1998 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1998 throughout the world.

List of years in baseball

Headline events of the year


Major League Baseball

  Division Series
League Championship Series
World Series
  East New York Yankees 3  
West Texas Rangers 0  
  East New York Yankees 4  
American League
  Cent. Cleveland Indians 2  
Cent. Cleveland Indians 3
  WC Boston Red Sox 1  
    AL New York Yankees 4
  NL San Diego Padres 0
  East Atlanta Braves 3  
WC Chicago Cubs 0  
  East Atlanta Braves 2
National League
  West San Diego Padres 4  
Cent. Houston Astros 1
  West San Diego Padres 3  

Other champions

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Bernie Williams NYY .339 Larry Walker COL .363
HR Ken Griffey, Jr. SEA 56 Mark McGwire STL 70
RBI Juan González TEX 157 Sammy Sosa CHC 158
Wins Roger Clemens TOR
David Cone NYY
Rick Helling TEX
20 Tom Glavine ATL 20
ERA Roger Clemens TOR 2.65 Greg Maddux ATL 2.22

Major league baseball final standings

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st New York Yankees 114 48 .704    --
2nd Boston Red Sox *   92 70 .568 22.0
3rd Toronto Blue Jays   88 74 .543 26.0
4th Baltimore Orioles   79 83 .488 35.0
5th Tampa Bay Devil Rays   63 99 .389 51.0
Central Division
1st Cleveland Indians   89 73 .549    --
2nd Chicago White Sox   80 82 .494   9.0
3rd Kansas City Royals   72 89 .447 16.5
4th Minnesota Twins   70 92 .432 19.0
5th Detroit Tigers   65 97 .401 24.0
West Division
1st Texas Rangers   88 74 .543    --
2nd Anaheim Angels   85 77 .525   3.0
3rd Seattle Mariners   76 85 .472 11.5
4th Oakland Athletics   74 88 .457 14.0
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Atlanta Braves 106   56 .654    --
2nd New York Mets   88   74 .543 18.0
3rd Philadelphia Phillies   75   87 .463 31.0
4th Montreal Expos   65   97 .401 41.0
5th Florida Marlins   54 108 .333 52.0
Central Division
1st Houston Astros 102   60 .630    --
2nd Chicago Cubs *   90   73 .552 12.5
3rd St. Louis Cardinals   83   79 .512 19.0
4th Cincinnati Reds   77   85 .475 25.0
5th Milwaukee Brewers   74   88 .457 28.0
6th Pittsburgh Pirates   69   93 .426 33.0
West Division
1st San Diego Padres   98   64 .605    --
2nd San Francisco Giants   89   74 .546   9.5
3rd Los Angeles Dodgers   83   79 .512 15.0
4th Colorado Rockies   77   85 .475 21.0
5th Arizona Diamondbacks   65   97 .401 33.0
  • The asterisk denotes the club that won the wild card for its respective league. The Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-3 in a one-game playoff to determine the NL wild card.



  • January 5 – Don Sutton, a 324-game winner, is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his fifth try. Sutton, who missed election by nine votes in 1997, is named on 81.6% of the ballots.




