1979 BOSTON RED SOX
A POWERFUL TEAM THAT DEFLATED WITH A SLOW LEAK ...

 

Amos Strunk   Thurman Munson   Duffy Lewis   Rabbit Weller
Died: July 22nd   Died: Aug 2nd   Died: June 16th   Died: April 17th
Stan Hack   Bob Dee   Walter O'Malley   John Scafide
Died: Dec 15th   Died: April 18th   Died: Aug 9th   Died: Oct 24th
Yank Terry   Marty McHale   Rudy Kallio   Dale Alexander
Died: Nov 4th   Died: May 7th   Died: April 6th   Died: March 2nd
Hal Wagner   Alex Gaston   Tom Jenkins   Al Evans
Died: Aug 4th   Died: Feb 8th   Died: May 3rd   Died: April 6th
Adrian Beltre   Coco Crisp   Lenny DiNardo   Drew Brees
Born: Apr 7th   Born: Oct 1st   Born: Sept 19th   Born: Jan 15th
Kevin Youkilis   Mark Buerhle   Ryan Howard   Andrew Ference
Born: Mar 15th   Born: Mar 23rd   Born: Nov 19th   Born: Mar 17th
Ted Johnson   Deion Branch   Dan Koppen   Richard Seymour
Born: Dec 4th   Born: July 18th   Born: Nov 12th   Born: Oct 6th
Adam Dunn   Joe Thornton   Marian Hossa   Tracy McGrady
Born: Nov 9th   Born: July 2nd   Born: Jan 12th   Born: May 24th
             
             

The 1978 playoff loss to the Yankees led to another round of finger pointing. Don Zimmer was blamed for the teams collapse by Red Sox Nation and the vilification was relentless, especially on talk radio. Mike Torrez was also the victim of finger pointing and would hear constant booing from the stands every time he would take the mound in 1979.

The first victim of the collapse, however, was free agent Luis Tiant. He wanted to re-sign with the Sox but general manager Haywood Sullivan would only offer him a one year contract because of his age. The New York Yankees jumped on the opportunity to stick it to the Sox and signed Tiant, as a way to get his positive influence out of the Boston clubhouse. They gave him for $840,000 for two years. Sox fans were stunned, not only by losing a beloved Sox icon, but the prospect of seeing him in pinstripes would be unbearable.

STAN PAPI

Sullivan then helped Don Zimmer and shipped his nemesis, Bill Lee, off to the Montreal Expos for infielder Stan Papi on December 7th. The problems with Lee were all personal, and not business. Zimmer didnt like Lee, and Lee didn't like Zimmer, but the Red Sox now lost a second valuable arm, for a player who never made an kind of contribution. In the end the pitching staff was damaged badly by losing both Lee and Tiant, while getting nothing in return.

But the 1979 Red Sox came back off the canvas and still played good baseball. They didnt collapse, they just showed a slow but steady fade, like a slow leak in a tire.

The Sox were defined by a potent offense and they led the league in runs scored. They simply hit the heck out of the ball and led the league in batting average, doubles and home runs, while being in the bottom half of the American League in walks.

Jim Rice came off his MVP season of 1978 and delivered 39 home runs and 130 RBI. Fred Lynn had an amazing year in centerfield, 39 home runs of his own and a .333 batting average, with 122 RBI and scored 116 runs. He finished fourth in the AL MVP voting in 1979. The outstanding outfield was rounded out by rightfielder Dwight Evans, who finished with a .364 on-base percentage/.456 slugging percentage, while being another terrific defensive player. Evans hit 21 home runs of his own.

But the assault didnt stop there. Carl Yastrzemski was 39-years old, but still hit 21 home runs and finished with a .346 OBP in his DH duties. Third baseman Butch Hobson popped 28 home runs. The Red Sox acquired first baseman Bob Watson in mid-June and hit .337. One only wonders how much offense this team would have produced, had Carlton Fisk not been limited to 91 games.

The pitching was fifth in the American League in ERA, but they lacked depth and a clear stopper. Mike Torrez was reliable in taking his turn, logging 252 innings, but his work was often mediocre, with a 4.49 ERA. Bob Stanley, a starter/reliever hybrid, did most of his work out of the rotation and had a nice 16-win season with a 3.99 ERA. Dennis Eckersley was the best of the starters, going 17-10 with a 2.99 ERA. Relief pitching was similarly thin. Dick Drago won 10 games and saved 13, while Tom Burgmeier finished with a 2.74 ERA. But there werent good options after that.

Spring training ended with Butch Hobson and Carlton Fisk both starting the season on the DL with bad arms.

