1979 St. Louis Cardinals
St Louis Cardinals Cap Insignia.svg
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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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.

Offseason

Regular season

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 standings

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. opponents


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 starters

Notable transactions

Roster

1979 St. Louis Cardinals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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 Ted Simmons 123 448 127 .283 26 87
1B Keith Hernandez 161 610 210 .344 11 105
2B Ken Oberkfell 135 369 111 .301 1 35
SS Garry Templeton 154 672 211 .314 9 62
3B Ken Reitz 159 605 162 .268 8 73
LF Lou Brock 120 405 123 .304 5 38
CF Tony Scott 153 587 152 .259 6 68
RF George Hendrick 140 493 148 .300 16 75

Other batters

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
Jerry Mumphrey 124 339 100 .295 3 32
Mike Tyson 75 190 42 .221 5 20
Dane Iorg 79 179 52 .291 1 21
Terry Kennedy 33 109 31 .284 2 17
Mike Phillips 44 97 22 .227 1 6
Steve Swisher 38 73 11 .151 1 3
Bernie Carbo 52 64 18 .281 3 12
Roger Freed 34 31 8 .258 2 8
Jim Lentine 11 23 9 .391 0 1
Tom Grieve 9 15 3 .200 0 0
Keith Smith 6 13 3 .231 0 0
Tom Herr 14 10 2 .200 0 1
Mike Dimmel 6 3 1 .333 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Pete Vuckovich 34 233.0 15 10 3.59 145
Bob Forsch 33 218.2 11 11 3.83 92
Silvio Martínez 32 206.2 15 8 3.27 102
John Denny 31 206.0 8 11 4.85 99
John Fulgham 20 146.0 10 6 2.53 75
Bob Sykes 13 67.0 4 3 6.18 35

Other pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Roy Thomas 26 77.0 3 4 2.92 44
John Urrea 3 11.1 0 0 3.97 5

Relief pitchers

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Mark Littell 63 9 4 13 2.19 67
Darold Knowles 48 2 5 6 4.07 22
Will McEnaney 45 0 3 2 2.95 15
Buddy Schultz 31 4 3 3 4.46 38
Tom Bruno 27 2 3 0 4.23 27
George Frazier 25 2 4 0 4.45 14
Dan O'Brien 6 1 1 0 8.18 5
Kim Seaman 1 0 0 0 0.00 3

Awards and honors

League records

League leaders

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Springfield Redbirds American Association Hal Lanier
AA Arkansas Travelers Texas League Tommy Thompson
A St. Petersburg Cardinals Florida State League Sonny Ruberto
A Gastonia Cardinals Western Carolinas League Johnny Lewis
Rookie Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League Nick Leyva

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Arkansas

References

  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. ^ "1979 St. Louis Cardinals Roster by Baseball Almanac".
  7. ^ Andy Van Slyke page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ "Hutch Award | Baseball Almanac".
  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