1976 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1976 throughout the world.

List of years in baseball


Major League Baseball

  League Championship Series
World Series
East New York Yankees 3  
West Kansas City Royals 2  
    AL New York Yankees 0
  NL Cincinnati Reds 4
East Philadelphia Phillies 0
West Cincinnati Reds 3  

Other champions

Winter Leagues

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

American League National League
AVG George Brett KCR .333 Bill Madlock CHC .339
HR Graig Nettles NYY 32 Mike Schmidt PHI 38
RBI Lee May BAL 109 George Foster CIN 121
Wins Jim Palmer BAL 22 Randy Jones SDP 22
ERA Mark Fidrych DET 2.34   John Denny STL 2.52  
Ks Nolan Ryan CAL 327 Tom Seaver NYM 235

Major league baseball final standings

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win % GB
East Division
1st New York Yankees   97   62 .610    --
2nd Baltimore Orioles   88   74 .543 10.5
3rd Boston Red Sox   83   79 .512 15.5
4th Cleveland Indians   81   78 .509 16.0
5th Detroit Tigers   74   87 .460 24.0
6th Milwaukee Brewers   66   95 .410 32.0
West Division
1st Kansas City Royals   90   72 .556    --
2nd Oakland Athletics   87   74 .540   2.5
3rd Minnesota Twins   85   77 .525   5.0
4th Texas Rangers   76   86 .469 14.0
4th California Angels   76   86 .469 14.0
6th Chicago White Sox   64   97 .398 25.5
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Philadelphia Phillies 101   61 .623    --
2nd Pittsburgh Pirates   92   70 .568   9.0
3rd New York Mets   86   76 .531 15.0
4th Chicago Cubs   75   87 .463 26.0
5th St. Louis Cardinals   72   90 .444 29.0
6th Montreal Expos   55 107 .340 46.0
West Division
1st Cincinnati Reds 102   60 .630    --
2nd Los Angeles Dodgers   92   70 .568 10.0
3rd Houston Astros   80   82 .494 22.0
4th San Francisco Giants   74   88 .457 28.0
5th San Diego Padres   73   89 .451 29.0
6th Atlanta Braves   70   92 .432 32.0




Oakland fire sale

  • Before the June 15, 1976, trading deadline, Charlie Finley contacted the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. He had proposed a trade to the Boston Red Sox that would have involved Joe Rudi, Rollie Fingers, Vida Blue, Gene Tenace and Sal Bando for Fred Lynn, Carlton Fisk and prospects.[2] In trade talks with the Yankees, Finley proposed Vida Blue for Thurman Munson along with either Roy White or Elliott Maddox. Finley also offered Joe Rudi for Thurman Munson.[3]
  • On June 14, 1976, Finley was unable to make any trades. He had started contacting other teams about the possibility of selling his players' contracts. Joe Rudi, Vida Blue, Don Baylor, and Gene Tenace were worth $1 million each, while Sal Bando could be acquired for $500,000. Boston Red Sox General manager Dick O’Connell was in Oakland as the Red Sox would play the Athletics on June 15. Field manager Darrell Johnson had declared that he was interested in Joe Rudi and Rollie Fingers. The Red Sox had agreed to purchase both contracts for one million dollars each.
  • Dick O’Connell had contacted Detroit Tigers General manager Jim Campbell to purchase Vida Blue for one million dollars so that the New York Yankees could not get him.[4] Gabe Paul of the New York Yankees advised that he would pay $1.5 million for the opportunity to acquire Vida Blue. Finley offered Blue a three-year extension worth $485,000 per season to make the sale more attractive to the Yankees.[5] With the extension, the Yankees agreed to purchase Blue.
  • Finley had then proceeded to contact Bill Veeck of the Chicago White Sox about purchasing Sal Bando. He then contacted the Texas Rangers, as they were interested in acquiring Don Baylor for the one million dollar asking price.[6] Three days later, Bowie Kuhn voided the transactions in the "best interests of baseball." Amid the turmoil, the A's still finished second in the A.L. West, 2.5 games behind the Royals.



















