World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article
 

1979 Boston Red Sox season

1979 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
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)
 < Previous season     Next season  >

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

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

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

Notes

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

References

  • 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 baseball-almanac.com
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.