1977 Major League Baseball season

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1977 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 6, 1977 – October 18, 1977
Regular season
Season MVP AL: Rod Carew (MIN)
NL: George Foster (CIN)
Postseason
AL champions New York Yankees
  AL runners-up Kansas City Royals
NL champions Los Angeles Dodgers
  NL runners-up Philadelphia Phillies
World Series
Champions New York Yankees
  Runners-up Los Angeles Dodgers
World Series MVP Reggie Jackson (NYY)
MLB seasons

The 1977 Major League Baseball season. The American League had its third expansion as the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays began play. However, the National League did not expand, thus they remained at twelve teams, to the AL's 14, until the Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins joined in 1993.

Regular season standings[edit]

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East
1st New York Yankees 100 62 .617
t-2nd Baltimore Orioles 97 64 .602 2.5
t-2nd Boston Red Sox 97 64 .602 2.5
4th Detroit Tigers 74 88 .457 26
5th Cleveland Indians 71 90 .441 28.5
6th Milwaukee Brewers 67 95 .414 33
7th Toronto Blue Jays 54 107 .335 45.5
West
1st Kansas City Royals 102 60 .630
2nd Texas Rangers 94 68 .580 8
3rd Chicago White Sox 90 72 .556 12
4th Minnesota Twins 84 77 .522 17.5
5th California Angels 74 88 .457 28
6th Seattle Mariners 64 98 .395 38
7th Oakland A's 63 98 .391 38.5
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East
1st Philadelphia Phillies 101 61 .623
2nd Pittsburgh Pirates 96 66 .593 5
3rd St. Louis Cardinals 83 79 .512 18
4th Chicago Cubs 81 81 .500 20
5th Montreal Expos 75 87 .463 26
6th New York Mets 64 98 .395 37
West
1st Los Angeles Dodgers 98 64 .605
2nd Cincinnati Reds 88 74 .543 10
3rd Houston Astros 81 81 .500 17
4th San Francisco Giants 75 87 .463 23
5th San Diego Padres 69 93 .426 29
6th Atlanta Braves 61 101 .377 37

Postseason[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  League Championship Series
TV: NBC
World Series
TV: ABC
                 
East  New York Yankees 3  
West  Kansas City Royals 2  
    AL  New York Yankees 4
  NL  Los Angeles Dodgers 2
East  Philadelphia Phillies 1
West  Los Angeles Dodgers 3  

League Championship Series[edit]

American League[edit]

1977 American League Championship Series
New York Yankees (3) vs. Kansas City Royals (2)
Game Date Score Series
(NYY-KC)
Location
1 October 5 Royals 7, Yankees 2 0–1 Yankee Stadium
2 October 6 Yankees 6, Royals 2 1–1 Yankee Stadium
3 October 7 Royals 6, Yankees 2 1–2 Royals Stadium
4 October 8 Yankees 6, Royals 4 2–2 Royals Stadium
5 October 9 Yankees 5, Royals 3 3–2 Royals Stadium

National League[edit]

1977 National League Championship Series
Los Angeles Dodgers (3) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (1)
Most Valuable Player: Dusty Baker, LF, Los Angeles
Game Date Score Series
(LA-PHI)
Location
1 October 4 Phillies 7, Dodgers 5 0–1 Dodger Stadium
2 October 5 Dodgers 7, Phillies 1 1–1 Dodger Stadium
3 October 7 Dodgers 6, Phillies 5 2–1 Veterans Stadium
4 October 8 Dodgers 4, Phillies 1 3–1 Veterans Stadium

World series[edit]

Main article: 1977 World Series
1977 World Series
New York Yankees (4) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (2)
Most Valuable Player: Reggie Jackson, RF, New York
Game Date Score Series
(NYY-LA)
Location Attendance Time
1 October 11 Yankees 4, Dodgers 3
(12 innings)
0–1 Yankee Stadium 56,668 3:24
2 October 12 Dodgers 6, Yankees 1 1–1 Yankee Stadium 56,691 2:27
3 October 14 Yankees 5, Dodgers 3 2–1 Dodger Stadium 55,992 2:31
4 October 15 Yankees 4, Dodgers 2 3–1 Dodger Stadium 55,995 2:07
5 October 16 Dodgers 10, Yankees 4 3–2 Dodger Stadium 55,995 2:29
6 October 18 Yankees 8, Dodgers 4 4–2 Yankee Stadium 56,407 2:18

Awards and honors[edit]

Major Awards[edit]

1977 MLB Award Winners
  American League National League
Award Player Position Team Player Position Team
Most Valuable Player Rod Carew 2B MIN George Foster LF CIN
Cy Young Award Sparky Lyle LHP NYY Steve Carlton LHP PHI
Rookie of the Year Eddie Murray 1B BAL Andre Dawson CF MON
Relief Man of the Year Bill Campbell RHP BOS Rollie Fingers RHP SD

Gold Glove Awards[edit]

1977 Gold Glove Awards
  American League National League
Position Player Team Player Team
P Jim Palmer BAL Jim Kaat PHI
C Jim Sundberg TEX Johnny Bench CIN
1B Jim Spencer CWS Steve Garvey LA
2B Frank White KC Joe Morgan CIN
3B Graig Nettles NYY Mike Schmidt PHI
SS Mark Belanger BAL Dave Concepción CIN
OF Juan Beníquez TEX César Gerónimo CIN
OF Al Cowens KC Garry Maddox PHI
OF Carl Yastrzemski BOS Dave Parker PIT

Statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Rod Carew, MIN .388 Dave Parker, PIT .338
HR Jim Rice, BOS 39 George Foster, CIN 52
RBI Larry Hisle, MIN 119 George Foster, CIN 149
SB Freddie Patek, KC 68 Frank Taveras, PIT 70
Wins Dave Goltz, MIN
Dennis Leonard, KC
Jim Palmer, BAL
20 Steve Carlton, PHI 23
ERA Frank Tanana, CAL 2.54 John Candelaria, PIT 2.34
Ks Nolan Ryan, CAL 341 Phil Niekro, ATL 262

All-Star game[edit]

July 19, 1977
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 7 9 1
American League 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 5 8 0
Starting pitchers:
NL: Don Sutton
AL: Jim Palmer
WP: Don Sutton (1–0)   LP: Jim Palmer (0–1)
Home runs:
NL: Joe Morgan (1), Greg Luzinski (1), Steve Garvey (1)
AL: George Scott (1)
Most Valuable Player: Don Sutton, NL

Feats[edit]

No-Hitters[edit]

Cycles[edit]

  • Bob Watson, Houston Astros – June 24 vs. San Francisco Giants
  • John Mayberry, Kansas City Royals – August 5 vs. Chicago White Sox
  • Jack Brohamer, Chicago White Sox – September 24 at Seattle Mariners

Records[edit]

Career Milestones[edit]

400 Home Runs[edit]

900 Stolen Bases[edit]

Notable events[edit]

January–March[edit]

  • February 3 – The Hall of Fame's Special Committee on the Negro Leagues picks versatile Cuban star Martín Dihigo and shortstop John Henry Lloyd for induction. The committee then dissolves, its functions being taken over by the Veterans Committee.
  • March 21 – Mark Fidrych, the 1976 AL Rookie of the Year, rips the cartilage in his left knee and will undergo surgery in ten days. The injury will effectively end the fabled career of The Bird.

April–June[edit]

  • May 14 – Journeyman Kansas City Royals pitcher Jim Colborn no-hits the Texas Rangers at Royals Stadium, striking out six, walking one, and hitting one batter in a 6–0 Royals win. Colborn faces 28 batters, one more than the complete game minimum.
  • May 30 – Dennis Eckersley of the Cleveland Indians throws the second no-hitter of the 1977 season, striking out twelve in a 1–0 win over the California Angels at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. A first inning walk to Tony Solaita is all that prevents Eckersley from throwing tfirst perfect game since 1968. The home plate umpire for the game is Bill Deegan, who was also the home plate umpire for Jim Colburn's no-hitter roughly two weeks earlier.
  • June 18 – In the sixth inning of an NBC-televised game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, New York Yankee manager Billy Martin pulls right fielder Reggie Jackson and replaces him with Paul Blair after Jackson misplays Jim Rice's fly ball for a double. As Jackson returns to the dugout, he and Martin exchange words, Martin arguing that Jackson had shown him up by "not hustling" on the play. The Yankee manager lunges at Jackson (who is 18 years younger than Martin and outweighs him by about 40 pounds), and has to be restrained by coaches Yogi Berra and Elston Howard—with the NBC cameras showing the confrontation to the entire country. The Red Sox win, 10–4.
  • June 27 – The San Francisco Giants' Willie McCovey smashes two home runs, one a grand slam off reliever Joe Hoerner, in the sixth inning to pace a 14–9 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. McCovey becomes the first player in major league history to twice hit two home runs in one inning (his first time was on April 12, 1973), and also becomes the all-time National League leader with 17 career grand slams. Andre Dawson, in both 1978 and 1986, will be the next player to hit two homers in the same inning.
  • June 29 – Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits his 400th career home run when he takes St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Eric Rasmussen deep for a two-run shot in the fifth inning of a 9–1 Pirates' victory at Bush Stadium.

July–September[edit]

  • September 9 – In the second game of a double header in Boston, the Detroit Tigers debut their new second baseman, Lou Whitaker, and their new shortstop, Alan Trammell. They will play side by side for 19 years to establish a new Major League record for tandem play at those positions.
  • September 10 – Roy Howell hits two home runs, two doubles, and a single, and drives in nine runs, as Toronto beats the Yankees 19–3.
  • September 22 – Texas Rangers pitcher Bert Blyleven throws the third and final no-hitter of the 1977 season, striking out seven and walking one in a 6–0 win over the California Angels at Anaheim Stadium.
  • September 24 – Second baseman Jack Brohamer of the Chicago White Sox becomes the third man of the season to hit for the cycle, accomplishing the feat in an 8–3 win over the Seattle Mariners at the Kingdome.
  • September 25 – California Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan notches his 341st strikeout of the season, the fifth highest single season total in American League history. Ryan set the American League single-season record four years earlier when he struck out 383 batters in 1973.
  • September 30 – Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals steals the 900th base of his career in a 7–2 win over the New York Mets at Busch Stadium, becoming just the second man in baseball history to reach the plateau.

October–December[edit]

  • October 18 – New York Yankees right fielder Reggie Jackson hits three first-pitch home runs, in consecutive at-bats, during the decisive Game 6 of the World Series, leading the crowd to serenade him with chants of "Reg-gie! Reg-gie!" after his final home run lands deep in "the black" (center field bleachers). Jackson's historic feat powers the Yankees to an 8–4 win and a four-games-to-two Series victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The World Series title is the Yankees' first since 1962 and their 21st overall.
  • November 22 – Andre Dawson of the Montreal Expos wins the National League Rookie of the Year Award by one vote over Steve Henderson of the New York Mets. Dawson hit .282 with 19 home runs and 65 RBI, while Henderson had .297, 12, 65.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Baseball-reference.com". Archived from the original on September 15, 2008. Retrieved August 12, 2008. 

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