1979 Milwaukee Brewers season

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1979 Milwaukee Brewers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Bud Selig
General manager(s)Harry Dalton
Manager(s)George Bamberger
Local televisionWTMJ-TV
(Merle Harmon, Bob Uecker, Mike Hegan)
Local radio620 WTMJ
(Merle Harmon, Bob Uecker)
StatsESPN.com
BB-reference
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The 1979 Milwaukee Brewers season involved the Brewers' finishing second in the American League East with a record of 95 wins and 66 losses. They scored at least one run in each of their first 160 games of the season, and were shutout (losing 5-0 to Minnesota) only in the 161-st game which was to be their last game of the season.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Gorman Thomas enjoyed his best season in the majors, compiling career high numbers in home runs (45, tops in the AL), RBI (123), runs scored (97), hits (136), doubles (29), walks (98), on-base percentage (.356), total bases (300), slugging average (.539) and OPS (.895).

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 102 57 0.642 55–24 47–33
Milwaukee Brewers 95 66 0.590 8 52–29 43–37
Boston Red Sox 91 69 0.569 11½ 51–29 40–40
New York Yankees 89 71 0.556 13½ 51–30 38–41
Detroit Tigers 85 76 0.528 18 46–34 39–42
Cleveland Indians 81 80 0.503 22 47–34 34–46
Toronto Blue Jays 53 109 0.327 50½ 32–49 21–60

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1979 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 8–5 9–3 8–3 8–5 7–6 6–6 8–5 8–4 5–6 8–4 10–2 6–6 11–2
Boston 5–8 5–7 5–6 6–7 8–5 8–4 8–4 9–3 5–8 9–3 8–4 6–6 9–4
California 3–9 7–5 9–4 6–6 4–8 7–6 7–5 9–4 7–5 10–3 7–6 5–8 7–5
Chicago 3–8 6–5 4–9 6–6 3–9 5–8 5–7 5–8 4–8 9–4 5–8 11–2 7–5
Cleveland 5–8 7–6 6–6 6–6 6–6 6–6 4–9 8–4 5–8 8–4 7–5 5–7 8–5
Detroit 6–7 5–8 8–4 9–3 6–6 5–7 6–7 4–8 7–6 7–5 7–5 6–6 9–4
Kansas City 6–6 4–8 6–7 8–5 6–6 7–5 5–7 7–6 5–7 9–4 7–6 6–7 9–3
Milwaukee 5–8 4–8 5–7 7–5 9–4 7–6 7–5 8–4 9–4 6–6 9–3 9–3 10–3
Minnesota 4–8 3–9 4–9 8–5 4–8 8–4 6–7 4–8 7–5 9–4 10–3 4–9 11–1
New York 6–5 8–5 5–7 8–4 8–5 6–7 7–5 4–9 5–7 9–3 6–6 8–4 9–4
Oakland 4–8 3–9 3–10 4–9 4–8 5–7 4–9 6–6 4–9 3–9 8–5 2–11 4–8
Seattle 2–10 4–8 6–7 8–5 5–7 5–7 6–7 3–9 3–10 6–6 5–8 6–7 8–4
Texas 6–6 6–6 8–5 2–11 7–5 6–6 7–6 3–9 9–4 4–8 11–2 7–6 7–5
Toronto 2–11 4–9 5–7 5–7 5–8 4–9 3–9 3–10 1–11 4–9 8–4 4–8 5–7


Opening Day starters[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1979 Milwaukee Brewers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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
C Charlie Moore 111 337 101 .300 5 38
1B Cecil Cooper 150 590 182 .308 24 106
2B Paul Molitor 140 584 188 .322 9 62
SS Robin Yount 149 577 154 .267 8 51
3B Sal Bando 130 476 117 .246 9 43
LF Ben Oglivie 139 514 145 .282 29 81
CF Gorman Thomas 156 557 136 .244 45 123
RF Sixto Lezcano 138 473 152 .321 28 101
DH Dick Davis 91 335 89 .266 12 41

Other batters[edit]

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
Don Money 92 350 83 .237 6 38
Jim Gantner 70 208 59 .284 2 22
Buck Martinez 69 196 53 .270 4 26
Jim Wohlford 63 175 46 .263 1 17
Larry Hisle 26 96 27 .281 3 14
Ray Fosse 19 52 12 .231 0 2
Lenn Sakata 4 14 7 .500 0 1
Tim Nordbrook 2 2 1 .500 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Lary Sorensen 34 235.1 15 14 3.98 63
Mike Caldwell 30 235 16 6 3.29 89
Jim Slaton 32 213 15 9 3.63 80
Bill Travers 30 187.1 14 8 3.89 74
Moose Haas 29 184.2 11 11 4.78 95

Other pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Paul Mitchell 18 75 3 3 5.76 32

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Jerry Augustine 43 9 6 5 3.47 41
Bill Castro 39 3 1 6 2.03 10
Bob McClure 36 5 2 5 3.88 37
Bob Galasso 31 3 1 3 4.38 28
Reggie Cleveland 29 1 5 4 6.71 22
Dan Boitano 5 0 0 0 1.50 5
Andy Replogle 3 0 0 0 5.63 2
Lance Rautzhan 3 0 0 0 9.00 2
Sal Bando 1 0 0 0 6.00 0
Jim Gantner 1 0 0 0 0.00 0
Buck Martinez 1 0 0 0 9.00 0

Farm system[edit]

The Brewers' farm system consisted of five minor league affiliates in 1979.[6]

Level Team League Manager
Triple-A Vancouver Canadians Pacific Coast League John Felske
Double-A Holyoke Millers Eastern League George Farson
Class A Stockton Ports California League Lee Sigman
Class A Burlington Bees Midwest League Duane Espy
Rookie Butte Copper Kings Pioneer League Ken Richardson and Tom Gamboa

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Steve Lake page on Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Eduardo Rodríguez page on Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Vic Harris at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Dan Boitano at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Randy Stein at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ "1979 Milwaukee Brewers Minor League Affiliates". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved December 30, 2020.

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