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The following are the baseball events of the year 1997 throughout the world.  


Champions

Major League Baseball

Other champions

Awards and honors

Major League Baseball final standings

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Baltimore Orioles 98 64 .605    --
2nd New York Yankees * 96 66 .593   2.0
3rd Detroit Tigers 79 83 .488 19.0
4th Boston Red Sox 78 84 .481 20.0
5th Toronto Blue Jays 76 86 .469 22.0
Central Division
1st Cleveland Indians 86 75 .534    --
2nd Chicago White Sox 80 81 .497   6.0
3rd Milwaukee Brewers 78 83 .484   8.0
4th Minnesota Twins 68 94 .420 18.5
5th Kansas City Royals 67 94 .416 19.5
West Division
1st Seattle Mariners 90 72 .556    --
2nd Anaheim Angels 84 78 .519   6.0
3rd Texas Rangers 77 85 .475 13.0
4th Oakland Athletics 65 97 .401 25.0


National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Atlanta Braves 101 61 .623    --
2nd Florida Marlins *   92 70 .568   9.0
3rd New York Mets   88 74 .543 13.0
4th Montréal Expos   78 84 .481 23.0
5th Philadelphia Phillies   68 94 .420 33.0
Central Division
1st Houston Astros   84 78 .519    --
2nd Pittsburgh Pirates   79 83 .488   5.0
3rd Cincinnati Reds   76 86 .469   8.0
4th St. Louis Cardinals   73 89 .451 11.0
5th Chicago Cubs   68 94 .420 16.0
West Division
1st San Francisco Giants   90 72 .556    --
2nd Los Angeles Dodgers   88 74 .543   2.0
3rd Colorado Rockies   83 79 .512   7.0
4th San Diego Padres   76 86 .469 14.0

 

  • The asterisk denotes the club that won the wild card for its respective league.

Events

January–March

  • January 5 - Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield escapes serious injury when he is hit by a car while out jogging. He is released from the hospital after being treated for bruises.

April–May

  • May 8 - At home, the Baltimore Orioles stop Randy Johnson's 16-game win streak with a decisive 13–3 pasting of the Seattle Mariners. Baltimore is led by catcher Chris Hoiles, who collects six RBI on two homers and a double. Johnson strikes out 10 in six innings, but gives up five runs on six hits and two walks in his attempt to become the first AL pitcher since Dave McNally (1968–69) to win 17 straight.
  • May 26 - In Toronto, Roger Clemens allows one run and four hits in seven innings and strikes out seven to beat the Rangers 8–1. The Rocket is now 9–0, his best start since beginning 1986 at 14-0.
  • May 27 - Barry Larkin's streak of consecutively reaching base 13 times is stopped by Curt Schilling, who goes all the way to beat Cincinnati 2–1. Larkin singles in the first inning, but flies out in the 3rd to end his streak one shy of Pedro Guerrero's NL record, set in 1985.
  • May 30 - The Orioles' Mike Mussina retires the first 25 Indian batters before Sandy Alomar, Jr. ruins his no-hit bid with a one-out single in the 9th. Mussina then strikes out the final two batters for a 3–0 victory.
  • May 31 - Cal Ripken, Jr. snaps a 7th-inning tie with a record-breaking home run as the Baltimore Orioles rally from a 4-run deficit to beat the Cleveland Indians 8–5. Ripken's homer gives him 4,274 total bases with Baltimore, breaking the franchise mark for total bases in a career. Baltimore also place Eric Davis on the disabled list. Davis is suffering from colon cancer and will be operated on in early June.

June–July

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October–December

Deaths

  • January 6 - Dick Donovan, 69, All-Star pitcher, mainly with the White Sox and Indians, who led AL in ERA in 1961 and won 20 games in 1962
  • January 20 - Curt Flood, 59, All-Star center fielder who won seven Gold Gloves and batted .300 six times; challenged baseball's reserve clause all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, unsuccessfully, after refusing a trade
  • June 9 - Thornton Lee, 90, All-Star pitcher who won over 100 games for the White Sox; won 22 games and led AL in ERA in 1941
  • July 31 - Eddie Miller, 80, 7-time All-Star shortstop for four NL teams who led league in fielding five times
  • September 9 - Richie Ashburn, 70, Hall of Fame center fielder for the Phillies who batted .308 lifetime, winning two batting titles, and led NL in putouts nine times, hits three times, triples twice and steals once; retired with six of the top eight single-season putout totals in history
  • September 22 - Eddie Sawyer, 87, manager who led the Phillies' "Whiz Kids" to the 1950 pennant, later a scout
  • September 26 - Woody English, 91, All-Star infielder for the Cubs who batted .300 twice
  • October 6 - Johnny Vander Meer, 82, All-Star pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds who in 1938 became the only player to pitch two consecutive no-hitters; led NL in strikeouts three times
  • October 21 - Dolph Camilli, 90, All-Star first baseman who was the NL's MVP in 1941, leading the Brooklyn Dodgers to the pennant; had five 100-RBI seasons
  • November 2 - Roy McMillan, 68, All-Star shortstop for the Reds, Braves and Mets who won the NL's first three Gold Gloves; minor league manager, coach and scout
  • November 20 - Dick Littlefield, 71, well-traveled pitcher who played for nine teams, earning 15 of his 33 wins with the Pirates
  • November 27 - Buck Leonard, 90, Hall of Fame first baseman of the Negro Leagues regularly among the league leaders in batting average and home runs

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