1976 San Francisco Giants season

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1976 San Francisco Giants
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Horace Stoneham and Bob Lurie
General manager(s) Spec Richardson
Manager(s) Bill Rigney
Local television KTVU
(Al Michaels, Gary Park)
Local radio KSFO
(Al Michaels, Lon Simmons)
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The 1976 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 94th season in Major League Baseball, their 19th season in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 17th at Candlestick Park. The team finished in fourth place in the National League West with a 74–88 record, 28 games behind the Cincinnati Reds.

Offseason[edit]

Team movement discussion[edit]

During the first half of the 1970s, attendance at cold and windy Candlestick Park plummeted, and Giants owner Horace Stoneham had faced financial hardship. Finally, in 1976, he put the team up for sale. In January 1976, Stoneham agreed to sell the team for $13.25 million to a Toronto group consisting of Labatt's Breweries of Canada, Ltd., Vulcan Assets Ltd., and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. The team would begin play with the 1976 season at Exhibition Stadium and be called the Giants.[1] In addition, it was briefly rumored they considered a return to the New York metropolitan area, perhaps to a new baseball stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands. Instead, Bob Lurie led a group to buy the Giants from Horace Stoneham for $8 million, thereby saving the team from potentially being sold to a Canadian brewery and moved to Toronto.[2]

Notable transactions[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Opening Day starters[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 102 60 0.630 49–32 53–28
Los Angeles Dodgers 92 70 0.568 10 49–32 43–38
Houston Astros 80 82 0.494 22 46–36 34–46
San Francisco Giants 74 88 0.457 28 40–41 34–47
San Diego Padres 73 89 0.451 29 42–38 31–51
Atlanta Braves 70 92 0.432 32 34–47 36–45


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1976 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 6–6 6–12 7–11 8–10 8–4 4–8 5–7 3–9 10–8 9–9 4–8
Chicago 6–6 3–9 5–7 3–9 11–7 5–13 8–10 8–10 6–6 8–4 12–6
Cincinnati 12–6 9–3 12–6 13–5 9–3 6–6 5–7 8–4 13–5 9–9 6–6
Houston 11–7 7–5 6–12 5–13 10–2 6–6 4–8 2–10 10–8 10–8 9–3
Los Angeles 10–8 9–3 5–13 13–5 10–2 7–5 5–7 9–3 6–12 8–10 10–2
Montreal 4–8 7–11 3–9 2–10 2–10 8–10 3–15 8–10 4–8 7–5 7–11
New York 8–4 13–5 6–6 6–6 5–7 10–8 5–13 10–8 7–5 7–5 9–9
Philadelphia 7-5 10–8 7–5 8–4 7–5 15–3 13–5 8–10 8–4 6–6 12–6
Pittsburgh 9–3 10–8 4–8 10–2 3–9 10–8 8–10 10–8 7–5 9–3 12–6
San Diego 8–10 6–6 5–13 8–10 12–6 8–4 5–7 4–8 5–7 8–10 4–8
San Francisco 9–9 4–8 9–9 8–10 10–8 5–7 5–7 6–6 3–9 10–8 5–7
St. Louis 8–4 6–12 6–6 3–9 2–10 11–7 9–9 6–12 6–12 8–4 7–5


Notable transactions[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Roster[edit]

1976 San Francisco Giants
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 Dave Rader 88 255 67 .263 1 22
3B Ken Reitz 155 577 154 .267 5 66
SS Chris Speier 145 495 112 .226 3 40
LF Gary Matthews 156 587 164 .279 20 84
RF Bobby Murcer 147 533 138 .259 23 90

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
Derrel Thomas 81 272 63 .232 2 19
Willie Montañez 60 230 71 .309 2 20
Von Joshua 42 156 41 .263 0 2
Mike Sadek 55 93 19 .204 0 7
Steve Ontiveros 59 74 13 .176 0 5
Chris Robinson 15 13 4 .308 0 2

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
John Montefusco 37 253.1 16 14 2.84 172
Jim Barr 37 252.1 15 12 2.89 75
Rob Dressler 25 107.2 3 10 4.43 33
John D'Acquisto 28 106 3 8 5.35 53
Frank Riccelli 4 16 1 1 5.63 11

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
Mike Caldwell 50 107.1 1 7 4.86 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
Charlie Williams 48 2 0 1 2.96 34

Award winners[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Phoenix Giants Pacific Coast League Rocky Bridges
AA Lafayette Drillers Texas League John VanOrnum
A Fresno Giants California League Andy Gilbert
A Cedar Rapids Giants Midwest League Salty Parker
Rookie Great Falls Giants Pioneer League Ernie Rodriguez

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Great Falls[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Giants Moving: Toronto". St. Petersburg Times. January 9, 1976. 
  2. ^ Gordon Sakamoto (February 11, 1976). "Giants will stay in San Francisco". Bryan Times. p. 14. 
  3. ^ Dennis Littlejohn page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Von Joshua page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Darrell Evans page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Joe Strain page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Casey Parsons page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Randy Elliott page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Jeff Stember page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

External links[edit]