  • April 1 – The expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays win their first game in franchise history, beating the Tigers 11–8. Fred McGriff has four RBI on three hits.
  • April 2 – By hitting a home run in Colorado's 6–4 win over Arizona at Bank One Ballpark, Rockies outfielder Ellis Burks sets a major league record by having homered in 33 different stadiums.
  • April 2 – The Milwaukee Brewers win for the first time as a National League team with an 8-6 win over the Atlanta Braves in 11 innings at Turner Field in Atlanta. Jeromy Burnitz homers twice, including a tie-breaking grand slam off Atlanta reliever Brian Edmondson in the 11th inning. Mike Myers picked up the win in relief.
  • April 5 – The Arizona Diamondbacks win their first game in franchise history 3–2, over the San Francisco Giants. Andy Benes gets the win for the 1-5 Diamondbacks.
  • April 7 – In the first National League game in Milwaukee since September 22, 1965, the Brewers defeat the Montreal Expos 6–4 at County Stadium. Starter Scott Karl gets the win, Doug Jones gets the save, and Jeromy Burnitz and José Valentín both contribute with home runs.
  • April 10 – The Los Angeles Dodgers' Mike Piazza becomes the fifth NL player in history to hit grand slams in consecutive games by homering in a 7–2 win over the Houston Astros. Piazza also homered with the bags full, while driving in six runs, in the prior night's 7–2 win over Arizona. He would hit another on April 24 to tie the major-league record for slams in a month.
  • April 11 – Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martínez hurled a two-hit complete game shutout in his debut at Fenway Park, guiding the Boston Red Sox to a 5–0 victory over the visiting Seattle Mariners. Martínez stroke out 12 batters and walked only two, while Jim Leyritz led the Red Sox offense with a three-run home run in the third inning off Jamie Moyer. During the game, Dominican Republic flags showed up in the ballpark while chants of 'Pe-dro!, 'Pe-dro! were heard loud and clear in the stands. Besides, fans mounted the 'K' placards to mark Pedro's strikeouts. Afterwards, everyone in the largely Latino Jamaica Plain section of Boston started watching the Red Sox and going to the games.[2][3]
  • April 13 – The Seattle Mariners' Ken Griffey, Jr. slugs two home runs in a 6–5 loss to the Cleveland Indians. In doing so, he becomes the second–youngest player in big league history to reach 300 homers for his career, at 28 years and 143 days. Jimmie Foxx, at 27 years 328 days, was younger.


  • May 3 – The Seattle Mariners' Dan Wilson becomes just the seventh catcher in major league history to hit an inside-the-park grand slam, as Seattle defeats Detroit 10–6. It's a first for the Mariners and the first in the AL since Mike Greenwell did it on September 1, 1990.
  • May 6 – In one of the finest pitching efforts ever, Chicago Cubs rookie right-hander Kerry Wood fans 20 Houston Astros in a 2–0, one-hit victory to tie the major league mark for strikeouts in a 9-inning game. The 20-year-old ties the record held by Roger Clemens, who performed the feat twice. He also eclipses Bill Gullickson's single-game rookie record of 18 strikeouts in 1980. The only Houston baserunners come from an infield single to Ricky Gutiérrez in the 3rd inning and a hit batter. Wood also becomes the second pitcher in baseball history to record a single-game strikeout total equal to his age (in 1936, 17-year-old Bob Feller struck out 17 batters). Wood strikes out the first five batters of the game, and seven in a row between the 7th and 9th innings, tying Jamie Moyer's Cubs record for most consecutive strikeouts.
  • May 11 – In a 4-2 win over Arizona, Kerry Wood strikes out 13 Diamondbacks in seven innings. By doing so, Wood sets a major league record with 33 strikeouts over two consecutive games.
  • May 13 – The Atlanta Braves set an NL record by homering in their 25th straight game, a 10–2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. This ties the major league mark held by the 1941 Yankees and the 1994 Tigers. The streak will be stopped by the Cardinals the next day.
  • May 15 – In one of the biggest trades in recent years, the Dodgers send All-Star catcher Mike Piazza and third baseman Todd Zeile to the Florida Marlins in exchange for outfielders Gary Sheffield and Jim Eisenreich, catcher Charles Johnson, third baseman Bobby Bonilla, and pitcher Manuel Barrios. On May 22, the Mets will acquire Piazza from the Marlins in exchange for outfielder Preston Wilson, pitcher Ed Yarnall and a minor league player.
  • May 17 – Yankees pitcher David Wells hurls the 15th perfect game in modern major league history with a 4–0 win over the Minnesota Twins. Wells fans 11 batters in his masterpiece. Bernie Williams strokes three hits for New York, including a home run.
  • May 18 – The Oakland Athletics' Mike Blowers hits for the cycle and drives home four runs in the A's 14–0 win over the White Sox. Blowers becomes only the 2nd player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
  • May 19 – The Cardinals' Mark McGwire hits three home runs in a game for the 2nd time this season, leading St. Louis to a 10–8 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. He is only the 12th player in history to have a pair of 3–HR games in the same season. McGwire drives in six of the Cardinal runs as he reaches the 20 home run mark faster than any other player in history.
  • May 20 – The Triple-A Indianapolis Indians perform a feat possibly never before duplicated in professional baseball. In the 5th inning of a game against the Pawtucket Red Sox, Indianapolis players hit for a "Homer Cycle". Pete Rose, Jr. opens the inning with a solo home run, Jason Williams connects for a 3–run shot, Glenn Murray slugs a grand slam, and Guillermo Garcia finishes the scoring with a 2–run blast. The Indians win the game 11–4.
  • May 25 – Cleveland's David Bell becomes the third player in major league history to play against a team managed by his father. Bell's 2–run double brings home the go–ahead run in the Indians 7–4 win over Buddy Bell's Detroit Tigers. Bump Wills and Moisés Alou are the only other players to appear in games against their fathers (Maury Wills and Felipe Alou, respectively).
  • May 28 – With Arizona leading the Giants, 8–6, in the bottom of the 9th with the bases loaded, manager Buck Showalter orders reliever Gregg Olson to intentionally walk Barry Bonds to bring home the Giants' 7th run. It is only the 4th bases–loaded intentional walk in major league history, and the first since Bill "Swish" Nicholson on July 23, 1944.


