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The 1979 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 98th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 88th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 86-76 during the season and finished third in the National League East, 12 games behind the eventual NL pennant and World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates.

1979 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record86–76 (.531)
Divisional place3rd
Other information
Owner(s)August "Gussie" Busch
General manager(s)John Claiborne
Manager(s)Ken Boyer
Local televisionKSDK
(as KSD-TV before September 8)
KPLR
(September 9 game only)
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Jay Randolph, Bob Starr)
Local radioKMOX
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Bob Starr)
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OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

First baseman Keith Hernández won the MVP Award this year, along with Willie Stargell, batting .344, with 11 home runs and 105 RBIs. Hernández also won the Gold Glove. Left fielder Lou Brock collected his 3,000th career hit and played his final season in MLB.

Pete Vuckovich and Silvio Martínez each won 15 games. Garry Templeton became the first switch-hitter to collect 100 hits from each side of the plate and led the league in triples for a third consecutive season.

Season standingsEdit

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 98 64 0.605 48–33 50–31
Montreal Expos 95 65 0.594 2 56–25 39–40
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 0.531 12 42–39 44–37
Philadelphia Phillies 84 78 0.519 14 43–38 41–40
Chicago Cubs 80 82 0.494 18 45–36 35–46
New York Mets 63 99 0.389 35 28–53 35–46

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1979 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 4–8 6–12 7–11 12–6 1–9 4–8 7–5 4–8 6–12 11–7 4–8
Chicago 8–4 7–5 6–6 5–7 6–12 8–10 9–9 6–12 9–3 8–4 8–10
Cincinnati 12–6 5–7 8–10 11–7 6–6 8–4 8–4 8–4 10–7 6–12 8–4
Houston 11–7 6–6 10–8 10–8 7–5 9–3 5–7 4–8 14–4 7–11 6–6
Los Angeles 6–12 7–5 7–11 8–10 6–6 9–3 3–9 4–8 9–9 14–4 6–6
Montreal 9–1 12–6 6–6 5–7 6–6 15–3 11–7 7–11 7–5 7–5 10–8
New York 8–4 10–8 4–8 3–9 3–9 3–15 5–13 8–10–1 4–8 8–4 7–11
Philadelphia 5-7 9–9 4–8 7–5 9–3 7–11 13–5 8–10 9–3 6–6 7–11–1
Pittsburgh 8–4 12–6 4–8 8–4 8–4 11–7 10–8–1 10–8 7–5 9–3 11–7
San Diego 12–6 3–9 7–10 4–14 9–9 5–7 8–4 3–9 5–7 8–10 4–8
San Francisco 7–11 4–8 12–6 11–7 4–14 5–7 4–8 6–6 3–9 10–8 5–7
St. Louis 8–4 10–8 4–8 6–6 6–6 8–10 11–7 11–7–1 7–11 8–4 7–5


Opening Day startersEdit

Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1979 St. Louis Cardinals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

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
1B Keith Hernandez 161 610 210 .344 11 105
LF Lou Brock 120 405 123 .304 5 38

Other battersEdit

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Mike Phillips 44 97 22 .227 1 6
Roger Freed 34 31 8 .258 2 8
Jim Lentine 11 23 9 .391 0 1
Tom Grieve 9 15 3 .200 0 0
Mike Dimmel 6 3 1 .333 0 0

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bob Forsch 33 218.2 11 11 3.83 92
Silvio Martínez 32 206.2 15 8 3.27 102
John Denny 31 206 8 11 4.85 99
John Fulgham 20 146 10 6 2.53 75
Bob Sykes 13 67 4 3 6.18 35

Other pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Darold Knowles 48 2 5 6 4.07 22
Tom Bruno 27 2 3 0 4.23 27
George Frazier 25 2 4 0 4.45 14
Kim Seaman 1 0 0 0 0.00 3

Awards and honorsEdit

League recordsEdit

  • Garry Templeton, National League record, league leader in triples for three consecutive seasons[9]

League leadersEdit

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kim Seaman page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Bill Mooneyham page at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ Darold Knowles page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Benny Ayala page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Will McEnaney page at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/roster.php?y=1979&t=SLN
  7. ^ Andy Van Slyke page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/awards/aw_hut.shtml
  9. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 95, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0

External linksEdit