The season opener was at Fenway Park on April 5th. Jim Rice belted a three-run homer while Dwight Evans and Fred Lynn belted solo shots, in support of Dennis Eckersley, who allowed only two hits in a 7 to 1 victory.

In Cleveland after losing to the Indians in their home opener, Rice scored on Jack Brohamer's infield out in the 12th inning, to give the Sox a 7-6 win on April 8th. Then in Milwaukee on April 12th, Yaz slammed out four hits, including a grandslam homer, in a 12-10 battle that was put in the Sox win column.

After a rainout, the Sox played the Indians again at Fenway on April 15th. Jerry Remy, Rick Burleson and Lynn combined to drive in seven runs and powered the Sox to a 14 to 4 victory. On April 17th, Lynn blasted a ninth inning home run into the right field stands, giving the Red Sox a 6 to 5 walk-off win over the Brewers. It was his sixth homer of the young season.

After losing the next game, the Sox won six of eight in the mid-April homestand, capping it off by sweeping the three-time defending AL West champion Kansas City Royals and scoring 25 runs in the three games. In the first game of the series, on April 20th, Yaz drove in three runs with his 386th career homers, a single and a double, leading the Sox to a 9 to 2 win.

The next day, Lynn hit his seventh homer along with homers from Rice and Evans in a 10 to 4 romp over the Royals. In the finale on April 22nd, Torrez walked five of the first nine batters he faced, but thanks to three doubleplays in the first three innings, he escaped unscathed and went on to shutout the Royals, 6 to 0.

The Sox then started a west coast trip by sweeping the Mariners in Seattle. On April 24th, Larry Wolfe's sacrifice fly scored Butch Hobson with the winning run in the 12th inning, giving the Sox a 4 to 3 victory. In the second game, Jim Wright retired the first 17 batters he faced and cruised to a 4 to 1 win. And in the last game, Bob Stanley dominated and shutout the Mariners, 2-0.

The Sox then headed down the coast to Anaheim enjoying a 2 1/2 game lead in the AL East. But the Angels weren't an easy pushover like Seattle. The stopped the Sox seven game winning streak by taking the first two games. But in the last game, newcomer veteran pitcher, Steve Renko, took a 2-0 no-hitter into the seventh inning, before Don Baylor broke it up with a double.

Then, after losing two in Oakland, the Sox finished the road trip with a skin-of-their-chin, 2 to 1 win. Mike Torrez got out of two late inning, bases-loaded jams, while Dwight Evans homered in the top of the eight. They ended the west coast trip going 5 and 4 and fell to second place, 1/2 game behind the Orioles.

They then started the month of May with 10 wins in 16 games, including splitting six with the Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles.

On May 4th, Carl Yastrzemski drilled a sixth inning homer into the right field stands, powering the Sox to a 5 to 3 win over the Mariners at Fenway. In the next game, Jim Rice had a homer and a pair of singles, while Fred Lynn banged out his 10th home run, as the Sox blew out the Mariners, 11 to 4.

A six run first inning, keyed by Butch Hobson's three-run double off Nolan Ryan, and a Rice homer, lifted the Sox to a 9 to 4 victory over the Angels on May 7th. Two days later, on May 9th, Yastrzemski's homer in the ninth inning gave the Sox a 9 to 8 walk-off win. The Sox split their series with the Angels.

Oakland was next to visit Fenway and were swept in three straight. The first game, on May 11th, Yaz and Hobson had two hits apiece in an eight-run fourth inning, leading to an 11 to 2 rout of the A's. In the second game, Jerry Remy had five hits while George Scott and Evans added three apiece, leading to an 8-2 win. The Sox won the third game on homers by Scott and Hobson that bolstered the three hit pitching of Chuck Rainey, in another 8 to 2 victory.

The Sox trailed the Orioles by 1/2 game and then welcomed them in a four game series. The May 14th game was rained out. Evans stole second and raced home with the winning run on Jerry Remy's 10th inning single to give the Sox a 3 to 2 win on May 15th. Homers by Rice and Hobson led the Sox to a 6-2 victory in the finale, after losing the day before.

The Sox were 1/2 game ahead of Baltimore in the AL East. But next, the Sox lost 2 of 3 to the Yankees at Fenway.

Then in Baltimore the Sox could only pull out one win in three games. They split a two game series in Toronto, lost 2-of-3 in Texas, but one 2-of-3 in Minnesota to start the month of June. With a 5-6 road trip, but they were still just one game out of first place.

What the Sox were up against in 1979 was made crystal clear in the month of June. On June 4th, Rice and Yastrzemski triggered an eight-run fifth inning including a grandslam by Rick Burleson, to crush the Rangers 13-5. Homers by Lynn, Yaz and Rice led the Sox to a 9-3 win over the Rangers, the next night.

