1971 Kansas City Royals season

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1971 Kansas City Royals
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Ewing Kauffman
Manager(s) Bob Lemon
Local television KMBC-TV
Local radio KMBZ
(Buddy Blattner, Denny Matthews)
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The 1971 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing second in the American League West with a record of 85 wins and 76 losses, 16 games behind the Oakland Athletics. This was also the first time in franchise history that the Royals had finished with a winning record.[1] It happened in only their third season, the fastest of any expansion club in Major League Baseball history to that point. The record would stand until the 1999 Arizona Diamondbacks won the National League West title in their second season.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L GB Pct.
Oakland Athletics 101 60 -- .627
Kansas City Royals 85 76 16 .528
Chicago White Sox 79 83 22.5 .488
California Angels 76 86 25.5 .469
Minnesota Twins 74 86 26.5 .463
Milwaukee Brewers 69 92 32 .429

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1971 Kansas City Royals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; 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 May, JerryJerry May 71 218 55 .252 1 24
3B Schaal, PaulPaul Schaal 161 548 150 .274 11 63
LF Piniella, LouLou Piniella 126 448 125 .279 3 51

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
Harrison, ChuckChuck Harrison 49 143 31 .217 2 21
Taylor, CarlCarl Taylor 20 39 7 .179 0 3
Savage, TedTed Savage 19 29 5 .172 0 1

Pitching[edit]

Starting 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
Drago, DickDick Drago 35 241.1 17 11 2.98 109
Hedlund, MikeMike Hedlund 32 205.2 15 8 2.71 76
Dal Canton, BruceBruce Dal Canton 25 141.1 8 6 3.44 58
Bunker, WallyWally Bunker 7 32.1 2 3 5.01 15

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
Fitzmorris, AlAl Fitzmorris 36 127.1 7 5 4.17 53
Nelson, RogerRoger Nelson 13 34 0 1 5.29 29
Clemons, LanceLance Clemons 10 24 1 0 4.12 20
Montgomery, MontyMonty Montgomery 3 21.1 3 0 2.11 12
McCormick, MikeMike McCormick 4 9.2 0 0 9.31 2

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Burgmeier, TomTom Burgmeier 67 9 7 17 1.73 44
Abernathy, TedTed Abernathy 63 4 6 23 2.56 55

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Omaha Royals American Association Jack McKeon
AA Elmira Royals Eastern League Harry Malmberg
A San Jose Bees California League Buddy Peterson
A Waterloo Royals Midwest League Steve Boros
Rookie Kingsport Royals Appalachian League Owen Friend
Rookie GCL Royals Gulf Coast League Buzzy Keller
Rookie Billings Mustangs Pioneer League Gary Blaylock

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Elmira, GCL Royals

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