1976 Major League Baseball season

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1976 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationApril 8 – October 21, 1976
Draft
Top draft pickFloyd Bannister
Picked byHouston Astros
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Thurman Munson (NYY)
NL: Joe Morgan (CIN)
Postseason
AL championsNew York Yankees
  AL runners-upKansas City Royals
NL championsCincinnati Reds
  NL runners-upPhiladelphia Phillies
World Series
ChampionsCincinnati Reds
  Runners-upNew York Yankees
Finals MVPJohnny Bench (CIN)
MLB seasons

The 1976 Major League Baseball season was the last post 1961-season until 1993 in which the American League (AL) and the National League (NL) had the same number of teams. The season ended with the Cincinnati Reds taking the World Series Championship for the second consecutive season by sweeping the New York Yankees in four games. It would be the Reds' last title until Lou Piniella guided the club in 1990, and the second time that the Yankees were swept in World Series history. The only team to do it before was the 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers.

Regular season standings[edit]

Postseason[edit]

  League Championship Series
TV: ABC
World Series
TV: NBC
                 
East NY Yankees 3  
West Kansas City 2  
    AL NY Yankees 0
  NL Cincinnati 4
East Philadelphia 0
West Cincinnati 3  

Awards and honors[edit]

  American League National League
Award Player Position Team Player Position Team
Most Valuable Player Thurman Munson C NYY Joe Morgan 2B CIN
Cy Young Award Jim Palmer RHP BAL Randy Jones LHP SD
Rookie of the Year Mark Fidrych RHP DET Butch Metzger
Pat Zachry
RHP
RHP
SD
CIN
Relief Man of the Year Bill Campbell RHP MIN Rawly Eastwick RHP CIN

July–September[edit]

Statistical leaders[edit]

Statistic American League National League
AVG George Brett KC .333 Bill Madlock PIT .339
HR Graig Nettles NYY 32 Mike Schmidt PHI 38
RBI Lee May BAL 109 George Foster CIN 121
SB Billy North OAK 75 Davey Lopes LA 63
Wins Jim Palmer BAL 22 Randy Jones SD 22
ERA Mark Fidrych DET 2.34 John Denny STL 2.52
SO Nolan Ryan CAL 327 Tom Seaver NYM 235
SV Sparky Lyle NYY 23 Rawly Eastwick CIN 26

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