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1984 – Houston signs infielder Enos Cabell, back from Detroit, as a free agent. A popular Astro during his six seasons (1975-1980) which he spent mostly as a third baseman, Cabell becomes the regular first baseman and bats .310 with eight homers. He is dealt to the Dodgers early in the 1985 season. 

1984 – Houston signs infielder Enos Cabell, back from Detroit, as a free agent. A popular Astro during his six seasons (1975-1980) which he spent mostly as a third baseman, Cabell becomes the regular first baseman and bats .310 with eight homers. He is dealt to the Dodgers early in the 1985 season. 

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1984 – Phil Garner goes 4-for-5 to pace a 12-6 win at Dodger Stadium. Houston pounds Orel Hershiser for five runs in the second but Los Angeles gets to Joe Niekro for six runs in the bottom of the frame. No problem. The Astros tally four more times the next inning and then it rains. Niekro staggers to his 16th win while Jose Cruz and Alan Ashby go deep. 

1984 – Phil Garner goes 4-for-5 to pace a 12-6 win at Dodger Stadium. Houston pounds Orel Hershiser for five runs in the second but Los Angeles gets to Joe Niekro for six runs in the bottom of the frame. No problem. The Astros tally four more times the next inning and then it rains. Niekro staggers to his 16th win while Jose Cruz and Alan Ashby go deep. 

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1984 – Phil Garner scorches a two-out RBI triple in the bottom of the ninth to tie the Giants, 4-4. Craig Reynolds finishes the job the next inning with a single off the fence that plates Terry Puhl for the game-winner in a 5-4 triumph. Dave Smith picks up the win. 

1984 – Phil Garner scorches a two-out RBI triple in the bottom of the ninth to tie the Giants, 4-4. Craig Reynolds finishes the job the next inning with a single off the fence that plates Terry Puhl for the game-winner in a 5-4 triumph. Dave Smith picks up the win. 

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1984 – Craig Reynolds blasts a grand slam  and Glenn Davis smashes his first big league homer as Houston crushes the Giants, 14-2. Bob Knepper contributes two hits and three RBIs as well as a seven-hit complete game victory. 

1984 – Craig Reynolds blasts a grand slam  and Glenn Davis smashes his first big league homer as Houston crushes the Giants, 14-2. Bob Knepper contributes two hits and three RBIs as well as a seven-hit complete game victory. 

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1984 – Ray Knight is traded to the Mets for Gerald Young and two other prospects. Houston stages a three-run rally in the eighth to nip the Pirates, 3-2. Terry Puhl’s suicide squeeze scores Jose Cruz after Jerry Mumphrey tied it with a two-run single. The Astros move into second place, nine games behind San Diego. 

1984 – Ray Knight is traded to the Mets for Gerald Young and two other prospects. Houston stages a three-run rally in the eighth to nip the Pirates, 3-2. Terry Puhl’s suicide squeeze scores Jose Cruz after Jerry Mumphrey tied it with a two-run single. The Astros move into second place, nine games behind San Diego. 

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1984 – Jose Cruz rips a grand slam in a seven-run second inning as Houston coasts to an 8-3 triumph over the Cubs.  Phil Garner also homers. Nolan Ryan scatters five hits and strikes out 12 as he goes the distance. 

1984 – Jose Cruz rips a grand slam in a seven-run second inning as Houston coasts to an 8-3 triumph over the Cubs.  Phil Garner also homers. Nolan Ryan scatters five hits and strikes out 12 as he goes the distance. 

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1984 – Despite six weeks of negotiations, the Basic Agreement between the players and owners that was reached after the 1981 strike expires. The players are now seeking increased contributions to their pension plan from the clubs’ additional television revenues, while the owners are hoping to slow the rapid growth of player salaries.

1984 – Despite six weeks of negotiations, the Basic Agreement between the players and owners that was reached after the 1981 strike expires. The players are now seeking increased contributions to their pension plan from the clubs’ additional television revenues, while the owners are hoping to slow the rapid growth of player salaries.

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St. Louis sends slugger George Hendrick and a minor leaguer to the Pirates for P John Tudor and C Brian Harper

1984 – St. Louis sends slugger George Hendrick and a minor leaguer to the Pirates for P John Tudor and C Brian Harper. Tudor, at 12-11, was the ace of the Bucs’ staff, which set a record by having the National League’s best ERA even though the team finished last. The 35-year-old Hendrick will play just a half season in the Iron City before going to California.

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Expos catcher Gary Carter becomes the third All-Star caliber player in five days to be traded, going to the Mets in exchange for IF Hubie Brooks, C Mike Fitzgerald, OF Herm Winningham and minor league P Floyd Youmans.

