1986 Major League Baseball season

The 1986 Major League Baseball season saw the New York Mets win their second World Series title, their first since 1969.

1986 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 7 – October 27, 1986
Top draft pickJeff King
Picked byPittsburgh Pirates
Regular Season
Season MVPAL: Roger Clemens (BOS)
NL: Mike Schmidt (PHI)
League Postseason
AL championsBoston Red Sox
  AL runners-upCalifornia Angels
NL championsNew York Mets
  NL runners-upHouston Astros
World Series
ChampionsNew York Mets
  Runners-upBoston Red Sox
Finals MVPRay Knight (NYM)

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVG Wade Boggs BOS .357 Tim Raines MTL .334
HR Jesse Barfield TOR 40 Mike Schmidt PHI 37
RBI Joe Carter CLE 121 Mike Schmidt PHI 119
Wins Roger Clemens BOS 24 Fernando Valenzuela LA 21
ERA Roger Clemens BOS 2.48 Mike Scott HOU 2.22
SO Mark Langston SEA 245 Mike Scott HOU 306
SV Dave Righetti NYY 46 Todd Worrell STL 36
SB Rickey Henderson NYY 87 Vince Coleman STL 107

Major league baseball final standings

American League

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 95 66 0.590 51–30 44–36
New York Yankees 90 72 0.556 41–39 49–33
Detroit Tigers 87 75 0.537 49–32 38–43
Toronto Blue Jays 86 76 0.531 42–39 44–37
Cleveland Indians 84 78 0.519 11½ 45–35 39–43
Milwaukee Brewers 77 84 0.478 18 41–39 36–45
Baltimore Orioles 73 89 0.451 22½ 37–42 36–47
AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
California Angels 92 70 0.568 50–32 42–38
Texas Rangers 87 75 0.537 5 51–30 36–45
Kansas City Royals 76 86 0.469 16 45–36 31–50
Oakland Athletics 76 86 0.469 16 47–36 29–50
Chicago White Sox 72 90 0.444 20 41–40 31–50
Minnesota Twins 71 91 0.438 21 43–38 28–53
Seattle Mariners 67 95 0.414 25 41–41 26–54

National League

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Mets 108 54 0.667 55–26 53–28
Philadelphia Phillies 86 75 0.534 21½ 49–31 37–44
St. Louis Cardinals 79 82 0.491 28½ 42–39 37–43
Montreal Expos 78 83 0.484 29½ 36–44 42–39
Chicago Cubs 70 90 0.438 37 42–38 28–52
Pittsburgh Pirates 64 98 0.395 44 31–50 33–48
NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Houston Astros 96 66 0.593 52–29 44–37
Cincinnati Reds 86 76 0.531 10 43–38 43–38
San Francisco Giants 83 79 0.512 13 46–35 37–44
San Diego Padres 74 88 0.457 22 43–38 31–50
Los Angeles Dodgers 73 89 0.451 23 46–35 27–54
Atlanta Braves 72 89 0.447 23½ 41–40 31–49


  League Championship Series
World Series
East Boston 4  
West California 3  
    AL Boston 3
  NL NY Mets 4
East NY Mets 4
West Houston 2  


American League

Team Manager Notes
Baltimore Orioles Earl Weaver
Boston Red Sox John McNamara Won American League Pennant
California Angels Gene Mauch
Chicago White Sox Tony La Russa, Doug Rader, Jim Fregosi
Cleveland Indians Pat Corrales
Detroit Tigers Sparky Anderson
Kansas City Royals Dick Howser, Mike Ferraro
Milwaukee Brewers George Bamberger, Tom Trebelhorn
Minnesota Twins Ray Miller, Tom Kelly
New York Yankees Lou Piniella
Oakland Athletics Jackie Moore, Jeff Newman, Tony La Russa
Seattle Mariners Chuck Cottier, Marty Martínez, Dick Williams
Texas Rangers Bobby Valentine
Toronto Blue Jays Jimy Williams

National League

Team Manager Notes
Atlanta Braves Chuck Tanner
Chicago Cubs Jim Frey, John Vukovich, Gene Michael
Cincinnati Reds Pete Rose
Houston Astros Hal Lanier
Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda
Montreal Expos Buck Rodgers
New York Mets Davey Johnson Won World Series
Philadelphia Phillies John Felske
Pittsburgh Pirates Jim Leyland
St. Louis Cardinals Whitey Herzog
San Diego Padres Steve Boros
San Francisco Giants Roger Craig

Television coverage

Network Day of week Announcers
ABC Monday nights
Sunday afternoons
Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, Tim McCarver, Keith Jackson, Don Drysdale
NBC Saturday afternoons Vin Scully, Joe Garagiola, Bob Costas, Tony Kubek


External links


  1. ^ Crossman, Matt. "Parallel Pain". sportsonearth.com. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  2. ^ http://espn.go.com/classic/s/add_Clemens_Roger.html
  3. ^ Jaffe, Chris. "Wednesday, June 06, 2012 50th anniversary: LaRussa goes pro". HardballTimes.com. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
1986 Atlanta Braves season

The 1986 Atlanta Braves season was the 116th in franchise history and their 21st in Atlanta.

