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1979 Chicago Cubs season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1979 Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs logo.svg
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)William Wrigley III
General manager(s)Bob Kennedy
Manager(s)Herman Franks, Joey Amalfitano
Local televisionWGN-TV
(Jack Brickhouse, Lou Boudreau)
Local radioWGN
(Vince Lloyd, Lou Boudreau)
StatsESPN.com
BB-reference
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The 1979 Chicago Cubs season was the 108th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 104th in the National League and the 64th at Wrigley Field, and the first to be beamed via satellite and cable television to viewers all over the United States on WGN Television, thanks to a postseason decision by the company management to uplink its broadcast signals via satellite with the help of Oklahoma-based United Video Satellite Group, making them the pioneer superstation in the country's midwest and the Cubs games of that season the third superstation baseball broadcasts live via satellite relay after the Braves and the Yankees.[1] It was the first season of over 40 to be broadcast all over the county, slowly making the team a national brand. The Cubs finished fifth in the National League East with a record of 80–82.

Offseason

Regular season

On May 17, the Phillies beat the Cubs 23–22 at Wrigley Field in ten innings,[5] with a 30-mph wind blowing out to left field.[citation needed] This was only the second time since 1913 that both teams scored 20 or more runs in a game, the only previous instance also being a Cubs–Phillies game.[6]

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 98 64 0.605 48–33 50–31
Montreal Expos 95 65 0.594 2 56–25 39–40
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 0.531 12 42–39 44–37
Philadelphia Phillies 84 78 0.519 14 43–38 41–40
Chicago Cubs 80 82 0.494 18 45–36 35–46
New York Mets 63 99 0.389 35 28–53 35–46

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 4–8 6–12 7–11 12–6 1–9 4–8 7–5 4–8 6–12 11–7 4–8
Chicago 8–4 7–5 6–6 5–7 6–12 8–10 9–9 6–12 9–3 8–4 8–10
Cincinnati 12–6 5–7 8–10 11–7 6–6 8–4 8–4 8–4 10–7 6–12 8–4
Houston 11–7 6–6 10–8 10–8 7–5 9–3 5–7 4–8 14–4 7–11 6–6
Los Angeles 6–12 7–5 7–11 8–10 6–6 9–3 3–9 4–8 9–9 14–4 6–6
Montreal 9–1 12–6 6–6 5–7 6–6 15–3 11–7 7–11 7–5 7–5 10–8
New York 8–4 10–8 4–8 3–9 3–9 3–15 5–13 8–10–1 4–8 8–4 7–11
Philadelphia 5-7 9–9 4–8 7–5 9–3 7–11 13–5 8–10 9–3 6–6 7–11–1
Pittsburgh 8–4 12–6 4–8 8–4 8–4 11–7 10–8–1 10–8 7–5 9–3 11–7
San Diego 12–6 3–9 7–10 4–14 9–9 5–7 8–4 3–9 5–7 8–10 4–8
San Francisco 7–11 4–8 12–6 11–7 4–14 5–7 4–8 6–6 3–9 10–8 5–7
St. Louis 8–4 10–8 4–8 6–6 6–6 8–10 11–7 11–7–1 7–11 8–4 7–5


Notable transactions

Roster

1979 Chicago Cubs
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Barry Foote 132 429 109 .254 16 56
1B Bill Buckner 149 591 168 .284 14 66
2B Ted Sizemore 98 330 82 .248 2 24
SS Iván DeJesús 160 636 180 .283 5 52
3B Steve Ontiveros 152 519 148 .285 4 57
LF Dave Kingman 145 532 153 .288 48 115
CF Jerry Martin 150 534 145 .272 19 73
RF Scot Thompson 128 346 100 .289 2 29

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Larry Biitner 111 272 79 .290 3 50
Bobby Murcer 58 190 49 .258 7 22
Mike Vail 87 179 60 .335 7 35
Steve Dillard 89 166 47 .283 5 24
Mick Kelleher 73 142 36 .254 0 10
Tim Blackwell 63 122 20 .164 0 12
Ken Henderson 62 81 19 .235 2 8
Steve Macko 19 40 9 .225 0 3
Miguel Diloné 43 36 11 .306 0 1
Sam Mejías 31 11 2 .182 0 0
Bruce Kimm 9 11 1 .091 0 0
Gene Clines 10 10 2 .200 0 0
Steve Davis 3 4 0 .000 0 1
Kurt Seibert 7 2 0 .000 0 0
Karl Pagel 1 1 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Rick Reuschel 36 239.0 18 12 3.62 125
Lynn McGlothen 42 212.0 13 14 4.12 147
Dennis Lamp 38 200.1 11 10 3.50 86
Mike Krukow 28 164.2 9 9 4.21 119
Ken Holtzman 23 117.2 6 9 4.59 44

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bill Caudill 29 90.0 1 7 4.80 104
George Riley 4 13.0 0 1 5.54 5

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Dick Tidrow 63 11 5 4 2.72 68
Bruce Sutter 62 6 6 37 2.22 110
Willie Hernández 51 4 4 0 5.01 53
Donnie Moore 39 1 4 1 5.18 43
Ray Burris 14 0 0 0 6.23 14
Doug Capilla 13 0 1 0 2.60 10
Dave Geisel 7 0 0 0 0.60 5

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Wichita Aeros American Association Jack Hiatt
AA Midland Cubs Texas League Randy Hundley
A Quad Cities Cubs Midwest League Jim Napier
A-Short Season Geneva Cubs New York–Penn League Bob Hartsfield
Rookie GCL Cubs Gulf Coast League Ken Rudolph

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Quad Cities

Notes

  1. ^ Kathy Haley (April 5, 2004). "Birth of a Nation's Superstation: WGN executives were aghast when the channel was first put up on satellite, but the 'curse' turned into quite the blessing". Multichannel News. Reed Business Information. Archived from the original on November 5, 2012 – via HighBeam Research.
  2. ^ Rudy Meoli at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Manny Trillo at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Ed Putman at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ "Box Score of Game played on Thursday, May 17, 1979, at Wrigley Field". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved October 13, 2009.
  6. ^ "Team Pitching Game Finder, From 1913 to 2017, (requiring tgl_stats.RA>=20)". Baseball Reference. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  7. ^ Ray Burris at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Bobby Murcer at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Ted Sizemore at Baseball Reference

References

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.

External links

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