1996 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1996 throughout the world.

List of years in baseball

Champions

Major League Baseball

  Division Series
Fox/NBC/ESPN
League Championship Series
Fox/NBC
World Series
Fox
                           
  East New York Yankees 3  
West Texas Rangers 1  
  East New York Yankees 4  
American League
  WC Baltimore Orioles 1  
WC Baltimore Orioles 3
  Cent. Cleveland Indians 1  
    AL New York Yankees 4
  NL Atlanta Braves 2
  East Atlanta Braves 3  
WC Los Angeles Dodgers 0  
  East Atlanta Braves 4
National League
  Cent St. Louis Cardinals 3  
West San Diego Padres 0
  Cent. St. Louis Cardinals 3  

Other champions

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Alex Rodriguez SEA .358 Tony Gwynn SDP .353
HR Mark McGwire OAK 52 Andrés Galarraga COL 47
RBI Albert Belle CLE 148 Andrés Galarraga COL 150
Wins Andy Pettitte NYY 21 John Smoltz ATL 24
ERA Juan Guzmán TOR 2.93 Kevin Brown FLA 1.89
Ks Roger Clemens BOS 257 John Smoltz ATL 276

Major league baseball final standings

  • The asterisk denotes the club that won the wild card for its respective league.

Events

January–April

May–August

September–December

Movies

Births

Deaths

January

  • January 3 – Connie Ryan, 75, first baseman for five Major League teams (1942-'53), who later coached for the Braves and Rangers (1957-'79).
  • January 5 – Elmer Singleton, 77, pitcher for the Boston Braves, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Senators between 1945 and 1959.
  • January 9 – Roger Freed, 49, outfielder who played from 1970 through 1979 for the Orioles, Phillies, Reds, Expos and Cardinals.
  • January 9 – Overton Tremper, 89, outfielder for the Brooklyn Robins in the 1927 and 1928 seasons.
  • January 10 – Joe Schultz, 77, catcher, coach and manager, who was the only manager in Seattle Pilots history and later managed the Milwaukee Brewers in their inaugural season.
  • January 22 – Dick Rand, 64, backup catcher for the Cardinals and Pirates between 1953 and 1957.
  • January 25 – Mike Clark, 73, relief pitcher who posted a 3-0 record and a 5.31 ERA for the Cardinals from 1952 to 1953.

February

  • February 8 – Del Ennis, 70, All-Star left fielder for the Phillies who had seven 100-RBI seasons, leading the NL for the 1950 "Whiz Kids" team, and was the team's career home run leader (259) until 1980.
  • February 19 – Charles O. Finley, 77, owner of the Athletics from 1960 to 1981 who moved the team from Kansas City to Oakland, and was known for numerous gimmicks and controversies; won three straight World Series from 1972–74.
  • February 20 – Carolyn Morris, 70, All-Star female pitcher who hurled a perfect game and two no-hitters in the AAGPBL.

March

  • March 8 – Bill Nicholson, 81, 5-time All-Star right fielder for the Cubs and Phillies who twice led the NL in home runs and RBI.
  • March 20 – Jim Pendleton, 72, outfielder for the Milwaukee Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and Houston Colt .45s from 1953 to 1962.
  • March 21 – Ruby Stephens, 71, female pitcher who posted a 61-53 record in six AAGPBL seasons, and hurled a no-hitter in 1950.

April

  • April 1 – John McSherry, 51, National League umpire since 1971 who worked in eight NLCS and two World Series.
  • April 14 – Clyde McNeal, 67, shortstop in the Negro leagues.
  • April 24 – Gary Geiger, 59, outfielder for the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros from 1958 to 1970.
  • April 26 – Milt Gaston, 100, who pitched from 1924 through 1934 for five American League clubs and had 18 Hall of Fame teammates and managers, more than any player in Major League Baseball history.

May

  • May 3 – Alex Kellner, 71, an All-Star pitcher who played for the Athletics, Reds and Cardinals between 1948 and 1959.
  • May 4 – Gus Keriazakos, 64, the second youngest player in 1950, he pitched for the White Sox, Senators and Athletics in 1950 and 1954–1955.
  • May 10 – Joe Holden, 82, catcher who played from 1934 through 1936 for the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • May 19 – Johnny Berardino, 79, infielder for the Browns and Indians who topped 80 RBI in 1940 and 1941; became an actor, best known for the soap opera General Hospital.
  • May 26 – Mike Sharperson, 34, All-Star infielder for the Dodgers who batted .300 in 1992.

June

  • June 16 – Mel Allen, 83, legendary broadcaster who spent over 35 years with the New York Yankees, also worked on national broadcasts, and later became the first host of This Week in Baseball.

July

August

  • August 4 – Willard Brown, 81, All-Star outfielder of the Negro Leagues, who became the first black player to hit a home run in the American League.
  • August 24 – Ethel Boyce, 79, Canadian ballplayer who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

September

  • September 4 – Babe Dahlgren, 84, All-Star first baseman best remembered for replacing Lou Gehrig to end his 2,130 consecutive games streak, while hitting a home run in that game.
  • September 6 – Barney McCosky, 79, outfielder for the Tigers and Athletics who batted .312 lifetime, led AL in hits in 1940.
  • September 9 – Harry Hanebrink, 68, second baseman and left fielder who hit .224 for the Milwaukee Braves and Philadelphia Phillies from 1953 to 1958.
  • September 22 – Joanne Winter, 71, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League All-Star pitcher and later a master teacher of golf for 30 years.

October

  • October 4 – Joe Hoerner, 59, All-Star reliever for seven teams who averaged 15 saves for 1966–69 Cardinals.
  • October 23 – Bob Grim, 66, All-Star pitcher who won the 1954 AL Rookie of the Year Award for the New York Yankees.
  • October 29 – Ewell Blackwell, 74, six-time All-Star pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds who came within two outs of throwing consecutive no-hitters in 1947; led NL in wins and strikeouts that season.

November

  • November 11 – Lum Harris, 81, manager who won 1969 NL West title with the Braves; previously a pitcher for the Athletics, and Houston manager.
  • November 16 – Joe Gonzales, 81, pitched for the 1937 Boston Red Sox.
  • November 18 – John Michaels, 89, pitcher for the 1932 Boston Red Sox.
  • November 21 – Earl Cook, 87, Canadian pitcher for the 1941 Detroit Tigers.
  • November 30 – Ted Petoskey, 85, a two-time All-American for the undefeated Wolverines in 1932 and 1933, who also was an outfielder for the 1934–35 Cincinnati Reds and later a distinguished three-sport collegiate coach.

December

  • December 3 – John Bateman, 56, catcher for the Houston Colt .45s/Astros, Montreal Expos, and Philadelphia Phillies in 12 seasons from 1963 to 1972, who in 1963 caught the first no-hitter in Houston franchise history, a 4-1 gem by Don Nottebart over the Phillies.
  • December 9 – Dottie Schroeder, 68, shortstop; the only girl to play in the AAGPBL for its twelve full seasons, and a Hall of Fame member.
  • December 27 – Gene Brabender, 55, pitcher who led the Seattle Pilots with 13 wins in their only season.


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