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October 2, 1989

Undated (AP) _ Game 1 of the American League playoffs at Oakland (8:24 p.m. EDT). Dave Stieb, 17-8, pitches against Dave Stewart, 21-9. The National League playoffs start Wednesday with San Francisco at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. STATS

Kirby Puckett of the Twins had a major-league leading 215 hits. He is the first right-handed batter ever to lead in hits in consecutive years. Seven players had done it previously: switch-hitter Pete Rose (1972-73) and left- handers Stan Musial (1948-49), Chuck Klein (1932-33), Ty Cobb (1911-12), Ginger Beaumont (1902-03), Jesse Burkette (1895-96) and Dan Brouthers (1882-83). STREAKS

Wade Boggs’ streak of four consecutive AL batting titles ended when Minnesota’s Kirby Puckett won the AL crown with a .339 average. Boggs finished third at .330. ... The Cardinals’ Vince Coleman stole 65 bases this year and become the first NL player to win five consecutive stolen-base crowns since Maury Wills of the Dodgers from 1960-65. SWINGS

The Baltimore Orioles improved from 58-104 last season to 87-75 this year, an increase of 33 victories. SLUMPS

The New York Yankees did not win a World Series in the 1980s, the first decade they failed to win at least one since the 1910s. SLUGGERS

Kevin Mitchell won the major-league home run title with 47 homers, making the 1980s the first decade since the deadball without a 50-home run hitter. ... Fred McGriff of Toronto won the AL title with 36, despite not hitting a home run in his last 24 games. STARTERS

Orel Hershiser allowed one run in 11 innings Sunday and evened his record at 15-15. Hershiser lost the NL earned-run average title to San Francisco’s Scott Garrelts, 2.28 to 2.31. ... Bret Saberhagen of Kansas City led the majors in victories with a 23-6 record and earned-run average at 2.16. Houston’s Mike Scott led the NL with a 20-10 record. STRIKEOUTS

Nolan Ryan, the 42-year-old right-hander, led the majors in strikeouts with 301, becoming the oldest strikeout champion. It was Ryan’s seventh AL strikeout crown and his first since 1974. Ryan, who led the NL in strikeouts in 1987 and 1988, became the first to strike out 300 since J.R. Richard in 1979. SHUTOUTS

Tim Belcher of the Dodgers led the majors in shutouts with eight and California’s Bert Blyleven led the AL with five. SAVES

Mark Davis of San Diego led the NL in saves with 44, one short of the league record and two short of Dave Righetti’s major league mark. Jeff Russell of Texas led the AL with 38. SEATS

The major leagues set their fifth consecutive attendance record, drawing 55,173,750 for an increase of almost 4.1 percent. SLOWING DOWN

There were 168 balks in the AL this year, 70.1 percent less than last year’s record of 558. There were 239 in the NL this year, 34.7 percent less than last season’s record of 366. SEASONS Oct. 3

1897 - Cap Anson closed out a remarkable 27-year career that started in the National Association in 1871. He hit two home runs against St. Louis. At 46, he was the oldest player to homer in the majors.

1905 - Brooklyn’s Bill Scanlon pitched two complete-game victories against the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-0 and 3-2.

1937 - Detroit’s Jake Wade pitched a 1-0, one-hitter against the Cleveland Indians. Hal Trosky singled with two outs in the seventh inning to end the no- hit bid.

1946 - The St. Louis Cardinals won the National League pennant by beating the Brooklyn Dodgers 8-4 and sweeping the best-of-3 playoff.

1947 - Floyd Bevens of the Yankees held the Dodgers hitless until two outs in the ninth when pinch-hitter Cookie Lavagetto doubled in two runs for a 3-2 Brooklyn victory in Game 4 of the World Series.

1951 - New York’s Bobby Thomson hit a three-run homer off Ralph Branca of the Brooklyn Dodgers with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Giants a 5-4 playoff victory and the National League pennant.

1960 - On the last day of the season, the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 8-7 to give them a 15-game winning streak going into the World Series.

1962 - The San Francisco Giants rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to win the third game of the tiebreaking playoff 6-4 over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

1964 - The New York Yankees clinched their 29th American League pennant with an 8-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on the next-to-last day of the season.

1971 - Bob Robertson’s three home runs led the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 9-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants that tied the National League playoffs 1-1.

1976 - Chicago Cub Bill Madlock went 4-for-4 on the final day of the season to win the NL batting title with a .339 average.

1982 - Milwaukee’s Robin Yount hit two home runs and a triple to lead the Brewers to a 10-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Memorial Stadium for the AL East title.

1987 - Benito Santiago’s 34-game hitting streak, an all-time rookie record, ended as the San Diego Padres snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Santiago went hitless in three at-bats against Orel Hershiser, who lost despite pitching a three-hitter.

Today’s Birthdays: Dave Winfield 37, Dennis Eckersley 34.

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