1979 St. Louis Cardinals season

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1979 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 86–76 (.531)
Divisional place 3rd
Other information
Owner(s) August "Gussie" Busch
General manager(s) John Claiborne
Manager(s) Ken Boyer
Local television KSDK
(as KSD-TV before September 8)
KPLR
(September 9 game only)
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Jay Randolph, Bob Starr)
Local radio KMOX
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Bob Starr)
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The 1979 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 98th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 88th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 86-76 during the season and finished third in the National League East, 12 games behind the eventual NL pennant and World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates.

Offseason

Regular season

First baseman Keith Hernández won the MVP Award this year, along with Willie Stargell, batting .344, with 11 home runs and 105 RBIs. Hernández also won the Gold Glove. Left fielder Lou Brock collected his 3,000th career hit and played his final season in MLB.

Pete Vuckovich and Silvio Martínez each won 15 games. Garry Templeton became the first switch-hitter to collect 100 hits from each side of the plate and led the league in triples for a third consecutive season.

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 98 64 0.605 48–33 50–31
Montreal Expos 95 65 0.594 2 56–25 39–40
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 0.531 12 42–39 44–37
Philadelphia Phillies 84 78 0.519 14 43–38 41–40
Chicago Cubs 80 82 0.494 18 45–36 35–46
New York Mets 63 99 0.389 35 28–53 35–46


Record vs. opponents

1979 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 4–8 6–12 7–11 12–6 1–9 4–8 7–5 4–8 6–12 11–7 4–8
Chicago 8–4 7–5 6–6 5–7 6–12 8–10 9–9 6–12 9–3 8–4 8–10
Cincinnati 12–6 5–7 8–10 11–7 6–6 8–4 8–4 8–4 10–7 6–12 8–4
Houston 11–7 6–6 10–8 10–8 7–5 9–3 5–7 4–8 14–4 7–11 6–6
Los Angeles 6–12 7–5 7–11 8–10 6–6 9–3 3–9 4–8 9–9 14–4 6–6
Montreal 9–1 12–6 6–6 5–7 6–6 15–3 11–7 7–11 7–5 7–5 10–8
New York 8–4 10–8 4–8 3–9 3–9 3–15 5–13 8–10–1 4–8 8–4 7–11
Philadelphia 5-7 9–9 4–8 7–5 9–3 7–11 13–5 8–10 9–3 6–6 7–11–1
Pittsburgh 8–4 12–6 4–8 8–4 8–4 11–7 10–8–1 10–8 7–5 9–3 11–7
San Diego 12–6 3–9 7–10 4–14 9–9 5–7 8–4 3–9 5–7 8–10 4–8
San Francisco 7–11 4–8 12–6 11–7 4–14 5–7 4–8 6–6 3–9 10–8 5–7
St. Louis 8–4 10–8 4–8 6–6 6–6 8–10 11–7 11–7–1 7–11 8–4 7–5


Opening Day starters

Notable transactions

Roster

1979 St. Louis Cardinals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
1B Hernandez, KeithKeith Hernandez 161 610 210 .344 11 105
LF Brock, LouLou Brock 120 405 123 .304 5 38

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Phillips, MikeMike Phillips 44 97 22 .227 1 6
Freed, RogerRoger Freed 34 31 8 .258 2 8
Lentine, JimJim Lentine 11 23 9 .391 0 1
Grieve, TomTom Grieve 9 15 3 .200 0 0
Dimmel, MikeMike Dimmel 6 3 1 .333 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Forsch, BobBob Forsch 33 218.2 11 11 3.83 92
Martínez, SilvioSilvio Martínez 32 206.2 15 8 3.27 102
Denny, JohnJohn Denny 31 206 8 11 4.85 99
Fulgham, JohnJohn Fulgham 20 146 10 6 2.53 75
Sykes, BobBob Sykes 13 67 4 3 6.18 35

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Knowles, DaroldDarold Knowles 48 2 5 6 4.07 22
Bruno, TomTom Bruno 27 2 3 0 4.23 27
Frazier, GeorgeGeorge Frazier 25 2 4 0 4.45 14
Seaman, KimKim Seaman 1 0 0 0 0.00 3

Awards and honors

League records

  • Garry Templeton, National League record, league leader in triples for three consecutive seasons[9]

League leaders

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Springfield Redbirds American Association Hal Lanier
AA Arkansas Travelers Texas League Tommy Thompson
A St. Petersburg Cardinals Florida State League Sonny Ruberto
A Gastonia Cardinals Western Carolinas League Johnny Lewis
Rookie Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League Nick Leyva

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Arkansas

References

External links