1971 in baseball

1971 in baseball

Year in baseball
this year = 1971


Major League Baseball

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RD1-seed1=East | RD1-team1=Baltimore Orioles
RD1-seed2=West | RD1-team2=Oakland Athletics
RD1-score1=3 | RD1-score2=0
RD1-seed3=East | RD1-team3=Pittsburgh Pirates
RD1-seed4=West | RD1-team4=San Francisco Giants
RD1-score3=3 | RD1-score4=1
RD2-seed1=AL | RD2-team1=Baltimore Orioles
RD2-seed2=NL | RD2-team2=Pittsburgh Pirates
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*World Series MVP: Roberto Clemente
*All-Star Game, July 13 at Tiger Stadium: American League, 6-4; Frank Robinson, MVP

Other champions

*Caribbean World Series: Tigres de Licey (Dominican Republic)
*College World Series: USC
*Japan Series: Yomiuri Giants over Hankyu Braves (4-1)
*Little League World Series: Tainan, Taiwan

Awards and honors

*Most Valuable Player
**Vida Blue (AL)
**Joe Torre (NL)
*Cy Young Award
**Vida Blue (AL)
**Ferguson Jenkins (NL)
*Rookie of the Year
**Chris Chambliss (AL)
**Earl Williams (NL)

tatistical Leaders

Major League Baseball final standings

American League final standings

National League final standings



*Pittsburgh Pirates become the first Major League Baseball team to field an all-black lineup. [cite news|work=Beaver County Times|title=Baseball Plog|url=http://www.timesonline.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=17047895&BRD=2305&PAG=461&dept_id=478568&rfi=6|date=2006-08-14|author=John Perrotto]

*January 31 - The new "Special Veterans Committee" selects seven men for enshrinement to the Hall of Fame: former players Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, and Rube Marquard, and executive George Weiss.

*February 9 - Former Negro Leagues pitcher Satchel Paige is nominated for the Hall of Fame. On June 10, the Hall's new Veterans Committee will formally select Paige for induction.

*April 10 - The Philadelphia Phillies defeat the Montreal Expos, 4-1, in the first game played at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium.
**Willie Stargell hits 3 home runs, including his 200th career home run.

*April 27 - Hank Aaron becomes the third player in Major League history to hit his 600th home run.

*May 6 - Commissioner Bowie Kuhn signs Major League Baseball to a $72 million television contract with NBC.

*May 17 - Johnny Bench hits his 100th career home run.

*June 3 - Pitcher Ken Holtzman of the Chicago Cubs throws the second no-hitter of his career, victimizing the hosts Cincinnati Reds 1–0. Holtzman scores the only run, unearned, in the third inning, to beat Reds pitcher Gary Nolan.

*June 6 - Willie Mays hits his major league-leading 22nd and last career extra-inning home run against Phillies reliever Joe Hoerner.

*June 23 - In a singular performance, pitcher Rick Wise of the Philadelphia Phillies no-hits the Reds, 4–0, and bangs two home runs in the game. Wise joins Wes Ferrell (by|1931) and Earl Wilson (by|1962) as the only pitchers to pitch a no-hitter and hit a home run in the same game. It is the second no-hitter against Cincinnati this month, both in Riverfront Stadium.


*July 7 - Commissioner Kuhn announces that players from the Negro Leagues elected to the Hall of Fame will be given full membership in the museum. It had been previously announced that they would be honored in a separate wing.

*July 9 - The Oakland Athletics beat the California Angels 1–0 in 20 innings – the longest shutout in American League history. Vida Blue strikes out 17 batters in 11 innings for Oakland, while the Angels' Billy Cowan ties a major league record by fanning six times. Both teams combine for 43 strikeouts, a new major league record.

*July 13 - In an All-Star Game featuring home runs by future Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Roberto Clemente, Reggie Jackson, Harmon Killebrew and Frank Robinson, the American League triumphs over the National League 6-4 at Tiger Stadium. It is the only AL All-Star victory between by|1962 and by|1983. Jackson's home run goes 520 feet, and Robinson is named MVP.

*August 4 - St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson wins his 200th game, a 7-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants at St. Louis.

*August 10:
**Harmon Killebrew becomes the 10th player to amass 500 home runs, and adds his 501st, but the Orioles beat the Twins 4–3. Mike Cuellar picks up the win.
**Sixteen baseball researchers at Cooperstown form the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), with founder Robert Davids as president.

