- 1976 World Series
Infobox World Series Expanded
year = 1976
champion_games = 102-60, .630, GA: 10
New York Yankees(0)
runnerup_games = 97-62, .610, GA: 10½
October 16– October 21
television = NBC
announcers = Joe Garagiola,
Marty Brennaman(Game 1-2), and Phil Rizzuto(Game 3-4)
radio_network = CBS
radio_announcers = Bill White,
Marty Brennaman, and Bill Sorrell
Lee Weyer(NL), Lou DiMuro(AL), Billy Williams (NL), Bill Deegan(AL), Bruce Froemming(NL), Dave Phillips(AL)
HOFers = Reds:
Sparky Anderson(mgr.), Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez.
New York Yankeesover Kansas City Royals(3-2)
Cincinnati Redsover Philadelphia Phillies(3-0)
The 1976 World Series matched the defending champion
Cincinnati Redsof the National Leagueagainst the New York Yankeesof the American League, with the Reds sweeping the Series to repeat. The Reds became (and remain) the only team to sweep an entire multi-tier postseason.
Cincinnati Redswon the National League Westdivision by 10 games over the Los Angeles Dodgersthen defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, three games to none, in the National League Championship Series. The New York Yankeeswon the American League Eastdivision by 10 ½ games over the Baltimore Oriolesthen defeated the Kansas City Royals, three games to two, in the American League Championship Series.
World Serieswas the first in which the designated hitterrule was in effect which wound up benefiting the Reds who were able to get utility infielder Dan Driessen's bat in the lineup. Driessen hit .357 with one home run. Elliott Maddox, Carlos May, and Lou Piniellashared the role for the New York Yankees. Game 1 at Riverfront Stadiummarked the first time the DH was used in a National Leagueballpark.
After spending the last two years sharing home field with the
New York Metsat Shea Stadium, the New York Yankeesreturned home to a re-built Yankee Stadium. George Steinbrennerhad now owned the team for 3 years, since 1973, with Billy Martinserving the first of his five stints as manager since 1975. General Manager Gabe Paulmade numerous trades getting Mickey Riversand Ed Figueroafrom the Angels for Bobby Bonds; Willie Randolphand Dock Ellisfrom the Pirates for Doc Medich; and Doyle Alexander, Ken Holtzman, and Grant Jackson from the Orioles for Rudy May, Tippy Martinez, Scott McGregor, and Rick Dempsey.
The heart of the team was Yankee captain,
Thurman Munson, whose grit and determination were factors in his winning the MVP award in the American League. Third baseman, Graig Nettles, and first baseman, Chris Chamblisswere the key run producers, while speedy outfielders Roy Whiteand Rivers set the table for the power hitters. Super free agent Catfish Hunterheaded the staff while reliever Sparky Lyleled the A.L. in saves with 23. The Yankees finished 10 ½ ahead in the A.L. East advancing to the World Seriesby beating the Kansas City Royalsin the 5th game of the playoffs on a ninth-inning walk-off home run by Chambliss.
The defending champion,
Cincinnati Redswere piloted by Sparky Andersonwho had a solid lineup from top to bottom led by two-time MVP, second baseman Joe Morganwhile catcher Johnny Bench, first baseman Tony Perez, and outfielder George Foster provided enough power to drive in sparkplugs, Pete Rose, and Ken Griffey. This was the first World Seriesto utilize the designated hitter. Dan Driessenwas the primary DH for the Reds while the Yankees interchanged Lou Piniella, Carlos May, and Elliott Maddox.
The Reds relied on left-handers
Don Gullettand Fred Normanto pacify the Yankee hitters in games one and two, respectively. Gullett had come back from a mid-season injury to start game one but had to leave the game in the 8th inning due to a twisted ankle while Norman out-pitched ace Hunter in game two. Game three in New Yorkpitted effective Pat Zachryfor the Reds against newly acquired Yankee, Dock Ellis. Ellis would last only 3 1/3 innings, taken out in the 4th after a homer by Driessen. Game four was delayed a day due to rain but the Reds were ready for the sweep. Four Cincinnati runs in the ninth blew open the game, triggering Billy Martinto lose his cool causing his ejection from the game.
Cincinnati Redsoutscored the New York Yankees22 to 8 and became the first N.L. team to repeat as World Champions since the 1921-1922 New York Giants. Bench would claim the MVP of the series hitting .533 with 3 home runs and 6 runs batted in. Honorable mention goes to Thurman Munsonwho had 9 hits and a .529 batting average.
