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Baseball in the 1980s

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Year
Clue
Answer
1980
NL shortstop wins his first gold glove. He goes on to win the award every season during the 1980s.
Ozzie Smith
1981
This event at midseason causes a "split" season with the winners of each half meeting in the postseason.
Player strike
1981
Causes an eponymous mania, winning both the NL Cy Young and MVP. In his distinctive windup he directed his eyes skyward.
Fernando Valenzuela
1982
Sets the single season record for stolen bases with 130.
Rickey Henderson
1983
Already recognized as a great defensive second-baseman, he has a brilliant day at the plate on national television, hitting two late-inning home runs.
Ryne Sandberg
1983
Has a home run disallowed because there was pine tar too far up the handle of his bat.
George Brett
1985
Breaks Ty Cobb's career hits record with 4192.
Pete Rose
1985
Umpire calls Jorge Orta safe at first in the world series. Replays and photos clearly show Orta was out. (Name the umpire.)
Don Denkinger
1985
Pitcher becomes the youngest winner of the Cy Young Award. It was downhill from there, as this was his only 20-win season, perhaps party due to drug problems.
Dwight Gooden
1985
Yankees manager is fired for the fourth time.
Billy Martin
Year
Clue
Answer
1986
Becomes the first pitcher to strike out 20 batters in a game.
Roger Clemens
1986
Lets a grounder through his legs, contributing to the Red Sox world series loss.
Bill Buckner
1986
Wins the last of his 10 gold gloves at third base. Also a great slugger, he hit 548 career home runs.
Mike Schmidt
1986
Selected by the National League as its next president. He would later become commissioner of baseball but died in 1989.
A. Bart Giamatti
1988
Pitcher sets the record for most consecutive scoreless innings.
Orel Hershiser
1988
Becomes the first player to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in the same season. (He later gained fame for being forthcoming during the steroid scandal.)
Jose Canseco
1988
Wins his fourth consecutive batting title. He was often a challenger of Ted Williams' status as the last man to hit .400.
Wade Boggs
1988
Wins the last of his 11 gold gloves at first base. He later made a guest appearance on "Seinfeld."
Keith Hernandez
1988
Hits a game-winning home run in the world series despite being hobbled with injuries to both his legs.
Kirk Gibson
1989
Wins his second MVP. His first was as a shortstop, while this one was as a centerfielder.
Robin Yount
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Level 22
Aug 10, 2014
The "Sandberg Game" was in 1984, not 1983.
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Level 65
May 13, 2015
Toughie.
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Level 42
Jul 26, 2019
Fernando did not win NL MVP in 1981. He won Cy Young and ROY, but MVP went to Mike Schmidt.