Catfish Hunter of the Oakland Athletics is named the AL Cy Young Award winner. He led the league with 25 wins and a 2.49 ERA. On December 31st, he will sign as a free agent with the New York Yankees.
In a Game 7 for the ages, the Braves and Twins go scoreless through nine innings. Gene Larkin’s single and RBI in the 10th is the difference in the first extra-inning World Series Game 7 in 67 years. Jack Morris pitches the complete game 1-0 shutout, and is named Series MVP.
The California Angels announce that they will not offer 7x batting champion Rod Carew a new contract for the 1986 season, effectively ending his 19-year career. Carew finishes with 3,053 hits and a .328 career batting average.
The first World Series game ever played in the state of Florida belongs to the Marlins. Moises Alou and Charles Johnson smack back-to-back home runs against Orel Hershiser of the Cleveland make a 7-4 winner of Livan Hernandez in Game One.
New York’s Jerry Koosman and Ron Taylor combine on a two-hitter in Game Two against the Orioles. Al Weis’s ninth-inning single off losing pitcher Dave McNally gives the Mets a 2-1 win to even the World Series.
The Detroit Tigers score five runs in the first inning of Game Seven and rout the Chicago Cubs 9-3 behind future Hall of Fame pitcher Hal Newhouser, who strikes out 10 on the way to winning the World Series for the Bengals.