1979 Iowa Oaks Roster

American Association (AA) - Class: AAA
Team Record: 69-67
Finished 3rd in the AA's East Division
Manager: Tony LaRussa (0-0), Joe Sparks (0-0)
Affiliation: Chicago White Sox
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Ballpark: Sec Taylor Stadium I
Attendance: 136,138, Avg. 2,002
1979 Iowa Oaks Statistics

The Iowa Oaks of the American Association ended the 1979 season with a record of 69 wins and 67 losses, finishing third in the league's East Division.

The Oaks scored 681 runs and yielded 686 runs. Harold Baines led Iowa with 22 home runs, while Henry Cruz and Rusty Kuntz walloped 15 or more also. Bob Molinaro drove in 93 runs and topped all regular hitters by connecting at a .328 clip. Dewey Robinson paced the squad with 13 wins, and John Sutton recorded a 4.77 ERA, best among pitchers with enough qualifying appearances.

Members of the 1979 Iowa Oaks who played in Major League Baseball during their careers were Rusty Kuntz, LaMarr Hoyt, Britt Burns, Art Kusnyer, Nardi Contreras, Thad Bosley, Marv Foley, Juan Bernhardt, Joe Gates, Harry Chappas, Henry Cruz, Rich Hinton, Bart Johnson, Mike Colbern, Gil Rondón, Mike Pazik, Dewey Robinson, Bill Moran, Lloyd Allen, Guy Hoffman, Steve Trout, Bob Molinaro, Chris Nyman, John Sutton, Gary Holle, Harold Baines, Fred Howard, Pablo Torrealba, Art James, Kevin Bell, Mark Esser and Rich Barnes.

Tony LaRussa and Joe Sparks served as manager.


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Player Bats Throws Birth Date Height Weight Hometown
Lloyd AllenRRMay 8, 19506'1"185Merced, CA US
Harold BainesLLMarch 15, 19596'2"175Easton, MD US
Rich BarnesRLJuly 21, 19596'4"186Palm Beach, FL US
Kevin BellRRJuly 13, 19556'0"195Los Angeles, CA US
Juan BernhardtRRAugust 31, 19535'11"160San Pedro de Macoris, San Pedro de Macoris DO
Thad BosleyLLSeptember 17, 19566'3"175Oceanside, CA US
Britt BurnsLLJune 8, 19596'5"215Houston, TX US
Harry ChappasSROctober 26, 19575'7"150Mount Rainier, MD US
Mike ColbernRRApril 19, 19556'3"205Santa Monica, CA US
Nardi ContrerasSRSeptember 19, 19516'2"193Tampa, FL US
Henry CruzLLFebruary 27, 19526'0"175Christiansted, St. Croix VI
Bobby DouglassLJune 22, 19476'5"228
Mark EsserRLApril 1, 19566'1"190Erie, PA US
Curt EtchandyRRSeptember 23, 19565'11"180
Randall EvansR6'0"185
Marv FoleyLRAugust 29, 19536'0"195Stanford, KY US
Fred FrazierRRMay 11, 19515'9"155
Joe GatesLROctober 3, 19545'7"175Gary, IN US
Luis GuzmanRNovember 11, 19575'11"180
Larry HallRR5'11"170
Rich HintonLLMay 22, 19476'2"185Tucson, AZ US
Guy HoffmanLLJuly 9, 19565'9"175Ottawa, IL US
Gary HolleRLAugust 11, 19546'6"210Albany, NY US
Fred HowardRRSeptember 2, 19566'3"190Portland, ME US
LaMarr HoytRRJanuary 1, 19556'3"195Columbia, SC US
Art JamesLLAugust 2, 19526'0"170Detroit, MI US
Bart JohnsonRRJanuary 3, 19506'5"190Torrance, CA US
Rusty KuntzRRFebruary 4, 19556'3"190Orange, CA US
Art KusnyerRRDecember 19, 19456'2"197Akron, OH US
Mitch LukevicsRRDecember 3, 19536'2"195
Bob MolinaroLRMay 21, 19506'0"190Newark, NJ US
Bill MoranRRSeptember 26, 19506'4"210Portsmouth, VA US
Ray MurilloRRJanuary 18, 19566'2"185
Mark NaehringRRFebruary 9, 19566'3"185
Chris NymanRRJune 6, 19556'4"200Pomona, CA US
Mike PazikLLJanuary 26, 19506'2"195Lynn, MA US
Dewey RobinsonRRApril 28, 19556'0"180Evanston, IL US
Gil RondónRRNovember 18, 19536'2"200Bronx, NY US
John SuttonRRNovember 13, 19525'11"185Dallas, TX US
Pablo TorrealbaLLApril 28, 19485'10"173Barquisimeto, Lara VE
Ray TorresRRApril 12, 19585'10"170San Jose de Moradillas, Sonora MX
Steve TroutLLJuly 30, 19576'4"195Detroit, MI US
Mike WolfRRJune 20, 19556'1"165

Average attendance is based upon the number of actual home dates where known (most leagues from 1992 and later). Where the number of home dates is not known, the average is calculated using half the team's total games.




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