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1985 New York Yankees season


1985 New York Yankees season

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The New York Yankees' 1985 season was the 83rd season for the Yankees. The team only played 161 games, came in second place in the American League Eastern Division with a record of 97-64, and finished 2 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays. New York was managed by Yogi Berra and Billy Martin. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium.


Regular season

  • Rickey Henderson set a new club record by stealing 80 bases in one season. The previous mark had stood since 1914.

Henderson also scored 146 runs. It was the most in the Major Leagues since Ted Williams scored 150 runs in 1949.[8] In addition, Rickey Henderson became the first player since Lou Gehrig in 1936 to amass more runs in a season than games played.[8]

  • Don Mattingly became the first Yankee since Joe DiMaggio to have back to back 200 hit seasons.
  • Mattingly’s 48 doubles were the most since Lou Gehrig hit 52 in 1927.
  • Mattingly was the AL MVP and RBI leader with 145. Mattingly hit for a .324 average with 35 home runs.
  • Dave Winfield became the first Yankee since Yogi Berra to achieve four straight 100 RBI seasons. Berra did it from 1953 to 1956.
  • On September 22, while at a hotel bar in Baltimore, Maryland, pitcher Ed Whitson broke manager Billy Martin's arm after a heated argument that spread to other parts of the hotel. Whitson's Yankee tenure was also memorable for constantly being heckled and booed during home games.
  • On October 5, the Yankees entered the next-to-last game of the season against the division-leading Toronto Blue Jays trailing them by two games. However, the Jays, led by pitcher Doyle Alexander, triumphed 5-1, clinching their first division title in franchise history.

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB
Toronto Blue Jays 99 62 .615 --
New York Yankees 97 64 .602 2
Detroit Tigers 84 77 .522 15
Baltimore Orioles 83 78 .516 16
Boston Red Sox 81 81 .500 18½
Milwaukee Brewers 71 90 .441 28
Cleveland Indians 60 102 .370 39½

Notable transactions


1985 New York Yankees
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



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
C Butch Wynegar 102 309 69 .223 5 32
1B Don Mattingly 159 652 211 .324 35 145
2B Willie Randolph 143 597 137 .276 5 40
3B Mike Pagliarulo 138 380 91 .239 19 62
SS Bobby Meacham 156 481 105 .218 1 47
LF Ken Griffey, Sr. 127 438 120 .274 10 69
CF Rickey Henderson 143 547 172 .314 24 72
RF Dave Winfield 155 633 174 .275 26 114
DH Don Baylor 142 477 110 .231 23 91

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Ron Hassey 92 267 79 .296 13 42
Billy Sample 59 139 40 .288 1 15
Keith Smith 4 0 0 .--- 0 0


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Joe Cowley 30 159.2 12 6 3.95 97

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bob Shirley 48 109 5 5 2.64 55
Dennis Rasmussen 22 101.2 3 5 3.98 63

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Dave Righetti 74 12 7 29 2.78 92
Brian Fisher 55 4 4 14 2.38 85

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Doug Holmquist and Stump Merrill
AA Albany-Colonie Yankees Eastern League Barry Foote
A Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League Bucky Dent
Short-Season A Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League Buck Showalter
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Carlos Tosca



External links

  • 1985 New York Yankees
  • 1985 New York Yankees team page at
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