1977 Kansas City Royals season

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1977 Kansas City Royals
1977 AL West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Ewing Kauffman
Manager(s) Whitey Herzog
Local television KBMA
Local radio WIBW (AM)
(Denny Matthews, Fred White)
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The 1977 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 102 wins and 60 losses. They went on to lose the 1977 American League Championship Series to the New York Yankees, 3 games to 2.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L GB Pct.
Kansas City Royals 102 60 -- .630
Texas Rangers 94 68 8 .580
Chicago White Sox 90 72 12 .556
Minnesota Twins 84 77 17.5 .522
California Angels 74 88 28 .457
Seattle Mariners 64 98 38 .395
Oakland Athletics 63 98 38.5 .391


Opening Day starters[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

  • May 27, 1977: Tim Ireland was signed as a free agent by the Royals.[4]

Roster[edit]

1977 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 Porter, DarrellDarrell Porter 130 425 117 .275 16 60
1B Mayberry, JohnJohn Mayberry 153 543 125 .230 23 82
2B White, FrankFrank White 152 474 116 .245 5 50
3B Brett, GeorgeGeorge Brett 139 564 176 .312 22 88
SS Patek, FreddieFreddie Patek 154 497 130 .262 5 60
CF Otis, AmosAmos Otis 142 478 120 .251 17 78
RF Cowens, AlAl Cowens 162 606 189 .312 23 112
DH McRae, HalHal McRae 162 641 191 .298 21 92

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
LaCock, PetePete LaCock 88 218 66 .303 3 29
Zdeb, JoeJoe Zdeb 105 195 58 .297 2 23
Nelson, DaveDave Nelson 27 48 9 .188 0 4
Wilson, WillieWillie Wilson 13 34 11 .324 0 1
Washington, U LU L Washington 10 20 4 .200 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 38 292.2 20 12 3.04 244
Colborn, JimJim Colborn 36 239 18 14 3.62 103
Splittorff, PaulPaul Splittorff 37 229 16 6 3.69 99
Hassler, AndyAndy Hassler 29 156.1 9 6 4.20 83

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
Pattin, MartyMarty Pattin 31 128.1 10 13 3.58 55

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
Bird, DougDoug Bird 53 11 4 14 3.88 83
Gura, LarryLarry Gura 52 8 5 10 3.13 46
Littell, MarkMark Littell 48 8 4 12 3.58 55
Hall, TomTom Hall 6 0 0 0 3.52 10
Throop, GeorgeGeorge Throop 4 0 0 1 3.38 1
Lance, GaryGary Lance 1 0 1 0 4.50 0

ALCS[edit]

Game 1[edit]

October 5: Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 9 0
New York 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 0
W: Paul Splittorff (1-0)  L: Don Gullett (0-1)  
HRs: KCHal McRae (1), John Mayberry (1), Al Cowens (1) NYYThurman Munson (1)

Game 2[edit]

October 6: Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 3 1
New York 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 - 6 10 0
W: Ron Guidry (1-0)  L: Andy Hassler (0-1)  
HRs: KC – none; NYYCliff Johnson (1)

Game 3[edit]

October 7: Royals Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 4 1
Kansas City 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 1 - 6 12 1
W: Dennis Leonard (1-0)  L: Mike Torrez (0-1)  
HRs: NYY – none; KC – none

Game 4[edit]

October 8: Royals Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 13 0
Kansas City 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 8 2
W: Sparky Lyle (1-0)  L: Larry Gura (0-1)  
HRs: NYY – none; KC – none

Game 5[edit]

October 9: Royals Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 5 10 0
Kansas City 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 1
W: Sparky Lyle (2-0)  L: Dennis Leonard (1-1)  
HRs: NYY – none; KC – none

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Omaha Royals American Association John Sullivan
AA Jacksonville Suns Southern League Gordon Mackenzie
A Daytona Beach Islanders Florida State League José Martínez
Rookie GCL Royals Gulf Coast League Bill Scripture

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. 

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