1989 Major League Baseball season

The 1989 Major League Baseball season saw the Oakland Athletics win their first World Series title since 1974.

1989 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 3 – October 28, 1989
Top draft pickBen McDonald
Picked byBaltimore Orioles
Regular season
Season MVPNL: Kevin Mitchell (SF)
AL: Robin Yount (MIL)
League postseason
AL championsOakland Athletics
  AL runners-upToronto Blue Jays
NL championsSan Francisco Giants
  NL runners-upChicago Cubs
World Series
ChampionsOakland Athletics
  Runners-upSan Francisco Giants
Finals MVPDave Stewart (OAK)

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVGKirby Puckett MIN.339Tony Gwynn SD.336
HRFred McGriff TOR36Kevin Mitchell SF47
RBIRubén Sierra TEX119Kevin Mitchell SF125
WinsBret Saberhagen KC23Mike Scott HOU20
ERABret Saberhagen KC2.16Scott Garrelts SF2.28
SONolan Ryan TEX301José DeLeón STL201
SVJeff Russell TEX38Mark Davis SD44
SBRickey Henderson NYY/OAK77Vince Coleman STL65

Major league baseball final standings


  League Championship Series
World Series
East Toronto 1  
West Oakland 4  
    AL Oakland 4
  NL San Francisco 0
East Chicago Cubs 1
West San Francisco 4  


American League

Baltimore Orioles Frank Robinson
Boston Red Sox Joe Morgan (manager)
California Angels Doug Rader
Chicago White Sox Jeff Torborg
Cleveland Indians Doc Edwards, John Hart
Detroit Tigers Sparky Anderson
Kansas City Royals John Wathan
Milwaukee Brewers Tom Trebelhorn
Minnesota Twins Tom Kelly
New York Yankees Dallas Green, Bucky Dent
Oakland Athletics Tony La Russa Won World Series
Seattle Mariners Jim Lefebvre
Texas Rangers Bobby Valentine
Toronto Blue Jays Jimy Williams, Cito Gaston

National League

Atlanta Braves Russ Nixon
Chicago Cubs Don Zimmer
Cincinnati Reds Pete Rose, Tommy Helms
Houston Astros Art Howe
Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda
Montreal Expos Buck Rodgers
New York Mets Davey Johnson
Philadelphia Phillies Nick Leyva
Pittsburgh Pirates Jim Leyland
St. Louis Cardinals Whitey Herzog
San Diego Padres Jack McKeon
San Francisco Giants Roger Craig Won National League Pennant

Television coverage

NetworkDay of weekAnnouncers
ABC Thursday nights Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, Tim McCarver, Gary Thorne, Joe Morgan
NBC Saturday afternoons Vin Scully, Tom Seaver, Bob Costas, Tony Kubek




  • January 9 – Bill Terry, 90, Hall of Fame first baseman for the New York Giants who batted .341 lifetime and was the last National Leaguer to hit .400 (.401 in 1930); also managed Giants to 1933 World Series title
  • January 21 – Carl Furillo, 66, All-Star right fielder for the Dodgers who batted .300 five times and won 1953 batting title
  • January 22 – Willie Wells, 83, All-Star shortstop of the Negro Leagues who combined batting power with excellent defense
  • January 23 – George Case, 73, All-Star outfielder for the Washington Senators who led the AL in stolen bases six times
  • February 17 – Lefty Gómez, 80, Hall of Fame pitcher for the New York Yankees who had four 20-win seasons and a .649 career winning percentage; led AL in strikeouts three times and in wins and ERA twice each, and was 6–0 in World Series
  • April 8 – Bus Saidt, 68, sportswriter who covered the Phillies, Mets and Yankees for the Trenton Times since 1967; previously a minor league broadcaster
  • April 16 – Jocko Conlan, 89, Hall of Fame umpire who worked in the National League from 1941 to 1964, including five World Series and six All-Star Games
  • May 17 – Specs Toporcer, 90, infielder for the Cardinals for eight seasons, and the first non-pitcher to wear eyeglasses; later a minor league manager
  • June 8 – Bibb Falk, 90, left fielder who batted .314 with White Sox and Indians; coached Texas to two College World Series titles
  • June 8 – Emil Verban, 73, All-Star second baseman for four NL teams who hit .412 in the 1944 World Series
  • June 15 – Judy Johnson, 89, Hall of Fame third baseman of the Negro Leagues who became the major leagues' first black coach, and later a scout
  • July 18 – Donnie Moore, 35, All-Star relief pitcher who never overcame the disappointment from giving up a pivotal home run in the 1986 ALCS
  • August 17 – Fred Frankhouse, 85, All-Star pitcher for the Cardinals, Braves and Dodgers who ended Carl Hubbell's 24-game winning streak in 1937
  • August 30 – Joe Collins, 66, first baseman for the New York Yankees who hit four World Series homers
  • September 1 – A. Bartlett Giamatti, 51, commissioner of baseball since April, previously NL president since 1986, known for numerous writings on the sport as well as his banishment of Pete Rose


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  2. "Los Angeles Dodgers vs Montreal Expos August 23, 1989 Box Score". Baseball-Almanac.com. Retrieved May 14, 2012.
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