1995 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1995 throughout the world.

List of years in baseball


Major League Baseball

  Division Series
League Championship Series
World Series
  West Seattle Mariners 3  
WC New York Yankees 2  
  West Seattle Mariners 2  
American League
  Central Cleveland Indians 4  
Central Cleveland Indians 3
  East Boston Red Sox 0  
    AL Cleveland Indians 2
  NL Atlanta Braves 4
  East Atlanta Braves 3  
WC Colorado Rockies 1  
  East Atlanta Braves 4
National League
  Central Cincinnati Reds 0  
Central Cincinnati Reds 3
  West Los Angeles Dodgers 0  

Other champions

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

  American League National League
AVGEdgar Martínez.356Tony Gwynn.368
HRAlbert Belle50Dante Bichette40
RBIAlbert Belle & Mo Vaughn126Dante Bichette128
WinsMike Mussina19Greg Maddux19
ERARandy Johnson2.48Greg Maddux1.63

Major league baseball final standings

Note: All teams played 144 games instead of the normal 162 as a consequence of the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike. Seattle and California each played 145 games due to a one game AL West tiebreaker.
  • The asterisk denotes the club that won the wild card for its respective league.


American League

Team Manager Comments
Baltimore Orioles Phil Regan
Boston Red Sox Kevin Kennedy
California Angels Marcel Lachemann
Chicago White Sox Gene Lamont Replaced during the season by Terry Bevington
Cleveland Indians Mike Hargrove Won the American League pennant
Detroit Tigers Sparky Anderson
Kansas City Royals Bob Boone
Milwaukee Brewers Phil Garner
Minnesota Twins Tom Kelly
New York Yankees Buck Showalter Replaced after the season by Joe Torre
Oakland Athletics Tony La Russa
Seattle Mariners Lou Piniella
Texas Rangers Johnny Oates
Toronto Blue Jays Cito Gaston

National League

Team Manager Comments
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox Won the World Series
Chicago Cubs Jim Riggleman
Cincinnati Reds Davey Johnson
Colorado Rockies Don Baylor
Florida Marlins Rene Lachemann
Houston Astros Terry Collins
Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda
Montreal Expos Felipe Alou
New York Mets Dallas Green
Philadelphia Phillies Jim Fregosi
Pittsburgh Pirates Jim Leyland
St. Louis Cardinals Joe Torre Replaced during the season by Mike Jorgensen
San Diego Padres Bruce Bochy
San Francisco Giants Dusty Baker









  • January 2 – Don Elston, 65, All-Star relief pitcher for the Cubs who led NL in appearances in 1958 and 1959.
  • January 3 – Jim Tyack, 83, outfielder for the 1943 Philadelphia Athletics.
  • January 12 – John "Hi" Simmons, 89, head baseball coach at the University of Missouri from 1937 through 1973, guiding his team to the 1954 College World Series title.
  • January 18 – Ron Luciano, 57, American League umpire from 1968 to 1980 known for his flamboyance and several books.


  • February 7 – Cecil Upshaw, 52, relief pitcher, mainly for the Atlanta Braves, who saved 27 games in 1969 but missed the next season after nearly severing a finger.


  • March 5 – Roy Hughes, 84, infielder for four teams who scored 112 runs for 1936 Indians.
  • March 13 – Leon Day, 78, All-Star pitcher for the Newark Eagles of the Negro Leagues, who set several league strikeout marks, including 18 victims in one game, and was elected to the Hall of Fame just six days before his death.
  • March 29 – Terry Moore, 82, All-Star center fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, who batted .304 in 1940, and captained the 1942 and 1946 World Series champions.


  • April 7 – Frank Secory, 82, National League umpire from 1952 to 1970 who worked in four World Series, six All-Star Games and nine no-hitters, previously a Chicago Cubs outfielder, well known for a pivotal hit in the 1945 World Series.
  • April 9 – Bob Allison, 60, All-Star outfielder for the Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins, who earned the 1959 American League Rookie of the Year award, had three 30-home run seasons, and led the league in triples and runs once each.
  • April 18 – Elizabeth Emry, 72, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League pitcher for the 1946 Racine Belles champion team.
  • April 28 – Gus Polidor, 33, Venezuelan infielder for the California Angels, Milwaukee Brewers and Florida Marlins from 1985 to 1993.


