1971 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1971 throughout the world.  

Champions[edit]

Major League Baseball[edit]

National League: Pittsburgh Pirates

American League: Baltimore Orioles

1971 World Series: Pittsburgh (NL) def. Baltimore (AL), 4 games to 3.

Inter-league playoff: Pittsburgh (NL) declined challenge by Tokyo Yomiuri Giants.

Other champions[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Tony Oliva .337 Joe Torre .363
HR Bill Melton 33 Willie Stargell 48
RBI Harmon Killebrew 119 Joe Torre 137
Wins Mickey Lolich 25 Fergie Jenkins 24
ERA Vida Blue 1.82 Tom Seaver 1.76

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League final standings[edit]

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
Baltimore Orioles 101 57 .639
Detroit Tigers 91 71 .562 12
Boston Red Sox 85 77 .525 18
New York Yankees 82 80 .506 21
Washington Senators 63 96 .396 38.5
Cleveland Indians 60 102 .370 43
West Division
Oakland Athletics 101 60 .627
Kansas City Royals 85 76 .528 16
Chicago White Sox 79 83 .488 22.5
California Angels 76 86 .469 25.5
Minnesota Twins 74 86 .463 26.5
Milwaukee Brewers 69 92 .429 32

National League final standings[edit]

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
Pittsburgh Pirates 96 64 .599
St. Louis Cardinals 90 72 .556 7
Chicago Cubs 83 79 .512 14
New York Mets 83 79 .512 14
Montreal Expos 71 90 .441 25.5
Philadelphia Phillies 67 95 .414 30
West Division
San Francisco Giants 90 72 .556
Los Angeles Dodgers 89 73 .549 1
Atlanta Braves 82 80 .506 8
Cincinnati Reds 79 83 .488 11
Houston Astros 79 83 .488 11
San Diego Padres 61 100 .379 28.5

Events[edit]

January–February[edit]

  • February 9 – Former Negro Leagues pitcher Satchel Paige is nominated for the Hall of Fame. On June 10, the Hall's new Veterans Committee will formally select Paige for induction.

March–April[edit]

  • March 6, 1971: Charlie Finley persuaded American League president Joe Cronin to have a preseason game in which a walk was allowed on three pitches rather than four. The Athletics bested the Milwaukee Brewers by a 13–9 tally. Nineteen total walks were issued in the game, and a collective six home runs were hit.[1]
  • April 27 – Hank Aaron becomes the third player in Major League history to hit his 600th home run.

May–June[edit]

  • May 17:
  • June 25 – Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits what will be the longest home run ever hit at Veterans Stadium. In the second inning of the Pirates' 14–4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, his shot off Jim Bunning strikes above an exit in the 600 level in the upper deck. The spot where the ball struck will eventually be marked with a yellow star with a black "S" inside a white circle until Stargell's 2001 death, after which the white circle will then be painted black. The star will remain until the stadium's 2004 demolition.

July–August[edit]

  • July 7 – Commissioner Kuhn announces that players from the Negro Leagues elected to the Hall of Fame will be given full membership in the museum. It had been previously announced that they would be honored in a separate wing.
  • August 28 – Phillies pitcher Rick Wise hits two home runs, including a grand slam off Don McMahon, in the second game of a doubleheader, duplicating his feat in his June no-hitter. Wise beats the Giants 7–3.

September–October[edit]

November –December[edit]

  • November 17 – At age 22, Oakland Athletics pitcher Vida Blue becomes the youngest player ever to win the Most Valuable Player Award and only the fourth to capture both the Cy Young Award and the MVP in the same season.
  • December 1 – The Chicago Cubs release longtime star and future Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, ending his 19-year major league career. The Cubs also announce that Banks will serve as a coach on manager Leo Durocher's staff in the 1972 season. Mr. Cub finishes his illustrious playing career with 512 home runs and 1,636 RBI.

