1995 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1995 throughout the world.  

Champions

Major League Baseball

  Division Series
ABC/NBC
League Championship Series
ABC/NBC
World Series
ABC/NBC
                           
  West  Seattle Mariners 3  
WC  New York Yankees 2  
  West  Seattle Mariners 2  
American League
  Central  Cleveland Indians 4  
Central  Cleveland Indians 3
  East  Boston Red Sox 0  
    AL  Cleveland Indians 2
  NL  Atlanta Braves 4
  East  Atlanta Braves 3  
WC  Colorado Rockies 1  
  East  Atlanta Braves 4
National League
  Central  Cincinnati Reds 0  
Central  Cincinnati Reds 3
  West  Los Angeles Dodgers 0  

Other champions

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Edgar Martínez .356 Tony Gwynn .368
HR Albert Belle 50 Dante Bichette 40
RBI Albert Belle & Mo Vaughn 126 Dante Bichette 128
Wins Mike Mussina 19 Greg Maddux 19
ERA Randy Johnson 2.48 Greg Maddux 1.63

Major league baseball final standings

Note: All teams played 144 games instead of the normal 162 as a consequence of the 1994 Major League Baseball strike. Seattle and California each played 145 games due to a one game AL West tiebreaker.
American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Boston Red Sox 86 58 .597    --
2nd New York Yankees * 79 65 .549   7.0
3rd Baltimore Orioles 71 73 .493 15.0
4th Detroit Tigers 60 84 .417 26.0
5th Toronto Blue Jays 56 88 .389 30.0
Central Division
1st Cleveland Indians 100 44 .694    --
2nd Kansas City Royals   70 74 .486 30.0
3rd Chicago White Sox   68 76 .472 32.0
4th Milwaukee Brewers   65 79 .451 35.0
5th Minnesota Twins   56 88 .389 44.0
West Division
1st Seattle Mariners 79 66 .545    --
2nd California Angels 78 67 .538   1.0
3rd Texas Rangers 74 70 .514   4.5
4th Oakland Athletics 67 77 .465 11.5
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Atlanta Braves 90 54 .625    --
2nd New York Mets 69 75 .479 21.0
3rd Philadelphia Phillies 69 75 .479 21.0
4th Florida Marlins 67 76 .469 22.5
5th Montréal Expos 66 78 .458 24.0
Central Division
1st Cincinnati Reds 85 59 .590    --
2nd Houston Astros 76 68 .528   9.0
3rd Chicago Cubs 73 71 .507 12.0
4th St. Louis Cardinals 62 81 .434 22.5
5th Pittsburgh Pirates 58 86 .403 27.0
West Division
1st Los Angeles Dodgers 78 66 .542    --
2nd Colorado Rockies * 77 67 .535   1.0
3rd San Diego Padres 70 74 .486   8.0
4th San Francisco Giants 67 77 .465 11.0

 

  • The asterisk denotes the club that won the wild card for its respective league.

Managers

American League

Team Manager Comments
Baltimore Orioles Phil Regan
Boston Red Sox Kevin Kennedy
California Angels Marcel Lachemann
Chicago White Sox Gene Lamont Replaced during the season by Terry Bevington
Cleveland Indians Mike Hargrove Won the American League pennant
Detroit Tigers Sparky Anderson
Kansas City Royals Bob Boone
Milwaukee Brewers Phil Garner
Minnesota Twins Tom Kelly
New York Yankees Buck Showalter Replaced after the season by Joe Torre
Oakland Athletics Tony La Russa
Seattle Mariners Lou Piniella
Texas Rangers± Johnny Oates
Toronto Blue Jays Cito Gaston

National League

Team Manager Comments
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox Won the World Series
Chicago Cubs Jim Riggleman
Cincinnati Reds Davey Johnson
Colorado Rockies Don Baylor
Florida Marlins Rene Lachemann
Houston Astros Terry Collins
Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda
Montreal Expos Felipe Alou
New York Mets Dallas Green
Philadelphia Phillies Jim Fregosi
Pittsburgh Pirates Jim Leyland
St. Louis Cardinals Joe Torre Replaced during the season by Mike Jorgensen
San Diego Padres Bruce Bochy
San Francisco Giants Dusty Baker

Events

January–June

July–September

  • August 10 - The Los Angeles Dodgers are forced to forfeit to the visiting St. Louis Cardinals when inebriated fans react to several close calls by throwing souvenir baseballs onto the field.
  • September 6 - Cal Ripken, Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles plays in his 2,131st consecutive major league game to surpass Lou Gehrig's 56-year record. When the game becomes official in the middle of the fifth inning, Ripken takes a victory lap around Camden Yards during the 22-minute standing ovation from the sellout crowd, including President Bill Clinton. In the game, Ripken goes 2-for-4, including a home run, in Baltimore's 4-2 win over California. It is baseball's most memorable moment in the 1990s.
  • September 28 - Greg A. Harris of the Montreal Expos becomes the first major league pitcher since 1893 to pitch with both hands in one game. Harris faces four batters, two from his usual right side and two from the left, in the ninth inning of a 9–7 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

October–December

  • November 9 - Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo is named National League Rookie of the Year, becoming the first Japanese player ever to win a Major League award. Nomo posts a 13-6 record with 236 strikeouts and a 2.54 ERA in 191⅓ innings of work.

