October 3, 1979

American League awards [1979]



Yankees captain Thurman Munson died in a plane crash. George Steinbrenner hired Billy Martin again, then fired him after the season. Carl Yastrzemski singled for his 3,000th hit. Disc jockey Steve Dahl and the White Sox demolished disco. The Royals drafted Dan Marino and John Elway. | Farewell, No. 15

Babe Ruth Award | Fred Lynn, Red Sox. 39 home runs, 122 RBIs, .333 batting average, .423 on-base percentage, .637 slugging percentage, 116 runs, 42 doubles. | New Big Socker for the Sox

2. George Brett, Royals
3. Darrell Porter, Royals

Walter Johnson Award | Dennis Eckersley, Red Sox. 17-10, 2.99 ERA, 150 strikeouts and 59 walks in 246.2 innings, 17 complete games.

2. Jerry Koosman, Twins
3. Jim Kern, Rangers

Jackie Robinson Award | Ross Baumgarten, White Sox. 13-8, 3.54 ERA, 72 strikeouts and 83 walks in 190.2 innings.

2. Alfredo Griffin, Blue Jays
3. Ron Davis, Yankees

Connie Mack Award | Earl Weaver, Orioles. 102-57 [.624] | An Ongoing Epic

2. George Bamberger, Brewers
3. Jim Fregosi, Angels



Catcher | Darrell Porter, Royals. 20 home runs, 112 RBIs, .291 batting average, .421 on-base percentage, .484 slugging percentage, 101 runs, 121 walks, 10 triples. 2. Brian Downing, Angels. Best fielder | Jim Sundberg, Rangers.

First base | Eddie Murray, Orioles. 25 home runs, 99 RBIs, .295 batting average, .369 on-base percentage, .475 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Andre Thornton, Cleveland.

Second base | Bobby Grich, Angels. 30 home runs, 101 RBIs, .294 batting average, .365 on-base percentage, .537 slugging percentage. 2. Paul Molitor, Brewers. Best fielder | Willie Randolph, Yankees.

Third base | George Brett, Royals. 23 home runs, 107 RBIs, .329 batting average, .376 on-base percentage, .563 slugging percentage, 119 runs, 212 hits, 42 doubles, 20 triples. 2. Buddy Bell, Rangers. Best fielder | Bell

Shortstop | Roy Smalley, Twins. 24 home runs, 95 RBIs, .271 batting average, .353 on-base percentage, .441 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Rick Burleson, Red Sox.

Left field | Jim Rice, Red Sox. 39 home runs, 130 RBIs, .325 batting average, .381 on-base percentage, .596 slugging percentage, 117 runs, 201 hits, 39 doubles. 2. Willie Wilson, Royals.

Center field | Fred Lynn, Red Sox. 39 home runs, 122 RBIs, .333 batting average, .423 on-base percentage, .637 slugging percentage, 116 runs. Best fielder | Chet Lemon, White Sox.

2. Chet Lemon, White Sox
3. Gorman Thomas, Brewers

Right field | Ken Singleton, Orioles. 35 home runs, 111 RBIs, .295 batting average, .405 on-base percentage, .533 slugging percentage, 109 walks. 2. Sixto Lezcano, Brewers.

Designated hitter | Don Baylor, Angels. 36 home runs, 139 RBIs, .296 batting average, .371 on-base percentage, .530 slugging percentage, 120 runs.



Starting rotation |

1. Dennis Eckersley, Red Sox.
17-10, 2.99 ERA, 150 strikeouts and 59 walks in 246.2 innings, 17 complete games.

2. Jerry Koosman, Twins. 20-13, 3.38 ERA, 157 strikeouts and 83 walks in 262.2 innings, 10 complete games.

3. Ron Guidry, Yankees. 18-8, 2.78 ERA, 201 strikeouts and 71 walks in 236.1 innings, 15 complete games.

4. Tommy John, Yankees. 21-9, 2.96 ERA, 111 strikeouts and 65 walks in 276.1 innings, 17 complete games.

5. Mike Flanagan, Orioles. 23-9, 3.08 ERA, 190 strikeouts and 70 walks in 265.2 innings, 16 complete games, five shutouts. 6. Mike Caldwell, Brewers. 7. Jack Morris, Tigers.