  • January 16 – Chick Autry, 91, utility first baseman/outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Doves in the late 1900s (decade)
  • February 11 – Johnny Miljus, 80, pitcher for the Pittsburgh Rebels, Brooklyn Robins, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Cleveland Indians between 1915 and 1929
  • February 16 – Eusebio González, 83, Cuban shortstop for the 1918 Boston Red Sox
  • March 11 – Larry Gardner, 89, third baseman for three Red Sox champions who batted .300 five times; longtime coach at University of Vermont
  • March 18 – Paul Maloy, 83, pitcher for the 1913 Boston Red Sox
  • March 23 – Walter Murphy, 65, pitcher for the 1931 Boston Red Sox


  • April 15 – George Scales, 75, second baseman in the Negro Leagues, also a manager in the Puerto Rican winter league
  • April 26 – Alex Ferguson, 79, pitcher for the Yankees, Red Sox, Senators, Phillies and Robins from 1918 to 1929
  • April 27 – Ed Durham, 72, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox between 1929 and 1933
  • May 2 – Dan Bankhead, 55, first black pitcher in major league history (Brooklyn Dodgers, 1947, 1950–51); also homered in first major league at-bat
  • May 3 – Ernie Nevers, 73, who excelled in several sports, including American football, basketball and baseball
  • May 30 – Max Carey, 86, Hall of Fame center fielder, mainly with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who led NL in steals ten times, holding league career record of 738 until 1974; set NL records for career games, putouts, chances and double plays in outfield, and batted .458 in 1925 World Series
  • June 11 – Jim Konstanty, 59, All-Star pitcher who became the first reliever to win the MVP award, with the 1950 "Whiz Kid" Phillies
  • June 15 – Jimmy Dykes, 79, All-Star third baseman for the Athletics and White Sox who went on to become the winningest manager in White Sox history; also managed five other teams
  • June 16 – George Dickey, 60, catcher for the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox between 1935 and 1947
  • June 23 – Lon Warneke, 67, 5-time All-Star pitcher had three 20-win seasons for Cubs, led NL in wins and ERA in 1932; later an NL umpire for seven years
  • June 30 – Firpo Marberry, 77, pitcher for the Washington Senators who established single-season and career records for both saves and relief appearances, led majors in saves a record five times; also 94-52 as a starter


  • July 9 – Tom Yawkey, 73, owner and president of the Boston Red Sox since 1933, and vice president of the American League from 1956 to 1973
  • July 21 – Earle Combs, 77, Hall of Fame center fielder for the New York Yankees who batted .325 lifetime and led the AL in triples three times; batting leadoff, he had eight seasons of 100 runs, and batted .350 over four World Series
  • August 3 – Homer Ezzell, 80, third baseman for the St. Louis Browns and Boston Red Sox between 1923 and 1925
  • August 15 – Jim Henry, 66, pitched from 1936 through 1939 for the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies
  • September 1 – Mike Meola, 70, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Browns between 1933 and 1936, who posted one of the best seasons ever for a pitcher in minor league history going 20-5 with 2.90 ERA for the PCL Los Angeles Angels in 1934
  • September 10 – Blackie Carter, 73, outfielder for the New York Giants from 1925 to 1926
  • September 25 – Red Faber, 88, Hall of Fame pitcher who played his entire 20-year career with the Chicago White Sox, winning 254 games and leading AL in ERA twice; his four 20-win seasons included a 25-win campaign for the scandal-decimated 1921 team, which finished 62-92
  • September 26 – Rip Russell, 61, first baseman/outfielder, and a competent replacement for the Cubs and Red Sox in the 1940s