  • June 6 – Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan has his uniform number 8 retired by the Cincinnati Reds in a ceremony at Cinergy Field.
  • June 7 – At Camden Yards, Hall of Famer Eddie Murray has his uniform number 33 retired by the Baltimore Orioles.
  • June 10 – Colorado's Dante Bichette becomes the first Rockies player ever to hit for the cycle and the first player to ever hit for the cycle in an interleague game in the team's 9–8, 10–inning victory over the Rangers.
  • June 10 – New York Yankees outfielder Tim Raines steals the 800th base of his career in the Yankees 6–2 win over the Montreal Expos, his former team. Besides, Raines became the fifth player in Major League Baseball history to reach the milestone.
  • June 15 – Sammy Sosa hits three home runs, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5.
  • June 20 :
    • The Cleveland Indians retire Bob Feller's uniform number 19 prior to the team's 5–3 loss to the Yankees.
    • Uniquely, no major league games are scheduled today: all 30 teams are off.
  • June 30 – The Chicago Cubs' Sammy Sosa hits his 33rd home run of the season in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Sosa's 20th home run in the month of June is a new MLB record for most home runs in one month.





  • October 3 – The Atlanta Braves defeated the Chicago Cubs in the National League Division Series.
  • October 21 – The New York Yankees win the World Series, sweeping the San Diego Padres in four straight games. Yankees third baseman Scott Brosius is named the Series MVP. New York end the season with a major league record 125 combined regular season and postseason wins.
  • Tom Glavine of the Atlanta Braves wins his second National League Cy Young Award in an extremely close vote over two San Diego Padres pitchers: Trevor Hoffman and Kevin Brown. Glavine, who receives 11 first-place votes to Hoffman's 13 (Brown receives the remaining 8), becomes the first National League pitcher since the league instituted its four-vote system in 1970 to win the award despite receiving fewer first-place votes than another player. Glavine tallied 99 points (Hoffman – 88, Brown – 76), with 5 points being awarded for each first place vote, 3 for each second-place vote, 2 for third, and 1 for fourth. Another oddity is the fact that Hoffman, Brown, and Rod Beck (who did not receive a single point in the Cy Young Award voting) finished higher than Glavine in the MVP voting, despite Glavine's Braves finishing with the best record in the National League.[1]



  • December 12 – The Los Angeles Dodgers set the salary bar higher by signing free agent pitcher Kevin Brown to a seven-year, $105 million contract, the largest in the majors.





