1970 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1970 throughout the world.

Champions[edit]

Major Leagues[edit]

  League Championship Series NBC World Series NBC
                 
East  Baltimore Orioles 3  
West  Minnesota Twins 0  
    AL  Baltimore Orioles 4
  NL  Cincinnati Reds 1
East  Pittsburgh Pirates 0
West  Cincinnati Reds 3  

Other champions[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Statistical leaders[edit]

American League National League
AVG Alex Johnson CAL .329 Rico Carty ATL .366
HR Frank Howard WAS 44 Johnny Bench CIN 45
RBI Frank Howard WAS 126 Johnny Bench CIN 148
Wins Mike Cuellar BAL,
Dave McNally BAL
& Jim Perry MIN
24 Bob Gibson STL &
Gaylord Perry SFG
23
ERA Diego Seguí OAK 2.56   Tom Seaver NYM 2.82  
Ks Sam McDowell CLE 304 Tom Seaver NYM 283

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

Events[edit]

January–March[edit]

April–June[edit]

July–September[edit]

October–December[edit]

Births[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January[edit]

  • January 4 – Brad Springer, 65, pitcher who played from 1925 to 1926 for the St. Louis Browns and the Cincinnati Reds.
  • January 7 – Jumbo Elliott, 69, pitcher for the St. Louis Browns, Brooklyn Robins, Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Braves between 1923 and 1934, who led the National League with 19 wins in 1931.
  • January 9 – Ray Collins, 82, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox from 1909 to 1915, who later coached at University of Vermont.
  • January 10 – Harvey Freeman, 78, pitcher for the 1921 Philadelphia Athletics.
  • January 12 – Doc Bass, 72, utility man who played for the 1918 Boston Braves.
  • January 14 – Johnny Murphy, 61, general manager of the New York Mets, formerly a relief pitcher for the New York Yankees who held the career saves record from 1946 to 1962.
  • January 15 – Bill Leard, 84, second baseman for the 1917 Brooklyn Robins.
  • January 17 – Alex Mustaikis, 60, pitcher for the 1940 Boston Red Sox.
  • January 18 – Jack Richardson, 77, pitcher who played from 1915 to 1916 with the Philadelphia Athletics.
  • January 21 – Casper Asbjornson, 60, catcher who played from 1928 to 1932 for the Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds.
  • January 21 – Harry Shriver, 73, pitcher for the 1921-22 Brooklyn Robins.
  • January 23 – Bill Conroy, 71, infielder for the 1923 Washington Senators.
  • January 24 – Hal McKain, 63, pitcher who played for the Cleveland Indians Chicago White Sox in parts of five seasons seasons spanning 1927–1932.
  • January 25 – Harvey Grubb, 79, third baseman for the 1912 Cleveland Naps.
  • Janaury 26 – Jim Haislip, 78, pitcher for the 1913 Philadelphia Phillies.
  • Janaury 28 – Orie Arntzen, 60, pitcher for the 1943 Philadelphia Athletics.
  • January 29 – Miguel Fuentes, Puerto Rican pitcher for the Seattle Pilots during the 1969 season, who was murdered in a bar fight at the age of 23.

February[edit]

  • February   5 – Rudy York, 56, Hall of Fame first baseman and seven-time All-Star who had six 100-RBI seasons for the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox, while hitting a record 18 homers in one month as a rookie, and two grand slams in a 1946 game.
  • February 21 – Tom Carey, 63, infielder for the St. Louis Browns and Boston Red Sox between 1935 and 1946, later a coach with the Red Sox.
  • February 21 – Joe Shaute, 70, pitcher who won 99 games from 1922 to 1934 for the Cleveland Indians, Brooklyn Robins/Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds.

March[edit]

  • March 18 – Frosty Thomas, 88, pitcher for the 1905 Detroit Tigers, who also collected 85 wins with the Minneapolis Millers of the Western League from 1902–1907.
  • March 20 – Jack Flater, 86, pitcher for the 1908 Philadelphia Athletics.

April[edit]

  • April   8 – Lee Handley, 57, an infielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates during eight seasons, who also played with the Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • April 11 – Joe Heving, 69, a pitcher for the Giants, White Sox, Indians, Red Sox and Braves between 1930 and 1945, who led American League pitchers with 63 appearances in 1944, despite being the only grandfather playing in the majors.
  • April 11 – Sailor Stroud, 84, pitcher who posted a 5-7 record with a 3.25 ERA and three shutouts for the Detroit Tigers (1915) and New York Giants (1916).
  • April 12 – Red Shannon, 73, backup infielder who played from 1917 to 1921 with the Braves, Athletics, Red Sox, Senators and Cubs.
  • April 14 – John Donaldson, 78, star pitcher in the Negro Leagues, mainly with the All Nations team and Kansas City Monarchs.
  • April 15 – Ripper Collins, 66, All-Star first baseman who led NL in homers in 1934, then batted .367 in World Series.
  • April 16 – Mal Eason, 91, pitcher for the Chicago Orphans, Boston Beaneaters, Detroit Tigers and Brooklyn Superbas in the early 20th century.
  • April 17 – Dick Brown, 35, part-time catcher who hit 62 home runs with 223 RBI in 636 games for the Indians, White Sox, Tigers and Orioles.
  • April 18 – Tony York, 57, infielder for the 1944 Chicago Cubs, and one of many major leaguers who only played during World War II.
  • April 26 – Yats Wuestling, 66, backup shortstop who played from 1929 to 1930 for the Tigers and Yankees.