  • October 9 – Bob Moose, 29, pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1967–76, who threw a no-hitter in the 1969 season against the Mets, died in an automobile accident on his birthday
  • October 20 – Freddie Muller, 65, infielder who played from 1933 to 1934 for the Boston Red Sox
  • October 26 – Eddie Silber, 62, Outfielder for the 1937 and 1939 St. Louis Browns
  • November 2 – Regis Leheny, 68, pitcher for the 1932 Boston Red Sox
  • November 2 – Dee Miles, 67, outfielder who played from 1935 to 1943 for the Washington Senators, Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox
  • November 19 – Frank Kellert, 52, first baseman for the St. Louis Browns, Baltimore Orioles, Brooklyn Dodgers and Chicago Cubs from 1953 to 1956
  • December 1 – George Earnshaw, 76, pitcher who had three 20-win seasons for 1929-30-31 AL champion Athletics; later a scout and coach
  • December 2 – Danny Murtaugh, 59, manager who in four stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates won two World Series (1960, 1971) and three division titles; led NL in steals as rookie in 1941
  • December 7 – Duke Maas, 47, pitcher who won 45 games for the Tigers, Athletics and Yankees
  • December 9 – Annie Gosbee, 40, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League infielder
  • December 9 – Wes Ferrell, 68, All-Star pitcher who had six 20-win seasons for the Indians and Red Sox, 193 career wins included a no-hitter; also a career .280 hitter, and caught by brother Rick for five seasons
  • December 10 – Danny Thompson, 29, infielder, mainly with the Minnesota Twins, who played four seasons after being diagnosed with leukemia
  • December 26 – Walt Lynch, 79, catcher for the 1922 Boston Red Sox
  • December 27 – Press Cruthers, 86, Philadelphia Athletics second baseman from 1913 to 1914, who later managed in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League


  1. ^ "Giants Moving: Toronto". St. Petersburg Times. 1976-01-09.
  2. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.247, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  3. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.247, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  4. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.248, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  5. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.248, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  6. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.249, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
1975–76 Cuban National Series

Ganaderos, representing the province of Camagüey, won the 15th Cuban National Series with a five-game cushion over Metropolitanos.

1976 Amateur World Series

The 1976 Amateur World Series took place in Colombia and was won by Cuba.

There were 11 participating countries. It was also South Korea's first tournament participation in what was to become the Baseball World Cup.

1976 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting

Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1976 followed the system in place since 1971.

The Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from recent major league players and

elected two, Bob Lemon and Robin Roberts.

The Veterans Committee met in closed sessions to consider executives, managers, umpires, and earlier major league players.

It selected three players: Roger Connor, Cal Hubbard, and Freddie Lindstrom.

The Negro Leagues Committee also met in person and selected Oscar Charleston.

1976 Big League World Series

The 1976 Big League World Series took place from August 14–21 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States. Taipei, Taiwan defeated host Broward County, Florida in the championship game. It was Taiwan's third straight championship.

1976 Caribbean Series

The nineteenth edition of the Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was played in 1976. It was held from February 4 through February 9 with the champions teams from the Dominican Republic, Águilas Cibaeñas; Mexico, Naranjeros de Hermosillo; Puerto Rico, Vaqueros de Bayamón and Venezuela, Tigres de Aragua. The format consisted of 12 games, each team facing the other teams twice, and was played in Dominican Republic. For the first time in Series history, the games were played at two different venues, the Estadio Quisqueya in Santo Domingo and the Estadio Cibao in Santiago de los Caballeros.

1976 Little League World Series

The 1976 Little League World Series took place between August 23 and August 27 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Chofu Little League of Tokyo, Japan, defeated the Campbell Little League of Campbell, California, in the championship game of the 30th Little League World Series.

This was the first LLWS to put the International and U.S. teams on different sides of the bracket.

1976 Senior League World Series

The 1976 Senior League World Series took place from August 17–21 in Gary, Indiana, United States. Pingtung, Taiwan defeated Aiea, Hawaii twice in the championship game. It was Taiwan's fifth straight championship.


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