*August 14 - Ten days after his 200th victory, St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Bob Gibson no-hits the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-0, the first no-hitter ever pitched at Three Rivers Stadium. He strikes out 10 batters along the way; three of those are to Willie Stargell, including the final out. The no-hitter is the first to be pitched in Pittsburgh in 64 years; none had been pitched in the 62-year (mid-by|1909 to mid-by|1970) history of Three Rivers Stadium's predecessor, Forbes Field.

*August 28 - Phillies pitcher Rick Wise hits two home runs, including a grand slam off Don McMahon, in the second game of a doubleheader, duplicating his feat in his June no-hitter. Wise beats the Giants 7–3.

*September 1 - The Pittsburgh Pirates start what is believed to be the first All-Black lineup in major league history, which include several Latin American players, in a 10-7 victory over the Phillies. [cite news|work=Beaver County Times|title=Baseball Plog|url=http://www.timesonline.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=17047895&BRD=2305&PAG=461&dept_id=478568&rfi=6|date=2006-08-14|author=John Perrotto] The lineup: Rennie Stennett (2B); Gene Clines (CF); Roberto Clemente (RF); Willie Stargell (LF); Manny Sanguillén (C); Dave Cash (3B); Al Oliver (1B); Jackie Hernández (SS), and Dock Ellis (P). [cite news|work=New York Times|title=Honoring First All-Minority Lineup|date=Sept 17, 2006|page=Sports p. 2] Another black player, Bob Veale, was one of three relievers in the game.

*September 5 - J.R. Richard tied Karl Spooner's major league record by striking out 15 San Francisco Giants in his first major league game, as the Houston Astros beat the Giants.

*September 13 - Baltimore Orioles first baseman Frank Robinson becomes the 11th player to reach 500 career home runs.

*September 26 - Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer shuts out the host Cleveland Indians 5-0, and becomes the fourth member of the Orioles 1971 pitching staff to notch his 20th victory, joining Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar and Pat Dobson. Only one other team in ML history, the by|1920 Chicago White Sox, boasted four 20-game winners.

*September 30 - The Washington Senators' lead 7-5 in their last home game, but forfeit the game to the New York Yankees, when, with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, fans storm the field. The Senators moved to Dallas, Texas, and became the Texas Rangers for the by|1972 season.

*October 17 - Pitcher Steve Blass throws a four-hitter and Roberto Clemente homers as the Pittsburgh Pirates win Game Seven of the World Series over the Baltimore Orioles, 2–1, becoming World Champions for the first time since by|1960. Clemente is named the Series MVP. Game Two of this World Series was the first night game played in Series history.

*November 2 - The Orioles' Pat Dobson pitches a no-hitter against the Yomiuri Giants, winning 2–0. It is the first no-hitter in Japanese-American baseball exhibition history. The Orioles compile a record of 12-2-4 on the tour.

*December 1 - The Chicago Cubs release Ernie Banks, and promptly rehire him as a coach.

*December 10 - The California Angels send star shortstop Jim Fregosi to the New York Mets in return for four players, one of whom is Nolan Ryan.



*January 7 - Frank Menechino
*January 8 - Jason Giambi
*January 11 - Alex Delgado
*January 12 - Andy Fox
*January 13 - Elmer Dessens
*January 17 - Tyler Houston
*January 19 - Jeff Juden
*January 19 - Phil Nevin
*January 21 - Brian Giles
*January 23 - Charlie Greene
*January 27 - Ken Huckaby
*February 3 - Eric Owens
*February 10 - Kevin Sefcik
*February 19 - Miguel Batista
*March 5 - Jeffrey Hammonds
*March 5 - Brian Lesher
*March 12 - Raúl Mondesí
*March 17 - Bill Mueller
*March 20 - Manny Alexander
*March 26 - Frank Lankford
*March 26 - Jesús Tavárez


*April 3 - Quilvio Veras
*April 6 - Lou Merloni
*April 14 - Gregg Zaun
*April 29 - Sterling Hitchcock
*May 4 - Joe Borowski
*May 5 - Mike Redmond
*May 8 - Todd Greene
*May 11 - Kerry Ligtenberg
*May 13 - Mike Sirotka
*May 18 - Rich Garcés
*May 21 - Chris Widger
*May 26 - Jason Bere
*May 31 - José Malavé
*June 3 - Carl Everett
*June 3 - Aaron Ledesma
*June 7 - Roberto Petagine
*June 12 - Ryan Klesko
*June 16 - Chris Gomez
*June 25 - Michael Tucker
*June 28 - Ron Mahay


