1977 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1977 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 4
  NL Los Angeles Dodgers 2
East Philadelphia Phillies 1
West Los Angeles Dodgers 3  

Other champions

Winter Leagues

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

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
Wins Dave Goltz MIN,
Dennis Leonard KCR
& Jim Palmer BAL
20 Steve Carlton PHI 23
ERA Frank Tanana CAL 2.54 John Candelaria PIT 2.34
SO Nolan Ryan CAL 341 Phil Niekro ATL 262
SV Bill Campbell BOS 31 Rollie Fingers SDP 35
SB Freddie Patek KCR 53 Frank Taveras PIT 70

Major league baseball final standings

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win % GB
East Division
1st New York Yankees 100   62 .617    --
2nd Baltimore Orioles   97   64 .602   2.5
2nd Boston Red Sox   97   64 .602   2.5
4th Detroit Tigers   74   88 .457 26.0
5th Cleveland Indians   71   90 .441 28.5
6th Milwaukee Brewers   67   95 .414 33.0
7th Toronto Blue Jays   54 107 .335 45.5
West Division
1st Kansas City Royals 102   60 .630    --
2nd Texas Rangers   94   68 .580   8.0
3rd Chicago White Sox   90   72 .556 12.0
4th Minnesota Twins   84   77 .522 17.5
5th California Angels   74   88 .457 28.0
6th Seattle Mariners   64   98 .395 38.0
7th Oakland Athletics   63   98 .391 38.5
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Philadelphia Phillies 101   61 .623    --
2nd Pittsburgh Pirates   96   66 .593   5.0
3rd St. Louis Cardinals   83   79 .512 18.0
4th Chicago Cubs   81   81 .500 20.0
5th Montreal Expos   75   87 .463 26.0
6th New York Mets   64   98 .395 37.0
West Division
1st Los Angeles Dodgers   98   64 .605    --
2nd Cincinnati Reds   88   74 .543 10.0
3rd Houston Astros   81   81 .500 17.0
4th San Francisco Giants   75   87 .463 23.0
5th San Diego Padres   69   93 .426 29.0
6th Atlanta Braves   61 101 .377 37.0




  • February 3 – The Negro League Committee elects Martín Dihigo and Pop Lloyd to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Dihigo, a dominant pitcher born in Cuba, also is one of just two players to be inducted to the Cuban, Dominican Republic, Mexican Baseball and Venezuelan Halls of Fame, being the other Willie Wells. Lloyd, a standout shortstop and prolific hitter, played in the Negro Leagues from 1906 through 1932, and is also a member of the Cuban and Mexican Halls of Fame.


  • March 21 – Mark Fidrych, the 1976 AL Rookie of the Year, rips the cartilage in his left knee and will undergo surgery in ten days. The injury will effectively end the career of The Bird.
  • March 28 – While in Orlando, Florida for an exhibition game with the Minnesota Twins, the Texas Rangers' Lenny Randle walks up to Rangers manager Frank Lucchesi during batting practice and says he wanted to talk to him. Words are exchanged, and Randle punches Lucchesi, who was still in street clothes, in the face. Lucchesi is hospitalized for a week, needing plastic surgery to repair his fractured cheekbone which Randle breaks in three places. He also receives bruises to his kidney and back. The Rangers suspend Randle for 30 days without pay and fined him $10,000. Randle is charged with assault, and would plead no contest to battery charges in a Florida court, getting slapped with a $1,050 fine.








  • October 1 – Despite a 10-7 loss to the Detroit Tigers, the New York Yankees clinch their second straight AL Eastern Division title when the Boston Red Sox are beaten 8-7 by the Baltimore Orioles.
  • October 7 – In Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium, the Los Angeles Dodgers were down 5-3 with 2 outs in the 9th inning, but the Dodgers catch lightning in a bottle. Pinch-hitter Vic Davalillo beats out a 2-strike drag bunt and scores when pinch-hitter Manny Mota follows with a long double off Greg Luzinski's glove. Mota reaches 3rd on a throw that Ted Sizemore mishandles. Davey Lopes' grounder hits a seam in the carpet and caroms off Mike Schmidt's knee to Larry Bowa, and the shortstop's throw is ruled late although television replays and a scene from a 1977 Philadelphia Phillies highlight film showed that Lopes was out. Mota scored to tie the game at 5-5. The Dodgers pull out a 6-5 victory when Bill Russell singles home Lopes after Lopes advanced to second on a wild pickoff throw by Gene Garber.
  • October 18 – In Game Six of the World Series, Reggie Jackson hits three home runs in three swings to lead the New York Yankees to an 8–4, Series-clinching victory. Jackson is named Series MVP.
  • November 2 - Steve Carlton won his 2nd Cy Young Award as his 23 wins helped The Phillies reached the postseason for the 2nd straight year, the first time the Phillies had consecutive postseason appearances.


