1987 player cards for Payoff Pitch Baseball. This set includes L/R splits on the player cards.
Minnesota edged St. Louis in a wild World Series that saw Minnesota win the first two games and then lose the next three in St. Louis. Minnesota would win the final two games at home to take the 1987 crown. Each game was won by the home team. Toronto’s George Bell (.308, 47 HR, 134 RBI) and Chicago’s Andre Dawson (.287, 49 HR, 137 RBI, 11 SB) won American and National League ‘s Most Valuable Player awards. Oakland’s Mark McGwire batted .289 and led the American League with 49 home runs, capturing the junior circuit’s Rookie of the Year award. In the National League, San Diego’s Benito Santiago won the award by batting .300 with 18 homers and 21 stolen bases. Philadelphia reliever Steve Bedrosian (5-3, 40 saves, 2.83 ERA) won the National League Cy Young award while Boston’s Roger Clemens won his second consecutive Cy Young award in the American League. Philadelphia’s Mike Schmidt smashed his 500th career home run on April 17 and finished the season with 35. He would hit just 18 more HR in 1988 and 1989 combined before retiring. On September 9, Nolan Ryan would record his 4,500th strike out while striking out 16 batters in the game. Nine days later, Darrell Evans hit his 30th HR of the season and became the first player to do so after age 40.