1984 – Expos catcher Gary Carter becomes the third All-Star caliber player in five days to be traded, going to the Mets in exchange for IF Hubie Brooks, C Mike Fitzgerald, OF Herm Winningham and minor league P Floyd Youmans.

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Yankees get the man of STEAL

1984 – The Oakland A’s send base-stealing OF Rickey Henderson and P Bert Bradley to the Yankees in exchange for pitchers Jay Howell and Jose Rijo, OF Stan Javier, and minor leaguers Tim Birtsas and Eric Plunk. On the same day, the Yankees trade C Rick Cerone to the Braves for P Brian Fisher.

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1984 – The American League Gold Glove team is announced, and it is made up of the same nine players as the 1983 team: catcher Lance Parrish, first baseman Eddie Murray, second baseman Lou Whitaker, third baseman Buddy Bell, shortstop Alan Trammell, outfielders Dwight Evans, Dave Winfield and Dwayne Murphy, and pitcher Ron Guidry.

1984 – The American League Gold Glove team is announced, and it is made up of the same nine players as the 1983 team: catcher Lance Parrish, first baseman Eddie Murray, second baseman Lou Whitaker, third baseman Buddy Bell, shortstop Alan Trammell, outfielders Dwight Evans, Dave Winfield and Dwayne Murphy, and pitcher Ron Guidry.

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Seattle Mariners first baseman Alvin Davis, who hit .284 with 27 home runs and 116 RBI, wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Teammate pitcher Mark Langston and Minnesota Twins outfielder Kirby Puckett are the runner-ups.

Seattle Mariners first baseman Alvin Davis, who hit .284 with 27 home runs and 116 RBI, wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Teammate pitcher Mark Langston and Minnesota Twins outfielder Kirby Puckett are the runner-ups.

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Dwight Gooden becomes the second consecutive Met player to be named the National League’s Rookie of Year

Dwight Gooden becomes the second consecutive Met player to be named the National League’s Rookie of Year. The 19 year-old right-hander, who compiled a 17-9 record along with a 1.53 ERA and a league-leading 268 strikeouts, joins his teammate and close friend Darryl Strawberry to be honored the coveted freshman award.

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Chicago second baseman Ryne Sandberg (.314, 19, 84) is overwhelmingly selected as the National League’s Most Valuable Player when he receives 22 of the 24 first-place votes in the BBWAA balloting to be Ryno becomes the first Cub to capture the award since the writers honored Ernie Banks in 1959.

Chicago second baseman Ryne Sandberg (.314, 19, 84) is overwhelmingly selected as the National League’s Most Valuable Player when he receives 22 of the 24 first-place votes in the BBWAA balloting to be Ryno becomes the first Cub to capture the award since the writers honored Ernie Banks in 1959.

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1984 – Willie Hernandez wins the American League Most Valuable Player Award, joining Rollie Fingers as the only relief pitchers to be named MVP and Cy Young Award winners in the same season. Kent Hrbek is second with Dan Quisenberry third. Boston Red Sox slugger Tony Armas finishes seventh, despite winning the home run and RBI titles. The last player to lead in those categories and not win was Ted Williams, twice, in the 1942 and 1947 seasons.

1984 – Willie Hernandez wins the American League Most Valuable Player Award, joining Rollie Fingers as the only relief pitchers to be named MVP and Cy Young Award winners in the same season. Kent Hrbek is second with Dan Quisenberry third. Boston Red Sox slugger Tony Armas finishes seventh, despite winning the home run and RBI titles. The last player to lead in those categories and not win was Ted Williams, twice, in the 1942 and 1947 seasons.

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Willie Hernandez joins Rollie Fingers as the only other reliever to win the MVP award and the Cy Young Award in the same season. The Tiger closer had edged out fellow relief pitcher Dan Quisenberry for the top pitching prize a week ago.

Willie Hernandez joins Rollie Fingers as the only other reliever to win the MVP award and the Cy Young Award in the same season. The Tiger closer had edged out fellow relief pitcher Dan Quisenberry for the top pitching prize a week ago.

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1984 – Willie Hernandez of the Detroit Tigers wins the 1984 American League Cy Young Award, edging fellow reliever Dan Quisenberry of the Kansas City Royals. Hernandez posted a 9-3 record with 32 saves and a 1.92 ERA. Hernandez becomes only the third reliever to win the award. In 1977, Sparky Lyle of the New York Yankees became the first relief pitcher to do so in the American League.

