1st Peter Ueberroth begins his 5-year term as commissioner of baseball.
Braves manager Joe Torre is fired by owner Ted Turner and replaced by Eddie Haas. Atlanta was 80-82 this season, 12 games behind the first-place Padres.
2nd In the first LCS game played with replacement umpires, the Cubs clobber the Padres 13-0 to take a 1–0 lead in the NL series. Chicago hits 5 home runs at Wrigley Field, including one by starting pitcher Rick Sutcliffe, and another by Bob Dernier to lead off the game.
The ALCS opens with a convincing 8–1 Tiger trouncing of KC.
3rd Steve “Rainbow” Trout scatters 5 hits and Lee Smith slams the door in the Cubs’ 4–2 victory over the Padres.
The Royals rally with RBI pinch hits in the 7th and 8th innings, but John Grubb’s 2-run double in the 11th gives the win to the Tigers 5–3.
4th The Padres take a lead in an NLCS game for the first time, and they go on to down Chicago, 7–1.
5th In game 3, Milt Wilcox and Willie Hernandez combine on a 1–0 three-hitter to give the Tigers a 3-game sweep of the Royals in the ALCS.
6th Steve Garvey’s 2-run home run in the bottom of the 9th inning gives San Diego a 7–5 win over Chicago and evens the NLCS at 2–2.
7th The striking ML umpires return to work in time for game 5 of the NLCS, and San Diego rallies for 4 runs in the 7th inning to beat Chicago 6–3 and earn its first trip to the World Series.
9th The Tigers win the WS opener as Jack Morris pitches a complete-game 3-2 victory. Larry Herndon’s 2-run HR in the 5th is the margin.
Despite being offered another one-year contract, Angels manager John McNamara resigns. He will be named manager of the Red Sox on the 18th.
10th Reliever Andy Hawkins allows just one hit in 5 1⁄3 innings to give San Diego a 5–3 win in game 2.
12th San Diego pitchers tie the WS record by issuing 11 walks in a 5–2 loss to the Tigers in game 3. Detroit leads the Series 2–1.
13th In game 4, Jack Morris wins again 4–2. A pair of 2-run HRs by Allan Trammell provide all the Motor City scoring.
14th Series MVP Kirk Gibson blasts 2 upper-deck home runs at Tiger Stadium in game 5, including a 3-run shot off Rich Gossage in the 8th inning, to lead Detroit to an 8–4 win and its first World Championship since 1968.
16th Gene Mauch, who resigned as the Angels’ manager after the 1982 season, is hired again.
23rd Rick Sutcliffe, who was 16–1 for the Cubs after arriving from Cleveland 2 days before the June 15th trading deadline, is a unanimous choice as NL Cy Young Award winner. Overall, Sutcliffe was 20–6 with a 3.64 ERA.
30th Tigers reliever Willie Hernandez wins the AL Cy Young Award, edging fellow reliever Dan Quisenberry of the Royals. Hernandez was 9–3 with 32 saves and a 1.92 ERA.
The Giants name Jim Davenport manager for the 1985 season.