1977 Major League Baseball season

The 1977 Major League Baseball season. The American League had its third expansion as the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays began play. However, the National League did not expand, thus they remained at twelve teams, to the AL's fourteen, until the Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins joined in 1993.

1977 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationApril 6 – October 18, 1977
Draft
Top draft pickHarold Baines
Picked byChicago White Sox
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Rod Carew (MIN)
NL: George Foster (CIN)
Postseason
AL championsNew York Yankees
  AL runners-upKansas City Royals
NL championsLos Angeles Dodgers
  NL runners-upPhiladelphia Phillies
World Series
ChampionsNew York Yankees
  Runners-upLos Angeles Dodgers
Finals MVPReggie Jackson (NYY)

Regular season standings

American League

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 100 62 0.617 55–26 45–36
Baltimore Orioles 97 64 0.602 54–27 43–37
Boston Red Sox 97 64 0.602 51–29 46–35
Detroit Tigers 74 88 0.457 26 39–42 35–46
Cleveland Indians 71 90 0.441 28½ 37–44 34–46
Milwaukee Brewers 67 95 0.414 33 37–44 30–51
Toronto Blue Jays 54 107 0.335 45½ 25–55 29–52
AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Kansas City Royals 102 60 0.630 55–26 47–34
Texas Rangers 94 68 0.580 8 44–37 50–31
Chicago White Sox 90 72 0.556 12 48–33 42–39
Minnesota Twins 84 77 0.522 17½ 48–32 36–45
California Angels 74 88 0.457 28 39–42 35–46
Seattle Mariners 64 98 0.395 38 29–52 35–46
Oakland Athletics 63 98 0.391 38½ 35–46 28–52

National League

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
NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 98 64 0.605 51–30 47–34
Cincinnati Reds 88 74 0.543 10 48–33 40–41
Houston Astros 81 81 0.500 17 46–35 35–46
San Francisco Giants 75 87 0.463 23 38–43 37–44
San Diego Padres 69 93 0.426 29 35–46 34–47
Atlanta Braves 61 101 0.377 37 40–41 21–60

Postseason

Bracket

  League Championship Series
TV: NBC
World Series
TV: ABC
                 
East NY Yankees 3  
West Kansas City 2  
    AL NY Yankees 4
  NL Los Angeles 2
East Philadelphia 1
West Los Angeles 3  

League Championship Series

American League

1977 American League Championship Series
New York Yankees (3) vs. Kansas City Royals (2)
Game Date Score Series
(NYY-KC)
Location
1 October 5 Royals 7, Yankees 2 0–1 Yankee Stadium
2 October 6 Yankees 6, Royals 2 1–1 Yankee Stadium
3 October 7 Royals 6, Yankees 2 1–2 Royals Stadium
4 October 8 Yankees 6, Royals 4 2–2 Royals Stadium
5 October 9 Yankees 5, Royals 3 3–2 Royals Stadium

National League

1977 National League Championship Series
Los Angeles Dodgers (3) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (1)
Most Valuable Player: Dusty Baker, LF, Los Angeles
Game Date Score Series
(LA-PHI)
Location
1 October 4 Phillies 7, Dodgers 5 0–1 Dodger Stadium
2 October 5 Dodgers 7, Phillies 1 1–1 Dodger Stadium
3 October 7 Dodgers 6, Phillies 5 2–1 Veterans Stadium
4 October 8 Dodgers 4, Phillies 1 3–1 Veterans Stadium

World Series

1977 World Series
New York Yankees (4) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (2)
Most Valuable Player: Reggie Jackson, RF, New York
Game Date Score Series
(NYY-LA)
Location Attendance Time
1 October 11 Yankees 4, Dodgers 3
(12 innings)
1–0 Yankee Stadium 56,668 3:24
2 October 12 Dodgers 6, Yankees 1 1–1 Yankee Stadium 56,691 2:27
3 October 14 Yankees 5, Dodgers 3 2–1 Dodger Stadium 55,992 2:31
4 October 15 Yankees 4, Dodgers 2 3–1 Dodger Stadium 55,995 2:07
5 October 16 Dodgers 10, Yankees 4 3–2 Dodger Stadium 55,995 2:29
6 October 18 Yankees 8, Dodgers 4 4–2 Yankee Stadium 56,407 2:18

Awards and honors

Major Awards

1977 MLB Award Winners
  American League National League
Award Player Position Team Player Position Team
Most Valuable Player Rod Carew 2B MIN George Foster LF CIN
Cy Young Award Sparky Lyle LHP NYY Steve Carlton LHP PHI
Rookie of the Year Eddie Murray 1B BAL Andre Dawson CF MTL
Relief Man of the Year Bill Campbell RHP BOS Rollie Fingers RHP SD

Gold Glove Awards

1977 Gold Glove Awards
  American League National League
Position Player Team Player Team
P Jim Palmer BAL Jim Kaat PHI
C Jim Sundberg TEX Johnny Bench CIN
1B Jim Spencer CHW Steve Garvey LA
2B Frank White KC Joe Morgan CIN
3B Graig Nettles NYY Mike Schmidt PHI
SS Mark Belanger BAL Dave Concepción CIN
OF Juan Beníquez TEX César Gerónimo CIN
OF Al Cowens KC Garry Maddox PHI
OF Carl Yastrzemski BOS Dave Parker PIT

Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVG Rod Carew, MIN .388 Dave Parker, PIT .338
HR Jim Rice, BOS 39 George Foster, CIN 52
RBI Larry Hisle, MIN 119 George Foster, CIN 149
SB Freddie Patek, KC 68 Frank Taveras, PIT 70
Wins Dave Goltz, MIN
Dennis Leonard, KC
Jim Palmer, BAL
20 Steve Carlton, PHI 23
ERA Frank Tanana, CAL 2.54 John Candelaria, PIT 2.34
Ks Nolan Ryan, CAL 341 Phil Niekro, ATL 262

All-Star game

July 19, 1977
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 7 9 1
American League 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 5 8 0
Starting pitchers:
NL: Don Sutton
AL: Jim Palmer
WP: Don Sutton (1–0)   LP: Jim Palmer (0–1)
Home runs:
NL: Joe Morgan (1), Greg Luzinski (1), Steve Garvey (1)
AL: George Scott (1)
Most Valuable Player: Don Sutton, NL

Feats

No-Hitters

Cycles

  • Bob Watson, Houston Astros – June 24 vs. San Francisco Giants
  • John Mayberry, Kansas City Royals – August 5 vs. Chicago White Sox
  • Jack Brohamer, Chicago White Sox – September 24 at Seattle Mariners

Career Milestones

400 Home Runs

900 Stolen Bases

Notable events

January–March

April–June

July–September

October–December

Notes

  1. ^ "Baseball-Reference.com". Archived from the original on September 15, 2008. Retrieved August 12, 2008.

External links

1977 American League Championship Series

The 1977 American League Championship Series was a five-game series played between October 5 and 9, 1977, at Yankee Stadium (Games 1–2), and Royals Stadium (3–5). The Yankees took the series 3–2, and defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1977 World Series to take the title. Kansas City was given home-field advantage as it rotated back to the West Division; the Royals held a 102–60 record to the Yankees' 100–62 record.

1977 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1977 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing second in the American League East with a record of 97 wins and 64 losses.

1977 Boston Red Sox season

The 1977 Boston Red Sox season was the 77th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished tied for second in the American League East with a record of 97 wins and 64 losses, 2½ games behind the New York Yankees.

Lack of pitching depth might have been a hindrance, but the team was helped by a league-leading offense, which during one ten-game span hit 33 home runs. With that kind of scoring, Boston managed to compete with the Yankees and Orioles – leading the division as late as August 22 – but at season's end, not even 97 wins would be enough.

1977 California Angels season

The 1977 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing fifth in the American League West with a record of 74 wins and 88 losses.

1977 Chicago Cubs season

The 1977 Chicago Cubs season was the 106th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 102nd in the National League and the 62nd at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fourth in the National League East with a record of 81–81, 20 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies.

1977 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1977 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished in second place in the National League West, with a record of 88–74, 10 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Reds were managed by Sparky Anderson and played their home games at Riverfront Stadium.

1977 Houston Astros season

The 1977 Houston Astros season was a season in American baseball. The team finished third in the National League West with a record of 81–81, 17 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

1977 Kansas City Royals season

The 1977 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing first in the American League West with a record of 102 wins and 60 losses. They went on to lose the 1977 American League Championship Series to the New York Yankees, 3 games to 2.

1977 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1977 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 48th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 19, 1977, at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York, New York the home of the New York Yankees of the American League. The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 7–5.

The host Yankees won the World Series; the third time in history that a team hosting the All-Star Game would win the World Series in the same year. As of 2018, the 1977 Yankees were the last team to accomplish this. The previous teams to accomplish this were the 1939 New York Yankees and the 1959 Los Angeles Dodgers.

This was Yankee Stadium's third time as host of the All-Star Game, and it would be its last until 2008; the last year of the park's use by the Yankees.

1977 Major League Baseball expansion

The 1977 Major League Baseball expansion resulted in the establishment of expansion franchises in Seattle and Toronto in the American League of Major League Baseball. The Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays began play in the 1977 Major League Baseball season, becoming the 25th and 26th teams in Major League Baseball.

Seattle and Toronto were included in a list of potential expansion cities in a survey conducted by the American League in 1960. The others were Atlanta, Buffalo, Dallas–Fort Worth, Denver, Oakland, and San Diego (all of which received franchises eventually through expansion or relocation except Buffalo).

1977 Milwaukee Brewers season

The 1977 Milwaukee Brewers season involved the Brewers' finishing sixth in the American League East with a record of 67 wins and 95 losses.

1977 National League Championship Series

The 1977 National League Championship Series was a best-of-five matchup between the West Division champion Los Angeles Dodgers and the East Division champion Philadelphia Phillies. The Dodgers beat the Phillies three games to one and went on to lose the 1977 World Series to the New York Yankees.

1977 Oakland Athletics season

The 1977 Oakland Athletics season was a season in American baseball. The team finished 7th in the American League West with a record of 63 wins and 98 losses. Paid attendance for the season was 495,578, one of the worst attendance figures for the franchise during the 1970s.

1977 San Diego Padres season

The 1977 San Diego Padres season was the 9th season in franchise history.

1977 San Francisco Giants season

The 1977 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 95th season in Major League Baseball, their 20th season in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 18th at Candlestick Park. The team finished in fourth place in the National League West with a 75–87 record, 23 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

1977 St. Louis Cardinals season

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.

1977 Texas Rangers season

The 1977 Texas Rangers season involved the Rangers finishing second in the American League West with a record of 94 wins and 68 losses.

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