1984 – Willie Hernandez of the Detroit Tigers wins the 1984 American League Cy Young Award, edging fellow reliever Dan Quisenberry of the Kansas City Royals. Hernandez posted a 9-3 record with 32 saves and a 1.92 ERA. Hernandez becomes only the third reliever to win the award. In 1977, Sparky Lyle of the New York Yankees became the first relief pitcher to do so in the American League.

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With the Tigers leading 5-4 in the eighth inning of Game 5 of the World Series, Kirk Gibson hits his second home run of the game, a three-run blast to the upper deck in right field, putting the game out of reach to give the Motor City its fourth World Championship in franchise history. Padres manager Dick Williams had ordered his pitcher to intentionally walk the Detroit right fielder, but Goose Gossage, after ignoring the walk sign at first, convinces his skipper he can get the slugger out, only to be proven wrong two pitches later.

With the Tigers leading 5-4 in the eighth inning of Game 5 of the World Series, Kirk Gibson hits his second home run of the game, a three-run blast to the upper deck in right field, putting the game out of reach to give the Motor City its fourth World Championship in franchise history. Padres manager Dick Williams had ordered his pitcher to intentionally walk the Detroit right fielder, but Goose Gossage, after ignoring the walk sign at first, convinces his skipper he can get the slugger out, only to be proven wrong two pitches later.

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1984 – A pair of two-run home runs by Alan Trammell of the Detroit Tigers provide all the scoring as pitcher Jack Morris beats the San Diego Padres, 4 – 2, in Game 4 of the World Series. The Tigers are now just one win away from the title.

1984 – A pair of two-run home runs by Alan Trammell of the Detroit Tigers provide all the scoring as pitcher Jack Morris beats the San Diego Padres, 4 – 2, in Game 4 of the World Series. The Tigers are now just one win away from the title.

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1984 – The Detroit Tigers win the World Series opener as Jack Morris pitches a complete game, 3 – 2, victory over San Diego. Larry Herndon’s two-run home run in the 5th inning provides the winning margin.

1984 – The Detroit Tigers win the World Series opener as Jack Morris pitches a complete game, 3 – 2, victory over San Diego. Larry Herndon’s two-run home run in the 5th inning provides the winning margin.

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Steve Garvey’s two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gives the Padres a 7-5 walk-off win over the Cubs in Game 4 of NLCS. After losing the first two contests of the best-of-five NLCS, the victory brings the series to a decisive fifth game that San Diego will win to capture the National League pennant.

Steve Garvey’s two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gives the Padres a 7-5 walk-off win over the Cubs in Game 4 of NLCS. After losing the first two contests of the best-of-five NLCS, the victory brings the series to a decisive fifth game that San Diego will win to capture the National League pennant.

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Peter Ueberroth takes over the reins of major league baseball as the sport’s sixth commissioner. The former L.A. Olympic president will immediately face a crisis when he needs to arbitrate the labor disagreement with the umpires’ union, who have threatened to strike before the start of the League Championship Series.

Peter Ueberroth takes over the reins of major league baseball as the sport’s sixth commissioner. The former L.A. Olympic president will immediately face a crisis when he needs to arbitrate the labor disagreement with the umpires’ union, who have threatened to strike before the start of the League Championship Series.

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In the dramatic race for the American League batting title, Don Mattingly goes 4 for 5 in the Yankees’ season-ending 4 – 2 win over the Tigers to edge teammate Dave Winfield .343 to .340. Winfield goes 1 for 4.

In the dramatic race for the American League batting title, Don Mattingly goes 4 for 5 in the Yankees’ season-ending 4 – 2 win over the Tigers to edge teammate Dave Winfield .343 to .340. Winfield goes 1 for 4.

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Padre Eddie Miller and Dodger Tony Brewer hit homers in their last major league at bats. Miller’s 9th-inning four-bagger, his only career homer, comes in a 4 – 3 loss to Atlanta’s Pascual Perez, while Brewer, the PCL batting champion, homers in LA’s 7 – 2 win over the Giants.

Padre Eddie Miller and Dodger Tony Brewer hit homers in their last major league at bats. Miller’s 9th-inning four-bagger, his only career homer, comes in a 4 – 3 loss to Atlanta’s Pascual Perez, while Brewer, the PCL batting champion, homers in LA’s 7 – 2 win over the Giants.

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The 7th-place Brewers end their season with a 4 – 0 win over the Blue Jays, and manager Rene Lachemann bows out. Lachemann had been fired earlier in the week but stayed on till the finish. George Bamberger will return as manager of the Brewers in 1985.

