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1979 Pacific Coast League season

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The 1979 Pacific Coast League season was the 76th in the league's history, and ended with the Salt Lake City Gulls winning the city's first PCL title since 1971.

The league instituted a split-season format for the first time since 1935. The playoff format was modified slightly, as the semifinals became best-of-three series.

This was the first season for the Ogden A's.

Contents

[edit] Final first-half standings

Playoff teams in bold.

North Division W L Pct. GB Manager Affiliation
Hawaii Islanders 42 32 .568 -- Dick Phillips San Diego Padres
Spokane Indians 39 32 .549 Rene Lachemann Seattle Mariners
Vancouver Canadians 39 36 .520 John Felske Milwaukee Brewers
Tacoma Tugs 34 37 .479 Gene Dusan Cleveland Indians
Portland Beavers 35 40 .467 Johnny Lipon Pittsburgh Pirates
South Division W L Pct. GB Manager Affiliation
Albuquerque Dukes 41 32 .562 -- Del Crandall Los Angeles Dodgers
Tucson Toros 40 35 .533 2 Rich Donnelly Texas Rangers
Ogden A's 35 39 .473 Jose Pagan Oakland Athletics
Salt Lake City Gulls 34 40 .459 Jimy Williams California Angels
Phoenix Giants 28 44 .389 12½ Rocky Bridges San Francisco Giants

[edit] Final second-half standings

Playoff teams in bold.

North Division W L Pct. GB Manager Affiliation
Vancouver Canadians 40 32 .556 -- John Felske Milwaukee Brewers
Portland Beavers 38 34 .528 2 Johnny Lipon Pittsburgh Pirates
Tacoma Tugs 40 36 .526 2 Gene Dusan Cleveland Indians
Hawaii Islanders 30 44 .405 11 Dick Phillips San Diego Padres
Spokane Indians 29 47 .382 13 Rene Lachemann Seattle Mariners
South Division W L Pct. GB Manager Affiliation
Salt Lake City Gulls 46 28 .622 -- Jimy Williams California Angels
Albuquerque Dukes 45 30 .600 Del Crandall Los Angeles Dodgers
Ogden A's 37 36 .507 Jose Pagan Oakland Athletics
Tucson Toros 35 40 .467 11½ Rich Donnelly Texas Rangers
Phoenix Giants 31 44 .413 15½ Rocky Bridges San Francisco Giants

[edit] Overall standings

W L Pct. GB Manager Affiliation
Albuquerque Dukes 86 62 .581 -- Del Crandall Los Angeles Dodgers
Salt Lake City Gulls 80 68 .541 6 Jimy Williams California Angels
Vancouver Canadians 79 68 .537 John Felske Milwaukee Brewers
Tacoma Tugs 74 73 .503 11½ Gene Dusan Cleveland Indians
Tucson Toros 74 74 .500 12 Rich Donnelly Texas Rangers
Portland Beavers 73 74 .497 12½ Johnny Lipon Pittsburgh Pirates
Ogden A's 72 75 .490 12½ Jose Pagan Oakland Athletics
Hawaii Islanders 72 76 .486 14 Dick Phillips San Diego Padres
Spokane Indians 68 79 .463 17½ Rene Lachemann Seattle Mariners
Phoenix Giants 59 88 .401 26½ Rocky Bridges San Francisco Giants

[edit] Playoffs

  First Round Championship Finals
                 
N1  Hawaii Islanders 2  
N2  Vancouver Canadians 1  
    N1  Hawaii Islanders 0
  S2  Salt Lake City Gulls 3
S1  Albuquerque Dukes 0
S2  Salt Lake City Gulls 2  

[edit] First Round

Albuquerque vs. Salt Lake City
Date Away Home
September 4 Salt Lake City 9 Albuquerque 8
11 innings
September 5 Salt Lake City 12 Albuquerque 9
Salt Lake City wins series 2-0
Vancouver vs. Hawaii
Date Away Home
September 3 Hawaii 3 Vancouver 1
September 5 Hawaii 0 Vancouver 3
Game 2 Hawaii 8 Vancouver 4
12 innings
Hawaii wins series 2-1

[edit] Championship Finals

Salt Lake City vs. Hawaii
Date Away Home
September 7 Hawaii 4 Salt Lake City 5
September 8 Hawaii 4 Salt Lake City 8
September 9 Hawaii 2 Salt Lake City 3
Salt Lake City wins series 3-0

[edit] League Leaders

[edit] Batting

[edit] Pitching

  • Wins Mark Bomback, Vancouver, 22
  • Earned Run Average Bomback, 2.56
  • Complete Games Bomback, 16
  • Shutouts Bomback, 5
  • Strikeouts Juan Berenguer, Spokane, 220
  • Saves Dan Boitano, Vancouver, 18

[edit] All-Star Team

[edit] References

The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. W. Lloyd Johnson and Miles Wolff, editors. Baseball America, 1993.

1980 Baseball Guide

[edit] External Links

1979 PCL - The Baseball Cube

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