Then after losing the first game in the series with the White Sox, the Sox reeled off five straight wins. Rice slugged two homers against the White Sox on June 7th, in a 9 to 2 victory. Singles by Rice, Yaz and Carlton Fisk in the eighth inning led the Sox to a 2-1 win over the Twins on June 8th. Yaz, Fisk, Rice and Lynn, all slugged homers in a 17-hit barrage, as the Sox trounced the Twins, 12-6, on June 9th. On June 10th, Hobson and Evans homered back-to-back and Dennis Eckersley blanked the Twins, 5 to 0 on four hits.

The Sox finished their brief homestand, winning six of their seven games, but gained no ground in the AL East standings. They finished just as they started, one game behind the Orioles.

In Kansas City, to start a six game road trip, Bob Stanley pitched ten shutout inning, beating the Royals, 4 to 0. On June 13th, George Scott was traded to the Royals for Tom Poquette. They then acquired Bob Watson from the Astros. They then clobbered the Royals on the field, 11 to 3.  After taking 2-of-3 from the Royals, they lost 2-of-3 in Chicago and returned to Fenway 2 1/2 games behind Baltimore.

At Fenway, on June 18th, Jim Rice's bases loaded single in the 8th inning, led the Sox to a 9 to 8 win over the Tigers. Two days later, on June 20th, the Sox slugged six homers to crush the Tigers, 13 to 3. The six home runs were hit by six different players: Lynn, Yastrzemski, Evans, Hobson, Jim Dwyer and the newly acquired, Bob Watson.

Against Toronto, on June 22nd, Rice's two homers led the Sox to a 12-1 rout. The next night, Watson's 11th inning homer gave the Sox a 4 to 3 walk-off. The Sox concluded their 6-1 homestand by sweeping the Jays, but couldn't gain any ground on the Orioles, remaining, as they started, 2 1/2 games behind.

They lost 2 of 3 in Detroit and then went on to face the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. In the first game on June 29th, Jerry Remy's single in the 13th inning scored Burleson with the go-ahead run in a 3-2 victory. In the next game Carl Yastrzemski's 399th career homer put the Sox ahead of the Yankees by another 3-to-2 score and beat Luis Tiant. But the Sox then lost the next two games and left New York, 4 1/2 games out of first place. The Red Sox played terrific baseball and went 20-8, yet they managed to lose ground to Baltimore at months end.

Back in Boston on July 3rd, the Sox blasted the Royals 10-0, behind a pair of home runs by Bob Watson. Evans supplied the fireworks as he slammed his 100th career homer, a 2-run shot off Al Hrabosky, with two outs in the ninth inning, to give the Sox a 6 to 4 walk off win on July 4th. The Sox swept the Royals thanks again to Bob Watson, who knocked out four singles, drove in a run and scored one, in a 5 to 4 win.

The Sox then took off to play Seattle and after losing the first game, Lynn clubbed two homers to beat the Mariners, 10 to 8 on July 7th, to pull the Sox to within two games of the Orioles. The next night it was Fisk's two homers that won for the Sox, 8 to 2.

But in Anaheim, Nolan Ryan shutout the Sox and the Angels pushed the Sox back to three games behind Baltimore. Then on July 11th, Lynn went 4-for-4 in a 17-hit assault that gave the Sox a 9 to 3 win.

The Sox moved up to Oakland and swept three straight from the A's. In the first game on July 13th, Steve Renko took a no-hitter into the ninth inning, but Ricky Henderson broke up his dream with one out. Renko and the Sox won the game 2-0. In the second game Hobson hit his 12th homer and drove in three runs for a 8 to 7 victory. In the finale, A's miscues gave the Sox a 3 to 2 win. The Sox stayed two games out going into the All Star break.

Fred Lynn, Jim Rice, Bob Stanley, Rick Burleson and Carl Yastrzemski were American League All Stars for the game in Seattle. Lynn belted a two-run homer off Steve Carlton to put the AL out front 3-2 in the first inning. Yaz had two hits and an RBI, but the NL won the game 7 to 6.

It was clear the Orioles, and not the Yankees, were going to be the team to beat. The Sox opened the second half by hosting the Mariners at Fenway. In the first game, on July 19th, the Sox coasted to a 7 to 1 win. Eckersley scattered six hits, while Larry Wolfe broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning. The win pushed the Sox to within 1 1/2 games of Baltimore. But that was a close a the Sox would get, as they quickly then slipped into mediocrity.