  • November 22 – Andre Dawson of the Montreal Expos wins the National League Rookie of the Year Award by one vote over Steve Henderson of the New York Mets. Dawson hit .282 with 19 home runs and 65 RBI, while Henderson had .297, 12, 65.


















  • January 1 – Mary Carey, 51, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League infielder
  • January 1 – Danny Frisella, 30, relief pitcher who saved 57 games for five teams
  • January 6 – Mike Miley, 23, shortstop for the California Angels
  • January 10 – Vic Frazier, 82, pitched for the Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers and Boston Bees in the 1930s
  • January 11 – Tex Carleton, 70, pitcher who won 100 games, including a no-hitter, for Cardinals, Cubs and Dodgers
  • January 16 – Baby Doll Jacobson, 86, center fielder for the St. Louis Browns who batted .311 lifetime
  • January 29 – Hod Ford, 79, infielder for fifteen seasons with five NL teams
  • February 3 – Chi-Chi Olivo, 48, pitcher for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves from 1961 to 1966
  • February 4 – Nemo Leibold, 84, outfielder for four AL teams batted .300 twice; later a minor league manager
  • February 8 – Boardwalk Brown, 87, pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics and the New York Yankees from 1911 to 1915
  • February 18 – George Zackert, 92, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1911 to 1912
  • March 9 – Spike Merena, 57, pitcher for the 1934 Boston Red Sox


  • April 3 – Hank Steinbacher, 64, outfielder for the Chicago White Sox from 1937 to 1939
  • April 12 – Philip K. Wrigley, 82, owner of the Chicago Cubs since 1932, and vice president of the National League from 1947 to 1966; also organized the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1943
  • April 27 – Ernie Neitzke, 82, outfielder/pitcher for the 1921 Boston Red Sox
  • April 28 – Al Smith, 69, All-Star pitcher who won 99 games for Giants, Phillies and Indians
  • May 5 – Bill Marshall, 66, second baseman who played for the Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds in the 1930s
  • June 10 – Turk Farrell, 43, All-Star pitcher who won 106 games, mainly with the Phillies and Astros
  • June 15 – Big Bill Lee, 67, All-Star pitcher who had two 20-win seasons for the Chicago Cubs
  • June 18 – Johnny Frederick, 75, slugger who hit .308 with 85 HR and 377 RBI in parts of six seasons for the 1930s Brooklyn Dodgers


  • July 16 – Milt Stock, 84, third baseman who batted .300 five times
  • August 16 – Al Javery, 59, two-time All-Star pitcher who played for the Boston Braves from 1940 to 1946
  • August 19 – Bob Klinger, 69, pitcher who compiled a 66-61 record for the Pirates and Red Sox from 1938 to 1947
  • August 19 – Chuck Wortman, 85, shortstop for the Chicago Cubs from 1916–18, who appeared in the 1918 World Series
  • September 2 – Chucho Ramos, 59, Venezuelan outfielder who played four games for the 1944 Cincinnati Reds
  • September 8 – Oral Hildebrand, 70, All-Star pitcher who won 83 games for the Indians, Browns and Yankees
  • September 14 – Beau Bell, 70, All-Star right fielder who led AL in hits and doubles in 1937; later coached at Texas A&M
  • September 24 – Sherm Lollar, 53, seven-time All-Star catcher for the Chicago White Sox who won first three Gold Gloves awarded
  • September 26 – Ernie Lombardi, 69, eight-time All-Star catcher, mainly with the Cincinnati Reds and New York Giants, who batted .306 lifetime and won 1938 MVP award; only catcher to win two batting titles, he caught Johnny Vander Meer's back-to-back no-hitters in 1938
  • September 30 – Del Pratt, 89, second baseman for four AL teams who led AL in RBI in 1916 with St. Louis Browns; batted .300 in his last five seasons


