October 8, 1980

American League awards [1980]



George Brett chased .400 all summer, not falling below the mark for good until Sept. 20. Owner Bill Veeck put the White Sox up for sale. Charlie Finley did the same with the Athletics. 57-year-old Minnie Minoso played in his fifth decade. Mike Parrott lost 16 straight games.

Babe Ruth Award | George Brett, Royals. 24 home runs, 118 RBIs, .390 batting average, .454 on-base percentage, .664 slugging percentage. Brett had the highest batting average since Ted Williams, more RBIs than games and more home runs than strikeouts, while missing 45 games with a bruised heel, tendinitis and torn ligaments. | Brett May Do It Yet

2. Rickey, Athletics
3. Willie Wilson, Royals
4. Al Bumbry, Orioles
5. Willie Randolph, Yankees

Walter Johnson Award | Mike Norris, Athletics. 22-9, 2.53 ERA, 180 strikeouts and 83 walks in 284.1 innings, 24 complete games.

2. Britt Burns, White Sox
3. Doug Corbett, Twins

Jackie Robinson Award | Britt Burns, White Sox. 15-13, 2.84 ERA, 133 strikeouts and 63 walks in 238 innings, 11 complete games.

2. Doug Corbett, Twins
3. Dave Stapleton, Red Sox

Connie Mack Award | Billy Martin, Athletics. 83-79 [.512] The Athletics won 29 more games than last season, thanks to the Berkeley, Calif., native and his all-out, aggressive baserunning style. Oakland had 175 stolen bases, including seven steals of home, 14 double steals and one triple steal.

Martin also had the best (and oddest) pitching staff in the league. The Athletics led the league in ERA [3.46] and complete games [94], the most by any team since the 1940s. Four starters had 14-inning complete games.

2. Dick Howser, Yankees
3. Jim Frey, Royals



Catcher | Rick Cerone, Yankees. 14 home runs, 85 RBIs, .277 batting average, .321 on-base percentage, .432 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Cerone

First base | Cecil Cooper, Brewers. 25 home runs, 122 RBIs, .352 batting average, .387 on-base percentage, .539 slugging percentage, 219 hits. Best fielder | Bruce Bochte, Mariners. | No Condolences, Please

Second base | Willie Randolph, Yankees. 7 home runs, 46 RBIs, .294 batting average, .427 on-base percentage, .407 slugging percentage, 119 walks, 30 stolen bases. Best fielder | Damaso Garcia, Blue Jays.

Third base | George Brett, Royals. 2. Buddy Bell, Rangers. Best fielder | Doug DeCinces, Orioles. | By George, He’s Some Hitter

Shortstop | Robin Yount, Brewers. 23 home runs, 87 RBIs, .293 batting average, .321 on-base percentage, .519 slugging percentage, 121 runs, 49 doubles, 10 triples. Best fielder | Rick Burleson, Red Sox.

Left field | Rickey Henderson, Athletics. 9 home runs, 53 RBIs, .303 batting average, .420 on-base percentage, .399 slugging percentage, 111 runs, 117 walks, 100 stolen bases. 2. Willie Wilson, Royals. 3. Ben Oglivie, Brewers. Best fielder | Wilson

Center field | Al Bumbry, Orioles. 9 home runs, 53 RBIs, .318 batting average, .392 on-base percentage, .433 slugging percentage, 118 runs, 205 hits, 44 stolen bases. 2. Dwayne Murphy, Athletics. Best fielder | Murphy

Right field | Tony Armas, Athletics. 35 home runs, 109 RBIs, .279 batting average, .310 on-base percentage, .500 slugging percentage. 2. Ken Singleton, Orioles.

Designated hitter | Reggie Jackson, Yankees. 41 home runs, 111 RBIs, .300 batting average, .398 on-base percentage, .597 slugging percentage.



Starting rotation |

1. Mike Norris, Athletics.
22-9, 2.53 ERA, 180 strikeouts and 83 walks in 284.1 innings, 24 complete games.

2. Britt Burns, White Sox 15-13, 2.84 ERA, 133 strikeouts and 63 walks in 238 innings, 11 complete games.

3. Larry Gura, Royals. 18-10, 2.95 ERA, 113 strikeouts and 76 walks in 283.1 innings, 16 complete games.

4. Jim Clancy, Blue Jays. 13-16, 3.30 ERA, 152 strikeouts and 128 walks in 250.2 innings, 15 complete games.

5. Steve Stone, Orioles. 25-7, 3.23 ERA, 149 strikeouts and 101 walks in 250.2 innings. 6. Tommy John, Yankees. 7. Scott McGregor, Orioles. 8. Dave Stieb, Blue Jays. 9. Moose Haas, Brewers.