10On the positive side, Bob Watson's single scored Lynn with the winning run in the 10th inning against the Angels for a 6-5 victory on July 22nd. Carl Yastrzemski cracked his 400th career homer against the A's on July 24th in a 7-6 win. Then on July 25th the Sox unloaded on the Athletics for 16 runs. Rice slugged two home runs and Fisk added a three run shot in the 16-4 victory. But the Sox split the homestand, falling 5 games behind the Orioles.

Then in Texas, the Sox pulled off a triple play in helping Eckersley secure a 1-0 win on July 28th. But they lost 3-of-4 games in Cleveland, falling 7 games out.

A terrible tragedy on August 2nd finalized the season for the Yankees, when catcher and team captain Thurman Munson died in a plane crash, flying his private plane to his Ohio home on an off-day.

The Red Sox took three of four in Milwaukee, who would ultimately win 95 games.  On August 5th the Sox took a doubleheader, as Fisk knocked out four hits and knocked in four runs in a 27-hit Sox assault. They blasted the Brewers 19-5 to sweep a doubleheader. Lynn's three-run homer earned Eckersley (14-5) his sixth consecutive complete-game victory in the first game.

On August 7th, at Fenway Park, Carlton Fisk drove in three runs and hot a solo homer in a 12-3 victory over the Indians. Lynn also knocked out a homer, his 27th. The Sox lost both games in a doubleheader the next day, but bounced back behind Eckersley's 15th win, for a series split, 3-2. Yaz tied the game in the fourth with a base hit and the drove in the winning run with a sac fly in the sixth inning.

On August 10th, Lynn cracked his AL leading 31st homer, as the Sox beat the Brewers, 5 to 4 at Fenway. The Sox next swept three games from the Minnesota Twins at Fenway. In the first game, on August 13th, Hobson belted his 20th homer with two outs in the eighth inning, to bring the Sox from behind to win 6 to 5.

In the second game, Lynn slugged two homers and solo shots by Fisk and Yastrzemski powered the Sox to a 12-1 win. Eckersley became the AL's first 16-game winner. In the third game, Yaz's two-run eight inning homer snapped a tie and led the Sox to a 9-5 decision. The Sox remained five games behind the Orioles.

The Sox closed to within 4 games of the Orioles on August 16th, when Bob Watson knocked out his 150th career homer and Lynn slammed his league-leading 35th blast in a 7-5 win over the White Sox at Fenway. But that was as close as the Sox would get.

They split with Chicago and then lost 2-of-3 in Minnesota and three straight in Kansas City to fall 7 1/2 games behind. The Red Sox faced rookie Craig Chamberlain in the Friday opener at Royals Stadium on August 24th. Chamberlain had made two great starts to begin his career, and he made another tonight, beating the Sox, 4-2.

The next day, Mike Torrez gave up a leadoff home run to Kansas Citys Willie Wilson. Torrez pitched brilliantly the rest of the way, but lost a duel to KCs Dennis Leonard. Wilson kept it going in the third game, with four hits and a 6-3 loss completed the sweep.

Those three straight losses in Kansas City were the beginning of a 3-9 stretch that preceded Baltimores September arrival in Fenway Park. By this time, the Sox were eleven games out and the fact they dropped three of four to the Birds barely registered.

But on September 12th, Carl Yastrzemski knocked out his 3000th hit against the Yankees. Yaz walked, flied out and grounded out twice before lining his historic hit to right off Jim Beattie. He thus became the first player in American League history to slam 400 homers as well as 3000 hits, joining Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Stan Musial in the record book.

On September 15th, after hitting a single in the second, a double in the fourth, and a triple in the eighth, Bob Watson completed a natural cycle with a home run in the ninth inning of the Red Sox' 10-2 victory over Baltimore at Memorial Stadium. The Sox first baseman became the first modern major leaguer to hit for the cycle in both leagues, having accomplished the feat with Houston in 1977.

Baltimore would go on to win 102 games and coasted home to the AL East crown. The Red Sox still won 91 games, and finished with a better record than the AL West champion California Angels. By the standards of today, the Red Sox were a playoff team with room to spare, but in the tougher world of the 1979 MLB, they were getting further from October, not closer.

