1976 Major League Baseball season

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1976 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 8, 1976 – October 3, 1976
Regular season
Season MVP AL: Thurman Munson (NYY)
NL: Joe Morgan (CIN)
AL champions New York Yankees
  AL runners-up Kansas City Royals
NL champions Cincinnati Reds
  NL runners-up Philadelphia Phillies
World Series
Champions Cincinnati Reds
  Runners-up New York Yankees
Finals MVP Johnny 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]


  League Championship Series
World Series
East  New York Yankees 3  
West  Kansas City 2  
    AL  New York 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
Relief Man of the Year Bill Campbell RHP MIN Rawly Eastwick RHP CIN

Statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
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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