1977 St. Louis Cardinals season

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1977 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 83–79 (.512)
Divisional place 3rd
Other information
Owner(s) August "Gussie" Busch
General manager(s) Bing Devine
Manager(s) Vern Rapp
Local television KSD-TV
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Jay Randolph, Bob Starr)
Local radio KMOX
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Bob Starr)
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The 1977 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 96th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 86th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 83–79 during the season and finished third in the National League East, 18 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies.

Vern Rapp took over as the Cardinals' manager this year, after the twelve-year reign of their longtime manager Red Schoendienst. On August 29, Cardinals left-fielder Lou Brock broke the modern-day stolen base record, by stealing bases 892 and 893 in a game against the Padres in San Diego.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Opening Day starters[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Philadelphia Phillies 101 61 0.623 60–21 41–40
Pittsburgh Pirates 96 66 0.593 5 58–23 38–43
St. Louis Cardinals 83 79 0.512 18 52–31 31–48
Chicago Cubs 81 81 0.500 20 46–35 35–46
Montreal Expos 75 87 0.463 26 38–43 37–44
New York Mets 64 98 0.395 37 35–44 29–54


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1977 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 5–7 4–14 9–9 5–13 6–6 7–5 2–10 3–9 11–7 8–10 1–11
Chicago 7–5 7–5 6–6 6–6 10–8 9–9 6–12 7–11 7–5 9–3 7–11
Cincinnati 14–4 5–7 5–13 10–8 7–5 10–2 8–4 3–9 11–7 10–8 5–7
Houston 9–9 6–6 13–5 9–9 8–4 6–6 4–8 4–8 8–10 9–9 5–7
Los Angeles 13–5 6–6 8–10 9–9 7–5 8–4 6–6 9–3 12–6 14–4 6–6
Montreal 6–6 8–10 5–7 4–8 5–7 10–8 7–11 7–11 5–7 6–6 12–6
New York 5–7 9–9 2–10 6–6 4–8 8–10 5–13 4–14 6–6 7–5 8–10
Philadelphia 10-2 12–6 4–8 8–4 6–6 11–7 13–5 8–10 9–3 9–3 11–7
Pittsburgh 9–3 11–7 9–3 8–4 3–9 11–7 14–4 10–8 10–2 2–10 9–9
San Diego 7–11 5–7 7–11 10–8 6–12 7–5 6–6 3–9 2–10 8–10 8–4
San Francisco 10–8 3–9 8–10 9–9 4–14 6–6 5–7 3–9 10–2 10–8 7–5
St. Louis 11–1 11–7 7–5 7–5 6–6 6–12 10–8 7–11 9–9 4–8 5–7


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1977 St. Louis Cardinals
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 Ted Simmons 150 516 164 .318 21 95
1B Keith Hernandez 161 560 163 .291 15 91
3B Ken Reitz 157 587 153 .261 17 79
SS Garry Templeton 153 621 200 .322 8 79
LF Lou Brock 141 489 133 .272 2 46
CF Tony Scott 95 292 85 .291 3 41
RF Héctor Cruz 118 339 80 .236 6 42

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
Don Kessinger 59 134 32 .239 0 7
Bake McBride 43 122 32 .262 4 20
Dave Rader 66 114 30 .263 1 16
Mike Phillips 48 87 21 .241 0 9
Roger Freed 49 83 33 .398 5 21
Jim Dwyer 13 31 7 .226 0 2
Joel Youngblood 25 27 5 .185 0 1
John Tamargo 4 4 0 .000 0 0
Benny Ayala 1 3 1 .333 0 0

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
Eric Rasmussen 34 233 11 17 3.48 120
John Denny 26 149.2 8 8 4.51 60
Pete Falcone 27 124 4 8 5.44 75
Larry Dierker 11 39.1 2 6 4.58 6

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
John D'Acquisto 3 8.1 0 0 4.32 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
Clay Carroll 51 4 2 4 2.50 34
Rawly Eastwick 41 3 7 4 4.70 30
Buddy Schultz 40 6 1 1 2.32 66
Doug Capilla 2 0 0 0 15.43 1

Awards and honors[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA New Orleans Pelicans American Association Lance Nichols
AA Arkansas Travelers Texas League Buzzy Keller and Tommy Thompson
A St. Petersburg Cardinals Florida State League Hub Kittle
A Gastonia Cardinals Western Carolinas League Hal Lanier
Rookie Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League Dave Ricketts
Rookie Calgary Cardinals Pioneer League Johnny Lewis

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Arkansas, Gastonia[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vic Harris page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ a b Pat Scanlon page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Lee Richard page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Luis DeLeón page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Roger Freed page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Jesse Orosco page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Buddy Schultz page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Tom Walker page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ a b Joel Youngblood page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Benny Ayala page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Ken Rudolph page at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/roster.php?y=1977&t=SLN
  13. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jeffcmi01.shtml
  14. ^ Neil Fiala page at Baseball Reference
  15. ^ Bake McBride page at Baseball Reference
  16. ^ Don Kessinger page at Baseball Reference
  17. ^ Nyls Nyman page at Baseball Reference
  18. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.96, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  19. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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