*July 1 - Jamie Walker
*July 4 - Brendan Donnelly
*July 15 - James Baldwin
*July 20 - Charles Johnson
*July 25 - Billy Wagner
*August 1 - Travis Driskill
*August 5 - Carlos Pulido
*August 10 - Sal Fasano
*August 14 - Mark Loretta
*August 17 - Jorge Posada
*August 18 - Albie López
*August 23 - Allen McDill
*August 29 - Henry Blanco
*August 29 - Shane Andrews
*September 2 - Rich Aurilia
*September 9 - Robinson Checo
*September 13 - Armando Ríos
*September 23 - Willie Greene
*September 24 - Kevin Millar
*September 24 - Jamie Burke


*October 3 - Wil Cordero
*October 14 - Midre Cummings
*October 25 - Pedro Martínez
*November 3 - Matt Lawton
*November 6 - Bubba Trammell
*November 9 - Scott Sauerbeck
*November 10 - Butch Huskey
*November 20 - Gabe White
*November 23 - Aaron Small
*November 28 - Bill Simas
*November 30 - Ray Durham
*November 30 - Iván Rodríguez
*December 6 - José Contreras
*December 6 - Adam Hyzdu
*December 9 - Todd Van Poppel
*December 24 - Alex Cabrera
*December 26 - Carlos Valdéz
*December 28 - Benny Agbayani
*December 28 - Melvin Nieves
*December 31 - Esteban Loaiza
*December 31 - Brian Moehler


*January 1 - Harry Rice, 69, outfielder noted for his defense who also hit .300 five times
*January 7 - Dud Lee, 71, infielder for the St. Louis Browns and Boston Red Sox in the 1920s
*January 7 - Hal Rhyne, 71, shortstop who played from 1926 to 1933 for the Pirates, Red Sox and White Sox
*January 9 - Elmer Flick, 94, Hall of Fame right fielder and lifetime .313 hitter who led AL in triples three times, steals twice, and batting and runs once each
*February 16 - Cedric Durst, 74, outfielder for the St. Louis Browns, New York Yankees, and Boston Red Sox between 1922 and 1930, who also was a member of the 1927 and 1928 World Champions Yankees
*March 18 - Tony Welzer, 71, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox from 1926 to 1927, who was the first player born in Germany to appear in an American League game
*April 4 - Carl Mays, 79, underhand pitcher who won 20 games five times with three teams, but was best remembered for his pitch which struck Ray Chapman in the head for the only field fatality in major league history
*April 9 - Elmer Eggert, 69, pitcher for the 1927 Boston Red Sox
*April 9 - Will Harridge, 87, president of the American League from 1931 to 1958
*April 15 - Mickey Harris, 54, All-Star pitcher who won 17 games for the 1946 Red Sox, led AL in saves with 1950 Senators
*April 16 - William Eckert, 62, commissioner of baseball from 1965 to 1968
*April 16 - Ron Northey, 50, outfielder with a powerful arm who hit a record three pinch-hit grand slams in his career
*April 19 - Russ Hodges, 60, broadcaster for the Giants since 1949, previously with the Reds, Cubs, Senators and Yankees, best known for his call of Bobby Thomson's pennant-winning home run in by|1951
*May 12 - Heinie Manush, 69, Hall of Fame left fielder and career .330 hitter who won 1926 batting title with Detroit, led AL in hits and doubles twice each
*May 15 - Goose Goslin, 70, Hall of Fame left fielder who starred for five pennant winners in Washington and Detroit, batting .316 lifetime with eleven 100-RBI seasons; one of the first ten players to hit 200 home runs, he retired with the 7th-most RBIs in history
*May 20 - Martín Dihigo, 65, Cuban star in the Negro Leagues who excelled at all positions, particularly as a pitcher and second baseman
*May 26 - Judge Nagle, 91, pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox during the 1911 season
*July 12 - Wally Judnich, 54, center fielder who twice batted .300 for the St. Louis Browns
*July 28 - Myril Hoag, 63, outfielder who recovered from a brutal 1936 collision to become an All-Star three years later
*October 8 - Murray Wall, 45, relief pitcher for the Boston Braves, Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators between 1950 and 1959
*November 5 - Toothpick Sam Jones, 45, All-Star pitcher who led NL in strikeouts three times after beginning in the Negro Leagues
*November 17 - Smead Jolley, 89, outfielder who played for the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox in the 1930s
*December 13 - Mike Ryba, 68, pitcher who caught both games of a doubleheader in 1942
*December 16 - Ferdie Schupp, 80, pitcher who won 21 games for the 1917 New York Giants but whose career faltered after service in World War I


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