  • January   3 – Wayne Ambler, 82, middle infielder who played from 1937 through 1939 for the Philadelphia Athletics, whose baseball career was interrupted by wartime service in the armed forces.
  • January   6 – Ronny Miller, 79, pitcher who appeared in one game for the 1941 Washington Senators before joining military service during World War II.
  • January   7 – Hiker Moran, 86, pitcher for the Boston Bees in the 1938 and 1939 seasons.
  • January 11 – Joe Becker, 89, catcher for the Cleveland Indians from 1936–1937, later a pitching coach for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs.
  • January 29 – Anna Mae Hutchison, 72, two-time All-Star pitcher who posted several all-time and single-season records in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
  • January 30 – Lucille Colacito, 76, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League catcher for the Kenosha Comets from 1944 through 1945.


  • February   5 – Marv Olson, 90, second baseman who played in the early 1930s for the Boston Red Sox.
  • February   8 – Betty Foss, 68, All-Star infielder and two-time champion bat in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
  • February   9 – Bill Froats, 67, pitcher who played for the Detroit Tigers in the 1955 season.
  • February 11 – Mike Fornieles, 66, Cuban All-Star relief pitcher who played from 1952 through 1963 for five teams, spending just over half his 12-year career with the Boston Red Sox, where he achieved his greatest success, including the 1960 season in which he tied for the American League lead in saves, led in games pitched, and won the inaugural Sporting News Fireman of the Year Award.
  • February 18 – Harry Caray, 83, beloved and much-parodied broadcaster for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs since 1945.
  • February 23 – Ray Stoviak, 82, backup outfielder in 10 games for the 1938 Philadelphia Phillies.
  • February 25 – Joe Gallagher, 83, outfielder who played from 1939 to 1940 for the New York Yankees, St. Louis Browns and Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • February 27 – Carlos Ascanio, 79, steady first baseman for the 1946 New York Black Yankees, who is regarded as the only Venezuelan ballplayer to perform in the Negro Leagues.[5]


  • March   5 – Slick Castleman, 84, pitcher who played from 1934 through 1939 for the New York Giants, including the National League Champion team that lost to the New York Yankees in six games in the 1936 World Series.
  • March   6 – Frank Barrett, 84, reliever who saw most of his work in the majors during World War II, while pitching sporadically during 12 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals (1939), Boston Red Sox (1944–1945), Boston Braves (1946) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1950).
  • March 10 – Ed Walczak, 82, second baseman who played briefly for the Philadelphia Phillies during the 1945 season.
  • March 17 – Milo Candini, 80, pitcher who played for the Washington Senators in all or part of eight seasons spanning 1943–1949, before joining the stunning Philadelphia Phillies Whiz Kids in 1950 and 1951.
  • March 23 – Joseph Jessup, 83, pitcher in the Negro leagues from 1940 to 1948.
  • March 29 – Dick Phillips, 66, first baseman for the San Francisco Giants and Washington Senators in a span of four seasons between 1962 and 1966, who previously won the 1961 Pacific Coast League MVP Award, and later scouted for the Pittsburgh Pirates and managed in the Minor League systems of the Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers.


  • April   1 – Dave Smith, 83, pitcher who played from 1938 to 1939 with the Philadelphia Athletics.
  • April   6 – John Wyatt, 62, All-Star pitcher who played nine seasons for five American League clubs, as well as a member of the Boston Red Sox during their 1967 World Series season, where he was the winning pitcher in Game 6.
  • April 11 – Doris Tetzlaff, 77, infielder and coach during ten seasons in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
  • April 13 – Jack Bolling, 81, first baseman who played with the 1939 Philadelphia Phillies and the 1944 Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • April 13 – Randy Brown, 54, backup catcher for the California Angels in the 1969 and 1970 seasons.
  • April 18 – Walter Sessi, 79, outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1941 and 1946 seasons, one of many players who missed many years of his career due to serving in the military during World War II.
  • April 26 – Gabe Paul, 88, general manager of the Cincinnati Reds, Houston Colt .45s, and Cleveland Indians from 1951 to 1973, later part owner of the New York Yankees.
  • April 27 – John Irvin Kennedy, 71, first African American ballplayer in Philadelphia Phillies history, while joining the club in its 1957 season.
  • April 29 – Ron Blackburn, 63, pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 1958 and 1959 seasons.