The 7th-place Brewers end their season with a 4 – 0 win over the Blue Jays, and manager Rene Lachemann bows out. Lachemann had been fired earlier in the week but stayed on till the finish. George Bamberger will return as manager of the Brewers in 1985.

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The ML umpires announce that they will go on strike at the two LCS scheduled to begin October 2 in an effort to improve their pay and job security and to change the method by which post-season assignments are determined. MLB officials say the games will go on as scheduled using amateur umpires if necessary.

The ML umpires announce that they will go on strike at the two LCS scheduled to begin October 2 in an effort to improve their pay and job security and to change the method by which post-season assignments are determined. MLB officials say the games will go on as scheduled using amateur umpires if necessary.

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Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly wins the American League batting title with a .343 average, finishing three points higher than teammate Dave Winfield. It the first of six consecutive seasons that ‘Donnie Baseball’ will finish hitting over .300, but will prove to be his only batting crown during a 14-year major league career.

Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly wins the American League batting title with a .343 average, finishing three points higher than teammate Dave Winfield. It the first of six consecutive seasons that ‘Donnie Baseball’ will finish hitting over .300, but will prove to be his only batting crown during a 14-year major league career.

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Before a crowd of 2,803, the smallest crowd in Montreal history, the Expos trim the Cards, 6 – 3. Paced by back-to-back homers by Gary Carter and Dan Driessen, the Expos score six in the 4th. The Spos will draw 3,613 on September 4, 2001, their next smallest crowd. In Joe Hesketh’s 7 – 0 shutout over the Mets tomorrow, the crowd will be 12,164.

Before a crowd of 2,803, the smallest crowd in Montreal history, the Expos trim the Cards, 6 – 3. Paced by back-to-back homers by Gary Carter and Dan Driessen, the Expos score six in the 4th. The Spos will draw 3,613 on September 4, 2001, their next smallest crowd. In Joe Hesketh’s 7 – 0 shutout over the Mets tomorrow, the crowd will be 12,164.

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The Indians top the Twins, 4 – 3, on a 2-out pinch solo homer in the 9th by Jamie Quirk. Ron Davis serves up the game-winner to Quirk, whose contract was purchased three days earlier from the Chicago White Sox. For Quirk, it will be his only at bat in a Cleveland uniform during his one-week stint: the Tribe will release him on October 1st when the season ends.

The Indians top the Twins, 4 – 3, on a 2-out pinch solo homer in the 9th by Jamie Quirk. Ron Davis serves up the game-winner to Quirk, whose contract was purchased three days earlier from the Chicago White Sox. For Quirk, it will be his only at bat in a Cleveland uniform during his one-week stint: the Tribe will release him on October 1st when the season ends.

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1984 – Philadelphia’s Juan Samuel breaks Tim Raines’s record for steals by a rookie with his 72nd in a 7 – 1 loss to the Mets. Raines had set the record of 71 in the strike-shortened 1981 season. The second-place Mets are the first team to finish above .500 and score fewer runs than their opponents in a full season since the 1932 Pirates.

1984 – Philadelphia’s Juan Samuel breaks Tim Raines’s record for steals by a rookie with his 72nd in a 7 – 1 loss to the Mets. Raines had set the record of 71 in the strike-shortened 1981 season. The second-place Mets are the first team to finish above .500 and score fewer runs than their opponents in a full season since the 1932 Pirates.

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New York’s pinch-hitter Rusty Staub becomes only the second player to hit a round-tripper as a teenager and one after his 40th birthday when he blasts a walk-off home run off Larry Anderson to give the Mets a 6-4 victory over Philadelphia at Shea Stadium. Ty Cobb was the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat.

New York’s pinch-hitter Rusty Staub becomes only the second player to hit a round-tripper as a teenager and one after his 40th birthday when he blasts a walk-off home run off Larry Anderson to give the Mets a 6-4 victory over Philadelphia at Shea Stadium. Ty Cobb was the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat.

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At Shea Stadium, the Mets’ Rusty Staub homers to become the second player to homer as a teenager and also at the age of 40. Ty Cobb is the only other, and Gary Sheffield will match the feat in 2009. Staub’s blast, a two-run pinch homer, climaxes a four-run 9th inning as the Mets beat Philly, 6 – 4.

At Shea Stadium, the Mets’ Rusty Staub homers to become the second player to homer as a teenager and also at the age of 40. Ty Cobb is the only other, and Gary Sheffield will match the feat in 2009. Staub’s blast, a two-run pinch homer, climaxes a four-run 9th inning as the Mets beat Philly, 6 – 4.

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