Tiger excellence and Cubbie heartbreak. In a nutshell, that’s the story of the 1984 baseball season. But the buildup to both had so much more. In TheSportsNotebook.com’s series of articles you’ll read about the following…
*Detroit blazed out of the gate at a history-making pace and ran off with the tough AL East. This was a division that included four other teams that played by what would be considered playoff-caliber baseball by the standards of today–Toronto, New York, Boston and Baltimore. The Tigers left all of them in the dust.
*The Cubs used a flurry of trades, including a big one in June that decisively changed the course of the season. They had to fight off a determined New York Mets team that was on the rise, to win the NL East.
*San Diego was quietly improving under manager Dick Williams and a great young outfielder in Tony Gwynn. Read how the Padres pulled away to take the NL West.
*While these three teams were MLB’s best—the Tigers in a class by themselves, with the Cubs/Padres on the next tier, the most exciting race in the regular season was the pursuit of the AL West title. Read how the Kansas City Royals survived a fight with the Twins and Angels to prevail. It was a race based on shared mediocrity, but it was a race nonetheless.
*Then it’s time to go game-by-game into all three postseason series, which all served to validate the conclusions of the regular season. Detroit solidified their excellence. Chicago and San Diego played an NLCS that had a dramatic finish over an unforgettable Saturday night and Sunday afternoon in SoCal.
The fourteen articles below serve to tell the story of the 1984 baseball season through the eyes of its most notable teams.
READ ABOUT THE 1984 KANSAS CITY ROYALS
READ ABOUT THE 1984 MINNESOTA TWINS
READ ABOUT THE 1984 CALIFORNIA ANGELS
READ ABOUT THE 1984 TORONTO BLUE JAYS
READ ABOUT THE 1984 NEW YORK YANKEES
READ ABOUT THE 1984 BOSTON RED SOX
READ ABOUT THE 1984 BALTIMORE ORIOLES
READ ABOUT THE 1984 NEW YORK METS