  • May   1 – Heinie Heltzel, 84, third baseman who played from 1943 to 1944 for the Boston Braves and Philadelphia Phillies.
  • May   2 – Johnny Grodzicki, 81, pitcher who played for the St. Louis Cardinals in all or part of three seasons spanning 1946–1947.
  • May   4 – Sam Gentile, 81, outfielder who played for the Boston Braves during its 1943 season
  • May   9 – Ray Noble, 79, Cuban catcher who spent 14 seasons in the Minor and Negro Leagues between 1945 and 1961, as well as three seasons with the New York Giants from 1951 to 1953.
  • May 14 – Bill Sodd, 83, pinch hitter who appeared in just one game for the Cleveland Indians in the 1937 season.
  • May 15 – Packy Rogers, 85, infielder who appeared in 23 games for the 1938 Brooklyn Dodgers and later managed in the Minor Leagues and scouted for the Minnesota Twins.
  • May 16 – Rufino Linares, 47, Dominican Republic left fielder for the Atlanta Braves who hit .298 for the 1982 division champion team.
  • May 22 – Fred Hatfield, 73, third baseman who played from 1950 through 1958 for five teams, most prominently with the Boston Red Sox between 1950 and 1952.
  • May 26 – Charlie White, 70, African American catcher who spent 16 years in baseball from 1950 to 1966, including 14 full seasons in the Negro Leagues and two in Major League Baseball with the Milwaukee Braves in 1954 and 1955.


  • June   4 – Shirley Povich, 92, sportswriter for The Washington Post since 1924.
  • June   7 – Tom Buskey, 51, relief pitcher who played from 1973 through 1980 for the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays.
  • June 10 – Jim Hearn, 77, All-Star pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Giants who won 17 games for New York's 1951 pennant winners.
  • June 11 – Harry Anderson, 66, outfielder and first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds from 1957 to 1961.
  • June 21 – Al Campanis, 81, general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1968 to 1987, previously a scout for the organization in a span of 18 years, who was fired after making racially controversial remarks during a 1987 Nightline interview.[6]


  • July   1 – Ed Connolly, 57, who pitched in the 1960s for the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians.
  • July   2 – Leon Brinkopf, 71, shortstop for the 1952 Chicago Cubs.
  • July   6 – Ed Sanicki, 74, outfielder in 20 games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1949 and 1951, who in his first Major League at-bat hit a three-run home run off Rip Sewell of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • July 13 – Red Badgro, 95, NFL Hall of Fame player, who also pursued an MLB career with the New York Yankees, New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers, between the 1927 and 1936 seasons.
  • July 16 – Jess Dobernic, 80, pitcher who played for the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds in part of three seasons between 1939 and 1949, whose baseball career was interrupted because of his military service during World War II.
  • July 19 – Elmer Valo, 77, Czech right fielder who batted .300 five times for the Philadelphia and Kansas City Athletics, and later worked as a minor league manager and scout.
  • July 27 – Bill Tuttle, 69, center fielder for three American League teams, who batted .300 for the 1959 Kansas City Athletics.


  • August   6 – Jack Brickhouse, 82, broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs from 1941 through 1981, as well with the Chicago White Sox for over 20 years.
  • August   9 – Ray Moss, 96, pitcher who played from 1926 to 1931 with the Brooklyn Robins and Boston Braves.
  • August 13 – Rafael Robles, 50, Dominican Republic shortstop best known as the first player to come to bat in San Diego Padres history, for whom he played in parts of three seasons between 1969 and 1972.
  • August 17 – Johnny Lipon, 75, shortstop for the Detroit Tigers, who scored 104 runs in the 1950 season and later managed in the minor leagues.
  • August 17 – Jim Murray, 79, sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times from 1961–1998, who earned a Pulitzer Prize and was named the nation's best sportswriter 14 times.
  • August 20 – Gene Host, 65, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers in 1956 and the Kansas City Athletics in 1957.
  • August 20 – Fred Sington, 88, outfielder who played from 1934 to 1939 for the Washington Senators and Brooklyn Dodgers.


