1976 Philadelphia Phillies season
|1976 Philadelphia Phillies
1976 National League East Championship
|Major league affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Robert "Ruly" Carpenter III|
|General manager(s)||Paul Owens|
(Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Andy Musser)
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The 1976 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 94th season in the history of the franchise. The Phillies won their first National League East title, as they compiled a record of 101-61, nine games ahead of the second-place Pittsburgh Pirates.
- October 24, 1975: Larry Cox was traded by the Phillies to the Minnesota Twins for Sergio Ferrer.
- December 10, 1975: Dick Ruthven, Roy Thomas, and Alan Bannister were traded by the Phillies to the Chicago White Sox for Jim Kaat and Mike Buskey.
- December 27, 1975: Luis Aguayo was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent.
- January 7, 1976: Derek Botelho was drafted by the Phillies in the 2nd round of the 1976 Major League Baseball Draft. Player signed May 5, 1976.
 Regular season
The final 9-game margin masks how competitive the season actually was. In a scary echo of 1964, the Phillies saw a 15 1⁄2-game August lead dwindle to just 3 games as their offense dried up on two late-year road trips.
Mike Schmidt hit 12 home runs in Philadelphia's first 15 games, including 4 in one game on April 17. No one had hit this many home runs so quickly. In that game, the Phillies and Chicago Cubs combined for thirty-four runs in a game which featured nine home runs. Schmidt's home run feat was later tied by Alex Rodriguez in 2007.
Schmidt also won his first of 10 Gold Gloves that year, and carried the Phillies to the 1976 NLCS where he hit .308.
 Season standings
|New York Mets||86||76||.531||15|
|St. Louis Cardinals||72||90||.444||29|
 Notable transactions
- April 9, 1976: Wayne Nordhagen was purchased by the Phillies from the St. Louis Cardinals.
- May 14, 1976: Bobby Brown was signed as a free agent by the Phillies.
- July 14, 1976: Wayne Nordhagen was traded by the Phillies to the Chicago White Sox for Rich Coggins.
 Draft picks
- June 8, 1976: Joe Charboneau was drafted by the Phillies in the 2nd round of the secondary phase of the 1976 Major League Baseball Draft. Player signed June 10, 1976.
|1976 Philadelphia Phillies|
 Player stats
 Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
 Other batters
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
 Starting pitchers
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
 Relief pitchers
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
 1976 National League Championship Series
 Game 1
October 9, Veterans Stadium
|W: Don Gullett (1-0) L: Steve Carlton (0-1) SV: None|
|HRs: CIN – George Foster (1) PHI – None|
 Game 2
October 10, Veterans Stadium
|W: Pat Zachry (1-0) L: Jim Lonborg (0-1) SV: Pedro Borbón (1)|
|HRs: CIN – None PHI – Greg Luzinski (1)|
 Game 3
October 12, Riverfront Stadium
|W: Rawly Eastwick (1-0) L: Gene Garber (0-1) SV: None|
|HRs: CIN – George Foster (2) Johnny Bench (1) PHI – None|
 Farm system
- Sergio Ferrer page at Baseball Reference
- Jim Kaat page at Baseball Reference
- "Luis Aguayo". Baseball-Reference. Archived from the original on 14 June 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
- Derek Botelho page at Baseball Reference
- Box score: Phillies vs. Cubs 4/17/76
- Wayne Nordhagen page at Baseball Reference
- Bobby Brown page at Baseball Reference
- Joe Charboneau page at Baseball Reference
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007
- Fitzpatrick, Frank (2009-10-06). "Almost enough: The '76-78 Phils". Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2009-10-08. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
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