1979 MLB Season: Six Key Contenders & The October Battles

The 1979 MLB season was marked by a return to form from teams that dominated the early part of the decade, along with one newcomer. The Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles and Cincinnati Reds had all won multiple division titles and at least one World Series title in the period covering 1970-76. All three continued to field good teams in the ensuing three years, but they had been displaced by others in their division. In 1979, they returned to the October stage.