  • October 17 – Cal Hubbard, 76, Hall of Fame umpire in the American League from 1936 to 1951 who developed modern systems of umpire positioning
  • November 4 – Pinky Pittenger, 78, backup infielder/outfielder who played from 1921 through 1929 for the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds
  • November 8 – Bucky Harris, 81, Hall of Fame manager of five teams who won 3rd most games (2,157) in history; managed Senators three times, winning 1924 World Series as rookie skipper, and also led Yankees to 1947 title; as second baseman, led AL in double plays five times
  • November 9 – Fred Haney, 79, manager who won World Series with Milwaukee Braves in 1957; was Angels' first general manager from 1960–68
  • November 17 – Roger Peckinpaugh, 86, shortstop for four AL teams who was named the 1925 MVP in his last full season; became manager and general manager of the Indians
  • November 24 – Mayo Smith, 62, manager of the Phillies, Reds and Tigers who led Detroit to the 1968 World Series title
  • November 28 – Bob Meusel, 81, outfielder, who batted over .300 seven times, including a career-high mark of .337 in 1927, hit for the cycle three times, and appeared in six World Series with the New York Yankees
  • December 1 – Dobie Moore, 82, star shortstop for the Negro Leagues' Kansas City Monarchs
  • December 11 – Berith Melin, 59, outfielder, one of the original Rockford Peaches founding members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in its 1943 inaugural season
  • December 29 – Jimmy Brown, 67, All-Star infielder and leadoff hitter for the St. Louis Cardinals


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1976–77 Cuban National Series

Citricultores, hailing from Matanzas Province, won the 16th Cuban National Series by a slim margin over Vegueros (Pinar del Río Province) and Metropolitanos (Havana).

1977 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting

Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1977 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 Ernie Banks.

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

It selected three people: Al López, Amos Rusie, and Joe Sewell.

The Negro Leagues Committee also met in person and selected two players, Martín Dihigo and John Henry Lloyd.

The Negro Leagues Committee also determined to disband. It had elected nine players in seven years.

1977 Big League World Series

The 1977 Big League World Series took place from August 13–20 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States. Taipei, Taiwan defeated host Broward County, Florida twice in the championship game. It was Taiwan's fourth straight championship.

1977 Caribbean Series

The twentieth edition of the Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was played in 1977. It was held from February 4 through February 9 with the champions teams from the Dominican Republic, Tigres del Licey; Mexico, Venados de Mazatlán; Puerto Rico, Criollos de Caguas and Venezuela, Navegantes del Magallanes. The format consisted of 12 games, each team facing the other teams twice, and the games were played at UCV Stadium in Caracas, Venezuela.

1977 Claxton Shield

The 1977 Claxton Shield was the 38th annual Claxton Shield, an Australian national baseball tournament. It was held in Perth from 14 to 23 January, the eighth time Perth had hosted the Shield. Hosts Western Australia won the Shield for the third time. The other participating teams were New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.

1977 European Baseball Championship

The 1977 European Baseball Championship was held in the Netherlands and was won by Italy for the second time in a row. The Netherlands finished as runner-up.

1977 Little League World Series

The 1977 Little League World Series took place between August 23 and August 27 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Li-Teh Little League of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, defeated the Western Little League of El Cajon, California, in the championship game of the 31st Little League World Series.

1977 Senior League World Series

The 1977 Senior League World Series took place from August 15–20 in Gary, Indiana, United States. Taipei, Taiwan defeated Orlando, Florida in the championship game. It was Taiwan's sixth straight championship.

Eldorado, Illinois

Eldorado () is a city in Saline County, Illinois, United States. The population was 4,122 at the 2010 census, with a 1925 peak of 8,000. Although the city's name is spelled as if it were Spanish, the name was originally "Elderedo" or “Elder-Redo” (depending on the source)—a combination of the last names of the town's two founders, Judge Samuel Elder, his son William, grandson Francis Marion, and neighbor Joseph Reed, and his brother William. According to legend, a signpainter for the railroad painted the name "Eldorado" on the train depot; as a result, the spelling and pronunciation (el-do-RAY-doh) was forever changed.Eldorado is included in the Illinois–Indiana–Kentucky tri-state area and is a bedroom community in the Harrisburg micropolitan statistical area.

Jim Gott

James William Gott (born August 3, 1959) is an American coach and former professional baseball pitcher.

Gott pitched in Major League Baseball for 14 years for the Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Los Angeles Dodgers, from 1982 to 1995. He is the bullpen coach for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Shagging (baseball)

In baseball, shagging is the act of catching fly balls in the outfield outside the context of an actual baseball game. This is most commonly done by pitchers during batting practice before a game, where they assist their hitting teammates by catching or picking up their batted baseballs and throwing them back to the pitching area in the infield. Batboys also help shagging, and it is reportedly considered a great honor among batboys to be asked to do this. This pre-game activity is widely disliked by pitchers, who argue that it does not benefit them at all, since it drains their energy and actually increases the risk of stiffness in the lower back and leg as a result of prolonged standing. In response to these claims, several teams have exempted pitchers from having to shag. In the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) league, teams pay groups specifically assembled to shag fly balls in place of pitchers, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim recruit local firefighters in Arizona to do the job when the team plays in the Cactus League during spring training.


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