IN THE NEWS: Needing a win to go into first place in the National League West, the Reds lose to Nolan Ryan and the Astros, 8–1. Houston wins two out of three with the Reds to finish first by 1.5 games.
IN THE NEWS: In Cincinnati, Bob Horner homers twice and scores the winning run on Ron Oester's 8th-inning throwing error to give the Braves a 4–3 win over the Reds and give the Astros the 2nd-half title in the National League West. Cincinnati, which lost the first-half title to the Dodgers by one-half game, will finish with the best overall record (66-42) in the major leagues, but will not make the playoffs.
The Mets lose 5–4 to the Expos, though New York's Mike Cubbage hits an 8th inning home run, off Jeff Reardon. It is Cubbage's last ML at bat.
The Brewers (since 1970) and Expos (1969) clinch their first-ever post-season appearances. Milwaukee beats Detroit 2–1 to wrap up the 2nd-half title in the American League East, while Montreal edges New York 5–4 to win the NL East's 2nd playoff spot.
IN THE NEWS: The Expos down Philly 3–1 in Game One of the National League Eastern Division playoff.
Ron Davis and Goose Gossage provide a 1-2 relief punch that Milwaukee cannot survive, losing to the Yankees 5–3 in the opening game of the American League Eastern Division playoff.
Houston pitching continues to sparkle as three pitchers combine to shut out the Dodgers for 11 innings, resulting in a 1–0 Astro victory, and putting Houston up two games to none in the-best-of-5 series.
Another series of excellent pitching: the A's Steve McCatty goes the distance in a 2–1 win over the Royals.
IN THE NEWS: In game two of the ALCS, Yankee Graig Nettles singles twice in a 7-run 4th inning to become the first player ever to collect two hits in one inning in LCS play. New York sets LCS records for runs and hits (19) in a 13–3 rout of Oakland.
IN THE NEWS: In game five of the NLCS, Rick Monday hits a solo home run with two out in the top of the 9th against Montreal's Steve Rogers to give Los Angeles a 2–1 victory and a trip to the World Series. The loss, played in bitterly cold conditions in Montreal, will be known as Blue Monday.
IN THE NEWS: In a World Series rematch of the 1978 teams, the Yankees take Game One over the Dodgers 5–3. Bob Watson's 3-run homer in the first is the big blow as Ron Guidry goes seven innings for the win. Goose Gossage closes down a Dodger rally in the 8th.
In a little-noted trade, the Cardinals and Yankees swap minor leaguers; New York receives lefty Bob Sykes, while the Cardinals get 22-year-old outfielder Willie McGee. Sykes's arm troubles will reoccur, and he'll last one more season in the minors.
IN THE NEWS: Despite an uncharacteristic poor performance (9 hits, seven walks) Fernando Valenzuela goes the distance in the Dodgers' 5–4 come-from-behind win. The deciding run scores on a double play. Starter Dave Righetti lasts just two innings, walking two and allowing five hits, but reliever George Frazier takes the loss. Ron Cey has a 3-run homer for LA. Starters Valenzuela and Righetti are the first two Rookies of the Year to oppose each other in the World Series since Willie Mays and Gil McDougald in 1951.
Joe Torre signs a 3-year contract to manage the Braves.
IN THE NEWS: Pedro Guerrero drives in five runs and the Bert Hooton and the Dodgers beat the Yankees 9–2 to win the World Series in six games. In a remarkable post season, the Dodgers came from behind to win three series (down 2–0 to Houston and 2–1 to Montreal in the best-of-5 series). Guerrero, Ron Cey, and Steve Yeager (2 home runs) are named co-MVPs, while OF Dave Winfield and relief pitcher George Frazier are the goats for New York. Winfield was just 1-for-21, while Frazier tied a World Series record by losing three games. The record was set by the White Sox Lefty Williams in 1919, but Williams, one of the eight "Black Sox," probably was losing on purpose.
IN THE NEWS: Bill Giles, the Phillies vice president for the past 11 years, heads a group of investors which purchases the club for just over $30 million, the highest price paid to date for a ML club. Giles is the son of longtime National League president Warren C. Giles.