1987 Major League Baseball season

The 1987 Major League Baseball season ended with the American League Champion Minnesota Twins winning the World Series over the National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals, four games to three, as all seven games were won by the home team.

1987 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 6 – October 25, 1987
Top draft pickKen Griffey, Jr.
Picked bySeattle Mariners
Regular season
Season MVPNL: Andre Dawson (CHC)
AL: George Bell (TOR)
League postseason
AL championsMinnesota Twins
  AL runners-upDetroit Tigers
NL championsSt. Louis Cardinals
  NL runners-upSan Francisco Giants
World Series
ChampionsMinnesota Twins
  Runners-upSt. Louis Cardinals
Finals MVPFrank Viola (MIN)

Future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey, Jr. was selected with the #1 overall pick in the draft in June by the Seattle Mariners.

Awards and honors

Gold Glove Award
Position American League National League
1B Don Mattingly, New York Yankees Keith Hernandez, New York Mets
2B Frank White, Kansas City Royals Ryne Sandberg, Chicago Cubs
3B Gary Gaetti, Minnesota Twins Terry Pendleton, St. Louis Cardinals
SS Tony Fernández, Toronto Blue Jays Ozzie Smith, St. Louis Cardinals
OF Kirby Puckett, Minnesota Twins Eric Davis, Cincinnati Reds
OF Gary Pettis, California Angels Andre Dawson, Chicago Cubs
OF Jesse Barfield, Toronto Blue Jays Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres
C Bob Boone, California Angels Mike LaValliere, Pittsburgh Pirates
P Mark Langston, Seattle Mariners Rick Reuschel, Pittsburgh Pirates

Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVGWade Boggs, Boston Red Sox.363Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres.370
HRMark McGwire, Oakland Athletics49Andre Dawson, Chicago Cubs49
RBIGeorge Bell, Toronto Blue Jays134Andre Dawson, Chicago Cubs137
WinsRoger Clemens, Boston Red Sox
Dave Stewart, Oakland Athletics
20Rick Sutcliffe, Chicago Cubs18
ERAJimmy Key, Toronto Blue Jays2.76Nolan Ryan, Houston Astros2.76
SOMark Langston, Seattle Mariners262Nolan Ryan, Houston Astros270
SVTom Henke, Toronto Blue Jays34Steve Bedrosian, Philadelphia Phillies40
SBHarold Reynolds, Seattle Mariners60Vince Coleman, St. Louis Cardinals109

Major league baseball final standings


  League Championship Series
World Series
East Detroit 1  
West Minnesota 4  
    AL Minnesota 4
  NL St. Louis 3
East St. Louis 4
West San Francisco 3  


American League

Baltimore Orioles Cal Ripken, Sr.
Boston Red Sox John McNamara
California Angels Gene Mauch
Chicago White Sox Jim Fregosi
Cleveland Indians Pat Corrales, Doc Edwards
Detroit Tigers Sparky Anderson
Kansas City Royals Billy Gardner, John Wathan
Milwaukee Brewers Tom Trebelhorn
Minnesota Twins Tom Kelly Won World Series
New York Yankees Lou Piniella
Oakland Athletics Tony La Russa
Seattle Mariners Dick Williams
Texas Rangers Bobby Valentine
Toronto Blue Jays Jimy Williams

National League

Atlanta Braves Chuck Tanner
Chicago Cubs Gene Michael, Frank Lucchesi
Cincinnati Reds Pete Rose
Houston Astros Hal Lanier
Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda
Montreal Expos Buck Rodgers
New York Mets Davey Johnson
Philadelphia Phillies John Felske, Lee Elia
Pittsburgh Pirates Jim Leyland
St. Louis Cardinals Whitey Herzog Won National League Pennant
San Diego Padres Larry Bowa
San Francisco Giants Roger Craig

Television coverage

NetworkDay of weekAnnouncers
ABC Monday nights
Sunday afternoons
Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, Tim McCarver, Gary Bender
NBC Saturday afternoons Vin Scully, Joe Garagiola, Bob Costas, Tony Kubek



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