Movies

Deaths

January–March

  • January 2 - Don Elston, 65, All-Star relief pitcher for the Cubs who led NL in appearances in 1958 and 1959
  • January 12 - John "Hi" Simmons, 89, coach at Missouri from 1937 to 1973 who won the 1954 College World Series
  • January 18 - Ron Luciano, 57, American League umpire from 1968 to 1980 known for his flamboyance and several books
  • February 7 - Cecil Upshaw, 52, relief pitcher, mainly for the Atlanta Braves, who saved 27 games in 1969 but missed the next season after nearly severing a finger
  • March 5 - Roy Hughes, 84, infielder for four teams who scored 112 runs for 1936 Indians
  • March 13 - Leon Day, 78, All-Star pitcher for the Newark Eagles of the Negro Leagues who was elected to the Hall of Fame just six days earlier; set several league strikeout marks, including 18 victims in one game
  • March 29 - Terry Moore, 82, All-Star center fielder for the Cardinals who batted .304 in 1940, captained 1942 and 1946 champions

April–June

  • April 7 - Frank Secory, 82, National League umpire from 1952 to 1970 who worked in four World Series, six All-Star Games and nine no-hitters; as Cubs outfielder, had a pivotal hit in the 1945 World Series
  • April 9 - Bob Allison, 60, All-Star outfielder for the Senators/Twins who was the 1959 Rookie of the Year, had three 30-HR seasons and led the AL in triples and runs once each
  • April 18 - Elizabeth Emry, 72, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League pitcher for the 1946 Racine Belles champion team
  • May 4 - Connie Wisniewski, 73, four-time All-American Girls Professional Baseball League All-Star pitcher and outfielder, who set several records in the circuit in an eight-year career
  • May 7 - Gus Bell, 66, All-Star outfielder, mainly with the Reds, who had four 100-RBI seasons and led the NL in triples in 1951; oldest in a major league family that includes son Buddy and grandson David
  • May 9 - Marguerite Jones, 77, Canadian pitcher who played for the Minneapolis Millerettes and Rockford Peaches of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
  • May 18 - Jack Kramer, 77, three-time All-Star pitcher who led the St. Louis Browns to their only World Series appearance in 1944
  • May 30 - Glenn Burke, 42, center fielder for the Dodgers and Athletics who was the first former major leaguer to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality
  • June 9 - Zoilo Versalles, 55, Cuban All-Star shortstop who led Twins to the 1965 AL pennant; first Latin American player to be named MVP, led AL in triples three times and in doubles and runs once each
  • June 10 - Lindsey Nelson, 76, broadcaster for the Mets from 1962 to 1979, and also for the San Francisco Giants and NBC

July–September

  • July 4 - Adeline Kerrar, 70, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League catcher and infielder
  • July 27 - Rick Ferrell, 89, Hall of Fame catcher for the Browns, Red Sox and Senators whose 1806 games caught were an AL record until 1988; from 1934–38, half of a battery with brother Wes
  • August 3 - Harry Craft, 80, manager of the Houston Colt .45s in their 1962 debut; former Reds center fielder also managed the Kansas City Athletics and Chicago Cubs
  • August 4 - Dick Bartell, 87, All-Star shortstop for five teams, known for his combative personality, who batted .300 five times and scored 100 runs three times; batted .381 for Giants in 1936 World Series
  • August 13 - Mickey Mantle, 63, Hall of Fame center fielder for the Yankees who was the AL's MVP in 1956, 1957 and 1962 and won the 1956 Triple Crown; 16-time All-Star won four home run titles, hitting 50 twice, and retired with third most HRs (536) and walks (1733) in history; 10-time .300 hitter led AL in runs six times; most powerful switch-hitter in baseball history, with career marks for runs (1677), RBI (1509) and slugging percentage (.557), and successor to Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio as symbol of the Yankees' long reign; hit record 18 home runs in World Series play
  • August 20 - Von McDaniel, 56, pitcher who joined his brother Lindy on the 1957-58 St. Louis Cardinals, winning seven games
  • September 7 - Al Papai, 78, knuckleballer specialist for four major league teams from 1948–55, and one of 29 players to pitch for both St. Louis clubs
  • September 21 - Tony Cuccinello, 87, All-Star second baseman for five teams who lost 1945 batting title by one point in his final season; later a coach
  • September 21 - Andrew Rozdilsky, 77, who performed as Andy the Clown at White Sox games from 1960 to 1990

October–December

  • October 21 - Vada Pinson, 57, All-Star center fielder for the Reds and four other teams who batted .300 four times and led NL in hits, doubles and triples twice each; second player to hit 250 HRs and steal 300 bases
  • October 29 - Al Niemiec, 84, second baseman who played from 1934 to 1936 for the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Athletics
  • November 19 - Ed Wright, 76, pitcher for the Boston Braves and Philadelphia Athletics between 1945 and 1952, who also threw a no-hitter in the American Association (1945) and the first shutout in Caribbean Series history (1949)
  • November 24 - Irene Hickson, 80, All-Star catcher who played during nine seasons in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (1943–1950)
  • November 29 - Charley Smith, 57, third baseman who hit .239 with 69 home runs and 281 RBI for the Dodgers, Phillies, White Sox, Mets, Cardinals, Yankees and Cubs from 1960–69, better known as the player sent by the Cardinals to the Yankees in exchange for Roger Maris
  • November 30 - Jim Davis, 69, pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and New York Giants from 1954 to 1957, who in 1956 became the first pitcher in 40 years to record four strikeouts in a single inning
  • November 30 - William Suero, 29, Dominican infielder for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1992–93
  • December 2 - Art Herring, 89, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, Brooklyn Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates between 1929 and 1947
  • December 5 - Bill Bruton, 70, center fielder for the Braves and Tigers who led the NL in steals three times, triples twice and runs once
  • December 20 - Betty Wanless, 67, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League infielder
  • December 27 - Al Barlick, 80, Hall of Fame umpire for 28 National League seasons between 1940 and 1971; worked seven World Series and a record seven All-Star Games
  • December 27 - Oscar Judd, 87, Canadian pitcher who was an American League All-Star in 1943







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