1985 Boston Red Sox season

1985 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Buddy LeRoux, Haywood Sullivan, Jean Yawkey
General manager(s) Lou Gorman
Manager(s) John McNamara
Local television WSBK-TV, Ch. 38
(Ned Martin, Bob Montgomery)
Local radio WPLM-FM 99.1
WPLM-AM 1390
(Ken Coleman, Joe Castiglione)
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The 1985 Boston Red Sox season was the 85th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished fifth in the American League East with a record of 81 wins and 81 losses, 18½ games behind the Toronto Blue Jays.


  • January 14, 1985: Bruce Kison was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[1]

Regular season

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Toronto Blue Jays 9962 0.615 54–26 45–36
New York Yankees 9764 0.602 2 58–22 39–42
Detroit Tigers 8477 0.522 15 44–37 40–40
Baltimore Orioles 8378 0.516 16 45–36 38–42
Boston Red Sox 8181 0.500 18½ 43–37 38–44
Milwaukee Brewers 7190 0.441 28 40–40 31–50
Cleveland Indians 60102 0.370 39½ 38–43 22–59

Record vs. opponents

1985 American League Records

Baltimore 5–87–58–48–56–76–69–46–61–127–56–610–24–8
Boston 8–55–74–8–18–56–75–75–87–55–88–46–65–79–4
California 5–77–58–58–48–44–99–39–43–96–79–49–45–7
Chicago 4–88–4–15–810–26–65–85–76–76–68–59–410–33–9
Cleveland 5–85–84–82–105–82–107–64–86–73–96–67–54–9
Detroit 7–67–64–86–68–55–79–43–99–38–45–77–56–7
Kansas City 6–67–59–48–510–27–58–47–65–78–53–106–77–5
Milwaukee 4–98–53–97–56–74–94–89–37–63–94–88–34–9
Minnesota 6–65–74–97–68–49–36–73–93–98–56–78–54–8
New York 12–18–59–36–67–63–97–56–79–37–59–38–46–7
Oakland 5–74–87–65–89–34–85–89–35–85–78–56–75–7
Seattle 6–66–64–94–96–67–510–38–47–63–95–86–72–10
Texas 2–107–54–93–105–75–77–63–85–84–87–67–63–9
Toronto 8–44–97–59–39–47–65–79–48–47–67–510–29–3


  • The Red Sox drafted pitcher Dan Gabriele with the twenty-first overall pick in the 1985 Draft.[2]

Opening Day Line Up

26Wade Boggs3B
24Dwight EvansRF
14Jim RiceLF
  7Mike EaslerDH
20Tony ArmasCF
  6Bill Buckner1B
10Rich GedmanC
17Marty Barrett2B
41Jackie Gutiérrez    SS
23Oil Can Boyd    P


1985 Boston Red Sox
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats


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
CRich Gedman144498147.2951880
1BBill Buckner162673201.29916110
2BMarty Barrett156534142.266556
3BWade Boggs161653240.368878
SSJackie Gutiérrez10327560.218221
LFJim Rice14054615927103.291
CFSteve Lyons13337198.264530
RFDwight Evans159617162.2632978
DHMike Easler155568149.2621674

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
Dave Stapleton306615.22702


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
Roger Clemens1598.1753.2974

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

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

Awards and honors

  • Wade Boggs, American League Batting Champion, .368
  • Wade Boggs, American League Leader, Hits (240)
  • Bill Buckner, Major League Baseball Record, Most Assists in a Season (185)[3]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox International League Rac Slider
AA New Britain Red Sox Eastern League Ed Nottle
A Winter Haven Red Sox Florida State League Dave Holt
A Greensboro Hornets South Atlantic League Doug Camilli
A-Short Season Elmira Pioneers New York–Penn League Dick Berardino


  1. Bruce Kison Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  2. Sports Illustrated, August 2, 2010, Where are they Now?, p.84, Published by Time Inc.
  3. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.47, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0

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