  • May 4 – Connie Wisniewski, 73, four-time All-American Girls Professional Baseball League All-Star pitcher and outfielder, who set several records in the circuit in an nine-year career from 1944 through 1952.
  • May 7 – Gus Bell, 66, All-Star outfielder, mainly with the Cincinnati Reds, who had four 100-RBI seasons, led the National League in triples in 1951, and was the oldest in a Major League family that includes his son Buddy and his grandson David.
  • May 9 – Marguerite Jones, 77, Canadian pitcher who played for the Minneapolis Millerettes and Rockford Peaches of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
  • May 18 – Jack Kramer, 77, three-time All-Star pitcher, who led the St. Louis Browns to their only World Series appearance in 1944.
  • May 30 – Glenn Burke, 42, center fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics, who was the first former major leaguer to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality.


  • June 9 – Zoilo Versalles, 55, Cuban All-Star shortstop who led the Minnesota Twins to the 1965 American League pennant, as well as the first Latin American player to being named MVP, while leading the league in triples three times and in doubles and runs once each.
  • June 10 – Lindsey Nelson, 76, broadcaster for the New York Mets from 1962 to 1979, and later for the San Francisco Giants and NBC.


  • July 4 – Adeline Kerrar, 70, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League catcher and infielder.
  • July 27 – Rick Ferrell, 89, Hall of Fame catcher for the St. Louis Browns, Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators, whose 1806 career-games caught were an American League record until 1988, and also was the half of a battery with his brother Wes Ferrell from 1934 to 1938.


  • August 1 – Ruby Knezovich, 77, Canadian catcher who played from 1943 to 1944 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
  • August 3 – Harry Craft, 80, manager of the Houston Colt .45s in their 1962 debut, who also managed the Kansas City Athletics and Chicago Cubs, and previously was a Cincinnati Reds center fielder.
  • August 4 – Dick Bartell, 87, All-Star shortstop for five teams, known for his combative personality, who batted .300 five times and scored 100 runs three times, while batting .381 for the New York Giants in the 1936 World Series.
  • August 13 – Mickey Mantle, 63, Hall of Fame center fielder and powerful switch-hitter for the New York Yankees, and successor to Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio as symbol of the Yankees' long reign, who earned the American League MVP Award from 1956–1957 and in 1962; set a record with 18 home runs in World Series play; was a 10-time .300 hitter and led the AL in runs six times to set an all-time record, while winning the 1956 Triple Crown, 16-time All-Star selections, four home run titles –hitting 50 twice–, and retiring with the third most career HRs (536) and walks (1733) in MLB history, including career marks for runs (1677), RBI (1509) and slugging percentage (.557).
  • August 20 – Von McDaniel, 56, pitcher who joined his brother Lindy on the 1957–1958 St. Louis Cardinals, winning seven games.


  • September 7 – Al Papai, 78, knuckleballer specialist for four major league teams from 1948–55, and one of 29 players to pitch for both St. Louis clubs.
  • September 21 – Tony Cuccinello, 87, All-Star second baseman for five teams during 15 seasons spanning 1930–1945, who lost the American League batting title by one point in his final season, and later became a coach.
  • September 21 – Andrew Rozdilsky, 77, who performed as Andy the Clown at White Sox games from 1960 to 1990.


  • October 21 – Vada Pinson, 57, All-Star center fielder for the Reds and four other teams who batted .300 four times and led NL in hits, doubles and triples twice each; second player to hit 250 home runs and steal 300 bases.
  • October 29 – Al Niemiec, 84, second baseman who played from 1934 to 1936 for the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Athletics.


  • November 19 – Ed Wright, 76, pitcher for the Boston Braves and Philadelphia Athletics between 1945 and 1952, who also threw a no-hitter in the American Association (1945) and the first shutout in Caribbean Series history in 1949.
  • November 24 – Irene Hickson, 80, All-Star catcher who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in a span of nine seasons from 1943–1950.
  • November 30 – Jim Davis, 69, pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and New York Giants from 1954 to 1957, who in 1956 became the first pitcher in 40 years to record four strikeouts in a single inning.
  • November 30 – William Suero, 29, Dominican Republic infielder for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1992 to 1993.


  • December 2 – Art Herring, 89, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, Brooklyn Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates between 1929 and 1947.
  • December 5 – Bill Bruton, 70, center fielder for the Braves and Tigers who led the NL in steals three times, triples twice and runs once.
  • December 20 – Betty Wanless, 67, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League infielder.
  • December 27 – Al Barlick, 80, Hall of Fame umpire for 28 National League seasons between 1940 and 1971; worked seven World Series and a record seven All-Star Games.
  • December 27 – Oscar Judd, 87, Canadian pitcher who was an American League All-Star in 1943.
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