1970 New York Yankees season

The 1970 New York Yankees season was the 68th season for the franchise in New York, and its 70th season overall. The team finished in second place in the American League East with a record of 93–69, 15 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. The 93 wins were the most for the Yankees since 1964. New York was managed by Ralph Houk. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium.

1970 New York Yankees
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)CBS
General manager(s)Lee MacPhail
Manager(s)Ralph Houk
Local televisionWPIX (Phil Rizzuto, Frank Messer, Bob Gamere, Whitey Ford)
Local radioWHN
(Frank Messer, Phil Rizzuto, Bob Gamere)
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Offseason

Regular season

The Yankees went from a record of 80 wins and 81 losses in 1969 to a record of 93 wins and 69 losses.[5]

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 108 54 0.667 59–22 49–32
New York Yankees 93 69 0.574 15 53–28 40–41
Boston Red Sox 87 75 0.537 21 52–29 35–46
Detroit Tigers 79 83 0.488 29 42–39 37–44
Cleveland Indians 76 86 0.469 32 43–38 33–48
Washington Senators 70 92 0.432 38 40–41 30–51

Record vs. opponents

1970 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK WSH
Baltimore 13–5 7–5 9–3 14–4 11–7 12–0 7–5 5–7 11–7 7–5 12–6
Boston 5–13 5–7 8–4 12–6 9–9 7–5 5–7 7–5 10–8 7–5 12–6
California 5–7 7–5 12–6 6–6 6–6 10–8 12–6 8–10 5–7 8–10 7–5
Chicago 3–9 4–8 6–12 6–6 6–6 7–11 7–11 6–12 5–7 2–16 4–8
Cleveland 4–14 6–12 6–6 6–6 7–11 8–4 7–5 6–6 8–10 7–5 11–7
Detroit 7–11 9–9 6–6 6–6 11–7 6–6 8–4 4–8 7–11 6–6 9–9
Kansas City 0–12 5–7 8–10 11–7 4–8 6–6 12–6 5–13 1–11 7–11 6–6
Milwaukee 5–7 7–5 6–12 11–7 5–7 4–8 6–12 5–13 3–9–1 8–10 5–7
Minnesota 7–5 5–7 10–8 12–6 6–6 8–4 13–5 13–5 5–7 13–5 6–6
New York 7–11 8–10 7–5 7–5 10–8 11–7 11–1 9–3–1 7–5 6–6 10–8
Oakland 5–7 5–7 10–8 16–2 5–7 6–6 11–7 10–8 5–13 6–6 10–2
Washington 6–12 6–12 5–7 8–4 7–11 9–9 6–6 7–5 6–6 8–10 2–10

Opening Day lineup

Notable transactions

  • September 22, 1970: Bobby Cox was released by the Yankees.[6]

Roster

1970 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Thurman Munson 132 453 59 137 .302 6 53 5
1B Danny Cater 155 582 64 175 .301 6 76 4
2B Horace Clarke 158 686 81 172 .251 4 46 23
3B Jerry Kenney 140 404 46 78 .193 4 35 20
SS Gene Michael 134 435 42 93 .214 2 38 3
LF Roy White 162 609 109 180 .296 22 94 24
CF Bobby Murcer 159 581 95 146 .251 23 78 15
RF Curt Blefary 99 269 34 57 .212 9 37 1

[7]

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Ron Woods 95 225 30 51 .227 8 27 4
John Ellis 78 226 24 56 .248 7 29 0
Jake Gibbs 49 153 23 46 .301 8 26 2
Jim Lyttle 87 126 20 39 .310 3 14 3
Frank Baker 35 117 6 27 .231 0 11 1
Ron Hansen 59 91 13 27 .297 4 14 0
Pete Ward 66 77 5 20 .260 1 18 0
Bobby Mitchell 10 22 1 5 .227 0 4 0
Frank Tepedino 16 19 2 6 .316 0 2 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mel Stottlemyre 37 271 15 13 3.09 126
Fritz Peterson 39 260.1 20 11 2.90 127
Stan Bahnsen 36 232.2 14 11 3.33 116
Bill Burbach 4 16.2 0 2 10.26 10
Rob Gardner 1 7.1 1 0 4.91 6

Other pitchers

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 Kekich 26 98.2 6 3 4.83 63
John Cumberland 15 64 3 4 3.94 38
Gary Waslewski 26 55 2 2 3.11 27
Mike McCormick 9 20.2 2 0 6.10 12

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Lindy McDaniel 62 9 5 29 2.01 81
Ron Klimkowski 45 6 7 1 2.65 40
Jack Aker 41 4 2 16 2.06 36
Steve Hamilton 35 4 3 3 2.78 33
Joe Verbanic 7 1 0 0 4.60 8
Gary Jones 2 0 0 0 0.00 2
Loyd Colson 1 0 0 0 4.50 3

Awards and records

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Frank Verdi
AA Manchester Yankees Eastern League Gene Hassell
A Kinston Eagles Carolina League Alex Cosmidis
A Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League Lamar North
A-Short Season Oneonta Yankees New York–Penn League George Case
Rookie Johnson City Yankees Appalachian League Jerry Walker

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Syracuse[9]

Notes

  1. ^ Tom Shopay page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Curt Blefary page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Danny Cater page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Pete Ward page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Yankee for Life, Bobby Murcer and Glen Waggoner, p. 62, Harper Collins, 2008, New York, ISBN 978-0-06-147342-5
  6. ^ Bobby Cox page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/NYY/1970.shtml
  8. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/asgbox/yr1970as.shtml
  9. ^ 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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