Births[edit]

January–March[edit]

April–June[edit]

July–September[edit]

October–December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

  • January 1 - Luis Aparicio, Sr., 58, legendary Venezuelan shortstop and father of Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio
  • January 1 – Harry Rice, 69, outfielder noted for his defense who also hit .300 five times
  • January 7 – Dud Lee, 71, infielder for the St. Louis Browns and Boston Red Sox in the 1920s
  • January 7 – Hal Rhyne, 71, shortstop who played from 1926 to 1933 for the Pirates, Red Sox and White Sox
  • January 9 – Elmer Flick, 94, Hall of Fame right fielder and lifetime .313 hitter who led AL in triples three times, steals twice, and batting and runs once each
  • February 16 – Cedric Durst, 74, outfielder for the St. Louis Browns, New York Yankees, and Boston Red Sox between 1922 and 1930, who also was a member of the 1927 and 1928 World Champions Yankees
  • February 20 - Vidal López, 52, three-time Triple Crown Pitching winner and slugging outfielder who played in the professional leagues of Cuba, México, Puerto Rico and Venezuela, throughout a career that lasted 21 years between the 1930s and 1950s
  • March 18 – Tony Welzer, 71, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox from 1926 to 1927, who was the first player born in Germany to appear in an American League game
  • April 4 – Carl Mays, 79, underhand pitcher who won 20 games five times with three teams, but was best remembered for his pitch which struck Ray Chapman in the head for the only field fatality in major league history
  • April 9 – Elmer Eggert, 69, pitcher for the 1927 Boston Red Sox
  • April 9 – Will Harridge, 87, president of the American League from 1931 to 1958
  • April 15 – Mickey Harris, 54, All-Star pitcher who won 17 games for the 1946 Red Sox, led AL in saves with 1950 Senators
  • April 16 – William Eckert, 62, commissioner of baseball from 1965 to 1968
  • April 16 – Ron Northey, 50, outfielder with a powerful arm who hit a record three pinch-hit grand slams in his career
  • April 19 – Russ Hodges, 60, broadcaster for the Giants since 1949, previously with the Reds, Cubs, Senators and Yankees, best known for his call of Bobby Thomson's pennant-winning home run in 1951
  • May 12 – Heinie Manush, 69, Hall of Fame left fielder and career .330 hitter who won 1926 batting title with Detroit, led AL in hits and doubles twice each
  • May 15 – Goose Goslin, 70, Hall of Fame left fielder who starred for five pennant winners in Washington and Detroit, batting .316 lifetime with eleven 100-RBI seasons; one of the first ten players to hit 200 home runs, he retired with the 7th-most RBIs in history
  • May 20 – Martín Dihigo, 65, Cuban star in the Negro Leagues who excelled at all positions, particularly as a pitcher and second baseman
  • May 26 – Judge Nagle, 91, pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox during the 1911 season
  • July 12 – Wally Judnich, 54, center fielder who twice batted .300 for the St. Louis Browns
  • July 28 – Myril Hoag, 63, outfielder who recovered from a brutal 1936 collision to become an All-Star three years later
  • October 8 – Murray Wall, 45, relief pitcher for the Boston Braves, Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators between 1950 and 1959
  • November 5 – Toothpick Sam Jones, 45, All-Star pitcher who led NL in strikeouts three times after beginning in the Negro Leagues
  • November 17 – Smead Jolley, 89, outfielder who played for the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox in the 1930s
  • December 13 – Mike Ryba, 68, pitcher who caught both games of a doubleheader in 1942
  • December 16 – Ferdie Schupp, 80, pitcher who won 21 games for the 1917 New York Giants but whose career faltered after service in World War I

References[edit]

  1. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.146, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  2. ^ John Perrotto (August 14, 2006). "Baseball Plog". Beaver County Times. 
  3. ^ "Honoring First All-Minority Lineup". New York Times. September 17, 2006. p. Sports p. 2. 

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