  • September   7 – Earl Harrist, 79, pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, Washington Senators, St. Louis Browns and the Detroit Tigers in five seasons between 1945 and 1953.
  • September   9 – Jerry Zimmerman, 63, catcher who played all or part of eight seasons for the Cincinnati Reds and the Minnesota Twins from 1961 to 1968.
  • September 11 – Larry Bradford, 48, pitcher for the Atlanta Braves during three seasons between 1977 and 1981.
  • September 17 – Slim Emmerich, 78, pitcher for the New York Giants from 1945–1946.
  • September 17 – Chet Hoff, 107, pitcher for the New York Highlanders and St. Louis Browns, who became the longest-lived major league player.
  • September 30 – Dan Quisenberry, 45, All-Star relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals who led the AL in saves a record five times, posted the first 40-save season in history, and held an American League career record from 1987 to 1992, while ending twice as a Cy Young runnerup.


  • October   2 – Gene Autry, 91, owner of the Angels since their formation in 1961 who hoped in vain for the team's first pennant, watching the team fall achingly short three times.
  • October   4 – Lee Grissom, 90, All-Star pitcher who played from 1934 through 1941 for the Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies.
  • October   6 – Mark Belanger, 54, All-Star shortstop and eight-time Gold Glove winner for the Baltimore Orioles, and later a players' union official.
  • October 10 – Strick Shofner, 79, third baseman for the 1947 Boston Red Sox.
  • October 10 – El Tappe, 71, backup catcher who played for the Chicago Cubs in a span of 15 seasons from 1945–1962.
  • October 16 – Frank Carswell, 78, pitcher for the 1953 Detroit Tigers, who later became a successfully Minor League manager and scout, and was enshrined in the International League Hall of Fame.
  • October 14 – Denny Galehouse, 86, pitcher who won 109 games with the Indians, Red Sox and Browns, and Game 1 of 1944 World Series.
  • October 21 – Phil Haugstad, 74, pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds between 1947 and 1952.
  • October 30 – George Schmees, 74, first baseman/outfielder/pitcher for the St. Louis Browns and Boston Red Sox in the 1950s.
  • October 31 – Bob Thurman, 81, slugging outfielder in the Caribbean and Negro Leagues between the mid-1940s and early 1950s, and from 1956 through 1959 at the end of his career, in Major League Baseball with the Cincinnati Redlegs.


  • November   2 – Elmo Plaskett, 60, catcher who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1962 and 1963.
  • November 10 – Hal Newhouser, 77, Hall of Fame pitcher for the Detroit Tigers who won back-to-back MVP awards in 1944 and 1945, while topping the American League in wins four times as well as in ERA and strikeouts twice each, and leading Detroit to Game 7 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the 1945 World Series.
  • November 13 – Al Wright, 86, second baseman for the 1933 Boston Braves.
  • November 20 – Dick Sisler, 78, All-Star first baseman and left fielder for three National League teams, whose closing day home run brought the Philadelphia Phillies the 1950 pennant.
  • November 23 – Bob Betts, 70, public announcer at Milwaukee County Stadium for 23 seasons[7][8]
  • November 29 – Jim Turner, 95, All-Star pitcher who played from 1937 through 1958 for the Boston Bees, Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees, as well as a member of eight World Champion teams.
  • November 30 – Jesse Levan, 72, third baseman and outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1947 and the Washington Senators from 1954–1955, who bounced around in the Minor Leagues, where he won several batting titles.
  • November 30 – Ad Liska, 92, pitcher for the Washington Senators and Philadelphia Phillies from 1929–1933, who later went on to play 14 seasons for the Triple-A Portland Beavers, winning 15 or more games nine times.


