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World Series Winners By Year 1980s

Updated on December 23, 2016

Dodgers OF Kirk Gibson

Mets OF Mookie Wilson

1989-Oakland 4, San Francisco 0-This series is best remembered for the massive earthquake that struck Northern California before Game 3, disrupting play for ten days. The Athletics dominated the first two games, and once play resumed they continued to pound Giants pitching, outscoring them 32-14 in the series. Led by a powerful lineup featuring sluggers like Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, and Dave Henderson, the A's also had an ace pitcher in Dave Stewart, who won two games and took home the MVP. Stewart pitched a shutout in Game 1 and was rested enough to pitch Game 3 after the ten-day layoff. MVP: P Dave Stewart, Oakland

1988-Los Angeles 4, Oakland 1-The Athletics were heavy favorites in this series, but the Dodgers knew that the game wasn't played on paper. The most memorable moment and one of the most memorable in sports history was in Game 1, when Dodgers pinch-hitter Kirk Gibson hit a game-winning, 2-run homer off Oakland closer Dennis Eckersley to cap a come-from-behind win. But that was Gibson's only at-bat of the Series. OF Mickey Hatcher led Los Angeles with a .368 batting average, 2 homers and 5 RBI, but it was the stellar pitching of Orel Hershiser that made the ultimate difference. Hershiser was 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA, and 17 strikeouts in 18 innings to win the MVP award, icing on the cake of a season in which he threw 59 straight scoreless innings to end the regular season. MVP: P Orel Hershiser, Los Angeles

1987: Minnesota 4, St. Louis 3-This was a very exciting Series, matching two very strong teams that ended up going the full seven games, with the home team winning each time. The Cards were up 3-2 in games heading back to Minnesota, but the Twins responded by winning the final two games to take the title. And even though he lost Game 4, Twins P Frank Viola led his team by winning Games 1 and 7, giving up a combined three runs in those two outings. MVP: P Frank Viola, Minnesota

1986: New York Mets 4, Boston 3-In one of the most exciting World Series ever, many baseball fans will remember the infamous play in which Mets OF Mookie Wilson hit a bouncing ball through the legs of Sox 1B Bill Buckner to win Game 6 and cap an improbable comeback. The Mets had trailed 5-3 with 2 outs and nobody on in the bottom of the tenth before they rallied. Almost anti-climactically, the Mets also came from behind to win Game 7 at home. C Gary Carter and OF Lenny Dykstra each had 2 homers in the series for New York, but it was 3B Ray Knight who won the MVP by hitting .391 with a home run and 5 RBI, and by scoring the winning run in Game 6. MVP: 3B Ray Knight, NY Mets

1985: Kansas City 4, St. Louis 3-The Royals had taken part in five AL Championship Series spanning ten years, before winning their first championship against the cross-state rival Cardinals. Both teams had excellent pitching staffs, but it was the Royals' combo of Bret Saberhagen, Danny Jackson and Charlie Leibrandt that prevailed, their team holding the Cards to 13 runs and a .185 batting average in the seven games. Saberhagen took home the MVP award by winning two of the games, including an 11-0 complete game shutout in the clinching Game 7. MVP: P Bret Saberhagen, Kansas City

1984: Detroit 4, San Diego 1-After the Detroit Tigers took the sport of baseball by storm with a 35-5 record out of the gate, they coasted to 104 wins and a sweep of the Royals in the ALCS. Then after splitting the first two games of the World Series with the Padres, they swept all three games in Detroit to win it all. Tigers P Jack Morris won two games and Series MVP and SS Alan Trammell hit .450 with 2 home runs and 6 RBI. This series was dubbed the "fast food series" because of late Padres owner Ray Kroc being the founder of McDonald's and Tigers owner Tom Monaghan founding Domino's Pizza. MVP: SS Alan Trammell, Detroit

1983: Baltimore 4, Philadelphia 1-After the Phillies took Game 1 of the so-called I-95 Series, the Orioles swept the next four games, including the final three at home. The Phillies were gunning for their second championship in four years, with an aging team that included veterans Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez and Steve Carlton. Baltimore had solid pitchers including Jim Palmer and Mike Boddicker, and the Series MVP was Orioles C Rick Dempsey, who hit .385 with a home run, 4 doubles and 2 RBI. MVP: C Rick Dempsey, Baltimore

1982: St. Louis 4, Milwaukee 3-The Brewers were nicknamed "Harvey's Wallbangers" since the team, lead by manager Harvey Kuenn, hit 216 home runs during the regular season. The Cardinals, by contrast, were built on pitching and speed, a trademark of Whitey Herzog's St. Louis teams. The Brewers took Game 1 by a 10-1 score and wound up leading the series 3-2 before St. Louis rallied to win Games 6 and 7 at home. P Joaquin Andujar won two games for the Cards, while C Darrell Porter took home the MVP by leading his team to victory in Game 2 with a 2-run double as the Brewers were trying to take a 2-0 series edge. Porter finished the series hitting .286 with a home run, 5 RBI and 2 doubles. MVP: C Darrell Porter, St. Louis

1981: Los Angeles 4, New York Yankees 2-Like the Yankees did to the Dodgers three years earlier, Los Angeles took four straight games to win the Series after losing the first two. C Steve Yeager belted 2 home runs with 4 RBI, including a homer in the pivotal Game 5. In Game 6, Yankees manager Bob Lemon took a gamble that wound up backfiring-he pulled starting pitcher Tommy John for a pinch hitter in the fourth inning with the teams in a 1-1 tie, hoping to take the lead and eventually tie up the series. But instead, the Yanks came up empty and reliever George Frazier gave up three runs in the next inning as the Dodgers cruised to a 9-2 victory in the clinching game. MVP: C Steve Yeager, Los Angeles

1980: Philadelphia 4, Kansas City 2-The Phillies won the first championship in their history with this series, as ace pitcher Steve Carlton won two of the games. Kansas City had 8 home runs in the series, but the Phils hit .294 for the six games, with 3B Mike Schmidt leading the way with a .381 batting average, 2 homers and 7 RBI. The teams split the first four games before the Phillies won Game 5 in Kansas City and then the clinching Game 6 at home. MVP: 3B Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia


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      Stacey Calcut (Zimmerman) 7 years ago

      I grew up as Steve Yeager's neighbor. I was out to breakfast with Steve and most of the team the day after they won the World Series in 81 and Yeag was voted MVP and I was this little 11 year old kid sitting at Jack's Deli in Westlake Village with all of them, best morning ever!

      I just loved Yeag, and his wife Gloria at the time, they've since divorced. They had the sweetest little boy I used to babysit/play with named Stephen and an adorable shaggy dog named Daisy.

      The Dodgers in 1981 were the BEST they EVER WERE in my opinion! I will ALWAYS remember those days with a smile in my heart!

      Love you Yeag wherever you are!