1984 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1984 throughout the world.


Major League Baseball

  League Championship Series ABC World Series NBC
East  Detroit Tigers 3  
West  Kansas City Royals 0  
    AL  Detroit Tigers 4
  NL  San Diego Padres 1
East  Chicago Cubs 2
West  San Diego Padres 3  

Other champions

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Don Mattingly NYY .343 Tony Gwynn SDP .351
HR Tony Armas BOS 43 Dale Murphy ATL
Mike Schmidt PHI
RBI Tony Armas BOS 123 Gary Carter MON
Mike Schmidt PHI
Wins Mike Boddicker BAL 20 Joaquín Andújar STL 20
ERA Mike Boddicker BAL 2.79 Alejandro Peña LAD 2.48

Major league baseball final standings





  • June 9 – A 12-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds coupled with an Atlanta Braves loss give the San Diego Padres their first division lead in the National League West since May 28. They do not relinquish their division lead for the remainder of the season.
  • June 13 – Pitchers Rick Sutcliffe & George Frazier and catcher Ron Hassey are traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Chicago Cubs for Joe Carter, Mel Hall, Don Schulze and Darryl Banks.
  • June 16 – Leading off the fifth inning, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mario Soto throws several brushback pitches at Atlanta Braves slugger Claudell Washington, who homers in his last at-bat. Washington tosses his bat in the direction of Soto, and tries to go out to retrieve it, but instead walks toward the mound. Umpire Lanny Harris attempts to restrain Washington, but he is thrown to the ground. Soto uses the distraction to punch Washington. Several of Washington's teammates attempt to hold Washington to the ground. While they are doing that, Soto fires the baseball into the crowd of players, striking Braves coach Joe Pignatano. Soto is suspended three games for this incident; Washington receives a five-game suspension for shoving Lanny Harris.[5]
  • June 19 – In his first start since being acquired from the Cleveland Indians, Rick Sutcliffe pitches into the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium without giving up a run. He is lifted in the ninth after giving up one earned run, and two more unearned runs follow after Lee Smith replaces him on the mound, but the Cubs hold on for the 4-3 victory.
  • June 23 – At Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs and rival St. Louis Cardinals locked up in what would be a tight game. In the bottom of the ninth inning, trailing 9-8, the Cubs' Ryne Sandberg hit a solo-home run off of Bruce Sutter. The Cardinals regained the lead in the tenth inning 11-9, but Sandberg hit another home run off Sutter in the bottom of the frame, this time with one runner on base and two outs. The Cubs went on to win the game 12-11 in the following inning, and eventually won the National League East. Sandberg won the MVP Award this season, with this game as a key contribution. In addition to Sandberg's performance, St. Louis outfielder Willie McGee would hit for the cycle.




October – December

















  • January 18 – Leo Kiely, 54, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in the 1950s, who in 1957 set two PCL records with 20 wins in relief, 14 of them in consecutive games, and also became the first major leaguer to play in Japanese Baseball, for the Mainichi Orions, in 1953.
  • February 10 – Johanna Hageman, 65, one of the sixty original members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1943.
  • February 26 – Joe Kuhel, 77, first baseman for the Washington Senators and Chicago White Sox known for strong defense, batted .300 three times.
  • March 18 – Charlie Lau, 50, renowned hitting instructor, with the White Sox since 1981, who earned fame as the Kansas City Royals batting coach (1971–78) where his star pupil was George Brett.
  • March 20 – Stan Coveleski, 94, Hall of Fame pitcher who had five 20-win seasons with the Indians and Senators, and led Cleveland to the 1920 World Series championship with three victories over the Brooklyn Dodgers; spitballer led AL in ERA twice and strikeouts once.
  • April 5 – Chet Kehn, 62, pitcher for the 1942 Brooklyn Dodgers, and one of many players who only appeared in the majors during World War II
  • April 6 – Glenn Wright, 83, shortstop for the Pirates, Dodgers and White Sox


