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

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