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In 1979, the Kansas City Royals drafted future NFL legends Dan Marino and John Elway. The draft order was set right after the 1978 regular season, so the Boston Red Sox were given the 26th pick and the New York Yankees were given the 25th pick, even though the Yankees went on to beat Boston in the one game playoff for the AL East title and eventually win the World Series. While both teams lost their first round picks, these were the positions used for the remainder of the draft.

[edit] 1979 First Round Picks

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
1 Seattle Mariners Al Chambers OF John Harris High School (HS) Harrisburg, PA
2 New York Mets Tim Leary RHP UCLA (Col.) Santa Monica, CA
3 Toronto Blue Jays Jay Schroeder C Palisades Charter High School (HS) Pacific Palisades, CA
4 Atlanta Braves Brad Komminsk OF Shawnee High School (Lima) (HS) Lima, OH
5 Oakland Athletics Juan Bustabad SS Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School (HS) Hialeah, FL Did not sign
6 St. Louis Cardinals Andy Van Slyke OF New Hartford High School (HS) New Hartford, NY
7 Cleveland Indians John Bohnet LHP Dr. James J. Hogan High School (HS) Vallejo, CA
8 Houston Astros John Mizerock C Punxsutawney High School (HS) Punxsutawney, PA
9 Chicago White Sox Steve Buechele SS Servite High School (HS) Fullerton, CA Did not sign
10 Montreal Expos Tim Wallach 1B California State-Fullerton (Col.) Huntington Park, CA
11 Minnesota Twins Kevin Brandt OF Nekoosa High School (HS) Nekoosa, WI
12 Chicago Cubs Jon Perlman RHP Baylor University (Col.) Dallas, TX
13 Detroit Tigers Rick Leach OF University of Michigan (Col.) Ann Arbor, MI
14 San Diego Padres Jody Lansford 1B Wilcox High School (HS) Santa Clara, CA
15 San Francisco Giants Scott Garrelts RHP Buckley-Loda High School (HS) Buckley, IL Compensation from California Angels for Jim Barr
16 Los Angeles Dodgers Steve Howe LHP University of Michigan (Col.) Pontiac, MI Compensation from Pittsburgh Pirates for Lee Lacy
17 Texas Rangers Jerry Don Gleaton LHP University of Texas (Col.) Brownwood, TX
18 San Francisco Giants Rick Luecken RHP Spring Woods High School (HS) Houston, TX Did not sign
19 Chicago White Sox Rick Seilheimer C Brenham High School (HS) Brenham, TX Compensation from Baltimore Orioles for Steve Stone
20 Cincinnati Reds Dan Lamar C Bellaire (TX) High School (HS) Houston, TX Compensation from Philadelphia Phillies for Pete Rose
21 Kansas City Royals Atlee Hammaker LHP East Tennessee State University (Col.) Carmel, CA
22 Cincinnati Reds Mike Sullivan RHP Clemson University (Col.) Webster, MA
23 Detroit Tigers Chris Baker (minors01) OF Livonia-Franklin High School (HS) Dearborn Heights, MI Compensation from Milwaukee Brewers for Jim Slaton
24 San Diego Padres Bob Geren C Clairemont High School (HS) San Diego, CA Compensation from Los Angeles Dodgers for Derrel Thomas
25 Los Angeles Dodgers Steve Perry RHP University of Michigan (Col.) [[]] Compensation from New York Yankees for Tommy John
26 Oakland Athletics Mike Stenhouse OF Harvard University (Col.) Pueblo, CO Did not sign/Compensation from Boston Red Sox for Steve Renko

[edit] Other Notable Selections

Dan Marino (4th round); Von Hayes (7th round); Pete O'Brien (15th round); John Elway (18th round); Don Mattingly (19th round); Brett Butler (23rd round)

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