  • December   2 – Ben Guintini, 79, backup outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1946 and the Philadelphia Athletics in 1950.
  • December   2 – Red Roberts, 80, backup infielder for the 1943 Washington Senators.
  • December 15 – Johnny Riddle, 93, catcher, manager and coach whose 33-year baseball career was unusual, as he played from 1927 through 1930 in the Minor Leagues, later played with five Major League teams in parts of seven seasons from 1930–1948, in between spent all or parts of three seasons as a player-manager in the Minor Leagues from 1942–1944, and later worked for 101⁄2 years as a coach in the National League for six teams between 1948 and 1959, while winning a World Series ring as the first base coach of the Milwaukee Braves in 1957.
  • December 16 - Johnny Gorsica, 83, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers during seven seasons between 1940 and 1947, also a member of the 1940 American League champion team who served in the United States Navy during World War II and missed the 1945 baseball season, when the Tigers won the World Series championship.
  • December 18 – Denny Galehouse, 87, pitcher who won 109 games with the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Browns in a span of 15 seasons from 1934–1949.
  • December 19 – Joe Mack, 86, first baseman for the 1945 Boston Braves.
  • December 20 – John Anderson, 69, pitcher who played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Colt .45's in three seasons between 1958 and 1962.
  • December 26 – Dewey Adkins, 80, pitcher for the Washington Senators and Chicago in part of three seasons between 1942 and 1949.
  • December 30 – Jack Graham, 82, backup first baseman and right fielder who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants and St. Louis Browns in part of two seasons from 1946–1949.


  1. ^ a b 1998 MLB Awards. Baseball Reference.
  2. ^ Lashnits, Tom (2006). Pedro Martínez. Chelsea House Publications. ISBN 978-0-7910-8840-1
  3. ^ Boston Red Sox 5, Seattle Mariners 0. Game Played on Saturday, April 11, 1998 (D) at Fenway Park. Retrosheet Box Score.
  4. ^ Randy Johnson statistics. Baseball Reference.
  5. ^ Venezuelan Ex-Negro Leaguer Dies. Associated Press. Retrieved on January 21, 2019.
  6. ^ ABC News videos archive
  7. ^ Betts, Brewers' stadium voice, dies. The Journal Times. Published on November 25, 1998. Retrieved on January 21, 2018.
  8. ^ PA announcer falls ill. Milwaukee Brewers website. Published on May 13, 2008. Retrieved on January 21, 2018.

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1997–98 Cuban National Series

Pinar del Río won its second straight Cuban National Series. Perennial cellar-dwellers Guantánamo and Ciego de Ávila made the playoffs, where they were promptly swept in three games.

1998 Atlanta Braves season

The 1998 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 33rd season in Atlanta and 128th overall. They went on to win their seventh consecutive division title, taking the National League East title by 18 games over the second place New York Mets.

The team featured six all stars: shortstop Walt Weiss and third baseman Chipper Jones were voted as starters, while first baseman Andrés Galarraga, catcher Javy López, and pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux were selected as reserves. Jones and Lopez each hit over 30 home runs as Galaragga (acquired from Colorado) led the club in home runs and RBI. Galaragga finished as an MVP candidate.

The 1998 Braves beat the Chicago Cubs three games to none in the National League Division Series. In the next round Atlanta then lost to the San Diego Padres in the National League Championship Series four games to two. Despite winning two games after losing the first three, Atlanta's comeback bid came short by being eliminated in game 6. San Diego's winning over Atlanta was seen as one of the biggest upsets in postseason history.

This team has earned a few historic accolades. ESPN writer David Schoenfield lists them as one of the top teams in MLB history to not win a World SeriesESPN columnist Jeff Merron also writes that the pitching staff of Maddux, Glavine, John Smoltz, Denny Neagle, and Kevin Millwood was the greatest of all time. The quintet posted a cumulative 2.97 ERA and amassed 88 wins (almost 18 wins per starter), equaling the win total of the 2nd place Mets. The 1998 Braves are the only team in MLB history to have five pitchers each strike out 150 batters in the same season. Glavine, the lone 20 game winner in the National League for that year, won the Cy Young Award.

1998 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting

Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1998 followed the system in use since 1995.

The Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from recent major league players and

elected Don Sutton.