 

 

 
GAME LOG
  RECORD PLACE GB/GF OPPONENT   SCORE  PITCHER W/L
04/05/1979 0-1 1st -  Cleveland Indians W 7-1 Dennis Eckersley 1-0
04/06/1979 0-1 1st -  
04/07/1979 1-1 3rd -1  at Cleveland Indians L 3-0 Mike Torrez 0-1
04/08/1979 2-1 1st -  at Cleveland Indians W 7-6 Dick Drago 1-0
04/09/1979 2-1 1st -  
04/10/1979 2-2 2nd -1  at Milwaukee Brewers L 3-0 Dennis Eckersley 1-1
04/11/1979 2-2 3rd -1  
04/12/1979 3-2 1st -  at Milwaukee Brewers W 12-10 Dick Drago 2-0
04/13/1979 3-2 2nd -1/2  
04/14/1979 3-2 2nd -1  Cleveland Indians pp  
04/15/1979 4-2 2nd -1  Cleveland Indians W 14-4 Dennis Eckersley 2-1
04/16/1979 4-3 2nd -1 1/2  Cleveland Indians L 4-3 Bob Stanley 0-1
04/17/1979 5-3 2nd -1/2  Milwaukee Brewers W 6-5 Tom Burgmeier 1-0
04/18/1979 5-4 3rd -1 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers L 4-1 Steve Renko 0-1
04/19/1979 6-4 2nd -1/2  Milwaukee Brewers W 5-3 Chuck Rainey 1-0
04/20/1979 7-4 1st -  Kansas City Royals W 9-2 Andy Hassler 1-0
04/21/1979 8-4 1st +1  Kansas City Royals W 10-4 Bob Stanley 1-0
04/22/1979 9-4 1st +1  Kansas City Royals W 6-0 Mike Torrez 1-0
04/23/1979 9-4 1st +1  
04/24/1979 10-4 1st +1  at Seattle Mariners W 4-3 Dick Drago 3-0
04/25/1979 11-4 1st +2  at Seattle Mariners W 4-1 Jim Wright 1-0
04/26/1979 12-4 1st +2 1/2  at Seattle Mariners W 2-0 Bob Stanley 2-0
04/27/1979 12-5 1st +1 1/2  at California Angels L 8-6 Andy Hassler 1-1
04/28/1979 12-6 1st +1 1/2  at California Angels L 5-0 Chuck Rainey 1-1
04/29/1979 13-6 1st +1 1/2  at California Angels W 2-0 Steve Renko 1-0
04/30/1979 13-7 1st + 1/2  at Oakland Athletics L 5-4 Dick Drago 3-1
05/01/1979 13-8 2nd -1/2  at Oakland Athletics L 7-5 Bob Stanley 2-1
05/02/1979 14-8 2nd -1/2  at Oakland Athletics W 2-1 Mike Torrez 2-0
05/03/1979 14-8 2nd -1/2  
05/04/1979 15-8 1st -  Seattle Mariners W 5-3 Steve Renko 2-0
05/05/1979 16-8 1st -  Seattle Mariners W 11-4 Dennis Eckersley 3-1
05/06/1979 16-9 2nd -1  Seattle Mariners L 3-2 Bill Campbell 0-1
05/07/1979 17-9 1st -  California Angels W 9-4 Mike Torrez 3-0
05/08/1979 17-10 2nd -1  California Angels L 10-2 Chuck Rainey 1-2
05/09/1979 18-10 1st -  California Angels W 9-8 Bill Campbell 1-1
05/10/1979 18-11 2nd -1  California Angels L 5-3 Dennis Eckersley 3-2
05/11/1979 19-11 2nd -1  Oakland Athletics W 11-2 Bob Stanley 3-1
05/12/1979 20-11 2nd -1  Oakland Athletics W 8-2 Mike Torrez 4-0
05/13/1979 21-11 2nd -1/2  Oakland Athletics W 8-2 Chuck Rainey 2-2
05/14/1979 21-11 2nd -1/2  Baltimore Orioles pp  
05/15/1979 22-11 1st +1/2  Baltimore Orioles W 3-2 Dennis Eckersley 4-2
05/16/1979 22-12 2nd -1/2  Baltimore Orioles L 10-6 Andy Hassler 1-2
05/17/1979 23-12 1st +1/2  Baltimore Orioles W 6-2 Bob Stanley 4-1
05/18/1979 23-13 2nd -1/2  New York Yankees L 10-0 Mike Torrez 4-1
05/19/1979 24-13 2nd -1/2  New York Yankees W 4-3 Bill Campbell 2-1
05/20/1979 24-14 2nd -1 1/2  New York Yankees L 2-0 Dennis Eckersley 4-3
05/21/1979 24-14 2nd -1 1/2  
05/22/1979 25-14 2nd -1/2  at Baltimore Orioles W 7-5 Steve Renko 3-0
05/23/1979 25-15 2nd -1 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles L 5-2 Bob Stanley 4-2
05/24/1979 25-16 2nd -2 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles L 5-3 Mike Torrez 4-2
