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1979 Boston Red Sox season

1979 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
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


Player stats


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


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

Level Team League Manager
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox International League Joe Morgan
AA Bristol Red Sox Eastern League Tony Torchia
A Winston-Salem Red Sox Carolina League Bill Slack
A Winter Haven Red Sox Florida State League Rac Slider
Short-Season A Elmira Pioneers New York-Penn League Dick Berardino

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Winston-Salem, Winter Haven


  1. ^ The 3,000 Hit Club: Carl Yastrzemski
  2. ^ Bob Watson page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Ted Sizemore page at Baseball Reference


  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN . 
  • 1979 Boston Red Sox team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1979 Boston Red Sox season at
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