The Veterans Committee met in closed sessions and selected four people from multiple classified ballots:

George Davis, Larry Doby, Lee MacPhail, and Bullet Rogan.

1998 Baseball World Cup

The 1998 Baseball World Cup took place in Italy from July 21 to August 2.

Participating countries (16 in total) were split in two groups, with the first four of each group qualifying for the finals. Cuba defeated South Korea in the final to win the tournament.

1998 Big League World Series

The 1998 Big League World Series took place from August 14–22 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States. Thousand Oaks, California defeated Venezuela in the championship game. This was the final BLWS held in Fort Lauderdale.

1998 Caribbean Series

The fortieth edition of the Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was held from February 4 through February 10 of 1998 with the champion baseball teams of the Dominican Republic, Águilas Cibaeñas; Mexico, Venados de Mazatlán; Puerto Rico, Indios de Mayagüez, and Venezuela, Cardenales de Lara. The format consisted of 12 games, each team facing the other teams twice, and the games were played at Estadio Alfonso Chico Carrasquel in Puerto la Cruz, Anzoátegui, Venezuela.

1998 International League season

The 1998 International League season took place from April to September 1998.

The Buffalo Bisons defeated the Durham Bulls to win the league championship.

1998 Japan Series

The 1998 Japan Series was the 49th edition of Nippon Professional Baseball's postseason championship series. The Seibu Lions represented the Pacific League, while the Yokohama BayStars represented the Central League. The BayStars won the series in six games, giving them their first Japan Series championship since 1960.

1998 Junior League World Series

The 1998 Junior League World Series took place from August 17–22 in Taylor, Michigan, United States. Mission Viejo, California defeated Waco, Texas twice in the championship game.

1998 Little League World Series

The 1998 Little League World Series took place from August 23–29 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Toms River, New Jersey, defeated Kashima, Ibaraki, Japan in the championship game of the 52nd Little League World Series. The title game was punctuated by a standout performance by future MLB Home Run Derby champion Todd Frazier, who went 4-for-4 with a lead-off home run, and was also the winning pitcher.

1998 MLB Japan All-Star Series

The 1998 MLB Japan All-Star Series was the sixth edition of the championship, a best-of-eight series between the All-Star teams from Major League Baseball (MLB) and Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), then-called All-Japan.

MLB won the series by 6–2–0 and Sammy Sosa was named MVP.

This is the first - and as of 2014, the only series that was solely held at the Tokyo Dome

1998 Montreal Expos season

The 1998 Montreal Expos season was the 30th season in franchise history.

1998 NECBL season

The 1998 NECBL season was the fifth season of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The league expanded to seven teams with the addition of the Keene Swamp Bats of Keene, New Hampshire. The Swamp Bats were the league's first New Hampshire franchise.

In the semifinal playoff rounds, Middletown defeated Danbury 2-0, and Torrington defeated Rhode Island 2-0. In the final round, Middletown defeated Torrington 3-1 to win their second consecutive NECBL championship.

1998 Nippon Professional Baseball season

The 1998 Nippon Professional Baseball season was the 49th season of operation for the league.

1998 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1998 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 117th season of the franchise; the 112th in the National League. This was their 29th season at Three Rivers Stadium. The Pirates finished sixth and last in the National League Central with a record of 69–93.

1998 Senior League World Series

The 1998 Senior League World Series took place from August 16–22 in Kissimmee, Florida, United States. Diamond Bar, California defeated host Conway, Florida in the championship game.

1998–99 Cuban National Series

The 38th Cuban National Series saw Santiago de Cuba, which qualified for the playoffs, win three close series to take its first title in ten years.

Baseball at the 1998 Asian Games

Baseball was one of the many sports which was held at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand beginning on December 7, 1998.

Carroll Christian Schools

Carroll Christian Schools is a private Christian school in Westminster, Maryland. It began as Carroll Christian Academy in 1973 in conjunction with the Church of the Open Door]. The school slowly grew and added grades throughout the 1970s until its first high school graduation in 1982. Dr. Aletha Carlson was the first principal of the school.


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