05/25/1979 25-16 2nd -2 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays pp  
05/26/1979 25-17 2nd -3 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays L 7-6 Bill Campbell 2-2
05/27/1979 26-17 2nd -2  at Toronto Blue Jays W 1-0 Chuck Rainey 3-2
05/28/1979 26-18 2nd -2  at Texas Rangers L 5-2 Steve Renko 3-1
05/29/1979 26-18 2nd -2 1/2  at Texas Rangers pp  
05/30/1979 26-19 2nd -2 1/2  at Texas Rangers L 3-2 Dick Drago 3-2
05/31/1979 27-19 2nd -2  at Texas Rangers W 3-2 Dick Drago 4-2
06/01/1979 28-19 2nd -1  at Minnesota Twins W 5-2 Bob Stanley 5-2
06/02/1979 28-20 2nd -2  at Minnesota Twins L 8-2 Chuck Rainey 3-3
06/03/1979 29-20 2nd -1  at Minnesota Twins W 8-2 Steve Renko 4-1
06/04/1979 30-20 2nd -1  Texas Rangers W 13-5 Mike Torrez 5-2
06/05/1979 31-20 1st -  Texas Rangers W 9-3 Dennis Eckersley 5-3
06/06/1979 31-21 2nd -1  Chicago White Sox L 8-5 Bob Stanley 5-3
06/07/1979 32-21 2nd -1  Chicago White Sox W 9-2 Chuck Rainey 4-3
06/08/1979 33-21 2nd -1  Minnesota Twins W 2-1 Bob Stanley 6-3
06/09/1979 34-21 2nd -1  Minnesota Twins W 12-6 Mike Torrez 6-2
06/10/1979 35-21 2nd -1  Minnesota Twins W 5-0 Dennis Eckersley 6-3
06/11/1979 36-21 2nd -1  at Kansas City Royals W 4-0 Bob Stanley 7-3
06/12/1979 36-22 2nd -1  at Kansas City Royals L 7-6 Dick Drago 4-3
06/13/1979 37-22 2nd -1  at Kansas City Royals W 11-3 Steve Renko 5-1
06/14/1979 37-22 2nd -1  
06/15/1979 37-23 2nd -2  at Chicago White Sox L 8-5 Mike Torrez 6-3
06/16/1979 38-23 2nd -1 1/2  at Chicago White Sox W 11-5 Dennis Eckersley 7-3
06/17/1979 38-24 2nd -2 1/2  at Chicago White Sox L 6-1 Chuck Rainey 4-4
06/18/1979 39-24 2nd -2 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 9-8 Dick Drago 5-3
06/19/1979 39-25 2nd -3 1/2  Detroit Tigers L 10-4 Bob Stanley 7-4
06/20/1979 40-25 2nd -3 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 13-3 Mike Torrez 7-3
06/21/1979 41-25 2nd -3  Detroit Tigers W 3-2 Dennis Eckersley 8-3
06/22/1979 42-25 2nd -3  Toronto Blue Jays W 12-1 Chuck Rainey 5-4
06/23/1979 43-25 2nd -3 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays W 4-3 Dick Drago 6-3
06/24/1979 44-25 2nd -2 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays W 8-4 Mike Torrez 8-3
06/25/1979 44-25 2nd -3  
06/26/1979 44-26 2nd -4  at Detroit Tigers L 8-4 Bill Campbell 2-3
06/27/1979 45-26 2nd -4  at Detroit Tigers W 3-1 Bob Stanley 8-4
06/28/1979 45-27 2nd -4  at Detroit Tigers L 6-3 Steve Renko 5-2
06/29/1979 46-27 2nd -4 1/2  at New York Yankees W 3-2 Dick Drago 7-3
06/30/1979 47-27 2nd -4 1/2  at New York Yankees W 3-2 Bob Stanley 9-4
07/01/1979 47-28 2nd -5 1/2  at New York Yankees L 6-5 Dennis Eckersley 8-4
07/02/1979 47-29 2nd -5 1/2  at New York Yankees L 7-2 Joel Finch 0-1
07/03/1979 48-29 2nd -4 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 10-0 Steve Renko 6-2
07/04/1979 49-29 2nd -3 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 6-4 Mike Torrez 9-3
07/05/1979 50-29 2nd -3  Kansas City Royals W 5-4 Bob Stanley 10-4
07/06/1979 50-30 2nd -3  at Seattle Mariners L 5-3 Dennis Eckersley 8-5
07/07/1979 51-30 2nd -2  at Seattle Mariners W 10-8 Tom Burgmeier 2-0
07/08/1979 52-30 2nd -2  at Seattle Mariners W 8-2 Steve Renko 7-2
07/09/1979 52-31 2nd -3  at California Angels L 6-0 Mike Torrez 9-4
