1971 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1971 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 89th season for the franchise in Philadelphia. The Phillies finished in sixth place in the National League East, with a record of 67–95.

1971 Philadelphia Phillies
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)R. R. M. Carpenter, Jr.
General manager(s)John J. Quinn
Manager(s)Frank Lucchesi
Local televisionWPHL-TV
Local radioWCAU
(By Saam, Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn)
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Offseason

Regular season

On April 10, the Phillies officially opened Veterans Stadium, their new home park, with a 4–1 victory over the Montreal Expos.[4]

Harry Kalas was hired by the Phillies in 1971 to succeed Bill Campbell, and was the master of ceremonies at the 1971 opening of Veterans Stadium.

The Phillies played an exhibition game against the Reading Phillies on June 17, 1971, in Reading. The Phillies had signed second-round draft-pick Mike Schmidt on June 11. Schmidt made his professional debut in the exhibition game in Reading. Schmidt played the whole game at shortstop for the Phillies and hit a game-winning home run against Reading. He was subsequently assigned to the Reading club where he played the balance of the season.[5]

On June 25, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell hit what wound up being the longest home run in Veterans Stadium history off of pitcher Jim Bunning in a 14–4 Pirates win over the Phillies.[6] The spot where the ball landed was marked with a yellow star with a black "S" inside a white circle until Stargell's 2001 death, when the white circle was painted black.[7] The star remained until the stadium's 2004 demolition.

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 97 65 0.599 52–28 45–37
St. Louis Cardinals 90 72 0.556 7 45–36 45–36
Chicago Cubs 83 79 0.512 14 44–37 39–42
New York Mets 83 79 0.512 14 44–37 39–42
Montreal Expos 71 90 0.441 25½ 36–44 35–46
Philadelphia Phillies 67 95 0.414 30 34–47 33–48

Record vs. opponents

1971 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 9–9 9–9 9–9 7–5 7–5 8–4 4–8 11–7 7–11 6–6
Chicago 7–5 6–6 5–7 8–4 8–10 11–7 11–7 6–12 9–3 3–9 9–9
Cincinnati 9–9 6–6 5–13 7–11 7–5 8–4 5–7 5–7 10–8 9–9 8–4
Houston 9–9 7–5 13–5 8–10 4–8 5–7 8–4 4–8 10–8 9–9 2–10
Los Angeles 9–9 4–8 11–7 10–8 8–4 5–7 7–5 4–8 13–5 12–6 6–6
Montreal 5–7 10–8 5–7 8–4 4–8 9–9 6–12 7–11 6–5 7–5 4–14
New York 5–7 7–11 4–8 7–5 7–5 9–9 13–5 10–8 7–5 4–8 10–8
Philadelphia 4-8 7–11 2–10 3–9 5–7 6–10 5–13 6–12 4–8 6–6 7–11
Pittsburgh 8–4 12–6 7–5 8–4 8–4 11–7 8–10 12–6 9–3 3–9 11–7
San Diego 7–11 3–9 8–10 8–10 5–13 5–6 5–7 8–4 3–9 5–13 4–8
San Francisco 11–7 9–3 9–9 9–9 6–12 5–7 8–4 6–6 9–3 13–5 5–7
St. Louis 6–6 9–9 4–8 10–2 6–6 14–4 8–10 11–7 7–11 8–4 7–5

Notable transactions

Draft picks

Game log

Legend
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  Postponement
Bold Phillies team member

Roster

1971 Philadelphia Phillies
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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
RF Roger Freed 118 348 77 .221 6 37

Other batters

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
Terry Harmon 79 221 45 .204 0 12
Ron Stone 95 185 42 .227 2 23
Joe Lis 59 123 26 .211 6 10
Tony Taylor 36 107 25 .234 1 5
Pete Koegel 12 26 6 .231 0 3
Johnny Briggs 10 22 4 .182 0 3

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

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
Woodie Fryman 37 149.1 10 7 3.38 104
Jim Bunning 29 110 5 12 5.48 58
Bill Champion 37 108.2 3 5 4.39 49

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
Bucky Brandon 52 6 6 4 3.90 44
Manny Muñiz 5 0 1 0 6.97 6

Awards and honors

Records

  • Terry Harmon, National League record, Most Chances Accepted in one nine-inning game (18 chances on June 12, 1971)[22]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Eugene Emeralds Pacific Coast League Andy Seminick
AA Reading Phillies Eastern League Nolan Campbell
A Peninsula Phillies Carolina League Howie Bedell
A Spartanburg Phillies Western Carolinas League Bob Wellman
A-Short Season Walla Walla Phillies Northwest League Garry Powel
Rookie Pulaski Phillies Appalachian League Harry Lloyd

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Peninsula[23]

Notes

  1. ^ Doc Edwards page at Baseball-Reference
  2. ^ Curt Flood page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Roger Freed page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ "Curtain Up On a Mod New Act". Sports Illustrated. Time Inc. April 17, 1971. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Duke DeLuca (June 18, 1971). "Palmer Doesn't Mind The Exhibition Games". Reading Eagles. pp. 26, 28. Retrieved March 9, 2011.
  6. ^ "June 25, 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates at Philadelphia Phillies Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 3, 2009.
  7. ^ Mandel, Ken (June 25, 2003). "Stargell's star a lasting tribute; Blast is marking point for all hitters". MLB.com. Archived from the original on May 5, 2009. Retrieved April 3, 2009.
  8. ^ Johnny Briggs page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Tony Taylor page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Jerry Martin page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Mike Schmidt page at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Dane Iorg page at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ "1971 Philadelphia Phillies Schedule, Box Scores and Splits". Baseball-Reference.com.
  14. ^ "Major Leagues". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 22, 1971. p. 26. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  15. ^ "Baseball record". The Gazette. Montreal. May 7, 1971. p. 20. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  16. ^ "Baseball Standings". Milwaukee Journal. May 9, 1971. p. 1, part 3. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  17. ^ "Baseball". Milwaukee Sentinel. August 28, 1971. p. 2, part 2. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  18. ^ a b "Baseball Standings". Milwaukee Journal. September 21, 1971. p. 17, part 2. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  19. ^ "Original Regular Season Schedules". retrosheet.org. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  20. ^ a b "St. Louis Cardinals 9, Philadelphia Phillies 6". retrosheet.org. August 1, 1971. Retrieved May 16, 2015. ... 1:49 rain delay; ... [3 runs score] ... 31 minute rain delay; game was to revert to 3–3 tie when rain removal machine broke down before making field playable; the Cardinals protested and won; game resumed on 9/7 with new umpires[.]
  21. ^ "Aug 1, 1971, Cardinals at Phillies Play by Play and Box Score". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. August 1, 1971. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  22. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.93, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  23. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

Further reading

References

1971 Game Log[13]
Overall Record: 67–95
^[a] The August 1, 1971, game was protested by the Cardinals in the top of the twelfth inning.[20]
The protest was later upheld, and the game was completed on September 7 (with new umpires).[20][21]
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