Reliever | Jim Kern, Rangers. 13-5, 1.57 ERA, 29 saves, 136 strikeouts and 62 walks in 143 innings. 2. Sid Monge, Cleveland.
— Kevin Brewer

October 2, 1979

National League awards [1979]



Lou Brock singled for his 3,000th hit. Pirates right fielder Dave Parker threw out Jim Rice at third base and Brian Downing at home in the All-Star Game. Ken Forsch threw a no-hitter. The Phillies beat the Cubs and Dave Kingman 23-22 in 10 innings at Wrigley Field. | Rising from the Ashes

Babe Ruth Award | Dave Winfield, Padres. 34 home runs, 118 RBIs, .308 batting average, .395 on-base percentage, .558 slugging percentage, 10 triples. | Good Hit, Better Man

2. Mike Schmidt, Phillies
3. Dave Parker, Pirates
4. Keith Hernandez, Cardinals
5. Phil Niekro, Atlanta

Walter Johnson Award | Phil Niekro, Atlanta. 21-20, 3.39 ERA, 208 strikeouts and 113 walks in 342 innings, 23 complete games. Niekro led the league in wins, losses, innings and complete games. He also made 44 starts for last-place Atlanta, the most by a National League pitcher since 1917.

Jackie Robinson Award | Rick Sutcliffe, Dodgers. 17-10, 3.46 ERA, 117 strikeouts and 97 walks in 242 innings.

Pee Wee Reese Award | Willie Stargell, Pirates. 32 home runs, 82 RBIs, .281 batting average, .352 on-base percentage, .552 slugging percentage. Stargell made the Pirates a family, handing out gold stars for big hits and great plays. | Fine, Like Good Wine

Connie Mack Award | Dick Williams, Expos. 95-55 [.594] | A Summer Winner in Montreal

2. Chuck Tanner, Pirates
3. Bill Virdon, Astros



Catcher | Gary Carter, Expos. 22 home runs, 75 RBIs, .283 batting average, .338 on-base percentage, .485 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Carter

2. Gene Tenace, Padres

First base | Keith Hernandez, Cardinals. 11 home runs, 105 RBIs, .344 batting average, .417 on-base percentage, .513 slugging percentage, 116 runs, 210 hits, 48 doubles, 11 triples. Best fielder | Hernandez

Second base | Davey Lopes, Dodgers. 28 home runs, 73 RBIs, .265 batting average, .372 on-base percentage, .464 slugging percentage, 109 runs, 97 walks, 44 stolen bases. Best fielder | Ted Sizemore, Cubs.

Third base | Mike Schmidt, Phillies. 45 home runs, 114 RBIs, .253 batting average, .386 on-base percentage, .564 slugging percentage, 109 runs, 120 walks. Best fielder | Schmidt

2. Larry Parish, Expos
3. Ron Cey, Dodgers

Shortstop | Dave Concepcion, Reds. 16 home runs, 84 RBIs, .281 batting average, .348 on-base percentage, .415 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Concepcion

2. Garry Templeton, Cardinals

Left field | Jose Cruz, Astros. 9 home runs, 72 RBIs, .289 batting average, .367 on-base percentage, .421 slugging percentage, 36 stolen bases.

Center field | Lee Mazzilli, Mets. 15 home runs, 79 RBIs, .303 batting average, .395 on-base percentage, .449 slugging percentage, 34 stolen bases. Best fielder | Tony Scott, Cardinals.

Right field | Dave Winfield, Padres. 34 home runs, 118 RBIs, .308 batting average, .395 on-base percentage, .558 slugging percentage, 10 triples.

2. Dave Parker, Pirates



Starting rotation |

1. Phil Niekro, Atlanta.
21-20, 3.39 ERA, 208 strikeouts and 113 walks in 342 innings, 23 complete games.

2. J.R. Richard, Astros. 18-13, 2.71 ERA, 313 strikeouts and 98 walks in 292.1 innings, 19 complete games.

3. Rick Reuschel, Cubs. 18-12, 3.62 ERA, 125 strikeouts and 75 walks in 239 innings.

4. Joe Niekro, Astros. 21-11, 3.00 ERA, 119 strikeouts and 107 walks in 263.2 innings, 11 complete games, five shutouts. The Niekros are the first brothers to win 20 games in the same season.

5. Craig Swan, Mets. 14-13, 3.29 ERA, 145 strikeouts and 57 walks in 251.1 innings, 10 complete games.

Reliever | Bruce Sutter, Cubs. 6-6, 2.22 ERA, 37 saves, 110 strikeouts and 32 walks in 101.1 innings.
— Kevin Brewer