  • June 17 – Jim Hegan, 63, 5-time All-Star catcher for the Indians known for outstanding defense; later a Yankees coach and scout
  • July 24 – Jake Dunn, 74, Negro league baseball player from 1930 to 1940
  • July 31 – Beans Reardon, 86, National League umpire from 1926 to 1949 who worked in five World Series; known for his colorful arguments and continued use of the outside chest protector
  • August 14 – Lynn McGlothen, 34, All-Star pitcher who had his best years with the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs
  • August 16 – Tommie Aaron, 45, first baseman and left fielder who played for the Braves in Milwaukee and Atlanta; Braves coach since 1978, and younger brother of Hank Aaron
  • August 23 – Charlie Robertson, 88, pitcher who spent most of his career with the Chicago White Sox; pitched a perfect game in 1923 against the Tigers in his fourth major league start; last survivor of the 1919 White Sox team
  • August 25 – Waite Hoyt, 84, Hall of Fame pitcher whose 237 victories included 20-win seasons for the Yankees in 1927-28; won six World Series games, giving up only two unearned runs in three complete games in the 1921 Series, and was a Reds broadcaster from 1942–1965
  • August 31 – Audrey Wagner, 56, All-Star outfielder in the AAGPBL who won three home run titles, a batting crown, and the 1948 Player of the Year Award


  • September 7 – Joe Cronin, 77, Hall of Fame shortstop and manager, and AL president from 1959 to 1973, who batted .301 lifetime and had eight 100-RBI seasons; managed Senators to 1933 pennant at age 26, won 1946 flag with Boston, and was Red Sox president from 1948–1959
  • October 1 – Walter Alston, 72, Hall of Fame manager who guided Dodgers teams to seven National League pennants and four World Series championships between 1954 and 1976; 2040 wins ranked behind only John McGraw in NL history upon retirement
  • October 1 – Billy Goodman, 58, All-Star infielder for the Red Sox and White Sox who won the 1950 AL batting title
  • October 13 – Ed Carroll, 77, pitcher for the 1929 Boston Red Sox
  • October 13 – George Kelly, 89, Hall of Fame first baseman who batted over .300 six straight years with the New York Giants from 1921–26; led NL in RBI twice and home runs once, later a coach and scout
  • October 15 – Red Cox, 89, pitched three games for the 1920 Detroit Tigers.
  • October 19 – Del Lundgren, 85, pitched from 1924 through 1927 for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox
  • October 21 – Johnny Rigney, 69, one of the Chicago White Sox top pitchers in the years prior to World War II; later the club's general manager
  • October 22 – Babe Pinelli, 89, National League umpire from 1935 to 1956, previously a Reds third baseman; he worked in six World Series, last calling balls and strikes on Don Larsen's perfect game in 1956
  • October 26 – Gus Mancuso, 78, All-Star catcher who played on five pennant winners with the Cardinals and Giants
  • November 25 – Ival Goodman, 76, All-Star right fielder for the Cincinnati Reds who led NL in triples twice
  • November 30 – Chris Pelekoudas, 66, NL umpire from 1960 to 1975 who worked in two World Series and two NLCS
  • December 20 – Gonzalo Márquez, 38, Venezuelan first baseman who batted .625 in the 1972 postseason as an Oakland Athletics rookie
  • December 20 – Steve Slayton, 82, pitcher who played for the 1928 Boston Red Sox


  1. "Detroit Tigers 4, Chicago White Sox 0". Baseball-Reference.com. 1984-04-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Cleveland Indians 8, Detroit Tigers 4". Baseball-Reference.com. 1984-04-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "New York Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 2". Baseball-Reference.com. 1984-04-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Detroit Tigers 5, California Angels 1". Baseball-Reference.com. 1984-05-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Cincinnati Reds 2, Atlanta Braves 1". Baseball-Reference.com. 1984-06-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "New York Yankees 7, Chicago White Sox 6". Baseball-Reference.com. 1984-08-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Detroit Tigers 3, Milwaukee Brewers 0". Baseball-Reference.com. 1984-09-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Detroit Tigers 4, New York Yankees 1". Baseball-Reference.com. 1984-09-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>