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1979 Boston Red Sox season

1979 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Boston, Massachusetts (since 1901)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Buddy LeRoux, Haywood Sullivan, Jean Yawkey
    Manager(s) Don Zimmer
    Local television WSBK-TV, Ch. 38
    (Ned Martin, Ken Harrelson)
    Local radio WITS-AM 1510
    (Ken Coleman, Rico Petrocelli)
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    The 1979 Boston Red Sox season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Red Sox finishing third in the American League East with a record of 91 wins and 69 losses. Boston finished 11 games behind the eventual American League champion Baltimore Orioles, and 4 behind the second-place Milwaukee Brewers.

    Regular season

    In 1979, Fred Lynn hit a league-leading .333 and had 39 homers and 122 RBIs. Jim Rice batted .325, with 39 homers and 130 RBIs, but Dennis Eckersley fell to 17 wins, and Mike Torrez had 16 wins again.

    Another highlight was Carl Yastrzemski's 3,000th hit and his 400th home run. He was the first American Leaguer ever to do that and the 15th in Major League Baseball history. Yaz joined the 3,000-Hit Club with a single off Jim Beattie on September 12.[1] The hit came against the New York Yankees. The same game also marked the final appearance at Fenway Park for Hall of Fame pitcher Catfish Hunter.

    Season standings

    AL East W L GB Pct.
    Baltimore Orioles 102 57 -- .642
    Milwaukee Brewers 95 66 8 .590
    Boston Red Sox 91 69 11.5 .569
    New York Yankees 89 71 13.5 .556
    Detroit Tigers 85 76 18 .528
    Cleveland Indians 81 80 22 .503
    Toronto Blue Jays 53 109 50.5 .327


    Notable transactions

    Opening Day lineup

      2 Jerry Remy 2B
      7 Rick Burleson SS
    19 Fred Lynn CF
    14 Jim Rice DH
      8 Carl Yastrzemski     LF
    15 George Scott 1B
      3 Jack Brohamer 3B
    24 Dwight Evans RF
    10 Bob Montgomery C
    43 Dennis Eckersley P

    Roster

    1979 Boston Red Sox
    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 Watson, BobBob Watson 84 312 105 .337 13 53
    LF Rice, JimJim Rice 158 619 201 .325 39 130
    CF Lynn, FredFred Lynn 147 531 177 .333 39 122

    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
    Duffy, FrankFrank Duffy 6 3 0 .000 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
    Torrez, MikeMike Torrez 36 252.1 16 13 4.49 125
    Eckersley, DennisDennis Eckersley 33 246.2 17 10 2.99 150

    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
    Finch, JoelJoel Finch 15 57.1 0 3 4.87 25

    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
    Drago, DickDick Drago 56 10 3 13 3.03 67
    Burgmeier, TomTom Burgmeier 44 3 2 4 2.74 60
    Campbell, BillBill Campbell 41 3 4 9 4.28 25

    Farm system

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    Level Team League Manager

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Winston-Salem, Winter Haven

    Notes

    References