May[edit]

  • May 13 – Urbane Pickering, 70, backup infielder who hit .257 with 11 home runs and 92 RBI for the Boston Red Sox in the 1921 and 1922 seasons.
  • May 16 – Dutch Ruether, 76, pitcher who won opener of 1919 World Series for the Cincinnati Reds, later a scout for the New York Giants.
  • May 19 – Ray Schalk, 77, Hall of Fame catcher for the Chicago White Sox who was noted for his defensive brilliance, setting records for career games, putouts and double plays at the position.
  • May 24 – Bill Lamar, 73, outfielder for the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Brooklyn Robins and Philadelphia Athletics (1917–1927), who collected a .310 average including a .356 in 1925.
  • May 31 – Zip Zabel, 79, Chicago Cubs pitcher who set a major league record for the most innings pitched in relief (18 13) during the 1915 season.

June[edit]

  • June   1 – George Watkins, 69, outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and Brooklyn Dodgers in the early 1930s, who owns the major league season-record for a rookie with a .373 batting average (1930).
  • June   3 – Jakie May, 74, relief pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs in 14 seasons spanning 1917–1932, who posted a 72-95 record with a 3.88 ERA and 19 saves in 1562 innings of work.
  • June 14 – Webbo Clarke, 42, Panamanian pitcher who played for the 1955 Washington Senators.
  • June 23 – Ross Reynolds, 82, pitcher who posted a 5-4 record and a 2.62 ERA for the 1914–1915 Detroit Tigers.

July[edit]

  • July   1 – Herb Hall, 77, pitcher for the 1918 Detroit Tigers.
  • July   7 – Harry Wolter, 85, outfielder and pitcher who played for the Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, New York Highlanders/Yankees and Chicago Cubs.
  • July   8 – Jimmy Grant, 51, third baseman who played from 1942 through 1944 for the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians.
  • July 15 – Emilio Palmero, 75, Cuban pitcher who spent over 17 years in baseball, including stints with the New York Giants, St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators and Boston Braves during five seasons spanning 1915–1928.
  • July 16 – Peahead Walker, 71, who had a distinguished minor league career as player and manager, and later became a prolific football coach with several collegiate squads as well as the CFL's Montreal Alouettes.
  • July 24 – Harvey Green, 55, pitcher who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1935 season.
  • July 25 – Herb Hunter, 74, utility IF/OF for the New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals between 1916 and 1921.
  • July 27 – Whitey Platt, 29, backup outfielder for the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Browns in five seasons between 1942 and 1949, who was a member of the 1938 United States national team in the inaugural Amateur World Series played in England, and also served with the US Navy in the Pacific Theatre of World War II.
  • July 29 – Charley Moore, 85, infielder for the 1912 Chicago Cubs.

August[edit]

  • August   2 – Mike Cvengros, 69, pitcher who played with the New York Giants, Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs in a span of six seasons from 1922–1929.
  • August 11 – Paul Gillespie, 49, fine defensive catcher for the Cubs in the early 1940s, who hit home runs both in his first and last major league at-bats.
  • August 15 – Ray Bates, 80, third baseman for the Cleveland Naps (1913) and Philadelphia Athletics (1917).
  • August 16 – Kurt Krieger, 43, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1949-1951, who is recognised as the first Austrian-born player to appear in a Major League game.
  • August 23 – Doc Gautreau, 69, second baseman who played from 1925 to 1o 1928 for the Philadelphia Athletics and the Boston Braves.
  • August 23 – Red Smith, 78, backup catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1917 and 1918 seasons.
  • August 25 – Leo Moon, 81, pitcher for the 1932 Cleveland Indians.
  • August 26 – Eddie Rommel, 72, pitcher who won 171 games for the Philadelphia Athletics, and later worked 22 years as an American League umpire.
  • August 31 – Heinie Odom, 69, third baseman for the 1925 New York Yankees.

September[edit]

  • September 19 – Dave Danforth, pitcher who posted a 71-66 record with a 3.89 ERA from 1911–1925 for the Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Browns.
  • September 30 – Lou Novikoff, 54, outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs in the early 1940s.
  • September 30 – Hank Patterson, 63, catcher for the 1932 Boston Red Sox.

October[edit]

  • October 10 – Lefty Leifield, 87, pitcher who averaged 17 wins for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1906 to 1911, including a career-high 20 wins in 1907.
  • October 13 – Fred Mitchell, 92, Hall of Fame manager who won the 1918 National League pennant with the Chicago Cubs, and also was coach at Harvard University for 30 years.
  • October 23 – Sherry Robertson, 51, Canadian outfielder/infielder from 1940-52 for the Washington Senators and Philadelphia Athletics, who later became a MLB executive.
  • October 31 – Johnny Lucas, 67, outfielder for the Boston Red Sox from 1931 to 1932.

November[edit]

  • November   5 - Dave Robertson, 89, outfielder from 1912-22 for the New York Giants, Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates, who led twice the National League in home runs (1916–1917).
  • November   5 - Charlie Root, 71, pitcher who won a club-record 201 games for the Chicago Cubs, best known as the pitcher that surrendered Babe Ruth's supposed "called shot" in the 1932 World Series.
  • November 24 - Ivy Andrews, 63, pitcher for three American League teams from 1931–1938 and a member of the New York Yankees 1932 World Champions, who later became the first pitching coach for the Double-A Birmingham Barons.

December[edit]

  • December 10 – Johnny Mostil, 74, center fielder for the Chicago White Sox whose promising career was derailed by a 1927 suicide attempt.
  • December 12 – Doug Taitt, 68, right fielder for the Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies from 1938 to 1932, who later became a successfully hitter and manager in the Minor Leagues.
  • December 16 – Jim Winford, 61, pitcher who played from 1932 to 1938 for the St. Louis Cardinals and Brooklyn Dodgers.

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