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The 1979 season of the American League was the seventy-ninth season of the league.

Contents

[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS (RS/G) RA (RA/G) AVG OBP SLG ERA FPCT
Eastern Division
1 Baltimore Orioles 159 102 57 0 .642 -.- 757 (4.76) 582 (3.66) 0.261 0.336 0.419 3.26 0.980
2 Milwaukee Brewers 161 95 66 0 .590 8.0 807 (5.01) 722 (4.48) 0.280 0.345 0.448 4.03 0.980
3 Boston Red Sox 160 91 69 0 .569 11.5 841 (5.26) 711 (4.44) 0.283 0.344 0.456 4.03 0.977
4 New York Yankees 160 89 71 0 .556 13.5 734 (4.59) 672 (4.20) 0.266 0.329 0.406 3.83 0.981
5 Detroit Tigers 161 85 76 0 .528 18.0 770 (4.78) 738 (4.58) 0.269 0.340 0.415 4.27 0.980
6 Cleveland Indians 161 81 80 0 .503 22.0 760 (4.72) 805 (5.00) 0.258 0.339 0.384 4.57 0.979
7 Toronto Blue Jays 162 53 109 0 .327 50.5 613 (3.78) 862 (5.32) 0.251 0.308 0.363 4.82 0.975
Western Division
1 California Angels 162 88 74 0 .543 -.- 866 (5.35) 768 (4.74) 0.282 0.351 0.429 4.34 0.978
2 Kansas City Royals 162 85 77 0 .525 3.0 851 (5.25) 816 (5.04) 0.282 0.344 0.422 4.45 0.977
3 Texas Rangers 162 83 79 0 .512 5.0 750 (4.63) 698 (4.31) 0.278 0.334 0.409 3.86 0.979
4 Minnesota Twins 162 82 80 0 .506 6.0 764 (4.72) 725 (4.48) 0.278 0.341 0.402 4.13 0.979
5 Chicago White Sox 160 73 87 0 .456 14.0 730 (4.56) 748 (4.68) 0.275 0.331 0.410 4.10 0.972
6 Seattle Mariners 162 67 95 0 .414 21.0 711 (4.39) 820 (5.06) 0.269 0.331 0.404 4.58 0.978
7 Oakland Athletics 162 54 108 0 .333 34.0 573 (3.54) 860 (5.31) 0.239 0.302 0.346 4.75 0.972

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Don Baylor
Buddy Bell
Rick Bosetti
Willie Horton
Ruppert Jones
Roy Smalley
California Angels
Texas Rangers
Toronto Blue Jays
Seattle Mariners
Seattle Mariners
Minnesota Twins
162
At Bats Buddy Bell Texas Rangers 670
Runs Scored Don Baylor California Angels 120
Hits George Brett Kansas City Royals 212
Doubles Cecil Cooper
Chet Lemon
Milwaukee Brewers
Chicago White Sox
44
Triples George Brett Kansas City Royals 20
Home Runs Gorman Thomas Milwaukee Brewers 45
Total Bases Jim Rice Boston Red Sox 369
Runs Batted In Don Baylor California Angels 139
Stolen Bases Willie Wilson Kansas City Royals 83
Caught Stealing Bobby Bonds Cleveland Indians 23
Walks Darrell Porter Kansas City Royals 121
Intentional Base-on-Balls Ken Singleton Baltimore Orioles 16
Hit by Pitch Chet Lemon Chicago White Sox 13
Strikeouts Gorman Thomas Milwaukee Brewers 175
Sacrifice Hits Rob Wilfong Minnesota Twins 25
Sacrifice Flies Dan Ford
Darrell Porter
California Angels
Kansas City Royals
13
Grounded into Double Plays Bruce Bochte Seattle Mariners 27
Batting Average Fred Lynn Boston Red Sox 0.333
On-Base Percentage Fred Lynn Boston Red Sox 0.423
Slugging Percentage Fred Lynn Boston Red Sox 0.637
On-Base plus Slugging Fred Lynn Boston Red Sox 1.060
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Fred Lynn Boston Red Sox 176

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Mike Flanagan Baltimore Orioles 23
Losses Phil Huffman Toronto Blue Jays 18
Win-Loss Percentage Ron Davis New York Yankees 0.875
Appearances Mike Marshall Minnesota Twins 90
Games Started Dennis Martinez Baltimore Orioles 39
Complete Games Dennis Martinez Baltimore Orioles 18
Shutouts Mike Flanagan
Dennis Leonard
Nolan Ryan
Baltimore Orioles
Kansas City Royals
California Angels
5
Games Finished Mike Marshall Minnesota Twins 84
Saves Mike Marshall Minnesota Twins 32
Innings Pitched Dennis Martinez Baltimore Orioles 292.1
Batters Faced Dennis Martinez Baltimore Orioles 1206
Hits Allowed Dave Goltz Minnesota Twins 282
Home Runs Allowed Fergie Jenkins Texas Rangers 40
Base-on-Balls Allowed Mike Torrez Boston Red Sox 121
Intentional Base-on-Balls Dave Heaverlo Oakland Athletics 18
Hit Batsmen Ken Kravec Chicago White Sox 14
Strikeouts Nolan Ryan California Angels 223
Wild Pitches Rick Langford Oakland Athletics 16
Balks Roger Erickson Minnesota Twins 4
Runs Allowed Mike Torrez Boston Red Sox 144
Earned Runs Allowed Mike Torrez Boston Red Sox 126
Earned Run Average Ron Guidry New York Yankees 2.78
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Scott McGregor Baltimore Orioles 1.076

[edit] All-Star Game

The American League lost the fiftieth midsummer classic at Kingdome in Seattle, WA on Tuesday, July 17, 1979 by a score of 7 to 6. The league's manager was Bob Lemon.

[edit] Postseason

The American League Championship Series, featured Baltimore Orioles, the Eastern Division winner, and the California Angels, the Western Division winner. The Orioles defeated the Angels, 3 games to 1.

In the World Series, the American League champion Baltimore Orioles were defeated by the National League's Pittsburgh Pirates, 4 games to 3.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Don Baylor, a designated hitter with the California Angels. In the award's voting, he had 347 out of a possible 392 points and 20 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Mike Flanagan of the Baltimore Orioles. In the award's voting, he had 136 out of a possible 140 points and 26 first place votes.

The winners of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, were John Castino of the Minnesota Twins and Alfredo Griffin of the Toronto Blue Jays. In the award's voting, both had 7 out of a possible 28 points and 7 first place votes.

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players won the Gold Glove Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
P Jim Palmer Baltimore Orioles
C Jim Sundberg Texas Rangers
1B Cecil Cooper Milwaukee Brewers
2B Frank White Kansas City Royals
3B Buddy Bell Texas Rangers
SS Rick Burleson Boston Red Sox
OF Dwight Evans Boston Red Sox
Sixto Lezcano Milwaukee Brewers
Fred Lynn Boston Red Sox

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The thirty-seventh annual Hall of Fame Game was played on August 6 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In the game, the American League's Texas Rangers defeated the San Diego Padres of the National League by a score of 12 to 5.

[edit] Notable events

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