1970 St. Louis Cardinals season

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1970 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 76–86 (.469)
Divisional place 4th
Other information
Owner(s) August "Gussie" Busch
General manager(s) Bing Devine
Manager(s) Red Schoendienst
Local television KSD-TV
Local radio KMOX
(Jack Buck, Jim Woods)
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The 1970 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 89th season in St. Louis, Missouri, and the 79th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 76–86 during the season and finished fourth in the National League East, 13 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates. The season was also the first of 26 seasons for AstroTurf at Busch Memorial Stadium.

Offseason[edit]

Curt Flood[edit]

Curt Flood, because of a salary dispute with Gussie Busch, was traded after the 1969 season but refused to go to the Philadelphia Phillies and on January 16, 1970, filed a civil lawsuit to challenge baseball's reserve clause. The case eventually reached the Supreme Court and, though he lost, paved the way for free agency to change the game.

Regular season[edit]

1970 St. Louis Cardinals #12 Joe Hague game worn home jersey.

Bob Gibson won a Gold Glove and the Cy Young Award this year, with a 3.12 ERA, 23 wins, and 274 strikeouts. The Cardinals won only 76 games, their lowest total since the days of the 154-game schedule. Vic Davalillo had 24 pinch hits, breaking the National League record, and tying the Major League record set by Dave Philley in 1961.[4][5][6][7]

Steve Carlton posted one game where he struck out 16 batters.[8]

Third baseman Mike Shannon was limited to 52 games and soon would retire because of a kidney disease that threatened his life.

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 89 73 0.549 50–32 39–41
Chicago Cubs 84 78 0.519 5 46–34 38–44
New York Mets 83 79 0.512 6 44–38 39–41
St. Louis Cardinals 76 86 0.469 13 34–47 42–39
Philadelphia Phillies 73 88 0.453 15½ 40–40 33–48
Montreal Expos 73 89 0.451 16 39–41 34–48


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1970 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 8–4 5–13 9–9 6–12 6–6 6–6 7–5 6–6 9–9 7–11 7–5
Chicago 4–8 7–5 7–5 6–6 13–5 7–11 9–9 8–10 9–3 7–5 7–11
Cincinnati 13–5 5–7 15–3 13–5 7–5 8–4 7–5 8–4 8–10 9–9 9–3
Houston 9–9 5–7 3–15 8–10 8–4 6–6 4–8 6–6 14–4 10–8 6–6
Los Angeles 12–6 6–6 5–13 10–8 8–4 7–5 6–5 6–6 11–7 9–9 7–5
Montreal 6–6 5–13 5–7 4–8 4–8 10–8 11–7 9–9 6–6 6–6 7–11
New York 6–6 11–7 4–8 6–6 5–7 8–10 13–5 6–12 6–6 6–6 12–6
Philadelphia 5-7 9–9 5–7 8–4 5–6 7–11 5–13 4–14 9–3 8–4 8–10
Pittsburgh 6–6 10–8 4–8 6–6 6–6 9–9 12–6 14–4 6–6 4–8 12–6
San Diego 9–9 3–9 10–8 4–14 7–11 6–6 6–6 3–9 6–6 5–13 4–8
San Francisco 11–7 5–7 9–9 8–10 9–9 6–6 6–6 4–8 8–4 13–5 7–5
St. Louis 5–7 11–7 3–9 6–6 5–7 11–7 6–12 10–8 6–12 8–4 5–7


Opening Day starters[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1970 St. Louis Cardinals
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
C Joe Torre 161 624 203 .325 21 100
1B Dick Allen 122 459 128 .279 34 101
2B Julián Javier 139 513 129 .251 2 42
3B Mike Shannon 55 174 37 .213 0 22
SS Dal Maxvill 152 399 80 .201 0 28
LF Lou Brock 155 664 202 .304 13 57
CF José Cardenal 148 552 162 .293 10 74
RF Leron Lee 121 264 60 .227 6 23

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
Joe Hague 139 451 122 .271 14 68
Ted Simmons 82 284 69 .243 3 24
Carl Taylor 104 245 61 .249 6 45
Ed Crosby 38 95 24 .253 0 6
Milt Ramírez 62 79 15 .190 0 3
Luis Meléndez 21 70 21 .300 0 8
Cookie Rojas 23 47 5 .106 0 2
José Cruz 6 17 6 .353 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
Bob Gibson 34 294 23 7 3.12 274
Steve Carlton 34 253.2 10 19 3.73 193

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
Nelson Briles 30 106.2 6 7 6.24 59
George Culver 11 56.2 3 3 4.61 23
Frank Bertaina 8 31.1 1 2 3.16 14
Santiago Guzmán 8 13.2 1 1 7.24 9

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
Sal Campisi 37 2 2 4 2.92 26
Ted Abernathy 11 1 0 1 2.95 8
Jerry Johnson 7 2 0 1 3.18 5
Chuck Hartenstein 6 0 0 0 8.78 9
Fred Norman 1 0 0 0 0.00 0

Awards and honors[edit]

1970 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Team award winners[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tulsa Oilers American Association Warren Spahn
AA Arkansas Travelers Texas League Ken Boyer
A Modesto Reds California League Jack Krol
A St. Petersburg Cardinals Florida State League Joe Cunningham
A Cedar Rapids Cardinals Midwest League Roy Majtyka
A-Short Season Lewis-Clark Broncs Northwest League Fred Hatfield
Rookie GCL Cardinals Gulf Coast League Tom Burgess

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Lewis-Clark[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Curt Flood page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Mike Tyson page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Ramón Hernández page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ George Vass, Baseball Digest, November 2004, Vol. 63, No. 11, ISSN 0005-609X
  5. ^ Baseball Digest, March 1995, Vol. 54, No. 3, ISSN 0005-609X
  6. ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com
  7. ^ www.howstuffworks.com
  8. ^ Langosch, Jenifer (April 14, 2016). "Garcia's pitch movement on display in near no-no". MLB.com.
  9. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/roster.php?y=1970&t=SLN
  10. ^ Don Shaw page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Phil Gagliano page at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Bake McBride page at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ a b Chuck Hartenstein page at Baseball-Reference
  14. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

External links[edit]