1979 player cards for Payoff Pitch Baseball. This set includes L/R splits on the player cards.
The 1979 MLB season included a great season of firsts and history. Houston Astro Ken Forsch blanked the Atlanta Braves on April 7th, pitching the earliest no-hitter in a season. His brother Bob Forsch, of the St. Louis Cardinals, had hurled a no-hitter in 1978 making them the first brothers to each toss a no-hitter in the major leagues.
Texas Ranger Oscar Gamble led the America League and all MLB hitters with a .358 batting average, while J.R. Richards (Houston Astros) led all MLB pitchers with a 2.71 ERA while posting a win-loss record of 18-13.
Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski gets his 3000th career hit off of Yankee Jim Beattie and also hit his 400th career home run at Fenway Park. Lou Brock also reached 3,000 hits at the expense of the Cubs’ Dennis Lamp at Busch Memorial Stadium. In the American League, there was a tie for Rookie of the Year, John Castino of the Minnesota Twins and Alfredo Griffin of the Toronto Blue Jays were named as co-winners, each garnering 7 votes.
The National League Rookie of the Year was Rick Sutcliffe of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sutcliffe posted a 17-10 record with a 3.46 ERA for a sub-.500 team and received 20 of 24 votes. The Cy Young award winners were Mike Flanagan of the Baltimore Orioles in the AL, and Bruce Sutter of the Chicago Cubs in the NL.
The National League MVP was another tie between Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Keith Hernandez of the St. Louis Cardinals, while the American League’s MVP was Don Baylor of the California Angels.
The 1979 Playoffs found the American League East Baltimore Orioles (102-57) taking on the California Angels (88-74). The Orioles took the first two games at home and split the next two at Anaheim Stadium to advance to the World Series. The National League East Pittsburgh Pirates (98-64) played the National League West Cincinnati Reds (90-71) with the Pirates winning two at Riverfront Stadium, both in extra innings, and winning the first game at home for the sweep and National League Championship.
The 1979 World Series was a classic. Baltimore and Pittsburgh would split the first two games in Baltimore. The Orioles would leap out to a 3 to 1 lead by winning the first two at Pittsburgh and looked poised to finish off the Pirates needing just one more win. They never got it; however, as the We are Family Pirates stormed back winning the pivotal game seven on the back of Willie Stargells 4 hits, including a towering two run home run (the third homer of the World Series) in the sixth inning off of Scott McGregor. That would be all that was needed, though the Pirates did add 2 more in the top of the 9th inning to take game seven 4 to 1. Pittsburgh outscored Baltimore 15 to 2 in the last three games. Stargell would be named MVP of the World Series.