1985 Major League Baseball season

1985 Major League Baseball season

1985 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 8, 1985 – October 27, 1985
Regular season
Season MVP NL: Willie McGee (STL)
AL: Don Mattingly (NYY)
League postseason
AL champions Kansas City Royals
  AL runners-up Toronto Blue Jays
NL champions St. Louis Cardinals
  NL runners-up Los Angeles Dodgers
World Series
Champions Kansas City Royals
World Series MVP Bret Saberhagen (KC)

The 1985 Major League Baseball season ended with the Kansas City Royals defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh game of the I-70 World Series. Bret Saberhagen, the regular season Cy Young Award winner, was named MVP of the Series. The National League won the All-Star Game for the second straight year.

The League Championship Series playoffs were expanded to a best-of-seven format beginning this year, and both leagues ended up settling their pennant winners in more than five games, with the Royals beating the Toronto Blue Jays in seven games, and the Cardinals beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.


  • Major league baseball final standings 1
  • Managers 2
    • American League 2.1
    • National League 2.2
  • Postseason 3
  • All-Star game 4
  • Milestones 5
  • Awards and honors 6
  • Statistical leaders 7

Major league baseball final standings


American League

Team Manager Notes
Baltimore Orioles Joe Altobelli, Cal Ripken, Sr., Earl Weaver
Boston Red Sox John McNamara
California Angels Gene Mauch
Chicago White Sox Tony La Russa
Cleveland Indians Pat Corrales
Detroit Tigers Sparky Anderson
Kansas City Royals Dick Howser Won World Series
Milwaukee Brewers George Bamberger
Minnesota Twins Billy Gardner, Ray Miller
New York Yankees Yogi Berra, Billy Martin
Oakland Athletics Jackie Moore
Seattle Mariners Chuck Cottier
Texas Rangers Doug Rader, Bobby Valentine
Toronto Blue Jays Bobby Cox

National League

Team Manager Notes
Atlanta Braves Eddie Haas, Bobby Wine
Chicago Cubs Jim Frey
Cincinnati Reds Pete Rose
Houston Astros Bob Lillis
Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda
Montreal Expos Buck Rodgers
New York Mets Davey Johnson
Philadelphia Phillies John Felske
Pittsburgh Pirates Chuck Tanner
St. Louis Cardinals Whitey Herzog Won National League Pennant
San Diego Padres Dick Williams
San Francisco Giants Jim Davenport, Roger Craig


League Championship Series
World Series
East Toronto Blue Jays 3
West Kansas City Royals 4
AL Kansas City Royals 4
NL St. Louis Cardinals 3
East St. Louis Cardinals 4
West Los Angeles Dodgers 2

All-Star game


On September 11, Pete Rose hit his 4,192nd hit, surpassing Ty Cobb as the all-time Major League hit king.

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Wade Boggs BOS .368 Willie McGee STL .353
HR Darrell Evans DET 40 Dale Murphy ATL 37
RBI Don Mattingly NYY 145 Dave Parker CIN 125
Wins Ron Guidry NYY 22 Dwight Gooden NYM 24
ERA Dave Stieb TOR 2.48 Dwight Gooden NYM 1.53
SO Bert Blyleven CLE/MIN 206 Dwight Gooden NYM 268
SV Dan Quisenberry KCR 37 Jeff Reardon MON 41
SB Rickey Henderson NYY 80 Vince Coleman STL 110