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The 1979 season of the National League was the one hundred fourth 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 Pittsburgh Pirates 163 98 64 1 .601 -.- 775 (4.75) 643 (3.94) 0.272 0.329 0.416 3.41 0.979
2 Montreal Expos 160 95 65 0 .594 2.0 701 (4.38) 581 (3.63) 0.264 0.318 0.408 3.14 0.979
3 St. Louis Cardinals 163 86 76 1 .528 12.0 731 (4.48) 693 (4.25) 0.278 0.332 0.401 3.72 0.980
4 Philadelphia Phillies 163 84 78 1 .515 14.0 683 (4.19) 718 (4.40) 0.266 0.339 0.396 4.16 0.983
5 Chicago Cubs 162 80 82 0 .494 18.0 706 (4.36) 707 (4.36) 0.269 0.327 0.403 3.88 0.975
6 New York Mets 163 63 99 1 .387 35.0 593 (3.64) 706 (4.33) 0.250 0.312 0.350 3.84 0.978
Western Division
1 Cincinnati Reds 161 90 71 0 .559 -.- 731 (4.54) 644 (4.00) 0.264 0.338 0.396 3.58 0.980
2 Houston Astros 162 89 73 0 .549 1.5 583 (3.60) 582 (3.59) 0.256 0.315 0.344 3.20 0.978
3 Los Angeles Dodgers 162 79 83 0 .488 11.5 739 (4.56) 717 (4.43) 0.263 0.331 0.412 3.83 0.981
4 San Francisco Giants 162 71 91 0 .438 19.5 672 (4.15) 751 (4.64) 0.246 0.319 0.365 4.16 0.974
5 San Diego Padres 161 68 93 0 .422 22.0 603 (3.75) 681 (4.23) 0.242 0.309 0.348 3.69 0.978
6 Atlanta Braves 160 66 94 0 .413 23.5 669 (4.18) 763 (4.77) 0.256 0.318 0.377 4.18 0.970

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Frank Taveras Pittsburgh Pirates/New York Mets 164
At Bats Omar Moreno Pittsburgh Pirates 695
Runs Scored Keith Hernandez St. Louis Cardinals 116
Hits Garry Templeton St. Louis Cardinals 211
Doubles Keith Hernandez St. Louis Cardinals 48
Triples Garry Templeton St. Louis Cardinals 19
Home Runs Dave Kingman Chicago Cubs 48
Total Bases Dave Winfield San Diego Padres 333
Runs Batted In Dave Winfield San Diego Padres 118
Stolen Bases Omar Moreno Pittsburgh Pirates 77
Caught Stealing Billy North San Francisco Giants 24
Walks Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies 120
Intentional Base-on-Balls Dave Winfield San Diego Padres 24
Hit by Pitch Greg Luzinski Philadelphia Phillies 10
Strikeouts Dave Kingman Chicago Cubs 131
Sacrifice Hits Craig Reynolds Houston Astros 34
Sacrifice Flies Cesar Cedeno
Dave Parker
Mike Schmidt
Houston Astros
Pittsburgh Pirates
Philadelphia Phillies
9
Grounded into Double Plays Steve Garvey Los Angeles Dodgers 25
Batting Average Keith Hernandez St. Louis Cardinals 0.344
On-Base Percentage Pete Rose Philadelphia Phillies 0.418
Slugging Percentage Dave Kingman Chicago Cubs 0.613
On-Base plus Slugging Dave Kingman Chicago Cubs 0.956
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Dave Winfield San Diego Padres 165

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Joe Niekro
Phil Niekro
Houston Astros
Atlanta Braves
21
Losses Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves 20
Win-Loss Percentage Jim Bibby Pittsburgh Pirates 0.750
Appearances Kent Tekulve Pittsburgh Pirates 94
Games Started Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves 44
Complete Games Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves 23
Shutouts Joe Niekro
Steve Rogers
Tom Seaver
Houston Astros
Montreal Expos
Cincinnati Reds
5
Games Finished Kent Tekulve Pittsburgh Pirates 67
Saves Bruce Sutter Chicago Cubs 37
Innings Pitched Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves 342.0
Batters Faced Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves 1436
Hits Allowed Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves 311
Home Runs Allowed Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves 41
Base-on-Balls Allowed Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves 113
Intentional Base-on-Balls Kent Tekulve Pittsburgh Pirates 20
Hit Batsmen Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves 11
Strikeouts J.R. Richard Houston Astros 313
Wild Pitches Joe Niekro
J.R. Richard
Houston Astros
Houston Astros
19
Balks Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies 11
Runs Allowed Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves 160
Earned Runs Allowed Vida Blue San Francisco Giants 132
Earned Run Average J.R. Richard Houston Astros 2.71
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Ken Forsch Houston Astros 1.069

[edit] All-Star Game

The National League won 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 Tom Lasorda.

[edit] Postseason

The National League Championship Series, featured Pittsburgh Pirates, the Eastern Division winner, and the Cincinnati Reds, the Western Division winner. The Pirates defeated the Reds, 3 games to 0.

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

[edit] Award winners

The winners of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, were Keith Hernandez of the St. Louis Cardinals and Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In the award's voting, both had 216 out of a possible 336 points and 10 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Bruce Sutter of the Chicago Cubs. In the award's voting, he had 72 out of a possible 120 points and 10 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Rick Sutcliffe, a pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the award's voting, he had 20 out of a possible 24 points and 20 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 Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves
C Bob Boone Philadelphia Phillies
1B Keith Hernandez St. Louis Cardinals
2B Manny Trillo Philadelphia Phillies
3B Dave Concepción Cincinnati Reds
SS Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies
OF Garry Maddox Philadelphia Phillies
Dave Parker Pittsburgh Pirates
Dave Winfield San Diego Padres

[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 National League's San Diego Padres lost to the Texas Rangers of the American League by a score of 12 to 5.

[edit] Notable events

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