30th home run of the season, and becomes the first player to do so after the age of 40.
  • September 21 – Darryl Strawberry swipes his 30th base of the season to join the 30-30 club. With teammate Howard Johnson already having joined, it marks the first time that two teammates achieve 30–30 seasons in the same year.
  • October 4 – The Detroit Tigers defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 1–0 to clinch the American League East division title. The victory caps off a thrilling pennant race in which the Tigers overcame a 3.5 game deficit to the Blue Jays in the last two weeks of the season, including sweeping the Blue Jays at Tiger Stadium in the final weekend, and finishing two games ahead of Toronto in the standings.
  • October 25 – In Game Seven of the World Series, starter Frank Viola and reliever Jeff Reardon hold the St. Louis Cardinals to six hits, as the Minnesota Twins win 4–2 for their second World Championship, and their first since moving to Minnesota and changing their name to the Twins. The franchise's first title came in 1924 as the Washington Senators. Viola is named the Series MVP.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mackin, Bob (2004). The Unofficial Guide to Baseball's Most Unusual Records. Canada: Greystone Books. p. 240. ISBN 9781553650386. 


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