1986 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1986 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing 7th in the American League East with a record of 73 wins and 89 losses. On August 5th, the Orioles were in second place with a record of 59-47, just 2.5 games out of first place, but the Orioles would lose 42 of their final 56 games to finish in last place in the AL East.

1986 California Angels season

The California Angels' 1986 season was the franchise's 26th season and ended with the Angels losing the American League Championship Series in dramatic fashion.

The regular season ended with the Angels finishing 1st in the American League West with a record of 92-70, earning the franchise's third division title. After jumping to a 3-1 series lead over the Boston Red Sox in the best-of-seven ALCS, the Angels blew a 3-run lead in the 9th inning of Game 5 that included giving up a two-out, two-strike home run to Boston's Dave Henderson (in other words, the Angels were 1 strike away from the World Series). The Angels went on to lose Game 5 in extra innings, and eventually lost the next two games and the series.

After 1986, the Angels went into a lengthy playoff drought, not returning to the postseason until their championship season of 2002 (though they did come close in 1995). They would not win a division title again until 2004.

1986 Chicago Cubs season

The 1986 Chicago Cubs season was the 115th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 111th in the National League and the 71st at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fifth in the National League East with a record of 70–90.

1986 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 1986 season was a season in American baseball. It consisted of the Cincinnati Reds attempting to win the National League West, although falling short in second place behind the Houston Astros.

1986 Detroit Tigers season

The Detroit Tigers' 1986 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Detroit Tigers attempting to win the AL East.

1986 Kansas City Royals season

The 1986 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing 3rd in the American League West with a record of 76 wins and 86 losses.

1986 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1986 Los Angeles Dodgers finished the season in fifth place in the Western Division of the National League.

1986 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1986 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 57th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 15, 1986, at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas, the home of the Houston Astros of the National League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 3-2 and ended a streak where the NL won 13 of the last 14 games. Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens was named the Most Valuable Player.

1986 Major League Baseball draft

The 1986 Major League Baseball Draft was the 22nd MLB draft that took place in 1986. During this draft 21 future all-stars were drafted including, Greg Swindell, Matt Williams, Kevin Brown, Gary Sheffield, Roberto Hernández, Jack Armstrong, Dean Palmer, Scott Cooper, Kent Bottenfield, Bo Jackson, Joe Girardi, Pat Hentgen, Tom Gordon, Steve Finley, Rod Beck, Chuck Knoblauch, Rick Reed, Paul Quantrill, John Olerud, Scott Erickson and Todd Jones.

1986 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 1986 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the A's finishing 3rd in the American League West with a record of 76 wins and 86 losses.

1986 San Diego Padres season

The 1986 San Diego Padres season was the 18th season in franchise history.

1986 San Francisco Giants season

The 1986 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 104th season in Major League Baseball, their 29th season in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 27th at Candlestick Park. The team finished in third place in the National League West with an 83-79 record, 13 games behind the Houston Astros.

1986 Seattle Mariners season

The Seattle Mariners 1986 season was their tenth since the franchise creation, and ended the season finishing 7th in the American League West with a record of 67–95 (.414).

1986 St. Louis Cardinals season

The 1986 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 105th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 95th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 79-82 during the season and finished 3rd in the National League East division.

1986 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 1986 season involved the Rangers finishing 2nd in the American League west with a record of 87 wins and 75 losses.

Let's Go Mets Go

"Let's Go Mets Go!" (also entitled "Let's Go Mets!") was the rally song of the 1986 World Series champion New York Mets baseball team. The song was the creation of famed advertiser Jerry Della Femina and two of his executives, Bob Sherman and Jon Olken. The idea for the song was conceived in July 1986, when the Mets had a powerful lead in the National League East, and the pennant seemed predictable. "Let's Go Mets Go" was composed and produced by Shelly Palmer, and lead vocals were performed by Tom Bernfeld, and was released by Vestron Records.A video was also produced, featuring Mets players, coaches and fans, along with a cameo appearance by Joe Piscopo. The video and song was debuted on August 27, 1986, at a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The video was produced by Vestron Video, who released it on VHS with a "making of" of the music video included.

Michael Sergio

Michael Sergio is an actor, most famous for parachuting into Shea Stadium during Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, wearing a sign proclaiming "Let's Go Mets". Immediately arrested, Sergio spent a short time in jail because he would not reveal the name of the pilot who flew him over Queens that evening. Senator Al D'Amato later intervened on his behalf, and Sergio was released.Sergio won a Daytime Emmy for directing the Ringling Bros. 1996 TV Circus Special and was nominated for an Emmy for Creating the Wizard of Oz on Ice.

Sergio also wrote and directed the independent feature Under Hellgate Bridge, featuring The Sopranos regulars Dominic Chianese, Vincent Pastore, and Frank Vincent.

He had a role as "Rick" in the 1983 cult classic slasher film The House on Sorority Row.

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