1971 Detroit Tigers season

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1971 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) John Fetzer
Manager(s) Billy Martin
Local television WJBK
(George Kell, Larry Osterman)
Local radio WJR
(Ernie Harwell, Ray Lane)
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The 1971 Detroit Tigers finished in second place in the American League East with a 91-71 record, 12 games behind the Orioles. They outscored their opponents 701 to 645. They drew 1,591,073 fans to Tiger Stadium, the second highest attendance in the American League.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Mickey Lolich became the second pitcher in the history of the American League to win 25 games but not win the Cy Young Award.[3]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L GB Pct.
Baltimore Orioles 101 57 0 .639
Detroit Tigers 91 71 12 .562
Boston Red Sox 85 77 18 .525
New York Yankees 82 80 21 .506
Washington Senators 63 96 38.5 .396
Cleveland Indians 60 102 43 .370

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1971 Detroit Tigers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Freehan, BillBill Freehan 148 516 143 .277 21 71
1B Cash, NormNorm Cash 135 452 128 .283 32 91
2B McAuliffe, DickDick McAuliffe 128 477 99 .208 18 57
3B Rodríguez, AurelioAurelio Rodríguez 154 604 153 .253 15 39
SS Brinkman, EdEd Brinkman 159 527 120 .228 1 37
LF Horton, WillieWillie Horton 119 450 130 .289 22 72
CF Stanley, MickeyMickey Stanley 139 401 117 .292 7 55
RF Kaline, AlAl Kaline 133 405 119 .294 15 54

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Northrup, JimJim Northrup 136 459 124 .270 16 71
Brown, GatesGates Brown 82 195 66 .338 11 29
Taylor, TonyTony Taylor 55 181 52 .287 3 19
Jones, DaltonDalton Jones 83 138 35 .254 5 11
Brown, IkeIke Brown 59 110 28 .255 8 19
Price, JimJim Price 29 54 13 .241 1 7
Collins, KevinKevin Collins 31 41 11 .268 1 4
Gutiérrez, CésarCésar Gutiérrez 38 37 7 .189 0 4
Hosley, TimTim Hosley 7 16 3 .188 2 6
Young, JohnJohn Young 2 4 2 .500 0 1

Note: pitchers' batting statistics not included

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Lolich, MickeyMickey Lolich 45 376 25 14 2.92 308
Coleman, JoeJoe Coleman 39 286 20 9 3.15 236
Cain, LesLes Cain 26 144.2 10 9 4.35 118

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Niekro, JoeJoe Niekro 31 122.1 6 7 4.49 43
Chance, DeanDean Chance 31 89.2 4 6 3.51 64
Kilkenny, MikeMike Kilkenny 30 86.1 4 5 5.00 47
Gilbreth, BillBill Gilbreth 9 30 2 1 4.80 14

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L= Losses; SV = Saves; GF = Games finished; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV GF ERA SO
Scherman, FredFred Scherman 69 11 6 20 40 2.71 76
Timmermann, TomTom Timmermann 52 7 6 4 23 3.86 51
Denehy, BillBill Denehy 31 0 3 1 10 4.22 27
Patterson, DarylDaryl Patterson 12 0 1 0 3 4.82 5
Hannan, JimJim Hannan 7 1 0 0 3 3.27 6
Boswell, DaveDave Boswell 3 0 0 0 1 6.23 3
Foor, JimJim Foor 3 0 0 0 1 18.00 2

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Mickey Lolich, Tiger of the Year award from Detroit baseball writers

League top ten finishers[edit]

Ed Brinkman

  • AL leader in games played at shortstop (159)
  • AL leader in innings played at shortstop (1395-2/3)
  • AL leader in assists by a shortstop (513)
  • #4 in AL in games played (159)
  • #7 in AL in times hit by pitch (7)

Norm Cash

  • Finished 12th in AL MVP voting
  • AL leader in at bats per home run (14.1)
  • #2 in AL in home runs (32)
  • #3 in AL in slugging percentage (.531)
  • #3 in AL in OPS (.903)
  • #7 in AL in times hit by pitch (7)
  • #8 in AL in RBIs (91)
  • #9 in AL in runs created (93)
  • 7th oldest player in the AL

Joe Coleman

  • #3 in AL in strikeouts (236)
  • #4 in AL in strikeouts per 9 innings pitched (7.43)
  • #5 in AL in win percentage (.690)
  • #5 in AL in innings pitched (286)
  • #5 in AL in batters faced (1174)
  • #6 in AL in wins (20)
  • #9 in AL in complete games (16)

Bill Freehan

  • AL leader in games at catcher (144)
  • AL leader in complete games at catcher (128)
  • AL leader in innings played at catcher (1265)
  • AL leader in putouts by a catcher (912)
  • #3 in AL in times hit by pitch (9)
  • #8 in AL in doubles (26)
  • #9 in AL in extra base hits (51)
  • #9 in AL in at bats per strikeout (10.8)

Willie Horton

  • #7 in AL in slugging percentage (.496)
  • #7 in AL in times hit by pitch (7)
  • #10 in AL in extra base hits (48)
  • #10 in AL in at bats per home run (20.5)

Al Kaline

  • #3 in AL in on-base percentage (.416)
  • #6 in AL in OPS (.878)
  • #7 in AL in time hit by pitch (7)
  • #8 in AL in batting average (.294)
  • #10 in AL in bases on balls (82)
  • 9th oldest player in the AL

Mickey Lolich

  • Finished 2nd in AL Cy Young Award voting (behind Vida Blue)
  • Finished 5th in AL MVP voting
  • MLB leader in wins (25)
  • MLB leader in strikeouts (308)
  • MLB leader in innings pitched (376)
  • MLB leader in games started (45)
  • AL leader in complete games (29)
  • MLB leader in hits allowed (336)
  • MLB leader in batters faced (1538)
  • #2 in MLB in home runs allowed (36)
  • #2 in MLB in earned runs allowed (122)
  • #4 in AL in sacrifice hits (16)
  • #4 in AL in strikeout to walk ratio (3.35)
  • #5 in AL in strikeouts per 9 innings pitched (7.37)
  • #7 in AL in Adjusted ERA+ (125)
  • #8 in AL in bases on balls per 9 innings pitched (2.20)
  • #10 in AL in ERA (2.92)

Aurelio Rodríguez

  • #3 in AL in doubles (30)
  • #4 in AL in triples (7)
  • #4 in AL in outs (476)
  • #5 in AL in at bats (604)
  • #8 in AL in extra base hits (52)
  • #10 in AL in strikeouts (104)

Fred Scherman

  • #2 in AL in games by pitcher (69)
  • #3 in AL in saves (20)
  • #3 in AL in games finished (40)

Players ranking among top 100 all time at position[edit]

The following members of the 1972 Tigers were ranked among the Top 100 of all time at their position in The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract in 2001:

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Mud Hens International League Mike Roarke
AA Montgomery Rebels Southern League Dick Tracewski
A Rocky Mount Leafs Carolina League Len Okrie
A Lakeland Tigers Florida State League Stubby Overmire
A Clinton Pilots Midwest League Max Lanier
Short-Season A Batavia Trojans New York-Penn League Joe Lewis
Rookie Bristol Tigers Appalachian League Jim Leyland

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Denny McLain page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Jerry Robertson page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 236, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  4. ^ a b Dave Boswell page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Gene Pentz page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Tony Taylor page at Baseball Reference

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