07/10/1979 52-32 2nd -3  at California Angels L 4-3 Bob Stanley 10-5
07/11/1979 53-32 2nd -3  at California Angels W 9-3 Dennis Eckersley 9-5
07/12/1979 53-32 2nd -3  
07/13/1979 54-32 2nd -2  at Oakland Athletics W 2-0 Steve Renko 8-2
07/14/1979 55-32 2nd -2  at Oakland Athletics W 8-7 Allen Ripley 1-0
07/15/1979 56-32 2nd -2  at Oakland Athletics W 3-2 Bob Stanley 11-5
07/16/1979  All Star Game Break
07/17/1979
07/18/1979
07/19/1979 57-32 2nd -1 1/2  Seattle Mariners W 7-1 Dennis Eckersley 10-5
07/20/1979 57-33 2nd -2 1/2  Seattle Mariners L 8-0 Mike Torrez 9-5
07/21/1979 57-34 2nd -3 1/2  Seattle Mariners L 13-5 Steve Renko 8-3
07/22/1979 58-34 2nd -3 1/2  California Angels W 6-5 Bill Campbell 3-3
07/23/1979 58-35 2nd -4 1/2  California Angels L 9-2 Joel Finch 0-2
07/24/1979 59-35 2nd -5  Oakland Athletics W 7-3 Dennis Eckersley 11-5
07/25/1979 60-35 2nd -4  Oakland Athletics W 16-4 Mike Torrez 10-5
07/26/1979 60-36 2nd -5  Oakland Athletics L 8-6 Steve Renko 8-4
07/27/1979 60-37 2nd -6  at Texas Rangers L 11-2 Bob Stanley 11-6
07/28/1979 61-37 2nd -5  at Texas Rangers W 1-0 Dennis Eckersley 12-5
07/29/1979 62-37 2nd -5  at Texas Rangers W 3-2 Mike Torrez 11-5
07/30/1979 62-38 2nd -6  at Cleveland Indians L 6-5 Tom Burgmeier 2-1
07/31/1979 62-39 2nd -7  at Cleveland Indians L 11-10 Bill Campbell 3-4
62-40 2nd -7 1/2 L 3-0 Joel Finch 0-3
08/01/1979 63-40 2nd -7 1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 7-4 Dennis Eckersley 13-5
08/02/1979 64-40 2nd -7  at Milwaukee Brewers W 10-1 Mike Torrez 12-5
08/03/1979 64-41 2nd -8  at Milwaukee Brewers L 5-3 Steve Renko 8-5
08/04/1979 65-41 2nd -8  at Milwaukee Brewers W 8-6 Allen Ripley 2-0
08/05/1979 66-41 2nd -7  at Milwaukee Brewers W 7-2 Dennis Eckersley 14-5
67-41 2nd -6 1/2 W 19-5 Win Rimmerswaal 1-0
08/06/1979 67-41 2nd -6  
08/07/1979 68-41 2nd -5  Cleveland Indians W 12-3 Mike Torrez 13-5
08/08/1979 68-42 2nd -5  Cleveland Indians L 6-4 Bob Stanley 11-7
68-43 2nd -5 1/2 L 8-2 Steve Renko 8-6
08/09/1979 69-43 2nd -5 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 3-2 Dennis Eckersley 15-5
08/10/1979 70-43 2nd -5 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers W 5-4 Dick Drago 8-3
08/11/1979 70-44 2nd -6  Milwaukee Brewers L 9-6 Mike Torrez 13-6
08/12/1979 70-44 2nd -6  Milwaukee Brewers pp  
08/13/1979 71-44 2nd -5  Minnesota Twins W 6-5 Tom Burgmeier 3-1
08/14/1979 72-44 2nd -5  Minnesota Twins W 12-1 Dennis Eckersley 16-5
08/15/1979 73-44 2nd -5  Minnesota Twins W 9-5 Dick Drago 9-3
08/16/1979 74-44 2nd -4  Chicago White Sox W 7-5 Allen Ripley 3-0
08/17/1979 74-45 2nd -4  Chicago White Sox L 4-1 Bob Stanley 11-8
08/18/1979 75-45 2nd -4  Chicago White Sox W 8-2 Steve Renko 9-6
08/19/1979 75-46 2nd -4  Chicago White Sox L 3-2 Dennis Eckersley 16-6
08/20/1979 75-47 2nd -5  at Minnesota Twins L 10-5 Mike Torrez 13-7
08/21/1979 75-48 2nd -5  at Minnesota Twins L 7-2 John Tudor 0-1
08/22/1979 76-48 2nd -4 1/2  at Minnesota Twins W 9-4 Bob Stanley 12-8
08/23/1979 76-48 2nd -5  
08/24/1979 76-49 2nd -5 1/2  at Kansas City Royals L 4-2 Dennis Eckersley 16-7
08/25/1979 76-50 2nd -6  at Kansas City Royals L 1-0 Mike Torrez 13-8
08/26/1979 76-51 3rd -7 1/2  at Kansas City Royals L 6-3 Steve Renko 9-7