Reliever | Doug Corbett, Twins. 8-6, 1.98 ERA, 23 saves, 89 strikeouts and 42 walks in 136.1 innings. 2. Rudy May, Yankees.
— Kevin Brewer

October 7, 1980

National League awards [1980]



The Astros beat the Dodgers in a one-game playoff to win the NL West. Nolan Ryan, the first player to make $1 million a year, reached 3,000 strikeouts on July 4. Padres broadcaster Jerry Coleman [73-89] was named the team’s manager. Jerry Reuss threw a no-hitter.

Babe Ruth Award | Mike Schmidt, Phillies. 48 home runs, 121 RBIs, .286 batting average, .380 on-base percentage, .624 slugging percentage, 104 runs.

2. Steve Carlton, Phillies
3. Gary Carter, Expos
4. Andre Dawson, Expos

Walter Johnson Award | Steve Carlton, Phillies. 24-9, 2.34 ERA, 286 strikeouts and 90 walks in 304 innings, 13 complete games, 17 wild pitches.

Jackie Robinson Award | Dave Smith, Astros. 7-5, 1.93 ERA, 10 saves, 85 strikeouts and 32 walks in 102.2 innings.

2. Lonnie Smith, Phillies
3. Al Holland, Giants

Pee Wee Reese Award | Joe Morgan, Astros. 11 home runs, 49 RBIs, .243 batting average, .367 on-base percentage, .373 slugging percentage, 93 walks, 24 stolen bases.

Connie Mack Award | Bill Virdon, Astros. 93-70 [.571] When All-Star starter J.R. Richard [10-4, 1.90] had a stroke on July 30, Virdon put Vern Ruhle [12-4, 2.37] in the rotation, and the Astros made their first playoff appearance.

2. Bobby Cox, Atlanta
3. Tommy Lasorda, Dodgers



Catcher | Gary Carter, Expos. 29 home runs, 101 RBIs, .264 batting average, .331 on-base percentage, .486 slugging percentage. 2. Ted Simmons, Cardinals. Best fielder | Carter

First base | Keith Hernandez, Cardinals. 16 home runs, 99 RBIs, .321 batting average, .408 on-base percentage, .494 slugging percentage, 111 runs, 39 doubles. Best fielder | Pete Rose, Phillies.

Second base | Joe Morgan, Astros. 11 home runs, 49 RBIs, .243 batting average, .367 on-base percentage, .373 slugging percentage, 93 walks, 24 stolen bases. 2. Manny Trillo, Phillies. Best fielder | Trillo

Third base | Mike Schmidt, Phillies. 48 home runs, 121 RBIs, .286 batting average, .380 on-base percentage, .624 slugging percentage, 104 runs. Best fielder | Schmidt

2. Darrell Evans, Giants
3. Ron Cey, Dodgers

Shortstop | Ozzie Smith, Padres. 0 home runs, 35 RBIs, .230 batting average, .313 on-base percentage, .276 slugging percentage, 57 stolen bases. 2. Garry Templeton, Cardinals. Best fielder | Ozzie

Left field | Jose Cruz, Astros. 11 home runs, 91 RBIs, .302 batting average, .360 on-base percentage, .426 slugging percentage, 36 stolen bases. 2. Dusty Baker, Dodgers.

Center field | Andre Dawson, Expos. 17 home runs, 87 RBIs, .308 batting average, .358 on-base percentage, .492 slugging percentage, 41 doubles, 34 stolen bases. Best fielder | Omar Moreno, Pirates.

2. Dale Murphy, Atlanta
3. Cesar Cedeno, Astros

Right field | Terry Puhl, Astros. 13 home runs, 55 RBIs, .282 batting average, .357 on-base percentage, .419 slugging percentage, 27 stolen bases. 2. Jack Clark, Giants.



Starting rotation |

1. Steve Carlton, Phillies.
24-9, 2.34 ERA, 286 strikeouts and 90 walks in 304 innings, 13 complete games, 17 wild pitches.

2. Don Sutton, Dodgers. 13-5, 2.20 ERA, 128 strikeouts and 47 walks in 212.1 innings.

3. Steve Rogers, Expos. 16-11, 2.98 ERA, 147 strikeouts and 85 walks in 281 innings, 14 complete games.

4. Jerry Reuss, Dodgers. 18-6, 2.51 ERA, 111 strikeouts and 40 walks in 229.1 innings, 10 complete games, six shutouts.

5. Rick Reuschel, Cubs. 11-13, 3.40 ERA, 140 strikeouts and 76 walks in 257 innings.

Left-handed reliever | Tug McGraw, Phillies. 5-4, 1.46 ERA, 20 saves, 75 strikeouts and 23 walks in 92.1 innings.

Right-handed reliever | Rick Camp, Atlanta. 6-4, 1.91 ERA, 22 saves, 33 strikeouts and 29 walks in 108.1 innings.
— Kevin Brewer