Cincinnati Reds(4) vs AL New York Yankees(0)
October 16, 1976at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, OhioLinescore
Don Gullett(1-0)|LP= Doyle Alexander(0-1)|SV=
Joe Morgan(1)| Joe Morgangot the Reds off to a booming start with a solo home run off Doyle Alexander. (Alexander had to start because Catfish Hunterhad a sore arm and needed another day of rest). Tony Perezhad RBIs in the third and sixth innings and Johnny Benchhad an RBI triple and then scored on a Sparky Lylewild pitch in the seventh. The only bad news for the Reds was an injury to starting pitcher Don Gullett, who pulled a calf muscle in the eighth and would be unavailable for the remainder of the Series.
October 17, 1976at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, OhioLinescore
Jack Billingham(1-0)|LP= Catfish Hunter(0-1)|SV=|
The Reds rallied for three runs in the second off a rested
Catfish Hunteron RBI singles by George Foster and Dave Concepciónand a sacrifice fly by Pete Rose. The Yankees got on the board on an RBI single by Graig Nettlesin the fourth. In the seventh, the Yankees tied things up on an RBI double by Fred Stanley and an RBI groundout by Thurman Munson. Meanwhile, Hunter settled into a groove, shutting out the Reds until the ninth. With two outs, Ken Griffey reached second when Stanley threw wildly past first after fielding his slow bouncer. Joe Morganwas walked intentionally and Tony Perezended the game by driving in Griffey with a single.
The Sunday night contest was the first weekend World Series game to start after dark. MLB commissioner
Bowie Kuhnresponded to criticism of the scheduling, which was done to accommodate network television, by attending the game without an overcoat despite bitterly cold nighttime weather.
October 19, 1976at Yankee Stadiumin New York, New YorkLinescore
Pat Zachry(1-0)|LP= Dock Ellis(0-1)|SV= Will McEnaney(1)
Dan Driessen(1)|HomeHR=Jim Mason (1)|
As the Series moved to
Yankee Stadium, the Reds struck first with three runs off starter Dock Ellis. An RBI double by George Foster, RBI force-out by César Gerónimo, and an RBI single by Dave Concepciónprovided the tallies. Dan Driessensmacked a solo homer in the fourth, and Joe Morganhad an RBI double and Foster an RBI single in the eighth. Yankee backup shortstop Jim Mason entered the game as a defensive replacement in the seventh and hit a solo homer, thus becoming the first player to hit a home run in his first and only World Series at-bat (the second being Geoff Blum). Also, in the seventh, Yankee left-handed reliever Grant Jackson provided a defensive gem by catching a hard-hit ground ball off the bat of Johnny Benchbehind his back and retiring Bench, thereby robbing him of a base hit.
October 21, 1976at Yankee Stadiumin New York, New YorkLinescore
WP=Gary Nolan (1-0)|LP=
Ed Figueroa(0-1)|SV= Will McEnaney(2)
Johnny Bench2 (2)|HomeHR=|
The Yankees got on the board in the first (which would be their only lead in this Series) on a
Thurman Munsonsingle and a Chris Chamblissdouble. Munson would collect four hits in the game. In the fourth, Joe Morgansingled, stole second, and came home on a George Foster single. Johnny Benchfollowed with his first home run to give the Reds a 3-1 lead that they never relinquished. Bench would later add to his heroics with a three-run shot in the ninth, followed by consecutive doubles by César Gerónimoand Dave Concepción. Bench's performance earned him the Series MVP, while fellow catcher Munson had a fine Series himself with nine hits and a .529 average.
1976 World Series (4-0):
Cincinnati Reds(N.L.) over New York Yankees(A.L.)Linescore
New York Yankees
Total Attendance: 223,009 Average Attendance: 55,752 | Winning Player’s Share: – $26,367 Losing Player’s Share – $19,935cite web|url=http://www.baseball-almanac.com/ws/wsshares.shtml|title=World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares|accessdate=2008-05-07|publisher=Baseball Almanac]
This was the last of 30 consecutive World Series telecasts by NBC, which had aired the event since
1947; under Major League Baseball's new television contract, Series coverage would now alternate between NBC and rival network ABC each year. It was also the last time that local announcers for the participating teams ( Phil Rizzutoand Marty Brennaman, in this case) would be regularly featured on the network telecast.
This was the first of 22 consecutive World Series to be broadcast by CBS Radio.
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