1976 Kansas City Royals season

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1976 Kansas City Royals
1976 AL West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Ewing Kauffman
Manager(s) Whitey Herzog
Local television KBMA
(Denny Matthews, Fred White)
Local radio WIBW (AM)
(Denny Matthews, Fred White)
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The 1976 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing first in the American League West with a record of 90 wins and 72 losses. They lost in the 1976 American League Championship Series to the New York Yankees, three games to two.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

A game at Royals Stadium on Sunday, September 19, 1976. The pitcher is Chris Knapp and the batter is Tom Poquette. The Royals would beat the White Sox 6 to 5.

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L GB Pct.
Kansas City Royals 90 72 -- .556
Oakland Athletics 87 74 2.5 .540
Minnesota Twins 85 77 5 .525
Texas Rangers 76 86 14 .469
California Angels 76 86 14 .469
Chicago White Sox 64 97 25.5 .398

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1976 Kansas City Royals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

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
1B Mayberry, JohnJohn Mayberry 161 594 138 .232 13 95
2B White, FrankFrank White 152 446 102 .229 2 46
3B Brett, GeorgeGeorge Brett 159 645 215 .333 7 67
SS Patek, FreddieFreddie Patek 144 432 104 .241 1 43
CF Otis, AmosAmos Otis 153 592 165 .279 18 86
DH McRae, HalHal McRae 149 527 175 .332 8 73

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
Stinson, BobBob Stinson 79 209 55 .263 2 25
Nelson, DaveDave Nelson 78 153 36 .235 1 17
Quirk, JamieJamie Quirk 64 114 28 .246 1 15
Healy, FranFran Healy 8 24 3 .125 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
Leonard, DennisDennis Leonard 35 259 17 10 3.51 150
Fitzmorris, AlAl Fitzmorris 35 220.1 15 11 3.06 80
Splittorff, PaulPaul Splittorff 26 158.2 11 8 3.97 59
Hassler, AndyAndy Hassler 19 99.2 5 6 2.89 45
Busby, SteveSteve Busby 13 71.2 3 3 4.40 29

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
Bird, DougDoug Bird 39 197.2 12 10 3.37 107
Pattin, MartyMarty Pattin 44 141 8 14 2.49 65

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
Littell, MarkMark Littell 60 8 4 16 2.08 92
Mingori, SteveSteve Mingori 55 5 5 10 2.32 38
Hall, TomTom Hall 31 1 1 1 4.45 25
Gura, LarryLarry Gura 20 4 0 1 2.30 22
Bruno, TomTom Bruno 12 1 0 0 6.75 11
McClure, BobBob McClure 8 0 0 0 9.00 3
Cram, JerryJerry Cram 4 0 0 0 6.23 2
Nelson, RogerRoger Nelson 3 0 0 0 2.08 4
Sadecki, RayRay Sadecki 3 0 0 0 0.00 1

ALCS[edit]

Game 1[edit]

October 9, 1976 at Royals Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 12 0
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 2
W: Catfish Hunter (1-0)   L: Larry Gura (0-1)
HR: None

Game 2[edit]

October 10, 1976 at Royals Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 12 5
Kansas City 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 7 9 0
W: Paul Splittorff (1-0)   L: Ed Figueroa (0-1)
HR: None

Game 3[edit]

October 12, 1976 at Yankee Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 0
New York 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 X 5 9 0
W: Dock Ellis (1-0)   L: Andy Hassler (0-1)   S: Sparky Lyle (1)
HR: NYY: – Chris Chambliss (1)

Game 4[edit]

October 13, 1976 at Yankee Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 7 9 1
New York 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 11 0
W: Doug Bird (1-0)   L: Catfish Hunter (1-1)   S: Steve Mingori (1)
HR: NYY: – Graig Nettles 2 (2)

Game 5[edit]

October 14, 1976 at Yankee Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 6 11 1
New York 2 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 7 11 1
W: Dick Tidrow (1-0)   L: Mark Littell (0-1)
HR: KCR: – John Mayberry (1), George Brett (1)   NYY: – Chris Chambliss (2)

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Omaha Royals American Association Billy Gardner
AA Jacksonville Suns Southern League Bill Scripture
A Waterloo Royals Midwest League John Sullivan
Rookie GCL Royals Gulf Coast League José Martínez

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Waterloo

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Oakland Athletics
1975
AL West Championship Season
1976
Succeeded by
Kansas City Royals
1977