08/27/1979 77-51 2nd -7  at Chicago White Sox W 4-3 Bob Stanley 13-8
08/28/1979 77-52 3rd -7 1/2  at Chicago White Sox L 7-3 Allen Ripley 3-1
08/29/1979 77-52 2nd -8 1/2  
08/30/1979 77-53 3rd -9 1/2  Texas Rangers L 6-0 Dennis Eckersley 16-8
08/31/1979 78-53 3rd -8 1/2  Texas Rangers W 9-6 Mike Torrez 14-8
09/01/1979 78-54 3rd -8 1/2  Texas Rangers L 5-4 Dick Drago 9-4
09/02/1979 78-55 3rd -9 1/2  Texas Rangers L 7-6 Dick Drago 9-5
09/03/1979 78-56 3rd -11  at New York Yankees L 10-6 Dennis Eckersley 16-9
09/04/1979 78-57 3rd -11 1/2  at New York Yankees L 3-2 Mike Torrez 14-9
09/05/1979 79-57 3rd -11  at New York Yankees W 5-0 Bob Stanley 14-8
09/06/1979 79-57 3rd -11 1/2  
09/07/1979 79-58 3rd -12 1/2  Baltimore Orioles L 2-1 Chuck Rainey 5-5
09/08/1979 79-59 3rd -13 1/2  Baltimore Orioles L 3-2 Dennis Eckersley 16-10
09/09/1979 79-60 3rd -14 1/2  Baltimore Orioles L 16-4 Mike Torrez 14-10
09/10/1979 80-60 3rd -13 1/2  Baltimore Orioles W 3-2 Bob Stanley 15-8
09/11/1979 80-61 3rd -13 1/2  New York Yankees L 8-3 Tom Burgmeier 3-2
09/12/1979 81-61 3rd -12 1/2  New York Yankees W 9-2 Chuck Rainey 6-5
09/13/1979 81-62 3rd -13 1/2  New York Yankees L 10-3 Mike Torrez 14-11
09/14/1979 81-63 3rd -14 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles L 5-3 Bob Stanley 15-9
09/15/1979 82-63 3rd -13 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles W 10-2 Steve Renko 10-8
09/16/1979 82-64 3rd -14 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles L 13-3 John Tudor 0-2
09/17/1979 82-65 3rd -15 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays L 5-4 Dick Drago 9-6
83-65 3rd -15 W 5-3 Chuck Rainey 7-5
09/18/1979 84-65 3rd -14  at Toronto Blue Jays W 8-3 Mike Torrez 15-11
09/19/1979 85-65 3rd -13  at Toronto Blue Jays W 8-0 Bob Stanley 16-9
09/20/1979 85-66 3rd -14  at Toronto Blue Jays L 6-2 Steve Renko 10-9
09/21/1979 86-66 3rd -13 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 4-1 John Tudor 1-2
09/22/1979 86-66 3rd -13 1/2  Detroit Tigers pp  
09/23/1979 87-66 3rd -12 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 2-1 Dennis Eckersley 17-10
87-67 3rd -13 L 3-2 Mike Torrez 15-12
09/24/1979 87-67 3rd -13  
09/25/1979 87-68 3rd -13  Toronto Blue Jays L 5-3 Bob Stanley 16-10
09/26/1979 88-68 3rd -13  Toronto Blue Jays W 6-4 Chuck Rainey 8-5
09/27/1979 89-68 3rd -12 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays W 6-5 Dick Drago 10-6
09/28/1979 90-68 3rd -12 1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 7-4 Mike Torrez 16-12
09/29/1979 91-68 3rd -11 1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 8-5 Steve Renko 11-9
09/30/1979 91-69 3rd -11 1/2  at Detroit Tigers L 5-1 Bob Stanley 16-11
 
1979 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING
 
 

 

 

FINAL 1979 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 102 75 -

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers 95 66 8

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

91 69 11 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 89 71 13 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 85 76 18

 

 

Cleveland Indians 81 80 22

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays 53 109 50 1/2

 

 

 
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