Major League Baseball World Series During The 80s

Major League Baseball World Series During The 80s

During the span of 1980 through 1989 several teams appeared twice in the World Series. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland A’s, Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Royals, and St. Louis Cardinals all appeared more than once.  Of Interesting note was the fact that the New York Yankees, which have the most wins in World Series history as a team, did not win in the 80s and only made one appearance during the ten-year time span in 1981. Below the winning team chart is a chart of The World Series MVP Winners for each year.

Year

Winning Team

Winning Manager

Games

Losing Team

Losing Manager

1980

Philadelphia Phillies (3, 1–2)

Dallas Green

4–2

Kansas City Royals (1, 0–1)

Jim Frey

1981

Los Angeles Dodgers (17, 5–12)

Tommy Lasorda

4–2

New York Yankees (33, 22–11)

Bob Lemon

1982

St. Louis Cardinals (13, 9–4)

Whitey Herzog

4–3

Milwaukee Brewers[L1] (1, 0–1)

Harvey Kuenn

1983

Baltimore Orioles (7, 3–4)

Joe Altobelli

4–1

Philadelphia Phillies (4, 1–3)

Paul Owens

1984

Detroit Tigers (9, 4–5)

Sparky Anderson

4–1

San Diego Padres (1, 0–1)

Dick Williams

1985

Kansas City Royals (2, 1–1)

Dick Howser

4–3

St. Louis Cardinals (14, 9–5)

Whitey Herzog

1986

New York Mets (3, 2–1)

Davey Johnson

4–3

Boston Red Sox (9, 5–4)

John McNamara

1987

Minnesota Twins (5, 2–3)

Tom Kelly

4–3

St. Louis Cardinals (15, 9–6)

Whitey Herzog

1988

Los Angeles Dodgers (18, 6–12)

Tommy Lasorda

4–1

Oakland Athletics (12, 8–4)

Tony La Russa

1989

Oakland Athletics (13, 9–4)

Tony La Russa

4–0

San Francisco Giants (16, 5–11)

Roger Craig

 

                                                                              World Series MVP Winners During The 1980s

Year

Player

Team

Position

Stats

1980

Mike Schmidt

Philadelphia Phillies

Third baseman

.381 batting average
2 home runs
7 runs batted in

1981

Ron Cey

Los Angeles Dodgers

Third baseman

.350 batting average
1 home run
6 runs batted in

1981

Pedro Guerrero

Los Angeles Dodgers

Outfielder

.333 batting average
4 extra-base hits
7 runs batted in

1981

Steve Yeager

Los Angeles Dodgers

Catcher

.286 batting average
2 home runs
4 runs batted in

1982

Darrell Porter

St. Louis Cardinals

Catcher

.286 batting average
1 home run
5 runs batted in

1983

Rick Dempsey

Baltimore Orioles

Catcher

.385 batting average
5 hits; all were extra-base hits- (4 doubles and 1 home run)
2 runs batted in

1984

Alan Trammell

Detroit Tigers

Shortstop

.450 batting average
2 home runs
6 runs batted in

1985

Bret Saberhagen

Kansas City Royals

Starting pitcher

2–0 record over 2 games started; both were complete games- 1 shutout
1 earned run allowed over 18 innings pitched
10 strikeouts

1986

Ray Knight

New York Mets

Third baseman

.391 batting average
Series-winning home run in 7th inning of Game 7
5 runs batted in

1987

Frank Viola

Minnesota Twins

Starting pitcher

2–1 record over 3 games started
8 earned runs allowed over ​19 1⁄3 innings pitched
16 strikeouts

1988

Orel Hershiser

Los Angeles Dodgers

Starting pitcher

2–0 record over 2 games started; both were complete games- 1 shutout
1.000 batting average; 2 doubles; 2.667 OPS
17 strikeouts

1989

Dave Stewart

Oakland Athletics

Starting pitcher

2–0 record over 2 games started; 1 shutout
3 earned runs allowed over 16 innings pitched
14 strikeouts

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